Tottenham Hotspur 1960 – 1961; the team.
The fixtures and results from the Double Year plus photographs and programme from the game against Sheffield Wednesday when the League was won is on the Double Year page.
Born Arbroath Oct 8 1934. Signed from Dundee in June 1959.Full Scottish international. Done the simple things well and is up there with Jennings and Clemence as perhaps the best seen in Spurs goal.
d. 30 November 2004
Born 10 December 1931, Hampstead, London. Not the classiest full back but was steady and given the quality of wingers in those days was rarely embarrassed. Compered speaking tours by Jimmy Greaves.
Born 17 August 1934. Sound, fast and a good tackler. Won a single England cap but lost out to Ray Wilson. As with so many of this generation would have won more caps had a squad system been in place. Stayed on with the club as coach. d. 27.12. 2014
Born 10 February 1926. Incomparable. No one could control a game like Blanchflower. Never missed a penalty. Danny made this side great. Signed from Aston Villa in December 1954 and went on to captain Northern Ireland. Took up a career in journalism and died on 9 December 1993.
Born 8 May 1934. Powerful and commanding figure in defence. Signed from Norwich in November 1955. Should have been England’s regular centre half but had to wait for Billy Wright to collect 105 caps and retire. Then his career was cut short when he broke his leg in a friendly.
Born 14 November 1934. No one earned the right to be called ‘great’ more than Dave Mackay. A one man team. Always gave one hundred per cent even when the others believed the game was already won. Bill Nick believed him to be the heart of the team. A regular for Scotland and would have continued for more years had he not broke his leg twice. Signed from Hearts in March 1959. d. 2 March 2015
Born 7 Fenruary 1935. Signed from Swansea in February 1958. Rated faster than the legendary ‘Hento’ of Real Madrid, was a superb crosser of a ball and scored goals with bullet like accuracy from flying headers. ‘Jonah’ was a Welsh International regular.
Born 28 April 1987. Perhaps the most skilful player ever to wear a Spurs shirt (including Hoddle and Ginola). Signed from Falkirk in October 1959 and was a Scottish International. Nicknamed ‘the Ghost’, could pinpoint a cross and stop any ball dead. Bill Nick was grooming him to replace Blanchflower but he was killed in a freak lightning strike whilst playing golf on 21 July 1964.
Born 22 February 1933. Oh for the return of forwards like big, bustling Bobby Smith. A big man but was deceptively skilful and scored goals like shelling peas with foot or head. Signed from Chelsea in 1955 he won 15 England caps and scored 13 goals! d. September 18 2010
Born 4 September 1937. Always in the shadow of Bobby Smith he nevertheless scored 119 goals in his Spurs career from 1959 – 1965. He realised he would be the one to go the next season when Jimmy Greaves arrived. These days he would be an important and essential member of any first team squad. Two sons and two nephews also played on professional terms.
Born 29 November 1934 in Yorkshire. After scoring a typical wingers goal in the Cup Winners Cup Final against Athletico Madrid in 1963 Bobby Smith told him to retire whilst he was ahead. Terry was a short, snappy winger who could cross a ball – a good, honest players player. One of the few members of this side not to have won any International honours.
William Edward ‘Bill’ Nicholson OBE. Born 26 January 1919. A member of the famous ‘Push and Run’ side of the fifties Bill Nick was the architect of the Double Side. It was his belief that football should be played in a certain way that created such a footballing club and tradition. Spurs fans still believe that it is not just the winning that is important, it is in the way that you do it. This is why Bill Nick will remain the greatest. Bill Nick died on 23 Oct 2004.
Reserve players: John Hollowbread (Goal) d.7.12.2007, Mel Hopkins (Full Back) d. 18.10.2010, Tony Marchi (half back), Eddie Clayton (half back), Terry Medwin (winger), Eddie Bailey (Assistant Manager) d.13.10.2010, Cecil Poynton (trainer – with the famous bucket of cold water and magic sponge) d.12.1.1983.
I have posted a short (30 second) video on You Tube showing the 1961 FA Cup Final vs Leicester. It is in colour and although short, does show the two goals going in from Bobby Smith and Terry Dyson.
In 1961 they bought Jimmy Greaves. Les Allen knew it would be him that would have to make way. Greaves could only add to any team for who he played . Now in 2015 he is now suffering from ill health so to remind everyone of his genius here is a clip from Spurs vs Manchester United on 16 October 1965 on the main page.
Kenneth Wolstenholme called it the goal of the season. It could be the goal of any season. Enjoy.
Some quotes from Bill Nicholson which sums it all up for Spurs.
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.
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.
It’s no use just winning, we’ve got to win well.
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.
Extracts from the above have been placed into fridge magnets, available from here at £1.49 plus p&P.
More like this from my eBook Quote Sport Unquote
Back to the Double Year page: the night that the League was won.