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Who was Jimmy Greaves?

James Greaves, 20 February 1940 – 19 September 2021, was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. He was England’s fourth highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham Hotspur’s highest ever goalscorer (266 goals), the highest goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), and also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else.

He finished as the First Division’s top scorer in six seasons. He is also a member of the English Football Hall of Fame.

Football legend Jimmy Greaves has died at Essex home aged 81

Football legend Jimmy Greaves has died at Essex home aged 81
Football legend Jimmy Greaves has died at Essex home aged 81

Former England, Tottenham, and Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves has died at the age of 81, Spurs have announced.

Greaves lived in Danbury, Essex.

He suffered a stroke in May 2015 which left him wheelchair-bound and with severely impaired speech.

Tottenham said he died at home on Sunday morning.

The Premier League club said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen.

“Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning, aged 81.

“Throughout his wonderful playing career, Jimmy’s strike rate was phenomenal. His Spurs return was 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.”

Jimmy Greaves Biography, Wiki

Jimmy Greaves is an English professional footballer, born on 20 February 1940 in Manor Park, Essex, England.

Greaves played as a forward for the majority of his career with Tottenham Hotspur.

Greaves had an eye for goal and had brilliant composure. He was quick off his mark and had great acceleration. Wise positioning, coupled with great dribbling skills made him a top-class striker.

Background

Jimmy started his football career at the English club Chelsea. He was selected by the team’s scouts when he was in school. Greeves made a good impression as a youth at Chelsea.

Debut

Greeves made his senior debut for Chelsea in 1957. His play and style were appreciated throughout England.

On 17 May 1958, Greeves made his England debut against Peru. He scored a goal however England lost the match 4-1.

Jimmy Greaves BiographyGreaves married Irene Barden at Romford register office on 26 March 1958,[114] and, though the pair went through a divorce process at the height of his alcoholism, it was never finalised and they reunited after three months apart.[115] The couple renewed their vows on 7 September 2017 in Danbury, Essex.[116] They had five children; Jimmy Jr (who died before his first birthday), Lynn, Mitzi, Danny (who was a professional footballer with Southend United), and Andrew.
Jimmy Greaves
Full nameJames Peter Greaves
Date of birth20 February 1940
Place of birthManor Park, London, England
Date of death19 September 2021 (aged 81)
Place of deathDanbury, Essex, England
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s)Striker
Youth career
1955–1957Chelsea
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1957–1961Chelsea157(125)
1961A.C. Milan12(9)
1961–1970Tottenham Hotspur321(220)
1970–1971West Ham United38(13)
1975–1976Brentwood
1976–1977Chelmsford City
1977–1979Barnet51(16)
1979–1980Woodford Town
Total579(382)
National team
1957–1962England U2312(13)
1959–1967England57(44)

Jimmy Greaves Career

In the 1957-58 season, Greeves was the top scorer for Chelsea with 22 goals in the bag.

One of the most audacious moments of his career was the 5 goal rampage he scored against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 6-2 win in the 1958-59 season. Greeves was also the top scorer of the season with 32 goals in 44 appearances.

In the next season, Greeves played 40 games and was able to score 29 goals.

He scored a number of hat-tricks in the following season, including his 100th league goal on 19 November against Manchester City. He scored 41 goals in 40 games and scored the top on the leaderboard.

Greeves had a short spell with Series A club A.C. Milan, appearing 12 times for them and scoring on 9 occasions.

The end of 1961 marked the signing of Greeves for Tottenham Hotspur. Playing for Spurs was by far the best phase of his life as a footballer. He won the FA Cup in 1961-62 and 1966–67, FA Charity Shield in 1962 and 1967, and European Cup Winners Cup in 1962-63.

Greeves was the star player at Spurs and played 321 games for the English side. He scored a mind-boggling 220 goals.

Greeves joined the club West Ham United in 1970. He appeared in 37 games for them and scored 13 goals.

Jimmy played for England in the 1962 World Cup. He contributed enough to defeat Argentina and advance into the quarterfinals but unfortunately lost to Brazil.

He was also a huge part of the team helping England go all the way and win the 1966 World Cup. Greeves had 57 appearances and 44 goals for England in his whole career.

Greeves left football for 2 years after leaving West Ham and got into a drinking habit. He became unfit and had to play for lower-level teams.

Jimmy Greaves Retirement

Greeves retired in 1971 after playing a season for West Ham. He later started working for The Sun as a columnist and also worked for Star Soccer as a pundit.

Jimmy Greaves Personal Life

Greaves married Irene Barden at Romford register office on 26 March 1958, and, though the pair went through a divorce process at the height of his alcoholism, it was never finalized and they reunited after three months apart. 

Jimmy Greaves with his wife Irene Barden
Jimmy Greaves with his wife Irene Barden

The couple renewed their vows on 7 September 2017 in Danbury, Essex. They had five children; Jimmy Jr (who died before his first birthday), Lynn, Mitzi, Danny (who was a professional footballer with Southend United), and Andrew.

Jimmy Greaves FAQ’s

Who was Jimmy Greaves?

James Greaves, 20 February 1940 – 19 September 2021, was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. He was England’s fourth highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham Hotspur’s highest ever goalscorer (266 goals), the highest goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), and also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else.

Who is Jimmy Greaves’s wife?

Greaves married Irene Barden at Romford register office on 26 March 1958, and, though the pair went through a divorce process at the height of his alcoholism, it was never finalized and they reunited after three months apart. 

What was Jimmy Greaves’s age?

Jimmy Greaves was 81 years old when he died.

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