"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Saturday, October 23, 2004

Bill Nicholson dies

Tottenham's greatest ever manager, Bill Nicholson, has died at the age of 85. One of the most respected managers of all time Bill died this morning after a long illness.

Bill came to Spurs in 1938 as a player and stayed until 1955 with a break in the army during WW2. He returned in 1958 as manager where he led Spurs to their greatest ever period culminating in the historic double of league and FA cup in 1961. Spurs also won the FA cup in 1962 and 67, the league cup in 1971 and 1973, the European Cup Winners cup in 1962 and the UEFA cup in 1972. His Spurs teams were renowned throughout the world for their style of exciting, entertaining football which has never been surpassed.

He resigned in 1974 but returned two years later as chief scout. He remained with Spurs ever since and became the club president. In 1999 the road leading up to the Tottenham Hotspur main entrance was named after him - Bill Nicholson Way.

Today, against Bolton, Spurs need to put on a performance the great man deserves.

Bill Nicholson 1919 - 2004.


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