Bill Nicholson led Tottenham to the first 'Double' of the 20th century

Tottenham Hotspur were the First Club to ......

Inspired by a Facebook update:

Tottenham Hotspur Firsts!!

  • Tottenham Hotspur were the first team in North London – established in 1882.
  • First non-League club to win the FA Cup in 1901 – defeating Sheffield United 3-1 in a replay at Bolton, following 2 – 2 draw at Crystal Palace.
  • First team to wear numbers on their shirts – Spurs led the campaign for this and in 1939 for their F.A.Cup against Watford they wore numbered jerseys and won 7 – 1.
  • First team in 20th century to win the ‘impossible’ Double - in 1960 – 61, managed by Bill Nicholson, they won the 1st Division with 31 wins and defeated Leicester City 2-0 in the F.A.Cup Final at Wembley.
  • Signed Jimmy Greaves from AC Milan in 1961 for £99,999 so that he wouldn’t be the first £100,000 player.
  • First British team to win a European trophy – European Cup Winners’ Cup – defeating Atletico Madrid 5 – 1 in the Final in Rotterdam.
  • The club that set transfer records throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s
  • First British team to win two European trophies – UEFA Cup - in 1971 – 72, defeating Wolves in the Final adding to their success in ECWC in 1962-63.
  • The club which signed two Argentinean World Cup stars in 1978 - Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.
  • The first club to become a plc. under Chairman, Irving Scholar.

Tottenham Hotspur lead the way, set the standards, others follow.

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