Bill Brown

Wed, December 01, 2004 - 16:17, Diary, Administrator,

The Tribute Trust was upset to hear of the passing of ex goalkeeper Bill Brown at the age of 73 following an illness.

Bill played 222 league games for the club and was in goal for some of our finest hours such as when Tottenham won the double in 1961, the FA Cup in 1962 and the Cup Winners Cup in 1963.

He was a Scottish international and left England to move to Canada where he stayed after retiring from football.

Along with his double winning team mates, Bill was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame earlier this year and his memory will live on.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Bill Nicholson 1919-2004

Mon, November 01, 2004 - 16:00, Diary, Administrator,

"It’s better to fail aiming high, then to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high; so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory."

On Wednesday, August 8th, 2001, the full gravity of Bill Nicholson’s profound effect on my life became clear. It was the night of his second testimonial, and a night when the full impact of his name hit me squarely between the eyes. And although Bill had barely been hands-on for quite a few years, his mere presence even managed to bring north London’s traffic to a standstill, causing his own testimonial to be delayed. This was the impact of the man I’d quite simply known as ‘Mr. Tottenham Hotspur’.

Looking out over the verdant White Hart Lane turf, I took my seat in the Park Lane Upper and waited for a football match against Fiorentina of Italy. Football, and more so Tottenham Hotspur had been my lifelong obsession, yet for once that was all overshadowed by the presence of just one man. The best description I’ve read of Bill was that he was the heartbeat of our famous club, and in a world that seems to have gone crazy, the standards and philosophies of one William Nicholson will live long and true in the hearts of millions. That heartbeat will reverberate forever.

A number of eloquent scribes have perfectly encapsulated what Bill Nicholson meant to Spurs. I trust you won’t mind an indulgent moment where I describe what he meant to me, a disciple of the great teams that he produced, and a devout follower for over four decades. I’m not from north London. In fact, I come from another part of town that’s totally surrounded by a number of other League clubs. Yet it was the famous white shirt; the proud, crowing cockerel; and Bill’s deep-rooted belief that the game should be played a certain way that lured me across the river. Until then I was a nomad, drifting in search of something I hadn’t seen, but felt inside it must exist somewhere. And then, one unforgettable autumn afternoon back in 1960, I found it and fell in love.

Bill’s first game in charge was a 10-4 home win against Everton, and as obtuse as it may sound, everything from then on just got better. Later, my own Spurs debut saw a 6-2 destruction of Aston Villa, with goals from White [2], Smith, Allen, Dyson, and a solo effort from a chap called Mackay. It took Bill but two seasons to take us to the ‘Double’ – the first in modern times – rescuing us from relative obscurity to the pinnacle of the British game. Furthermore, it was Bill Nicholson’s astute tactics, and eye for detail that put the name of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the world’s football map. His teams simply mesmerized. Not just through their style and commitment, but by the foundations put in place by a visionary and perfectionist; a man of dignity, grace, and passion; a man who demanded results, and got them in the required style – known globally as ‘The Tottenham way’. Again, Bill’s impressive list of achievements have been well documented, and have embellished a life that was totally dedicated to the club of our dreams. Bill Nicholson gave us hope where there was none; he gave us success out of an oasis; and he gave us a name synonymous with the best in the world.

At his testimonial, I glanced around to see men of my age with tears rolling down their cheeks. I saw faces in the crowd that I’d recognized from earlier days, with each and every one stood in respect of a man who changed their lives. I could not speak; such was the size of the lump in my throat. I feigned a cough to choke back my feelings for a man who peppered my life with happiness and great times. And now, on hearing of Bill’s sad passing, all I have is memories. I can still see the blue and white paint of the old, rickety stands. I can feel the cold, stone terrace of yesteryear under my feet. I can still see distant images of the glory, glory nights, and those glistening white shirts under the floodlights that lit up my youth.

And as Greavsie pops in another goal, the sounds are there too, with the chants of "Nicholson, Nicholson" ringing in my ears, followed by the mesmeric "Macnamara’s Band". Nobody can ever take that away.

Bill, you will always be remembered for breathing life in to a run-down, otherwise forgotten part of London. You were quite simply the greatest individual name in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and will never be forgotten, especially by those who saw your teams wherever they played, or sat by a million radios.

Moreover, you will forever live in the hearts of everyone whose lives you touched, be it players, colleagues, opponents, friends, or fans. I am left to contemplate what would have happened had you not joined us. What would have been our future had the scout who discovered you back in 1936 taken the evening off, and how the future of the club would have panned out without your guiding hand.

In passing on my deepest condolences to your family, and those who were closest to you, may I remind the uninitiated who you were;

Mr. William Nicholson – the heartbeat of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. - RIP.

"It’s no use just winning’ we’ve got to win with style"

Keith Palmer

A Sad Day in our History

Sat, October 23, 2004 - 15:59, Diary, Administrator,

There have been many great days in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club but today, everyone associated with the club is mourning the passing of the greatest Spur ever to grace our wonderful Club.

We have lost a gentleman, a friend, a father figure and quite literally a legend.

By doing our work, the Tottenham Tribute Trust talks to and meets ex Spurs players, all of whom have nothing but praise for Bill Nicholson.

October 23rd 2004 will go down in history as the end of an era. As we mourn the passing of Bill Nicholson at the age of 85, over the next few weeks we will have the opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of the man who put the Glory Glory into Tottenham Hotspur.

Rest in peace Bill.

Daniel Wynne

An update on our progress

Fri, September 03, 2004 - 15:57, Diary, Administrator,

After over a year of making and processing grants the TTT are still here to process and assist in any new claims. If you feel you know someone who has fallen on hard times and would benefit from our support please contact us. We also fully respect wishing for our help to remain confidential.

Trust gives its first grant!

Wed, March 12, 2003 - 15:53, Diary, Administrator,

The Tottenham Tribute Trust (TTT) is delighted to announce that in conjunction with the PFA Benevolent Fund a grant has been awarded to Les Allen to enable him to undergo a replacement hip operation.

As a member of the 1960-61 "Double" winning team, Les Allen is a Spurs legend in the real sense of the word. Les made 137 first team appearances scoring an impressive 61 goals between December 1959 and July 1965.

It is quite fitting that Les can be helped as his son Clive and nephew Paul both played in the fund-raising Tribute Match against DC United at White Hart Lane last October alongside Jurgen Klinsmann, David Ginola, Gazza and Chris Waddle.

Les contacted the TTT about the need for a hip replacement operation. He explained, "I had pains in my hip but after walking for about 300 yards the pains got worse. I wrote to the TTT after visiting my local NHS hospital and finding out that I would need to wait about 2 years for an operation. Thankfully the TTT agreed to pay half towards the operation with the PFA paying for the other half. I am very grateful for all the help I am receiving".

Les said that he will be in hospital for a week, then recovering at home on crutches and on a stick for a couple of months and then, all being well, he will be able to return to the golf course.

We will be keeping you updated with Les's progress as we will be visiting him in hospital and at home to check on his recovery.

Everybody associated with the Club and TTT wishes Les a speedy recovery from the operation and we look forward to seeing him back on his feet very quickly.

The TTT was formed out of an initiative between the Club and The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust. It is an independent organisation comprising a Chairman and five other trustees with the objective of helping former players and staff of the Club that for any reason may have fallen on difficult times.

To apply to the TTT for a grant, please visit our application page or contact us via our contact page.


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