Goodbye Jimmy Greaves, goal machine extraordinaire
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Goodbye Jimmy Greaves, goal machine extraordinaire

Gerry Cranham


By the time he stepped away from top-flight football in 1971, Jimmy Greaves had found the net on 357 occasions, a record which still stands today. He was a centre-forward of outstanding natural talent with fine ball control, acceleration, a notable left foot, and perhaps above all the exceptional flair to find himself time and space inside the penalty box. After his death in September at the age of 81, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – the two clubs that Greaves was synonymous with – paid tribute to their former player, with Chelsea saying that Greaves was “a truly remarkable player and one of our own … a legend of the game”. Spurs simply said he was their “greatest ever player”.

Photograph: Gerry Cranham / Offside

Words: Guardian Sport


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