Jimmy Greaves Died on Sunday, aged 81

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After a long career that spanned over eight decades, English footballer Jimmy Greaves has died. He was 81 years old and the highest-scoring player in the top flight. Greaves won two FA Cups with Tottenham, the Serie A with AC Milan, and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup with Tottenham. In addition, Greaves as part of the 1966 England World Cup squad. In addition, he was a part of the beloved television show Saint and Greavsie, which starred Greaves.


Known for his popularity as a television pundit, Jimmy Greaves was an ITV legend. During his time at the top of the game, he co-presented The Football Show alongside John St John. They coined the catchphrase ‘It’s a funny old game’ and persuaded Donald Trump to conduct the League Cup draw. Greaves was also an outspoken opponent of alcoholism, which he battled for many years.

A former England striker, Jimmy Greaves, died at the age of 81. The England striker was one of the most prolific players in history, scoring 447 goals in just over half a century of football. His career spans six decades, spanning six continents, and he saw him play for clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham, AC Milan, and West Ham United. He is survived by his wife Irene, four children, and ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Greaves’ talent unites football fans around the world.

In his brief but prolific career, Greaves scored 132 goals in 169 matches for Chelsea. He was also part of England’s 1966 World Cup squad. Greaves’ strike rate was among the highest in top-flight football. Greaves was the second-highest goalscorer for the country, with a goal-scoring average of more than 30 per season. He was a top scorer in six different seasons and held the record for scoring in Europe’s top five leagues for four decades. Cristiano Ronaldo eventually surpassed Greaves’ record during Real Madrid’s 2016-17 season.

He was a prolific striker.

Jimmy Greaves remained a prolific scorer in his career, racking up more than 350 goals for clubs and international teams. Greaves was the highest scorer in English top-flight football and won the Serie A with AC Milan and two FA Cups with Tottenham. He was also part of England’s 1966 World Cup squad and featured on TV shows such as Saint and Greavsie. Greaves passed away on Sunday morning, aged 68.

Greaves’ striking ability was unparalleled. He scored over 30 goals in nine of his first 11 seasons with Chelsea and once reached a league-high of 29 goals in a single season. Greaves also became a Chelsea legend, scoring 41 goals in 40 games in 1961. In total, he scored 422 goals in 602 appearances for the Spurs. A prolific striker, Greaves played in Serie A and FA Cup-winning sides in the same season and won the 1966 World Cup.

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The talented Greaves began his career at Chelsea as an Inside-Forward, scoring over 100 goals in four seasons. In 1960, he was named the top scorer in the league for three seasons. At age 21, he moved to AC Milan and signed a contract worth $121,600. However, Greaves did not settle in Lombardy and returned to England to join Tottenham. Greaves scored nine goals in 34 games during his final season with the Hammers.

He was a member of the Order of the British Empire.

A devoted Tottenham supporter, Jimmy Greaves married Irene Barden in 1958. The couple had four children. Unfortunately, the oldest son, Jimmy Greaves Junior, died before his first birthday in 1960. Jimmy Greaves was a member of the Order of the British Empire when he died, but he was more famous for his goals for Tottenham. His career at Tottenham was short, but he is remembered as one of the top English strikers.

A 1966 England World Cup-winning team member, Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 games for the Three Lions. He started his career at Chelsea and was a junior team member. He turned professional in May 1957 and scored in his first Chelsea match. In total, Greaves scored 132 goals for Chelsea. His final season with the club brought him to AC Milan.

His football career was most significant, but he also suffered from health problems later. After a minor stroke in 1992, he went through a serious one in May last year. He spent six days in intensive care before being released and eventually ended up in a wheelchair. His death in 2021 comes just two months after Denis Law announced that he had brain cancer.

He played for Tottenham.

Jimmy Greaves played for Tottenham from 1963 to 1972. He was a forward who scored a staggering 35 goals in 41 League games. Greaves joined Spurs on a free transfer from Manchester City. Greaves’ first game for Tottenham was in a reserve team match against Plymouth Argyle. He scored twice and went on to make his first-team debut against Blackpool. His goal-scoring streak continued with five successive wins against the Football League’s bottom side.

After a decade at Tottenham, Greaves left to join West Ham United. In 1970, he was sold to West Ham United. He later returned to Tottenham and was awarded an MBE for services to football. Greaves played for other clubs in the past, including AC Milan and West Ham. He played for Brentwood, Chelmsford City, Barnet, and Woodford Town. In his last season with Tottenham, he penned a book about the club’s history.

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During the war years, Greaves became a Tottenham supporter. He preferred to trek to White Hart Lane to watch the Spurs. He later became the first player to be awarded the award. Greaves played for Spurs in the 1962 FA Cup final and was named the club’s “Best Player.”

He was a member of the 1966 World Cup squad.

When the England national team won the 1966 World Cup, Jimmy Greaves played in goal for the country. He later played for Chelsea, West Ham, and Spurs and briefly represented AC Milan. Greaves was born in Manor Park in the East End of London and made his debut in the 1966 World Cup, appearing in England’s first three group matches. His sad appearance in the ensuing photograph has since become a cult classic.

Born in the East End of London, Greaves joined Tottenham and formed a partnership with Geoff Hurst. Sadly, Greaves was injured, and Hurst took his place in the England squad. Greaves’ career dwindled at the London club, and he never again played for the national side. However, his contribution to Tottenham’s success was enduring, and his goals continued to flow. In 1971, he retired from the game prematurely.

While playing for Tottenham, Greaves was essential to England’s World Cup campaign, scoring six goals in nine games. However, he had to miss the final because he was injured during the tournament. In the end, he was replaced by Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in England’s 4-2 win over West Germany. Unfortunately, Greaves suffered from alcoholism at an early age and suffered strokes in 2012 and 2015. England will pay tribute to Greaves at next month’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary.

He was a prolific batsman.

Greaves was one of the best. He was prolific and had a great sense of positioning. His shots were accurate, and he scored on every debut he made. Greaves was a class act on and off the field. His batting was so good that many people compared him to modern-day superstar Lionel Messi. Greaves was an exceptional all-around player who overcame personal demons and became a national institution.

The humor and charm of Greaves’ witty persona belied his vast knowledge and observational skills. A self-deprecating humorist, he was a frequent guest on television shows and enjoyed plain-speaking conversations with fans. He appeared on the famous puppet show ‘Spitting Image,’ where he was played by a puppet, and was an effervescent presence on ITV’s quiz show ‘Sporting Triangles.’ He was a frequent speaker at private events, including a 75th birthday party attended by former England captain Harris and Tottenham legends.

Greaves played in 57 England matches. He missed the 1966 World Cup final after suffering an injury during the final against France. Greaves played in every game of England’s group stage despite his injury. His injury forced the team to replace him with Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat trick and led England to victory. After his World Cup debut, Greaves signed a deal with West Ham United. He played nine years for the club and scored 13 goals in his brief stint with the Hammers.

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