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Norman Giller's unique insight on Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson - Greatest Spurs manager of all

Norman Giller concludes his brilliant series on Spurs' managers with a unique insight on the greatest of them all - Bill Nicholson......

Arthur Rowe - Push and run coaching master

Arthur Rowe - Push and run coaching master

Norman gives us yet another great history lesson, writing a detailed account of Spurs' "Push and run" hero - Arthur Rowe, who led us to the Second Division and First Division Championship titles in successive years. (Updated - 25/07/16)

Giller's Weekly (30.05.16) - The John Cameron Story

John Cameron - the first manager to bring silverware to Tottenham

Regular columnist, and accomplished journalist Norman Giller has updated his history of one of the earliest Spurs heroes. Full details here


Jimmy Greaves
My boyhood idol, the one and only Jimmy Greaves was 76 years old on February 20th, 2016. Happy Birthday Jim!
· Read Brian Judson's original article (written several years ago).

· Read John Farrell's further tribute.

· Recently added - Extract from The Golden Boot.


· When "Peej" met Greavsie.

In June 2010 Spurs Odyssey was invited to attend a gathering at the new prestigious Burger King in Leicester Square. Two of Spurs Odyssey's members - Peter Garnett ("Peej") and Tom Fisher ("Tommy") - went along and produced the following rather unique insight into my personal favourite ever football player.

Spurs Legend Jimmy Greaves chats with Spurs Odyssey members Peter Garnett and Tom Fisher


Peter McWilliam - The second man to win Spurs the FA Cup

Peter McWilliam - The second man to win Spurs the FA Cup

Norman Giller truly excelled with this detailed account of Peter McWilliam, who led us to FA Cup victory in 1921. Norman also found space to detail the scandal of Arsenal securing a First Division place when the Football League resumed after the Great War. You might not have read this tale in such detail before!


R.I.P Dave Mackay - A true Spurs legend

One of the most iconic football images ever!

Click on the image to reveal a larger version

The picture adorns my wall, signed by the great man himself. I was in the south-east corner of the lower terraces at White Hart Lane and had the privilege of seeing the scene of Mackay lifting Bremner from the same angle as the iconic photograph, but from a greater distance.

It was and remains a truly memorable football photograph. It is one that will be seen many times over today and tomorrow as the national, Tottenham, Derby, Scottish and Edibnburgh press reports the sad passing yesterday (02.03.15) of David Craig Mackay, born on 14th November, 1934 at Musselburgh, Scotland.......

See full details here


Fiftieth anniversary of 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup win

The programme for the European Cup Winners Cup Final of 1963 · The story of Spurs 1963 European Cup-Winners' Cup win - Introduction.
· Round One - Spurs beat Glasgow Rangers 8-4 on aggregate.
· Round Two - Spurs beat Slovan Bratislava 6-2 on aggregate.
· Semi-Final - Spurs beat OFK Belgrade 5-2 on aggregate.
· The Final - Spurs beat Athletico Madrid 5-1.


Fifty Years After - The Double Series
A series of articles and reports giving an in depth look at the 1960-1 season, starting with the building of the side; and a brief account of 1960-1. The series was written during the 2000-01 season but has been re-launched to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Spurs' finest hour. This series also now features tributes and a detailed profile of "Sir" Bill Nicholson, who sadly passed away on 23rd October, 2004.


The legend that is Bill Nicholson is photographed in his beloved Spurs kit, relaxing in his back garden

Spurs Odyssey Message Board member – “Huk” – had a very privileged upbringing near White Hart Lane –in Creighton Road. “Huk” was not and is not a rich man. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So what was so special about his life so near to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club? Well, our man “Huk” used to live next door but one to THE Spurs Legend, the late, great “Sir” Bill Nicholson.

· Read Huk's Story here


Spurs' European Cup Campaign, 1961-62

· Spurs v Gornik Zabreze, European Cup - September 1961
· Spurs v Feyenoord, European Cup - November 1961
· Spurs v Dukla Prague, European Cup - February, 1962
· Spurs v Benfica, European Cup - March/April, 1962


Spurs Legend Bobby Smith - image courtesy of Spurs Odyssey member Mac2

Like everyone else I was very saddened to hear of the passing of one of the Spurs Legends, Bobby Smith, on Saturday 18th September, 2010. Read the full item here


· The passing of another Spurs Legend - Eddie Baily

Eddie Baily was not just a former player for Spurs, but he was an integral member of our Championship winning side in 1950-51, managed by Arthur Rowe. Eddie made 40 appearances in our 1950-51 season, missing just two games, and scoring 12 goals. Eddie was an inside forward, or in modern-day terms an attacking midfielder, wearing the number 10 shirt.

Eddie Baily is pictured here amongst the 1950-51 League Champions. Left to right (back) - Ramsey, Nicholson, Clarke, Ditchburn, Duquemin, Willis, Walters - (front) - Castle, Bennett, Burgess (Capt.), Baily, Medley.

Eddie Baily is pictured here amongst the 1950-51 League Champions. Left to right (back) - Ramsey, Nicholson, Clarke, Ditchburn, Duquemin, Willis, Walters - (front) - Castle, Bennett, Burgess (Capt.), Baily, Medley....Read the full article

· See also Norman Giller's article about Eddie Baily


John Ripsher Dedication Service

The headstone provided in honour of John Ripsher

Spurs Odyssey was represented at the service held at St. Mary's Cemetery, Dover to dedicate the headstone placed at the grave of John Ripsher, the very first President of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.


The second most successful Spurs manager ever

The Burkinshaw Years
Brian Judson details the career of the second most successful Spurs manager ever.

Keith Burkinshaw installed into the Spurs Hall of Fame
Exclusive report and pictures


Spurs Legend Ron Burgess

Spurs Odyssey was saddened to hear of the passing of another Spurs Legend - Ron Burgess - yesterday on February 14th 2005. On this date in 1958, Spurs signed the great Cliff Jones from Swansea, when Ron Burgess was the manager. Ron Burgess died at the great age of 87 years, and Captained the great Championship winning sides from 1949-51, when Spurs won the old Second and First Divisions in successive seasons. He can also claim the credit for discovering Pat Jennings, as regular correspondent Brian Judson writes:-

See also this piece written in July 2015 by Norman Giller


· R.I.P. - TED DITCHBURN

Spurs Odyssey has heard the sad news of the passing of yet another legend of the 1950-51 Championship-winning side. The goalkeeper from that era, Ted Ditchburn, passed away yesterday (26th December, 2005) at the great age of 84, and joins the likes of Ramsey, Nicholson, Duquemin and Burgess in the great stadium in the sky.


Spurs Legend Pat Jennings makes his entrance at his Induction into the Spurs Hall of Fame on October 21st 2004

Pat Jennings installed into the Spurs Hall of Fame
Exclusive report and pictures


Heroes of Tottenham - Glenn Hoddle
Brian Judson provides his usual detailed insight into the career of one of the Lane's all time favourites.


Buy this commemorative plate! Spurs Odyssey was proud when it was chosen to exclusively offer you the chance to purchase this beautiful bone china plate, commemorating the marvellous first modern Double victory in 1960-61 by Tottenham Hotspur football club. The plate is no longer available


Do you recognise the young goalkeeper in the middle of this picture (below), taken in 1988? Have a look at this feature article, where all will be revealed!

Espen Baardsen pictured in 1988 in the LMSC Hotspurs side


Jurgen Klinsmann and Paul Gascoigne appear to be going for the same ball here Spurs 0 DC United 1 - West Stand in Mexican Wave shock!

Last night's Tottenham Tribute match was never supposed to be about the football, was it? A generous crowd (estimated by THFC at 27,000) came to White Hart lane for the pleasure of seeing two or three candidates for their all-time dream team wearing the lilywhite shirt again, and playing together. Their wish was granted, as Spurs played in an all white strip against a DC United team, dressed in black, and who had clearly not read the script for such occasions, when they scored a late winner, after applying themselves fully to the game throughout proceedings.


The Worthington Cup Final 1999

Re-live the last touch of glory for Spurs at the old Wembley. On that day we even cheered George Graham!

There are five accounts from:-
Paul Smith
Ivan Cohen
Brian Judson
Dave Gallagher
Les Wilson


On This Matchday
Information featuring programme notes, and/or points of interest regarding a match of a similar ilk to the game being played "on this day".


Remembering Cyril Knowles
Spurs recent Worthington Cup clash with Torquay evoked memories of the late Cyril Knowles, who graced White Hart lane for so many years, but who also had a spell at Torquay as manager before his tragic and early passing in 1991.

Spurs Odyssey Members help Macmillan Cancer Support

Paul Smith makes a presentation to Rebecca Steadman of Macmillan Cancer Support on behalf of Spurs Odyssey members

Photograph by Derek Ridgers See Derek's website archive here

Spurs v Chelsea
Carling Cup Final - 24.02.08

Spurs 2 Chelsea 1 - Walking in a Tottenham Juandeland!
Carling Cup Final 2008 - Team and Player Grades

This was a game about legends. Firstly the legend that is Ledley King, winning his fitness battle for the day to lead his team to victory, with a performance as immaculate as ever, and finally becoming the latest in a line of great Spurs Captains to lift a trophy. Secondly the legend that is to come in the shape of man of the match Jonathan Woodgate, who scored the winning goal in just his fifth Spurs game. It was not a classic goal, but one scored through great determination and application, typifying the Spurs performance on the day. Thirdly, and not least, the game was about Juande Ramos – winner of all 6 Cup Finals he has managed – tactician supreme. ......more...

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