A legend of the game, Greaves is regarded by many as one of the best players England has ever produced. He scored 528 goals in 659 games for Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham United.
Jimmy Jimmy Greaves is a former English footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United. He was known as the Greatest Striker in Europe because of his prolific scoring record during his time at Spurs.
Before Tottenham’s match against Chelsea, there was a minute of applause to honor Jimmy Greaves.
Tottenham and Chelsea were among the first to pay homage to Jimmy Greaves, a former footballer who died at the age of 81.
A minute’s applause was given before kick-off as a slew of Spurs icons lined the field inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Martin Chivers, Micky Hazard, Paul Allen, Ossie Ardiles, Gary Mabbutt, Graham Roberts, Glenn Hoddle, Ledley King, and Michael Dawson were all in attendance.
Some Spurs supporters waved flags and banners during the ovation to honor the club’s all-time leading scorer.
“Jimmy made a great contribution to football, an amazing goalscoring record,” former Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker told Sport.
“With his wit and magnetic demeanor, he was devilishly hilarious.” People will remember him most on the field of play. Those of us who were old enough to see his brilliance remember him as a goal-scoring machine who was also an elegant player and a fantastic finisher.
“Jimmy was one of my idols as well; we didn’t have as many games on television as we have today when I was growing up, but I was able to see him play a few times.”
“I had the pleasure of meeting him on many occasions, and he was always pleasant, entertaining, and very knowledgeable. He was a terrific guy, a brilliant player, and a man with a lot of charm and good humor, and he will be sorely missed.”
West Ham, another of Greaves’ previous teams, held a minute’s applause before their Premier League match against Manchester United, as did Brighton and Leicester City, on an emotional day throughout football grounds.
Players from all six clubs donned black armbands in honor of Greaves, who has 357 goals in the English Premier League.
“First and foremost, our sympathies to Jimmy’s family and close friends,” said Tottenham captain Harry Kane, who is second on the club’s scoring record behind Greaves. It’s a sad day, but hopefully one to remember.
“He played for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and we’re hoping to put on a good show in his honor.”
“Jimmy was a fantastic player and striker for both club and country.
“It’s terrifying how terrific of a player he was. It would be great for someone like myself to look at his statistics and then go on to break those figures. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2017, and today is just a celebration of his life.”
Greaves started his career at Chelsea, and his 41 goals in 1960-61 are still a club record.
Greaves played 379 times for Spurs and won two FA Cups and one Cup Winners’ Cup. He scored 266 goals in 379 games and is regarded as a club icon.
The players from Brighton and Leicester were given a minute of applause and donned black armbands.
Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 senior international games for England, including the 1966 World Cup-winning team.
Geoff Hurst, a former teammate, was among those who paid homage to Greaves.
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