Legend is used far too often in modern-day football, but it is a word that perfectly describes Bill Nicholson.
Born in 1919, Nicholson had a 36-year association with Tottenham Hotspur, and is widely considered as one of the most important figures in the club’s history.
He made more than 300 league appearances for Tottenham as a player, before managing the London club between 1958 and 1974. Whilst in charge of Spurs, he led the club to eight major trophies, including the famous double-winning 1960-61 campaign.
Nicholson passed away at the age of 85 in October 2004, but he is still held in the highest regard by those associated with Tottenham.
On Monday, Tottenham’s official Twitter account posted a tribute to the former wing-half on the anniversary of his death.
As expected, the response section was filled with tributes for Nicholson, who also represented the English national team during his days as a player.
A selection of the best Twitter tributes for the true footballing legend can be found below:
On this day in 2004, the great Bill Nicholson passed away.
Mr. Tottenham, never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/dgSbRJgser
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 23, 2017
RIP to a footballing legend
— Ben🇨🇦 (@SimpIySerge) October 23, 2017
He must be smiling looking at us play right now
— Sourjya Chowdhury (@sourjyac14) October 23, 2017
Are there plans for a statue of him at the new ground?
— Rampion (@Hovewuntbedruv) October 23, 2017
Rest well Mr Tottenham……
— Pat Shewbridge (@1994timothy) October 23, 2017
Legend of the English Game! RIP🙏💙 #COYS
— ✨ (@BigChrisDinero) October 23, 2017
— Gaz (@stagaz) October 23, 2017
Rip one of the greatest 💙
— Jay🎃 (@coysjxy) October 23, 2017
RIP sir, a sad day. You are in our thoughts always. I brought my eldest son down on the day, signed the books and gave my thoughts to Sky
— Iain Phillips (@Phillips_Iain) October 23, 2017
ONE OF SPURS GREATEST MANAGERS EVER A TRUE LEGEND 👏👏👏👏👏👏🙏
— John Bunt (@JohnBunt5) October 23, 2017
Such a very special man as player & manager. He was the best ever manager to grace football
— john freeman (@ithastobefun) October 23, 2017