One of football’s greatest players Jimmy Greaves has passed away earlier today at the age of 81. Jimmy was a Tottenham Hotspur legend having scored 220 goals in 321 league games for the Lilywhites as he served them for 9 years that ran from 1961 to 1970. Jimmy is the current leading goal scorer for Spurs.
We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Jimmy's family and friends at this sad time.
Rest in peace, Jimmy.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2021
A statement issued by the North London club Tottenham Hotspur earlier today read “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen. Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 19 September), aged 81.”
During the 1962/1963 season, Jimmy Greaves scored 37 league goals which to date remains the highest by any player in a single season for the mighty Spurs. Jimmy was also a squad member of the famous 1966 World Cup-winning England team which is still the one World Cup the Englishmen hold. He has scored 44 goals in his 57 senior national team appearances with 42 of those caps while being a Tottenham player.
Jimmy was also a player of Chelsea Football Club where he rose the ranks as an academy player to make 157 appearances and scoring 124 goals from 1957 to 1961. Both Spurs and Chelsea are due to play later today in the Premier League. Furthermore, news on the passing away of the footballing great is yet to follow…
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jimmy Greaves at the age of 81.
All of our thoughts are with his family, friends and former clubs. pic.twitter.com/CetXiwD25l
— England (@England) September 19, 2021
We join the footballing world in sending our condolences to the family of Jimmy Greaves following his sad passing at the age of 81. pic.twitter.com/W6bs6HE09X
— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) September 19, 2021
We are saddened to learn the news of the passing of Jimmy Greaves.
The Club sends its deepest condolences to Jimmy's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/7VbZvbffCz
— West Ham United (@WestHam) September 19, 2021
— Cliff Jones (@Cliff_Jones11) September 19, 2021