Apart from Bill Nicholson and the twelve main players there were other people whose contribution to the double success requires acknowledging. There were five other players who made appearances during the season and the people behind the white line whose contributions ensured success.
The five players were, Frank Saul, Tony Marchi, Ken Barton, John Smith and John Hollowbread.
Frank Saul, Frank signed for Spurs at the start of that season having previously been an amateur player with us and playing for the reserves at just fifteen years of age. He was one of two players to make their debuts that Double winning season in the game at Bolton. He scored three goals appearing in six games.
He later played in five European matches scoring twice as he amassed a total of 128 appearances for Tottenham gathering 45 goals, playing on the wing as well as center forward.
1967 saw him score in both the FA Cup Semi Final V Nottingham Forest and the first goal in the Final V Chelsea.
Right in 1967,
On December 4th 1965 he was sent off during the game at Burnley thus becoming the first Spurs player dismissed in a League game since October 1928. The former England Youth International, winning five caps he also played for Young England V England in 1966. The following year he moved to Southampton in a deal that allowed Martin Chivers to join Spurs.
Tony Marchi - The Edmonton boy who joined Spurs in 1949 thus just missing out on the previous Championship winning side. He won an England B cap and captained the team during the mid fifties before moving to his father’s Italy where he was picked for the Italian side but his England B cap prevented him playing.
He returned to Spurs, and also appeared for England in the Young England game. He played in six games that season as understudy for Blanchflower and Mackay. Tony would have stepped straight into most league sides.
He later played in the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1963. Tony scored 7 goals in 260 games for Tottenham. He later managed Cambridge and Northampton. Tony also holds the record for being the first man to score a goal under floodlights in a competitive game in England. It came when he netted for us at Southampton in a reserve game in 1951.
Three men made just one appearance that season, goalkeeper John Hollowbread made 75 appearances for Spurs and kept a clean sheet at West Ham over that Christmas. He passed away in 2007.
Left - Hollowbread, note the gloves used at the time.
Ken Barton, a right back was the second man to make his debut in that famous season at Manchester United. Despite being with Spurs for ten years he only made four league appearances and later played for Millwall and Luton.
He sadly died at just 44 in 1982.
John Smith was a promising wing half / inside forward when he joined Spurs. He had already played for England Under 23’s and had been a reserve for the full team when he moved. However as cover for Mackay, Blanchflower and White he had little opportunity and only made twenty four appearances for Spurs with one goal over four years.
He later played for several other sides and was in the third divison Swindon side that beat Arsenal in the final of the League Cup. He passed away in 1988 aged 49.
Also on the staff that season but without appearing for the side was Mel Hopkins who still won international honours for Wales that year.
Also mentioned in the series is Barry Aitcheson who played in the pre-season trial game, the warm up game before the semi-final and in the game V Moscow, although he never made a first team competitive appearance.
Left - A rare picture of Ken Barton.
Behind the scenes was a small army that played their part in ensuring Tottenham’s success, as you will see from this photo which features 94 of the 383 staff. We have to thank the Daily Mail for their clever thinking behind this shot.
Special mention must go to training staff, Cecil Poynton (1) and J.Wallis, A.Thompson and J.Coxford as well as Bill Watson the fitness coach.
Bill’s Assistant Manager at the time was Harry Evans (top with Bill). The former Aldershot manager had joined Spurs in August 1959 and was also in charge of the clubs scouting system. He later became John White’s father-in-law. He has been described as always cheerful and approachable. Sadly he died in December 1962.
Bill Nicholson’s personal assistant at the time was one Barbara Wallace. She was in fact the granddaughter of former player and director, Morton Cadman and it was his wife who first tied the ribbons to the FA Cup in 1901 a tradition that has been followed ever since.
The Chairman at the time was Fred Bearman and the Directors were Sidney Wale, Fred Wale, John Bearman and D. Deacock.
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