Mr Tottenham Hotspur
Memories of a Spurs Legend
by Steve E. Hale
Mr Tottenham Hotspur provides a fascinating insight into one of football's greatest-ever managers, the late Bill Nicholson OBE, who died in October 2004, aged 85. Although he won England caps as a full-Back, Nicholson is best remembered as the manager whose Spurs team became the first English club in post-war history to win the League Championship and FA Cup double in 1961, setting records that are still unbeaten. He went on to lead Tottenham to European glory in 1963, the first English club to win European honours.
Of the 16 trophies the famous North London club has won, Billy Nick was involved in nine of them. Mr Tottenham Hotspur looks back through the life and times of Nicholson, a dour Yorkshireman whom Spurs fans believe deserved a knighthood. The book reflects on how Bill did more than anybody to establish Spurs as a club famed throughout the football world in the 60s and 70s for its style, panache and glory.

Spurs legend Steve Perryman contributes a poignant foreword and there are also heart-warming tributes from a long list of Tottenham greats and past favourites, including Jimmy Greaves, Terry Venables, Cliff Jones, Pat Jennings and Glenn Hoddle. Sir Alex Ferguson heads a star cast of rival managers who pay tribute to Bill, while friends and family of Tottenham's greatest manager, members of the media and supporters from all over the world, also provide anecdotes and personal memories of a genuine giant of the game.


Double Bill
The Bill Nicholson Story
by Alan Mullery & Paul Trevillion
Only a handful of football managers will be remembered forever - Chapman, Busby, Ramsey, Stein, Shankly, Revie, Clough and Ferguson. Tottenham's Bill Nicholson can be added to that list of legends and justifiably become part of the history of the game. Countless words have been written following Nicholson's death in 2004, but this book is unique in that the words come from one of his own players, Alan Mullery, himself a Tottenham legend, who was signed by Nicholson in the 1960s and proceeded to skipper highly successful Spurs side.
Mullery will unveil little-known anecdotes, reveal what went on behind the scenes whilst working alongside Nicholson and relay stories from the many Tottenham heroes who played with and under Nicholson over the years. The book features illustrations by writer, artist and Tottenham historian Paul Trevillion, who has worked closely with Tottenham over the past 50 years - from the days when Nicholson was a player in the famous Arthur Rowe 'push and run' side of the '50s, through the club's unbeatable Double-winning era of the '60s and onwards through the decades to the present day.

Along the way, his illustrations have captured the spirit of the times at the club and have featured in numerous papers and periodicals. In Bill Nicholson, Trevillion will illustrate in striking colour the skills and tactics which made Nicholson's teams winners of trophies and purveyors of beautiful football, the like of which has arguably not been seen since. Not only will this book be a rich tribute to Nicholson but it will also be a permanent reminder of how one man made football a true thing of beauty for a few fleeting years - totally devoid of any of the negativity which so besmirches the game today.


Bill Nicholson
Football's Perfectionist
by Brian Scovell
Bill Nicholson was revered as one of the most honest football managers in the business and between 1960 and 1964 he turned Tottenham Hotspur into the finest team in Britain. This book, the first biography of Nicholson, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Tottenham's pioneering 1961 Double - the first of the 20th century - which Nicholson followed up in 1963 by becoming the first manager to win a European trophy.
By moulding great players like Dave Mackay, Danny Blanchflower, John White, Cliff Jones and Jimmy Greaves into an almost perfectly balanced team backed by Spurs' inspirational anthem, 'Glory, Glory, Hallelujah', he set new standards of attacking play, unsurpassed even by Real Madrid and today's Barcelona team. The eighth of nine children, Nicholson was born in Scarborough in 1919. At the age of 17 he took the night train alone to London, signed for Spurs as a ground-staff boy on £2 a week and spent the rest of his life with the club as player, coach, manager, scout and President.

He never had a contract, spurned bonuses and lived ten minutes' walk from the ground with his remarkable wife, who was known as Darkie, until his death in 2004. In his 1984 autobiography, Nicholson forecast all the problems that have engulfed today's game, and he is still revered by Tottenham fans as the most important figure in the club's history. His daughters have co-operated fully with author Brian Scovell on this book, which offers a new, kinder impression of this much-loved man.


Glory Glory
My Life With Spurs
by Bill Nicholson
Bill Nicholson was one of the great managers of English football, a perfectionist who created perhaps the greatest club side of all time, the Tottenham Hotspur team that won the Double of FA Cup and League Championship in 1960-61. Other clubs have achieved this rare feat, but none with such style and elegance as Nicholson's team. The £20-per-week players - including stars like Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, the tragically killed John White, Cliff Jones and Bobby Smith - were the idols of the nation.
Every match at White Hart Lane that season was packed to capacity with 50,000 worshippers. Football in England had reached a peak. No sponsorship or television fee was needed to enable clubs to survive. Bill Nicholson believed that the game has been in decline ever since.

In his sixteen success-filled years as Tottenham manager, Nicholson was essentially a private man who gave few interviews, but Irving Scholar persuaded him that he owed it to the game he loved to tell his story, and this is it. As honest and frank as the man himself, it is the first account of his big-money transfers, how he trained his team, the rows he had, the inside story of his triumphs, and his views on the modern game.