Nicholson is the definition of loyalty: an old-school player with an old-school philosophy. Although World War Two cost him half his playing career, he was instrumental in the Spurs side that won the league in 1951 with their eye-catching ‘push and run’ play. On the international scene he made an immediate impact for England, scoring with his first touch in his first game after just 19 seconds against Portugal. Incredibly, he’d never pull on the Three Lions shirt again as injuries and the dominance of Billy Wright limited his opportunities. He retired and returned to White Hart Lane as a manager where he presided over the Tottenham golden age, picking up trophies for fun, before retiring in 1974 after growing increasingly disillusioned with ballooning players’ wages and Britain’s ugly hooliganism. That integrity and character mark him out as a gentleman. Nicholson has gone down in history as the Lilywhites’ most important figure. A figure we can all be proud of to this day.