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Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves dies aged 81


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immy Greaves, Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer, has died at the age of 81 in the early hours of Sunday 19 September.

His passing was announced on the club’s website in a statement that paid homage to his goal scoring feats. Greaves scored 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961 and 1970 – 220 goals in 321 league games, 32 goals in 36 FA Cup ties, five in just eight League Cup ties and nine in 14 European matches.

The 37 league goals that he netted in the 1962/63 season remains to this day our record by any player in a single season.

A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, Jimmy also scored 44 goals in his 57 senior international appearances, with 42 of those caps – and 28 goals – won while a Spurs player.

Born in East Ham on 20 February, 1940, Greave’s career started in the junior ranks at Chelsea where he turned professional in May, 1957. He scored on debut, ironically against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on 24 August, 1957, in a 1-1 draw.

He remained at Stamford Bridge until June, 1961, when he moved to AC Milan, and his 41-goal haul in the First Division in 1960/61 still stands as Chelsea’s record for a single season.

He soon moved to Tottenham and scored on debut against Blackpool on 16 December, 1961, scoring a hat-trick to give an indication of what was to follow during the course of the next nine years.

His brace in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final helped Tottenham to a 5-1 demolition of Atletico Madrid, as we became the first British club to win a European trophy.

When he topped the First Division goalscoring charts in 1964/65 with 29 goals, he became the first player to do so in three consecutive seasons and he broke the 20 league goals barrier in three other campaigns for us. His final honour came in the 1967 FA Cup Final, playing his part in a 2-1 win over his former club Chelsea.

He left Spurs in March, 1970, to join West Ham United, before retiring at the end of the 1970/71 season at the age of 31. In October, 1972, a crowd of 45,799 gathered at White Hart Lane to pay tribute to him in his Testimonial match against Feyenoord.


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