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Bill Nicholson

Tottenham Hotspur FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 2
100% successful

1948-51

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name William Edward Nicholson OBE
Born 26 January 1919 at 15 Vine Street, Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Scarborough, March 1919]. To Joseph and Edith (née Gowan). Eight of nine children.
Attended Gladstone Road Junior School and Scarborough Boys High School.
census notes According to the 1911 census, Joseph and Edith, who were married in 1899, were living at 25 Vine Street in Scarborough. Joseph was a coachman. They had five children, George, Fred, Doris, Edith and Joseph.
Married to Grace L. Power 'Darkie' [registered in Edmonton, Middlesex, June 1942]. Two daughters
Died 23 October 2004 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, aged 85 years 271 days [registered in Hatfield, October 2004].
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 8lbs [1951].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Biographies *Glory Glory: My Life with Spurs - Bill Nicholson (Macmillan, London 30 August 1984)
#Bill Nicholson at Tottenham Hotspur 1958-1974: a celebration of the career of a great manager - John James Maguire (The author, Widnes 1995)
Mr Tottenham Hotspur: Bill Nicholson OBE Memories of a Spurs Legend - Steve E. Hale (Football World, April 2005)

Double Bill: The Bill Nicholson Story - Alan Mullery and Paul Trevillion (Mainstream Publishing, 8 September 2005)
Bill Nicholson: Football's Perfectionist - Brian Scovell (John Blake Publishing, 11 May 2011)
Bill Nicholson Revisted: The Master of White Hart Lane - Norman Giller (NMG Enterprises, 14 November 2013)
 

*A professional with Spurs from 1938. then manager, adviser and scout for the club which was indeed his life. #Short, self-published tribute - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career with Scarborough Working Men's Club junior side and the Young Liberals. Joined Tottenham Hotspur FC as an amateur on 16 March 1936, developing with Northfleet FC, He signed professionally with Spurs in August 1938, and went on to guest with Sunderland AFC, Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle United FC during WW2. Having joined the Durham Light Infantry rising to the rank of sergeant. He was stationed in Italy following the end of the war, and did not return to the playing field until 1948, he retired after 314 league appearances and six goals, in 1955.
Club honours: Football League Division Two winners 1949-50; Football League Champions 1950-51, runners-up 1951-52; FA Charity Shield winners 1951;
Individual honours: Football League (one appearance). English Football Hall of Fame inductee 2003
Distinctions: Awarded the OBE 1975.
In 1999 an approach road to White Hart Lane was named Bill Nicholson Way in his honour.

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s): Following his retirement from playing in 1955, Nicholson remained with Tottenham Hotspur FC in a succession of coaching appointments. Stepped up to assistant manager in August 1957 and manager on 11 October 1958, a position he held until his resignation in September 1974. He never remained out of the game long, as he returned as a consultant for Ron Greenwood at West Ham United FC in August 1975. Returning to Tottenham Hotspur in July 1976 in an administrative role.
Club honours: Football League Champions 1960-61, runners-up 1961-62; FA Cup winners 1960-61, 1961-62, 1966-67; Football League Cup winners 1970-71, 1972-73; FA Charity Shield winners 1961, 1962, shared 1967; UEFA European Cup Winners Cup winners 1962-63; UEFA Cup winners 1971-72, runners-up 1973-74;

England Career

Player number 706th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 264, 19 May 1951, Portugal 2 England 5, a Festival of Britian celebration match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 32 years 113 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (four appearances, 1948-50)
Distinctions Nicholson scored after only thirty seconds, maybe nineteen, maybe forty, against Portugal, possibly the fastest debut goal in all international football.

Beyond England

Bill found more fame behind the scenes. Under his managership, Spurs were at their most successful. He paid large transfer fees but rarely made a poor deal, achieving blends that delighted crowds besides winning trophies. He was appointed club president of Spurs in 1991. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.185.

 

Bill Nicholson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
- 1 0 90 1 90 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Bill Nicholson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1

 

Bill Nicholson - Match History
 
 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 29
239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW reserve
240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino tour AW reserve
1 b 19 May 1948 - Switzerland 1 England 5, Stadio Comunale, Bellinzona AW Start 4
u/o b 22 May 1948 - FC Schaffhausen 0 England 6, Schaffhausen AW reserve
242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW reserve

Age 30
246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AL squad member
b 15 May 1949 - Finland A 0 England 4, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW
247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevċl Stadion, Oslo AW
b 18 May 1949 - Netherlands A 1 England 4, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam AW reserve
248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW withdrawn squad member
252 30 November 1949 - England 2 Italy 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW replacement reserve
2 b 18 January 1950 - England 5 Switzerland 0, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW Start 4

Age 31
3 b 11 May 1950 - Italy 5 England 0, Stadio San Siro, Milano tour AL Start 4
254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa AW squad member
4 b 17 May 1950 - Netherlands A 3 England 0, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam AL Start 4
255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles AW squad member
b 21 May 1950 - Luxembourg 1 England 2, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzeburg AW withdrawn
squad member

Age 32
263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW withdrawn reserve
1 264 19 May 1951 - England 5 Portugal 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool Fr HW Start 30s 4
267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0, Villa Park, Birmingham BC HW reserve
268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD withdrawn injured
269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW reserve
270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze tour AD reserve
271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien AW
272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich AW

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