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Tottenham Hotspur's 2014/15 Premier League new kit pays tribute to the north London club's greatest legend Bill Nicholson as 2014 commemorates the 10th anniversary of his passing.

Nicholson's most famous quote remained Spurs' philosophy: " It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory."

Commemorative new kit

The new Spurs home kit is a traditional white jersey with a navy blue horizontal stripe, which was inspired from one of the club's first football shirt from the 1890s.

The words 'Echo of Glory' taken from Nicholson's quote appears on the shoulders combined with the design of the famous gate that leads up to White Hart Lane, on Bill Nicholson Way.

Yellow flash stripes on the sleeves cuff and collar set off a solid navy blue short.

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The away kit is a black shirt with 11 vertical yellow stripes, on the front, signifying the number of trophies Nicholson won during his reign at White Hart Lane. Yellow taping on the sides match with the black short and socks.

Spurs greatest legend

His philosophy and the valuable human being he was left him managing Spurs from 1958 to 1974, after appearing 314 times as a player.

When Nicholson was named successor of former coach Jimmy Anderson in 1958, Tottenham Hotspur were sixth from the bottom of the First division table, but, three years later Spurs became the first English team in the twentieth century to win both the English league - Football League First division in 1961 - and the FA Cup in the same season.

Nicholson’s Spurs went on to win the FA Cup the next year in 1962 and later in 1967.

The North Londoners also found, at the time, the glory to keep their ‘sights very high’ to win other trophies, such as the European Cup winners' Cup in 1963 and the FA Charity Shield in 1961 and 1962.

Nicholson's Spurs continued to win major trophies during the next decade with the Football League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and the UEFA Cup trophy in 1972 brought back home to White Hart Lane.


After his retirement in 1974, Nicholson returned, two years later, to Tottenham as a consultant and still had his eyes on players as he was the one who recommended several Spurs legends, with the like of Graham Roberts, Tony Galvin, Gary Mabbutt and Glenn Hoddle.

The main entrance that leads on White Hart Lane was named Bill Nicholson Way in his honour before he passed away, on October 23, 2004, after a long illness.

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