for "Sir" bill nicholson
Last month, I officially nominated
Bill Nicholson for a knighthood and submitted the forms to the Awards
Department of the Cabinet Office.
I sent about five letters of
support with it - a couple from ordinary Spurs fans, one from Ron Henry
of the Double Team and two from writers who have written books, some
featuring Spurs when Bill was in charge. I was told by the Cabinet
office that it could take 12 - 18 months to be processed.
So, when last week's New Year
Honours list was announced, I was dismayed again that Bill had been
overlooked, especially when a certain Man. U. manager was knighted
within a couple of months of being suggested last year.
What I have done is to write to
"The Sun" and "The Mail" asking them to run stories
on Bill with the hope that this will put pressure upon the powers that
be then to do something as Bill is in his eighties.
Can your fanzine, perhaps with
others you might know, please get Spurs fans to send letters of support
to the the case officer
Mr. David Spooner,
2 Monck Street,
London SW1P 2BQ
Can letter writers please include
within the letters reasons why they feel that he deserves the award.
Bill Nicholson O.B.E. deserves
this award for services to sport (football) for England and Spurs.
John Hayes, Essex
MEHSTG is pleased to support the
campaign for this award and will be writing to the Cabinet Office.
Don't forget this is the man who made Tottenham what they are and
without him there would be no glory days. He was the first manager
this week to win the Double in the 20th century, the first manager to
win a European trophy for a British side and the first manager to win
two European trophies for an English club. That's not to mention
two more FA Cup final wins, two League Cups and another UEFA Cup
final. Mr. Nicholson has had a road named after him, but surely he
deserves national recognition as he achieved these feats in the days
before you could bring players in from abroad and he did not have the
financial resources available to him that managers have today.
|I was interested to read on your site the
letter from the guy who is trying to get Bill Nicholson knighted.
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who is quite angry that he hasn't
been given one already, especially after Alex Ferguson got his!
A couple of months ago, I started an online campaign to get Mr.
Nicholson this well overdue honour. I have started an online
petition, and support is slowly but steadily growing.
We even got mentioned on Sky Sports programme Soccer AM last week.
So, I was wondering if you could lend a hand with some publicity for the
site where supporters can sign the petition? If you could place a
link somewhere prominent on your site, I'd be most grateful. The
site can be found at:
All the best,
I have sent off many letters and have had
many replies. Some to mention are from Glenn Hoddle, Terry
Venables and Graham Taylor - three ex-England managers to name but a few
Also, I am awaiting a letter signed by
all of the 1960-1961 Double winning squad, who were at a recent reunion
in London, plus some others who attended that great night (PS They had a
This campaign at last seems to have
gained great momentum. I would like to thank all of the MEHSTG
readers who have sent letters of support, but, please everyone, keep the
letters winging in.
I hope that when the next honours list is
published very soon, that Bill will have his too long awaited reward.
Let's keep the pressure on. Write
to MP's (as soon as they are elected), Ministers, whoever !!
Thanks and keep up the good work
UP THE SPURS
John Hayes, Essex
Send your letters for Bill to be knighted
to : -
Case Officer - Mr. David Spooner,
2 Monck Street,
London SW19 2BQ
Just a quick message to
ask any SPURS or Football Fan who has not yet contributed to the
"Knight Bill Nick Campaign", to please write a letter ASAP
to The case officer - Mr. D. Spooner, Awards Dept, Nominations Unit,
Cabinet Office, Ashley House, 2 Monck Street, London SW1.
Time is rapidly running
out, as we must aim for this New Years honours list. It will
soon be finalised so please get writing, the letter has to state why
you think Bill deserves such an honour.
The more the
merrier. You will join a very select and very famous list of
supporters. Can Teletext and other Fanzines please be
updated. I've spoken to Harry Hotspur several times we both
believe that this next list may prove successful, if not then the
quest will carry on.
Well once again Bill
Nicholson has been over-looked for a knighthood, the two year
campaign will still go on. Bobby Robson only had to wait 6 weeks
funny that, maybe because Blair supports Newcastle.
We need ALL Spurs
Fans from all over to get involved.
See Harry Hotspurs
site and lobby your MP's.
We will not give up.