18 Quotes about Bill Nicholson every Spurs fan must read


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Dec 8, 2006
"He's the foundations of this club." - Glenn Hoddle

"An inspiration." - Danny Blanchflower

"I had twelve years as a Tottenham player under Bill Nicholson and could not have wished to have played for a better manager. I can still hear his wise words in my head when I am out on the training ground as a manager myself." - Joe Kinnear

"My respect and admiration for him just grew the more I saw of him. He knew more about the game than anyone I ever met, and knew how to convey it. He was the complete manager. I cannot speak highly enough of him." - Cliff Jones

"He never let us forget that we were out there to entertain the public." - Dave Mackay

"A fantastic tactician, superb coach and probably the best manager I've seen." - Alan Mullery

"Oh, magic man. There's no doubt - not only in football during my career but he's had the biggest influence on my life, generally." - Pat Jennings

"He had the total and undying respect of all the players and staff associated with the club. He ate, drank and slept Tottenham Hotspur..." - Barry Daines

"Bill eventually became Mr Tottenham Hotspur, and produced such a dazzling team at White Hart Lane that they won the double and played the game in a way that was an object lesson to everybody."
- Brian Clough

"Bill Nicholson was totally dedicated to this club. He was the first person to arrive in the morning and the last person to leave at night. He's a fantastic man and it was an honour to serve under him.
-Martin Peters

"To me he is all what Tottenham is about."- Martin Chivers

"...he was straight as a die, 100 per cent honest and 100 per cent Spurs." - Dave Mackay

"He was a great man and a true gentleman. Bill had time for everyone -not just the players but the backroom staff and the supporters. He was a great ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur and for football."- Ralph Coates

"You had to play with him or against him to appreciate what a great defender he was, and when the opposing manager was looking for a weakness in the Tottenham defence, the name Nicholson never came up."- Joe Mercer

"Sometimes I used to go past the club late at night and the office light would still be on - he was just devoted to the club." - Terry Medwin

"I was always in awe of him. He was the big man of Tottenham and the big man of football as far as I was concerned." - Steve Perryman

"Bill Nicholson is the name that is synonymous with Tottenham. His achievements, and the way in which he achieved them, will always be remembered by anyone with a Spurs connection. Off the field Bill is a gentleman in the true sense of the word."- Gary Mabbutt

"I have always had the deepest respect for Bill Nicholson as a person and as a manager. The Spurs boss is an honest Yorkshireman and you will go a long way before finding a straighter character than that. Bill has never wavered in his determination to give White Hart Lane fans the best." - Bill Shankly