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'REST IN PEACE, JIM'

LEGENDARY pundit and footballer Jimmy Greaves has passed away aged 81, it has been confirmed.

Greavesy, who was Tottenham Hotspur's record goalscorer, died at home on Sunday morning, the club confirmed.

In a statement, Spurs said: “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.”

It comes after Greaves suffered a stroke in May 2015 which had left him wheelchair-bound and with severely impaired speech.

Read our Jimmy Greaves live blog below for the latest updates...

  • NEVILLE TRIBUTE

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville paid tribute to Jimmy Greaves.

    Neville shared a picture of Greaves and Ian St John to honour both of their memory.

    The defender issued the following tweet after news broke of his death:

  • TOTTENHAM RELEASE STATEMENT ON JIMMY GREAVES' PASSING

    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."

  • TOTTENHAM RELEASE STATEMENT ON JIMMY GREAVES' PASSING

    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 WAS A PART OF THE 1966 WORLD CUP TEAM - BUT DIDN'T PLAY IN THE FINAL

    A member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad, although he did not feature in the final victory over West Germany, Greaves scored 44 goals across 57 senior appearances for the Three Lions.

    His career began in the junior ranks at Chelsea and he turned professional in May 1957, scoring on his Blues debut and racking up 132 goals in total for the club.

    He remained at Stamford Bridge until 1961, when he moved to AC Milan. After a single season in Milan he joined Spurs in 1961 to play in Bill Nicholson's successful side.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Tottenham’s record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves has died aged 81.

    Greaves was one of the greatest English strikers of all time with marvellous stints at Chelsea, AC Milan and Spurs.

    The former West Ham star also stood out for the England national team.

    Tottenham issued the following statement:

  • WEST HAM PAYS CONDOLENCES TO JIMMY GREAVES' FAMILY

    Greaves' former club West Ham, where he spent one season from 1970-71, tweeted: "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."

  • JIMMY GREAVES DIES AGED 81

    Former England striker Jimmy Greaves has died at the age of 81, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur said on Sunday.

    Greaves, who suffered a stroke six years ago, started his career with Chelsea and scored a then club record 124 league goals for the London club between 1957 and 1961.

    He played for Tottenham from 1961-70, netting 266 goals in 379 appearances -- a record that still stands.

    Greaves was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad and scored 44 goals in 57 internationals

  • SIR GEOFF HURST PAYS TRIBUTE TO JIMMY GREAVES

    Sir Geoff Hurst, who replaced Greaves in the 1966 team and scored a hat-trick in the final triumph over West Germany, says Greaves was simply the greatest English forward there has ever been.

    "There have been some great players but forwards are judged on goals, and there's nobody who could touch him," Hurst told the PA news agency in February 2020.

    "I am asked is there any animosity between Jimmy and I, because I took his place? But not for one second.

    "You hear the term genius, and it is the one word which applies to Jimmy."

  • JIMMY GREAVES: ENGLAND'S GOALSCORING 'GENIUS' WHO MISSED THEIR GREATEST TRIUMPH

    To many he will be remembered as the bewildered, besuited figure on the Wembley touchline as all around him erupted with joy in the moment of England's 1966 World Cup win.

    To others of a certain era, it is his jocular co-hosting of a Saturday lunchtime television show which will last longest in the memory.

    But for anyone inclined to scour the record books, Jimmy Greaves, who has died at the age of 81, will go down in history as quite simply one of the greatest out-and-out goalscorers of his or any other generation.

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