Bill Nicholson 10th Anniversary Quotes

On the 10th anniversary of the passing of our greatest ever manager, it is time to look back on some of my favourite quotes that put this man into the category of ‘legend’.

“If you don’t win anything, you have had a bad season.”

“Spurs have got to be the best in the land, not the second best.”

“I always said that it was an honour to serve Tottenham Hotspur and I feel the same every time I walk back into the stadium.”

“When it is played at its best football remains the greatest game of all. And Tottenham, so close to my heart, is still to me the greatest club.”

“Naturally I’m a Tottenham man. So far as football is concerned, it means almost everything, doesn’t it really? Because I can reflect back to being a player with, and manager of some of the finest players that have ever been in the game.”

“Any player coming to Spurs whether he’s a big signing or just a ground staff boy must be dedicated to the game and to the club. He must be prepared to work at his game. He must never be satisfied with his last performance, and he must hate losing.”

“The public can’t be kidded. They know what they want to see, what is good and what is bad and what is just average. At least I believe they do.”
“If you don’t have to drag yourself off the field exhausted after 90 minutes, you can’t claim to have done your best.”

“We must always consider our supporters, for without them there would be no professional football. It would be better to have more fans watching football the way they like it played, rather than have a few fans watching football the way we would like it played.”

“…intelligence doesn’t make you a good footballer. Oxford and Cambridge would have the best sides if that were true. It’s a football brain that matters and that doesn’t usually go with an academic brain. In fact I prefer it when it doesn’t. I prefer players not to be too good or clever at other things. It means they concentrate on football.”

“It’s been my life, Tottenham Hotspur, and I love the club.”

“It’s no use just winning, we’ve got to win well.”

“There’s no use being satisfied when things are done wrongly. I want perfection.”

“It’s magnificent to be in Europe, and this club – a club like Tottenham Hotspur – if we’re not in Europe…. we’re nothing. We’re nothing.”

“It is better to fail aiming high than 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.”

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