On This Day – Bill Nicholson Born

26-1-1919: Tottenham’s legendary manager Bill Nicholson was born on this day in 1919. Nicholson joined Tottenham as a player in March 1936 and played 306 matches for the club. He was a member of the ‘push and run‘ team that won the League title in 1950-51. Nicholson won one England cap against Portugal at Goodison Park in 1951. Nicholson scored after 19 seconds of the match – the fastest goal scored by a player making his debut.

Nicholson’s greatest success was as manager of Tottenham. He was appointed in October 1958. The response of the team was immediate destroying  Everton 10-4 at White Hart Lane. Here’s some of the highlights of Nicholson’s golden years in charge of the Spurs:

1960-61: Spurs where the first team in the 20th century to complete the League and FA Cup double (defeated Leicester City 2-0 in the final).

1961-62: Third place in the League, retained the FA Cup by beating Burnley 3-1 in the final and reached the semi-final of the European Cup where they were defeated 4-3 over two legs by Benfica.

1962-63:  Runners-up in the League and won the European Cup Winners Cup. This was the first victory by a British club in Europe. Tottenham defeated Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the final that was played in Rotterdam – Greaves and Dyson scored two and White one.

1963-64: Fourth place in the League.

1964-65: Fifth place in the League.

1965-66: Eight placed in the League.

1966-67: Third place in the League. FA Cup winners defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the final.

1967-68: Seventh place in the League.

1968-69: Sixth in the League. 6th round of the FA Cup and Semi-final of the League Cup.

1969-70: 11th place in the League.

1970-71: Third place in the League. League Cup winners 2-0 over Aston Villa.

1971-72: Sixth place in the League. UEFA Cup winners in an all-English final against Wolverhampton 3-2 over two legs.

1972-73: Eighth place in the League. League Cup winners 1-0 over Norwich. Lost in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup to Liverpool on away goals.

1973-74: 11th place in the League. Lose the UEFA Cup final 4-2 to Feyenoord.

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