15. “Ideas are very funny things. They never work unless you do.”

14. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

13. “Everything in our favour was against us.”

12. Spurs Director: “The trouble with you is that you think you know all the answers.”
Blanchflower: “Ah, God love you, you don’t even know the questions.”

11. “If we don’t know what we’re going to do, how can the other side?”

10. “We aim to equalise before the other team score. We should get our retaliation in first.”

9. Interviewer: “Well Danny, what is the secret to the Spurs winning every match so far this season?”

Danny: “Most probably because in each match we have scored more goals than our opponents.”

8. “He is a self-made man who worships his creator.”

7. “Football is a simple game made complicated by people who should know better.”

6. Duchess of Kent (at 1961 FA Cup Final): “Why do the other team have their names on their tracksuits and yours’ don’t?”
Blanchflower: “Ah well, ma’am, you see we all know each other.”

5. “Hoddle? No, it’s the bad players who are a luxury.”

4. “Whether you’re a player, manager, trainer, director, supporter, reporter, kit man or tea lady, football possesses the power to make the week ahead sparkle with a sense of joyous well-being.”

3. A young Nobby Stiles: “Blanchflower, you’re finished!”
Blanchflower: “Excuse me son, I haven’t read the programme yet. What’s your name?”

2. “We’ve got a good side here. We will win the double this season (a successful prediction in 1960).”

1. “The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.”



  1. Fortunately, I am old enough to have watched the double side and hence seen the Great Danny
    Blanchflower. He was the architect behind the style of how we played. Everything, started with him picking up the ball from just outside the penalty area and passing balls normally along the ground to his team mates.
    It’s very interesting to see that our present team also adopt a similar style of approach as the old
    ‘double side’. If our present team could improve on just one thing they should look at how Danny
    Blanchflower had such a large variation of creating goals from set play. One newspaper called it
    1000 and one different ways to take them. Let’s face it we don’t do too well on our corners etc.

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  6. Although it’s not referenced here the legendary Danny Blanchflower was specifically refering to ARSEnil when he said in he’s quote ‘not waiting for the other lot to die of boredom’.

    C’mon you Spurs!!!

  7. During the Double Season my father, whose loyalty had always been to some outfit in the Finsbury Park area, began to lean towards Spurs, taking great pleasure in Danny interviewing Kenneth Wolstenholme on Saturday evenings. Wolstenholme kept on about his belief that Burnley would win the Cup, but when we beat them in the semifinal my father relished Danny,s kindly putdown of the question about our chance of pulling off the Double.

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  13. Blanchflower said one of the most famous football quotes: “The most common misconception is that the game is all about winning. That is not the case. The game is about glory, about accomplishing things with style and flair, about going out and beating the bunch rather than waiting for them to die of boredom.”


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