Jimmy Greaves RIP

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Greavesie. I dont suppose its unexpected but still. A bona fide legend and a real gentlenan. What could he have earned if he had been around now?
 

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One of the greatest strikers England ever had.

RIP Greavesie.
 

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Legend over used phrase but he earned it.
Arguably the most prolific English finisher between the 60’s and now. I only saw him live when he was past his best at West Ham but by all accounts an incredibly clever footballer whose intelligence would have enabled him to flourish in today’s modern game.
RIP Greavsie
 

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RIP Greavsie. Part of Football growing up and formative years (even if you got it wrong in 1992 thanks to Super Bliss :judge:).

I read one of his autobiographical books once and the one line that remained with me was that he said (paraphrasing) he was the loneliest man at Wembley for the WC Final.

A proper goalscorer and sublime finisher.
 

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Watch and enjoy. He really was a great footballer. RIP.
Fabulous news reel of such an amazing talent, he also made me laugh making the spitting image Colin Moynihan puppet "sit" of a yellow ID card, Saints chuckle laughed for us all. Thank you and RIP
 
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This piece of news is particularly sad for me today. In the late spring of 2003, I not only had the honour of meeting Jimmy, but I also spent a couple of hours in his delightful company at Gatwick Airport in the departures lounge as we were both booked on the same flight to Jersey. Jimmy had an after dinner event he was attending. I'm proud to say we instantly hit it off as we chatted in the departure lounge. We were both booked on first class, however, Jimmy's name was announced before anybody else's. As he got up to walk towards the BA check in, he turned to me and said to come with him so we can sit together. I remember thinking to myself it wouldn't work, however I walk along with him to the desk. Jim immediately insisted that I was accompanying him on the flight and that we must sit together, and without hesitation, the BA team agreed. On the flight itself we chatted non stop, Jimmy was telling me all kinds of funny drinking stories regarding him and other stars like Bobby Moore, Alan Hudson, Charlie George etc and we were like two old school mates laughing and kidding around. Once we arrived in Jersey we went our separate ways - he being picked up by a chauffeur.

As I heard the sad news this morning, I was reflecting on that wonderful day at Gatwick with fondness , and with a degree of pride too. A boy from Ealing having the enormous pleasure in being in the same company as England's (& Tottenham's) greatest ever goal scorer. He made feel like an old friend and yet, I was a complete stranger. He made me feel special in his company, and yet, Jimmy came across as just an ordinary bloke you'd meet sitting beside you on the New Road or on the paddock in the Braemar, he was that genuine and down to earth of a guy.

RIP Mr Greaves, you may have left us today but your legacy, sense of fun and footballing genius will live on forever in our hearts and minds. I can genuinely say you are a friend.
 

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RIP Greavsie. Part of Football growing up and formative years (even if you got it wrong in 1992 thanks to Super Bliss :judge:).

I read one of his autobiographical books once and the one line that remained with me was that he said (paraphrasing) he was the loneliest man at Wembley for the WC Final.

A proper goalscorer and sublime finisher.
My Dad was a Spurs season ticket holder in the 60's. Raved about Greaves.

I always remember talking about Geoff Hursts hat trick in the WC Final and he said "Picking Hurst was the worst mistake Ramsey every made"

When I told him he was being ridiculous, he said, and without a shred of jokiness "Greaves would have scored 4, and he'd have done it in 90 minutes"

People who didn't see him play in his pomp will never appreciate just how good he was.

On a separate note I greatly admire him for giving up the drink.
 

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My dad once left the pub to go and watch the game. Jimmy Greaves was still in there.

Greaves then scored a hat trick at the game my dad went to. By the time my dad got back to the pub greaves was already there with another pint!
 

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I watched him many times from the Shelf at WHL. Whenever the Bees were too far way to get to my elder brother would take me by bus and tube to see other London games. Our favourite was WHL and watching Greaves and Gilzean. He was a huge character and a genius at football . Never forget ‘do not try to bust the net, it’s still a goal if you just pass it into the goal’
 
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Uncle Ken was proud to have played in the same team as Jimmy Greaves.

The London XI was a football team that represented the city of London in the 1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Final

London XI 2–2 CF Barcelona – 5 March 1958 at Stamford Bridge

Team: Jack Kelsey (Ars), Peter Sillett (Che), Jim Langley (Ful), Danny Blanchflower (Tot), Maurice Norman (Tot), Ken Coote (Bre), Vic Groves (Ars), Jimmy Greaves (Che), Bobby Smith (Tot), Johnny Haynes (Ful), George Robb (Tot).
Scorers: Greaves 10', Langley (pen) 88'.

God Bless Greavesie. 😢
 

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Real shame, feels like part of my boyhood growing up years has been ripped out. A unique talent of which there has never been anyone like him, and unlikely never will be. He was the best at what he did, only saw him play when he was past his prime, but will always be remembered.
 

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My Dad was a Spurs season ticket holder in the 60's. Raved about Greaves.

I always remember talking about Geoff Hursts hat trick in the WC Final and he said "Picking Hurst was the worst mistake Ramsey every made"

When I told him he was being ridiculous, he said, and without a shred of jokiness "Greaves would have scored 4, and he'd have done it in 90 minutes"

People who didn't see him play in his pomp will never appreciate just how good he was.
Yep - the greatest ever English goalscorer, no doubt in my mind.
On a separate note I greatly admire him for giving up the drink.
Cliff Jones always credits Greaves with saving his life, by persuading him to go to AA before it was too late.
 

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That video makes me wish that the players of that era had TV cameras at all the matches and that the cameras were as good as today's. Brilliant watching. I was old enough to have seen Greavesie in his prime, but boarding school and living abroad meant I never did until the last few games of his career - saw him live at Palace v West Ham in October 1970, iirc. RIP
 

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Rip Jimmy.

He was well before my time but one of my earliest football memories is watching him and ISJ on tv.

Slightly different memory - he was a must buy on Pro Evo's masterleague when that game was good in the PS2 days.

Great video posted by rebus, thanks for that :sorted:
 

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This piece of news is particularly sad for me today. In the late spring of 2003, I not only had the honour of meeting Jimmy, but I also spent a couple of hours in his delightful company at Gatwick Airport in the departures lounge as we were both booked on the same flight to Jersey. Jimmy had an after dinner event he was attending. I'm proud to say we instantly hit it off as we chatted in the departure lounge. We were both booked on first class, however, Jimmy's name was announced before anybody else's. As he got up to walk towards the BA check in, he turned to me and said to come with him so we can sit together. I remember thinking to myself it wouldn't work, however I walk along with him to the desk. Jim immediately insisted that I was accompanying him on the flight and that we must sit together, and without hesitation, the BA team agreed. On the flight itself we chatted non stop, Jimmy was telling me all kinds of funny drinking stories regarding him and other stars like Bobby Moore, Alan Hudson, Charlie George etc and we were like two old school mates laughing and kidding around. Once we arrived in Jersey we went our separate ways - he being picked up by a chauffeur.

As I heard the sad news this morning, I was reflecting on that wonderful day at Gatwick with fondness , and with a degree of pride too. A boy from Ealing having the enormous pleasure in being in the same company as England's (& Tottenham's) greatest ever goal scorer. He made feel like an old friend and yet, I was a complete stranger. He made me feel special in his company, and yet, Jimmy came across as just an ordinary bloke you'd meet sitting beside you on the New Road or on the paddock in the Braemar, he was that genuine and down to earth of a guy.

RIP Mr Greaves, you may have left us today but your legacy, sense of fun and footballing genius will live on forever in our hearts and minds. I can genuinely say you are a friend.
Great post for the greatest ever striker.
 

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Really sad to see the passing of Jimmy. Back in the day I saw him play many times. RIP Jimmy, you were one of the greatest.
 

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Another legend departs - loved Saint and Greavsie - best English striker in his days amongst many others
 

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RIP Jimmy, It was pleasure to watch you live playing for both Chelsea and Spurs.

In today's environment you would have been deadly assassin and for sure thrived.
 

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This piece of news is particularly sad for me today. In the late spring of 2003, I not only had the honour of meeting Jimmy, but I also spent a couple of hours in his delightful company at Gatwick Airport in the departures lounge as we were both booked on the same flight to Jersey. Jimmy had an after dinner event he was attending. I'm proud to say we instantly hit it off as we chatted in the departure lounge. We were both booked on first class, however, Jimmy's name was announced before anybody else's. As he got up to walk towards the BA check in, he turned to me and said to come with him so we can sit together. I remember thinking to myself it wouldn't work, however I walk along with him to the desk. Jim immediately insisted that I was accompanying him on the flight and that we must sit together, and without hesitation, the BA team agreed. On the flight itself we chatted non stop, Jimmy was telling me all kinds of funny drinking stories regarding him and other stars like Bobby Moore, Alan Hudson, Charlie George etc and we were like two old school mates laughing and kidding around. Once we arrived in Jersey we went our separate ways - he being picked up by a chauffeur.

As I heard the sad news this morning, I was reflecting on that wonderful day at Gatwick with fondness , and with a degree of pride too. A boy from Ealing having the enormous pleasure in being in the same company as England's (& Tottenham's) greatest ever goal scorer. He made feel like an old friend and yet, I was a complete stranger. He made me feel special in his company, and yet, Jimmy came across as just an ordinary bloke you'd meet sitting beside you on the New Road or on the paddock in the Braemar, he was that genuine and down to earth of a guy.

RIP Mr Greaves, you may have left us today but your legacy, sense of fun and footballing genius will live on forever in our hearts and minds. I can genuinely say you are a friend.
Lovely post 👍
 

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Only just seen that he has died. As others have said, the greatest goalscorer ever. RIP Jimmy.
 

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It’s all been said in previous posts .Rest in Peace Greavsie ,your really were a one off ! 🙏
 

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Superb player and also a fine broadcaster with a wonderful dry sense of humour and great comic timing. My favourite moment was when they showed the famous footage of Brian Clough punching a supporter who had invaded the pitch then cut back to Greavsie who said “I guess that’s what they mean by the sh*t hitting the fan”. Classic. RIP
 

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Tottenham v Chelsea on now


Fitting that he played for both
 

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I found Bill Nick and the assistant staggering in this. They didn’t really rate Greaves although he scored 25-30 odd goals each season.
They liked the goals but clearly thought Greaves was lazy and didn't like that.
 

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RIP the great Jimmy Greaves, a master goalscorer.

I think that one the secrets of his great success was that he always was able to compute how much time he had in which to score. If he had plenty of time, he would take it and not rush, and if he had little time he would be alive to that too.

Anyway, whenever someone tells you that top-level football was invented in 1992, and that Alan Shearer is the all time leading scorer, just remember that Greaves, Matthews, Finney and Bobby Charlton never played in the Premier League.
 

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My dad once left the pub to go and watch the game. Jimmy Greaves was still in there.

Greaves then scored a hat trick at the game my dad went to. By the time my dad got back to the pub greaves was already there with another pint!
Reminds me of a story Terry Venables recounted a few years ago when they were at Chelsea. They had a game that afternoon and Greavsie took Tel to the pub for a lunchtime pint. Even then, Venables thought carefully about his diet, so had an orange juice and nothing else. Jim ordered pie and chips and had a pint or two. That afternoon, Jim scored a hat trick and Tel barely got into the game!
 

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My dad has been lucky enough to see a lot of legendary players in action.
Matthews, Finney, Lawton, Charles, Wright, Moore, Charlton, Best, the list goes on.
He saw Jimmy Greaves make his debut for Chelsea & says he was an extraordinary player.
The only player he puts on a par with him is Denis Law.
RIP to one of the very best.
 

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They liked the goals but clearly thought Greaves was lazy and didn't like that.
Indeed.

In the end, we're talking about different times. Nicholson spent his entire career at Spurs, player and Manager, while Bailey had 20 years as player and Assistant Manager. Nicholson's playing career was interrupted by the war (Army PE Instructor, I think?), while Bailey saw action in Europe while still a teenager.

Both were subject to the maximum wage as players, abolished by the time Greaves joined Spurs, meaning that he earned so much more than them, whether they were players or managers. Even then, I suspect that they wouldn't have minded so much, except for something that Alan Mullery said:
"[Jimmy] was the laziest footballer I've ever seen and I don't blame him for that. He used to say to me you do all the running, I'll do the all the scoring."

They probably could have tolerated that in Greaves himself, except it must have made it so much harder to clamp down on less talented players if Greavesie was taking the piss.

Either way, they still paid a record transfer fee for him, with (I imagine) wages to match, so they both valued his ability.
 

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I like this from The Guardian

"No one ever came up with a better phrase to describe Greaves’s dominant characteristic than the late football writer John Moynihan, after watching Tottenham play Slovan Bratislava in the quarter-final of the old European Cup Winners’ Cup....and Greaves scored with what Moynihan described as “devastating nonchalance”. The magnificently patrician Geoffrey Green of the Times came close, however, observing on another occasion that when Greaves slipped the ball into goal, “it was like someone closing the door of a Rolls-Royce”.
 
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