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Jimmy Greaves

Jimmy Greaves Personal information Full name James Peter Greaves Date of birth February 20, 1940(1940-02-20) (age 68) Place of birth    East Ham, London, EnglandPlaying position Striker(retired) Senior clubs1 Years Club App (Gls)* 1957–1961
1961
1961–1970
1970–1971
1975–1976
1976–1977
1978–1979 Chelsea
AC Milan
Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United
Brentwood Town
Chelmsford City
Barnet157 (124)
014 00(9)
321 (220)
038 0(13)


00? 0(25)    National team 1959–1967 England057 0(44)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

James Peter 'Jimmy' Greaves (born 20 February 1940 in East Ham, London) is an English former football player, England's third highest goalscorer, and more recently a television pundit.

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Playing career

Chelsea, AC Milan, and Spurs

Greaves was a phenomenal striker, scoring on his debut for Chelsea in 1957. He finished as top League goalscorer twice whilst at Chelsea in 1959 and 1961 and his 41 league goals in the 1960-61 season remains a club record. Despite this, they never won any major trophies while he was playing for them.

In 1960 he became the youngest ever player to score 100 league goals in English football at the age of 20 years 290 days (and at 23 was the same age as Dixie Dean when he scored his 200th).

He briefly joined the Italian side A.C. Milan in 1961, after reportedly turning down a huge offer from Newcastle United and scored 9 goals in 12 games but failure to settle led to a quick departure. Bill Nicholson then signed him for Tottenham Hotspur for £99,999. The unusual fee was intended to relieve Greaves of the pressure of being the first £100,000 player.

Greaves enjoyed a legendary career at Tottenham. He played at Spurs from 1961 to 1970, scoring a club record of 266 goals in 379 matches, including 220 goals in the First Division. Greaves finished as top League goalscorer in four seasons (1963, 1964, 1965 and 1969), an achievement that established Greaves as arguably the most consistent striker in English football history. His record of finishing top goalscorer in six seasons has never been matched.

With Spurs, Greaves won the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967, scoring against Burnley in the former. He also won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 - scoring twice in the famous 5-1 defeat of Atlético Madrid, ensuring that Spurs became the first British club to win a European trophy. Today he is considered one of the best players in the history of Tottenham Hotspur.

International career

Greaves won his first England cap in 1959, and went on to play 57 times and score 44 goals, five less than Bobby Charlton but at a much higher rate. He remains third in the all-time list of England goalscorers, behind Charlton and Gary Lineker. Greaves also holds the record for most hat-tricks for England - six in all. At the 1961 British Home Championship, Greaves achieved the remarkable feat of scoring seven goals in three games as England won the title.

In the 1962 World Cup finals match against Brazil in Chile, a stray dog ran on to the pitch and evaded all of the players' efforts to catch it until Greaves got down on all fours to beckon the animal. Though successful in catching the dog, it proceeded to urinate all over Greaves' England shirt. The Brazilian player Garrincha thought the incident was so amusing that he took the dog home as a pet.

Greaves was the first-choice striker for the England team during the 1966 World Cup but suffered a leg injury during a game against France and had to be replaced. That replacement, Geoff Hurst, scored the winner in the quarter final against Argentina and kept his place all the way to the final, famously scoring a hat-trick as England won the tournament.

One of football's most famous photographs shows the elation on the England bench as the final whistle was blown, except for Greaves, in his suit and tie, looking astonished at what had happened. Greaves has always maintained that he felt nothing but delight at England's win and celebrated as much as the other non-playing members of the squad. He also maintains that he never felt he had a divine right to be in the side once he regained his fitness. However, his reaction at the time of England's success became well-documented - he packed his bags and headed on holiday with his wife while the rest of the squad attended an official banquet.

In November 2007 it was announced that Greaves, along with the other 10 reserves from the 1966 squad, will be awarded medals by FIFA.[1]

West Ham and Barnet

In 1970, Greaves joined West Ham United. He scored on his debut, (as he had for every team he played for, including England at full and under 21 level), with two goals against Manchester City on March 21. Two months later, on May 28, he finished sixth in the London-to-Mexico World Cup Rally with co-driver Tony Fall. He retired in 1971 having played 516 Football League games and netted 357 goals, an all-time record.

Greaves made a comeback at the age of 38, playing for Barnet F.C. in the then Southern League, playing from midfield he netted 25 goals and was their player of the season. He then went on to make several appearances for semi-professional side Woodford Town F.C. before retiring.

Post playing career

In the mid-1970s Greaves battled a well-documented alcohol problem, finally quitting drinking in February 1978. He became a popular television presenter and football pundit, striking up a memorable partnership with Ian St. John. Together they hosted a popular Saturday lunchtime football show called Saint and Greavsie from 1985 until the programme was axed in 1992.

Greaves also worked frequently for TV-am as a TV critic and was a resident team captain on ITV sports quiz Sporting Triangles as well as co-hosting the popular Saturday morning kids TV show, The Saturday Show. He briefly had his own talk show and has been a columnist for The Sun newspaper for many years. He also answered readers letters in Shoot magazine in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2002 Greaves was made an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame. He released his autobiography, Greavsie, in 2003 and is in demand as an after-dinner speaker.

Married since 1958, he is now a grandfather.

Honours

Tottenham Hotspur

England

Statistics

Club

All-Time Club Performance Club Season Domestic League FA CupLeague CupEurope Other Total Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Chelsea1957-5835 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 22 1958-5942 32 2 2 0 0 3 3 0 0 47 37 1959-6040 29 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 30 1960-6140 41 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 43 43 Total 157 124 7 3 2 2 3 3 0 0 169 132 AC Milan1961-6214 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 9 Total 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 9 Tottenham Hotspur1961-6222 21 7 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 30 1962-6341 37 1 0 0 0 6 5 11 21 49 44 1963-6441 35 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 45 36 1964-6541 29 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 35 1965-6629 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 16 1966-6738 25 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 47 31 1967-6839 23 4 3 0 0 4 3 11 01 48 29 1968-6942 27 4 4 6 5 0 0 0 0 52 36 1969-7028 8 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 11 Total 321 220 36 32 8 5 14 9 2 2 381 268 West Ham United1969-706 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 1970-7132 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 9 Total 38 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 13 Career Totals 530 366 44 35 11 7 17 12 2 2 604 422
  • 1Charity Shield

International Goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored 1959-05-19Estadio Nacional, Lima Peru1-4 Friendly match1 1959-10-17Ninian Park, Cardiff Wales1-1 British Home Championship1 1960-05-11Empire Stadium, Wembley Yugoslavia3-3 Friendly match1 1960-10-08Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland5-2 British Home Championship2 1960-10-15Stade Municipal, Luxembourg-Ville Luxembourg9-0 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification3 1960-10-26Empire Stadium, Wembley Spain4-2 Friendly match1 1960-11-23Empire Stadium, Wembley Wales5-1 British Home Championship2 1961-04-15Empire Stadium, Wembley Scotland9-3 British Home Championship3 1961-05-24Stadio Olimpico, Rome Italy3-2 Friendly match1 1961-05-27Prater Stadium, Vienna Austria1-3 Friendly match1 1962-05-20Estadio Nacional, Lima Peru4-0 Friendly match3 1962-06-02Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua Argentina3-1 1962 FIFA World Cup1 1962-10-20Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland3-1 British Home Championship1 1962-11-21Empire Stadium, Wembley Wales4-0 British Home Championship1 1963-05-29Tehelné Pole, Bratislava Czechoslovakia4-2 Friendly match2 1963-10-12Ninian Park, Cardiff Wales4-0 British Home Championship2 1963-10-23Empire Stadium, WembleyRest of the World XI 2-1 Friendly match1 1963-11-20Empire Stadium, Wembley Wales8-3 British Home Championship4 1964-05-24Dalymount Park, Dublin Republic of Ireland3-1 Friendly match1 1964-05-30Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Brazil1-5 Taça das Nações1 1964-10-03Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland4-3 British Home Championship3 1964-12-09Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Netherlands1-1 Friendly match1 1965-04-10Empire Stadium, Wembley Scotland2-2 British Home Championship1 1965-05-05Empire Stadium, Wembley Hungary1-0 Friendly match1 1966-05-04Empire Stadium, Wembley Yugoslavia2-0 Friendly match1 1966-05-04Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Norway6-1 Friendly match4 1967-05-24Empire Stadium, Wembley Spain2-0 Friendly match1


Notes

  1. ^ Greaves wins retrospective gong as Fifa honours squads

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Awards Preceded by
Bobby SmithFirst Divisiontop scorer
1958–59 Succeeded by
Dennis ViolletPreceded by
Dennis ViolletFirst Divisiontop scorer
1960–61 Succeeded by
Ray Crawfordand Derek KevanPreceded by
Ray Crawfordand Derek KevanFirst Divisiontop scorer
1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65 Succeeded by
Willie IrvinePreceded by
George Bestand Ron DaviesFirst Divisiontop scorer
1968–69 Succeeded by
Jeff Astle
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