Yesterday marked what would have been the 100th birthday of Bill Nicholson, Tottenham Hotspur’s most successful manager of all time.
Born on 26 January, 1919, Bill arrived at White Hart Lane as a member of the groundstaff in 1936 and served as player, coach and manager for the next 38 years.
As manager, he won eight major trophies and led the Club through the ‘glory, glory’ years of the early 1960s, clinching an historic ‘double’ of the Football League title and FA Cup in 1960/61.
Bill played 341 times for Spurs between 1938-54 and won one England cap when he scored with his first touch against Portugal at Goodison Park in May, 1951.
The club revealed yesterday through their official website that to commemorate the occasion, they have installed a feature wall depicting the iconic image of Bill Nicholson holding open the old iron gates in front of White Hart Lane, in the East Stand of the new stadium.
While this was certainly a classy gesture by the club, lots of fans thought that it wasn’t enough to honour the great man’s legacy. Several Spurs fans on Twitter felt the club should dedicate a statue to Nicholson or name a stand after him in the new stadium.
Check out how some Spurs fans reacted to the news:
Nice touch. Give the man a stand or statue though…
— Dal C (@Dal83C) January 26, 2019
A nice touch but he truly deserves a statue
— ً (@_carlxtos) January 26, 2019
Name a stand after him now
— Eamonn Hoctor (@EamonnHoctor) January 26, 2019
Statue? No? Cheese room cost too much I see?
— Hols (@HollieAgombar) January 26, 2019
Name a stand. Least we can do. The Bill Nic End or something. The man made the club what it is today. #BillNick100
— Grant Osborn 🤍🖤 (@Gosbo68) January 26, 2019
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