Bill Nicholson’s Tottenham Hotspur team of the 1960-61 season, the team that went on to win the first League and FA Cup double of the 20th century. Spurs became league champions with 66 points and beat Leicester 2 – 0 in the FA Cup final. Although they successfully defended the FA Cup the following season the league title went to Ipswich, who were then managed by Alf Ramsey who would go on to lead England to World Cup victory 4 years later. However the cup victories was the springboard for Spurs to become the first British club to win a UEFA club competition in 1963, beating Atletico Madrid 5 – 1 in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final in Rotterdam.

 

1. Peter Baker: English right-back who was part of the Spurs double winning side, as well as winning the FA cup in 1962.
2. Bill Brown: Scottish goalkeeper. He won both the double and the European Cup Winners Cup with Spurs. After he finished playing, he stayed in Canada working as a property developer and later for the government.
3. Ron Henry: Made his debut in 1955 as a centre-half, but was soon converted to left-back. He won both the double and European Cup Winners Cup with Spurs. He was a regular in Spurs' defence for many years.
4. Dave Mackay: Scottish left-half. He was signed for £32,000 from Hearts in March 1959. Brian Clough claimed in 2003 that Mackay was "Tottenham Hotspurs greatest ever player", which could explain why Clough signed him for Derby in 1968. Although he was not part of Clough's 1972 title winning team, Mackay returned to Derby in 1973 as manager, guiding them to another League title in 1975.
5. Danny Blanchflower: Northern Irish half-back and captain of Tottenham during the double-winning season of 1961. He was ranked as the greatest player in Spurs' history by The Times in 2009.
6. Maurice Norman: English defender. He played centre-half and signed for Spurs from Norwich for a fee of £28,000. He was an integral part of Bill Nicholson's double-winning Spurs team of 1960-61 which went on to retain the FA Cup in 1962, and win the FA Cup Winners' Cup.
7. John White: His success lay not only in a combination of skills which helped sustain the attacking momentum, but in his runs to find space of the ball, arriving unexpectedly in the opposition's penalty area which resulted in him gaining the nickname "The Ghost". He was tragically killed by lightning on a golf course at the age of 27.
8. Bobby Smith: At 5ft 9'' and nearly 13 stone, he was a barnstorming centre-forward with flair. He scored in both the FA Cup Winning finals of 1961 and 1962 and was in the Cup Winners' Cup side  of 1963. He also played for Chelsea and Brighton. 
9. Les Allen:  Member of the famous Allen footballing family. He formed a lethal goal-scoring partnership with Bobby Smith. Like Smith, he was signed from Chelsea but lost his place to Jimmy Greaves after the double winning season. He moved to QPR where he helped the 3rd Division side to promotion and victory against Arsenal in the League Cup Final.
10. Terry Dyson: Bought for Tottenham Hotspur in 1958, he quickly became an indispensable part of the development of the team, figuring as an attacking midfielder.
11. Cliff Jones: A quick and gifted winger, his role was to supply the ammunition to the strikers. Despite this he had 'an eye for goal' himself, once scoring a hat trick of headers past Gordon Bnks. He was an indispensable part of Nicholson's side.
12. Bill Nicholson: Ater a 17 year playing career with Spurs, he went on to become the club's most successful manager of all time. In the 1960-61 season his side went on to do the first 'double' of the League and theFA Cup of the twentieth century. He led the team to every domestic honour as well as the European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup. The only trophy to escape him was the European Cup. The nearest he got was in 1962 where, despite a semi-final 2-1 2nd leg home win against reigning champions Benfica, his side went out 3-4 on aggregate.

 

 

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