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Jimmy Greaves: A life in pictures

20 September 2021

The EFL was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of England great Jimmy Greaves, aged 81, at the weekend.

The former centre-forward enjoyed a remarkable career in English football, netting on his debut for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Having made his debut aged 17 for Chelsea against Tottenham, he went on to become the youngest player to reach 100 League goals by the age of 20. And his record as Spurs’ all-time top goal-scorer remains unmatched to this day.

Most notably, he made an immediate impression on Spurs supporters, bagging a hat-trick on his debut against Blackpool in December 1961 in the First Division.

Despite not featuring in the Final due to being side-lined by injury, he was also a member of the 1966 England World Cup-winning squad, and across his international career, Greaves netted 44 goals in 57 games.

After hanging up his boots, he made a career for himself in football punditry. He also received an MBE earlier in January for his achievements.


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