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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 October, 2004, 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
Tottenham legend Nicholson dies
Bill Nicholson
He will never be surpassed as the greatest individual in our history
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy
Legendary Tottenham Hotspur manager Bill Nicholson, who guided Spurs to the first league and Cup Double of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85.

Nicholson led his team to the First Division title and FA Cup in 1960-61, having taken over as manager in 1958.

Scarborough-born Nicholson repesented Spurs during his playing career, and won a solitary England cap in 1951.

After resigning as Spurs boss in 1974, he continued to live nearby and became the club's honorary president.

Nicholson died after a long illness in a Hertfordshire hospital.

Tottenham were set to hold a minute's silence before the Premiership game against Botlon at White Hart Lane.

The stadium is also being kept open for supporters to pay their respects and the club is also keeping its doors open on Sunday and Monday for fans wishing to pay respects and sign a book of condolence.

Tottenham even named an approach road to their ground Bill Nicholson Way, in recognition of a man whose managerial achievements put him alongside the greats such as Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough, Jock Stein and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The season after the Double, Spurs won the 1962 FA Cup and in 1963 added the European Cup Winners Cup to become the first British club to win a European trophy, beating Atletico Madrid 5-1 in Rotterdam.

He won the FA Cup again with Tottenham in 1967, and then claimed the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the Uefa Cup in 1972.




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