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It is often said that football is a religion in England. If that is truly the case, then Jimmy Greaves is one of its saints. He was not only one of the most talented players to ever grace the English game, but he was also one of its most gentlemanly. This blog post will take a look at the life and career of this footballing icon.
Who was Jimmy Greaves and what was his club career like?
Jimmy Greaves was born in London in 1940. He began his club career with Chelsea, where he made his first team debut at the age of just 17. He would go on to score 132 goals for the Blues in just five seasons, earning himself a place in Chelsea's hall of fame.
In 1961, after a brief spell with AC Milan Greaves made a move to Tottenham Hotspur for a then-record fee of £99,999. It was at Spurs that Greaves truly cemented his legacy as one of England's all-time greats. In total, he scored 266 goals in 379 games for Tottenham across nine seasons - a tally which is still a club record today. Greaves helped Spurs win two FA Cups in 1962 and 1967 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 making Tottenham the first ever British club to win a European trophy.
Greaves also had a successful spell with West Ham United before finally retiring from football in 1971. In total, he scored an incredible 357 goals in just 12 seasons of professional football.
Jimmy Greaves made his England debut in 1959, scoring on his first appearance against Northern Ireland. He would go on to score 44 goals in 57 appearances for his country - a tally which makes him England's fourth-highest goalscorer of all time.
Greaves was a member of the England squad that won the 1966 World Cup, although he did not play in the final itself due to injury. He also represented England at the 1968 European Championship and 1970 World Cup, making him one of only four Englishmen to have appeared at three major tournaments. He scored 44 goals in 57 appearances for his country. He remains as the fourth highest goal scored for England.
What made Jimmy Greave' such a successful footballer?
Jimmy Greaves was an incredibly gifted footballer. He had lightning-quick feet, superb balance and was deadly in front of goal. However, it was his intelligence that made him truly special. Greaves had the ability to find space in the tightest of situations and was always one step ahead of his marker.
Jimmy Greaves was a natural goalscorer. He was blessed with electric pace and superb finishing ability, which made him virtually unplayable on his day. Greaves was also an excellent passer of the ball and had a fantastic first touch. This combination of skills made him one of the most complete forwards in English football history.
In an era when footballers were not particularly well-paid, Greaves also had the unique ability to score goals and sell newspapers. He was a household name in England during the 1960s and 1970s and is still revered by many fans today.
What happened after Jimmy Greaves retired from football?
After retiring from football, Jimmy Greave ventured into the world of broadcasting. He became a regular pundit on both television and radio and was also a prolific writer. He published several books on football, including his autobiography ' Greavsie: The Autobiography of Jimmy Greaves'.
Jimmy Greaves sad passed away in September of 2021. He is a true icon of English football. His talent, intelligence and gentlemanly demeanour make him one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game. He will be remembered as one of England's all-time greats.