Jimmy Greaves

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In intensive care after suffering a stroke.
 

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Sad news. What on earth would he be worth in today's transfer market: 44 goals in 57 games for England; 366 goals in 528 club games! Hope he pulls through.
 

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I missed his playing career so can only remember his TV career and obviously "Congratulations to Birmingham City on winning the Third Division". Obviously wouldn't wish a stroke on anyone and hope he either recovers or doesn't suffer much. Clearly a football legend.
 

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Nice guy, he was an after dinner speaker at a doo I was at. very funny bloke.

Get well soon Greavsie.
 

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Top player and a top bloke. Wish him a speedy recovery.
 
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Nice guy, he was an after dinner speaker at a doo I was at. very funny bloke.

Get well soon Greavsie.
I'm sure he's done BFC dinners in the past.
 

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Remember he once said Kevin Francis missed a sitter and he said it was because the message took so long to get from his brain to his foot.

Hope he makes a speedy recovery
 

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Was an inside forward in those days,normally had a lump like Bobby Smith playing alongside him playing centre forward,I am old enough to know these things as I did have the privilege to see him play.
 

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Was an inside forward in those days,normally had a lump like Bobby Smith playing alongside him playing centre forward,I am old enough to know these things as I did have the privilege to see him play.

:imwith:

What a truly great goal scorer Greavsie was! And a genuinely funny bloke too.
They don't make many like him anymore.
 

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Get well soon Greavsie Like Bill Benn I had the priviledge of seeing him play
 

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Arguably England's finest ever centre forward.
Greaves was regarded as a goalscoring genius in his day.
Bill Nicholson helped Jimmy to negotiate his way out of his contract with Milan.
On returning to Britain, Greaves made his debut for Tottenham, not for the first team,
but in the reserves in a midweek fixture at Plymouth.

His return brought a crowd of 13,500
 

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Get well soon Greavsie Like Bill Benn I had the priviledge of seeing him play
You saw Bill play, can you still remember it?

Was he any good? I'd have him down as Billy "border terrier" Benn, a game, tenacious, busy player with a tendency to go missing for big games?
 

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"Due to be inducted into the Spurs Hall of Fame later this week"...

If he's not already in it, who the **** is? Warren Gravette?
 

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Sad news. What on earth would he be worth in today's transfer market: 44 goals in 57 games for England; 366 goals in 528 club games! Hope he pulls through.
Best English striker I've ever seen.
 

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Good luck Jimmy

Never had the privilege to see him play but from footage of him he was clearly a natural goal scorer

I also liked Faint and Queasy and was saddened when it was no longer on
 

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My Dad (a Spurs season ticket holder in the 60's) was such an ardent Greaves fan, that to this day he still claims that picking Geoff Hurst for the World up Final ahead of Greaves was 'the greatest travesty in the history of team selection. "But Dad, Hurst scored a hat-trick"? to which I get the immediate response, "Greaves would have scored 4"!)
 

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"Due to be inducted into the Spurs Hall of Fame later this week"...

If he's not already in it, who the **** is? Warren Gravette?
Couldn't agree more. He should have been in it years and years ago if not the first name down!
 
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My Dad was a Chelsea fan and saw his first season there and reckoned he was the best player he ever saw.
Scored 124 goals in 4 season before he went to Italy (wiki), I guess Chelsea used to try and score more than one a game back then :)
As a kid I remember when Spurs sold him to WHU and his first game was at Maine Rd.
It was on MOTD because he'd score in every debut he'd ever played til that point.
Lo and behold he did it again as they thrashed Man City 5 something.
Had such great balance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKHmqvJLnF4
 

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My Dad was a Chelsea fan and saw his first season there and reckoned he was the best player he ever saw.
Scored 124 goals in 4 season before he went to Italy (wiki), I guess Chelsea used to try and score more than one a game back then :)
As a kid I remember when Spurs sold him to WHU and his first game was at Maine Rd.
It was on MOTD because he'd score in every debut he'd ever played til that point.
Lo and behold he did it again as they thrashed Man City 5 something.
Had such great balance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKHmqvJLnF4
Look at the state of that Maine Road pitch!
 

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Very funny man, extremely humble, fantastic human being as far as i'm concerned. Hope for a recovery.
 

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Look at the state of that Maine Road pitch!
Hey, not all that unusual... the Baseball Ground (Derby) used to be even worse. Imagine our boys passing it around at the back in those conditions! And yet, Greavsie looked every bit as sharp as someone like Andre does on terra firma!
 

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From the mirror link above "He is Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer with 266. In fact no man in the history of football has scored more goals in Europe’s major leagues than Jim. Not Lionel Messi, *Cristiano Ronaldo, or Gerd Muller."
 
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My Dad (a Spurs season ticket holder in the 60's) was such an ardent Greaves fan, that to this day he still claims that picking Geoff Hurst for the World up Final ahead of Greaves was 'the greatest travesty in the history of team selection. "But Dad, Hurst scored a hat-trick"? to which I get the immediate response, "Greaves would have scored 4"!)
Although said tongue in cheek, he's probably right.
 

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My Dad (a Spurs season ticket holder in the 60's) was such an ardent Greaves fan, that to this day he still claims that picking Geoff Hurst for the World up Final ahead of Greaves was 'the greatest travesty in the history of team selection. "But Dad, Hurst scored a hat-trick"? to which I get the immediate response, "Greaves would have scored 4"!)
My dad was also a Tottenham season ticket holder in the 60's.
Greaves is his all time favourite.
 

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Brilliant goalscorer and a complete 1960's and 1970's "Character" that is so sadly missing from today's game.
Loved St and Greavsies, they just took the pi55 all day and so what if we were the brunnt of one of their jokes.
 

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I've just checked the stats and I find that the leading goalscorer is Alan Shearer with 260, so I'm ignoring Jim's 357 in something called the "First Division". :confused:
As far as I'm aware, football began in 1992 and we should be celebrating people like Robbie "can't pass won't pass" Fowler and Jermaine "my ball not yours" Defoe.
Looking forward to our old mate shouldbee coming along soon expressing surprise that Jim and the rest of us 60s' relics are still alive anyway.
 

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Spare a thought for this man at the moment. Seems to have gone under the radar that he's in hospital at the moment for an 'unspecified illness'. I wish him all the best - best goalscorer he ever saw, my Dad's always telling me.
 

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Spare a thought for this man at the moment. Seems to have gone under the radar that he's in hospital at the moment for an 'unspecified illness'. I wish him all the best - best goalscorer he ever saw, my Dad's always telling me.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that it wasn't coronavirus, unlike Norman Hunter who is in hospital suffering from coronavirus. Both very good footballers, but very different, of course.
 

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My dad was also a Tottenham season ticket holder in the 60's.
Greaves is his all time favourite.
He'll maybe enjoy this fitness workout by Cliff Jones:


The warm-up routine (first four minutes) is impressive enough, but then you watch the main exercises - I got tired just watching him! - and I'm still a bit short of his age, which is 85!

Phenomenal stuff.

Btw, I saw a recent article where Jones spoke ever so highly of Greaves. Amongst other things, he credited Greaves for saving him from alcoholism, when he got him to attend AA meetings, when he (CJ) was going through a really rough patch.
 

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There is a very good documentary. Think on bt. CJ talks about that The film of the world cup final you can see how miserable or at least conflicted Jimmy greaves is no subs and so undeserved. I think it was one of the reasons for his later troubles if I remember his book correctly great great player and a proper gent.
 

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There is a very good documentary. Think on bt. CJ talks about that The film of the world cup final you can see how miserable or at least conflicted Jimmy greaves is no subs and so undeserved. I think it was one of the reasons for his later troubles if I remember his book correctly great great player and a proper gent.
Greavsie was not only a pretty good striker, but I understand a top bloke too. His books are a great read and he did not really want to be at Wembley on that day. He recovered from a battle with meningitis and made a comeback with Tottenham in late January 1966.He lost a yard of pace and half a second in his thinking and was still good, but something was missing.
He only lasted another 5 years after that and did not feature much for England either.
He hit 43 goals in 49 games for England, but none in his next 5 which includes the 3 group games in the World Cup.
After the France game he did not appear until April 67 v Scotland. He only played twice more against Spain, 1 goal, and Austria in Vienna the following month and that was that. Retired from International football at 27.
I think this where the depression and the alcohol kicks in.1966/67, 67/68 and 68/69 were good years for Jimmy at Spurs, but 68/69 was awful and the drink was catching up with him. He was sold to West Ham and instantly joined the famous Bobby Moore drinking school.
By now though alcohol was robbing Jim of more than a few yards.
I remember him looking all washed up and according to his autobiography he knew he was done and yet he was only 31 years old.
What a sad way to finish your career.
 

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