Tottenham have moved to honour club legend Bill Nicholson at their new stadium by re-burying his ashes at their White Hart Lane site.
The remains of Nicholson, who died aged 85 in 2004, and those of his wife Grace were buried under the pitch at Spurs until their stadium was demolished last year.
As part of the development of their new 62,000-seater ground, Tottenham have now moved the ashes to a spot where the White Hart Lane pitch, where Nicholson played and managed, and the turf of the new stadium will overlap.
Nicholson led Spurs to the Double in 1960-61 and claimed eight major trophies in 16 years as manager following 17 years as a player.
A private ceremony, attended by Bill and Grace’s immediate family, was held to re-inter the ashes.
Nicholson’s daughter, Jean, said the move was a ‘return home’ for her father, whose remains had previously been held at a point overlooking the site while demolition work was completed.
‘My sister Linda and I are so grateful for the respect and affection that everyone at the club continues to show towards our father’, Jean said. ‘There is no more fitting memorial than for him to rest below the new pitch, and having Mum by his side makes it even more special.
‘Dad’s dream was always for his beloved Spurs to be the best in the world and it is clear that this new stadium project is a giant step towards that aspiration.
‘We are proud that Dad played a major role in developing the club’s history and that his contribution is being remembered in this way.
‘We’re sure Dad would have enjoyed watching the current team play, in the way that he always advocated. The fact that the Spurs are taking him with them into the future means so much to us all.’
Tottenham plan to move into the new ground next season, having spent the current campaign using Wembley as their temporary home.