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Jimmy Greaves

Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC

57 appearances, 44 goals (1 on debut), 6 hat-tricks

P 57 W 30 D 13 L 14 F 148: A 85
64% successful

1959-67

disciplined: none
captain:
none
minutes played:
5130

Timeline

  James Peter Greaves MBE
Birth Saturday, 20 February 1940 in Manor Park, East Ham, Essex [registered in East Ham, March 1940].
To James Charles and Mary Ellen (née Mansbridge)
Moved to Ivyhouse Road, Dagenham, as a baby and lived there until moving to the Hainault Estate at the age of nine. 
Attended Southampton Lane Primary School, and then Kingswood Secondary, in Dagenham.
Marriage to Irene L. Barden in Romford, 26 March 1958 [registered in Romford, March 1958].
Their first son, James (born 1960), tragically died of pneumonia at four-months old (he died the night Greaves scored against Spain, October 1962). Other children, Lynn R. (1958), Mitzi M. (1961), Daniel T. (1963) and Andrew John (1966).
Death Sunday, 19 September 2021 in Danbury, Essex, aged 81 years 211 days.
"Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning"
The morning of Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Chelsea FC in the FA Premier League
Funeral 12.30pm, Friday, 22 October 2021, at Chelmsford Crematorium, Writtle Road.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Biographies This One's On Me - Jimmy Greaves (Hodder & Stoughton, 28 April 1980)
It's A Funny Old Life - Jimmy Greaves (NEL, 4 April 1991)
G
reavsie: The Autobiography - Jimmy Greaves (Time Warner Books, 2003 & Sphere, 27 May 2004)
The Heart of the Game - Jimmy Greaves
(Sphere, 6 October 2005)
Jimmy Greaves at Seventy: The Complete, Authorised Biography - Norman Giller & Terry Baker
(NMG Enterprises, 1 May 2010)
Natural: The Jimmy Greaves Story - David Tossell
(Pitch Publishing, 1 April 2019)

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Playing Career


Club(s)
Began his playing career with Lakeside Manor Boys Club, and representing the schools' team of Dagenham, Essex, then London in 1955. Joined Chelsea FC as an office boy, scoring 51 goals in 1955-56 and 122 the following season, before signing as a professional in May 1957 before signing with AC Milan in May 1961 for a £80,000 transfer fee before the end of the 1960-61 season. Greaves made his debut for Milan on 7 June, and because of a foreign-player policy in Italy, he was not officially unveiled until the August. But his unhappiness in Italy led to his return to London with both Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC bidding on him, with Bill Nicholson winning the war on 18 November 1961 with £99,999. However, the Football League refused to sanction his registration for a month. Following a successful time with Spurs which lasted until he lost his place in February 1970. Both Manchester City FC and Crystal Palace made moves to sign, and in the March, Ipswich Town FC were told Greaves was not for sale, however, within the week, Greaves had joined West Ham United FC on transfer deadline day, 16 March 1970, in exchange for Martin Peters. Retired, aged 31, following United's relegation in May 1971. Afterwhich, he received offers to play in United States, Australia and South Africa, all of which were turned down. Returned to play non-league football in the mid-seventies with Brentwood FC, Woodford Town FC, Chelmsford City FC and Barnet FC.
League honours
514+2 appearances, 357 goals
one red card
First Division TOP SCORER
1958-59, 1960-61, 1962-63, 1964-65, 1968-69.
Chelsea FC 1957-61 157 appearances 124 goals
debut: 24 August 1957 Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 Chelsea FC 1.
Tottenham Hotspur FC
1961-70 321 appearances, 220 goals
debut: 16 December 1961 Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 Blackpool FC 2.
West Ham United FC 1970-71 36+two appearances, thirteen goals
debut: 21 March 1970 Manchester City FC 1 West Ham United FC 5.
last: 1 May 1971 West Ham United FC 0 Huddersfield Town FC 1.
Club honours FA Youth Cup runners-up 1957-58;
FA Cup winners
1961-62 (7 apps, 9 ᵍ), 1966-67 (8, 6ᵍ);
Football League First Division third place 1961-62 (22, 21ᵍ), 1966-67 (38, 25ᵍ); runners-up 1962-63 (41, 37ᵍ).
FA Charity Shield winner 1962, shared 1967;

European Cup Winners' Cup winners 1962-63;
Football League Cup semi-finalists 1968-69;
Individual honours London XI 1957;
Football League
(ten appearances, six goals)
News Chronicle
Young Player of the Year
1959-60;
Distinctions Father of Danny Greaves (Southend United FC, Cambridge United FC).
First to score 100 senior goals before he turned 21. Reached 200 goals aged 23 years 290 days.

Honoured with an MBE in the Queen's 2021 New Years Honours List for services to football.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 8lbs [1963].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 780th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-forward
First match No. 332, 17 May 1959, Peru 4 England 1, an end-of-season South American tour match at Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Jesus Maria, Lima, aged 19 years 86 days.
Last match No. 415, 27 May 1967, Austria 0 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Praterstdion, Prater, Wien, aged 27 years 96 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1962, 1966;
British Championship 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67;
Team honours World Cup winner 1966;
British Championship
shared 1959-60, 1963-64, winners 1960-61, 1964-65, 1965-66
.
Individual honours England U23
England Youth
England's Top Goalscorer 1959-60 (2 along with Charlton), 1960 (9), 1960-61 (13), 1962 (6 along with Flowers), 1963 (8), 1963-64 (8), 1964 (6), 1964-65 (6), 1965 (2 along with Baker, Charlton and Connolly)
Distinctions Scorer of England's 1000th goal, vs. Wales, 23 November 1960;
Greaves' records also extends to many of the milestone goals. He is the youngest player to reach 15 goals, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40. Taking just four years and 187 days to reach thirty goals, the quickest to do so.

Beyond England

Had business interest in a road haulage firm, packaging and sports goods. Found fame as a football commentator on commercial television, especially as one half of Saint and Greavsie. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.111.


The Numbers
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts sub reserve minutes goals ave.min comp. goals
- 57 25 57 ▲0
▼0
tbc 5130 44 117 min 23 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
57 30 13 14 148 85 +63 6 15 2.596 1.491 64.04 +16

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 23 13 6 4 62 32 +30 1 7 2.696 1.391 69.6 +9
Away 28 16 5 7 80 45 +35 3 7 2.857 1.607 66.1 +9
Neutral 6 1 2 3 6 8 -2 2 1 1.00 1.333 33.3 -2

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 47 25 11 11 131 71 +60 4 11 2.787 1.511 64.9 +14
Blue 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0 0 1.00 4.00 0.0 -1
Red 9 5 2 2 16 10 +6 2 4 1.778 1.111 66.7 +3

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
WCF 7 3 2 2 9 6 +3 2 4 1.286 0.857 57.1 +1
World Cup 9 4 3 2 19 7 +12 2 5 2.111 0.778 61.1 +2

EN/CP

3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 0 0 1.667 3.00 16.7 -2
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Nations/
Championship
3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 0 0 1.667 3.00 16.7 -2
British Championship 14 8 3 3 48 23 +25 2 3 3.429 1.643 67.9 +5
Note that the 1966-68 records of the European Championship and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.
Minor Tournament 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1 0 0.667 2.333 16.7 -5
Friendly 29 18 5 6 75 42 +33 1 7 2.586 1.448 70.7 +12

Tournament Record

World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1960-62 2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
WCP All 2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
World Cup Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1962 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 42.9 -1
WCF 1966 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 1 3 1.333 0.00 83.3 +2
WCF All 7 3 2 2 9 6 +3 2 4 1.286 0.857 57.1 +1
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1960-62 6 2 2 2 15 7 +8 1 2 2.50 1.167 50.0 =0
WC 1964-66 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 1 3 1.333 0.00 83.3 +2
WC All 9 4 3 2 19 7 +12 2 5 2.111 0.778 61.1 +2

European Nations/Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ENP 1962-64 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.333 3.00 25.0 -1
ECP/BC 1966-68 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.0 -1
EN/EC All 3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 0 0 1.667 3.00 16.7 -2


British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1969-60 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1960-61 3 3 0 0 19 6 +13 0 0 6.333 2.00 100.0 +3
BC 1961-62 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.0 -1
BC 1962-63 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 0 1 2.667 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1963-64 2 2 0 0 12 3 +9 0 1 6.00 1.50 100.0 +2
BC 1964-65 2 1 1 0 6 5 +1 0 0 3.00 2.50 75.0 +1
BC 1965-66 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC/ECP 1966-67 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.0 -1
BC All 14 8 3 3 48 23 +25 2 3 3.429 1.643 67.9 +5

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 9 4 3 2 19 7 +12 2 5 2.111 0.778 61.1 +2
EN/EC 3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 0 0 1.667 3.00 16.7 -2
BC 14 8 3 3 48 23 +25 2 3 3.429 1.643 67.9 +5
25 12 7 6 70 36 +34 4 8 2.80 1.44 62.0 +6
Note that the 1966-68 records of the European Championship and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Minor Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Taça das Nações 1964 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1 0 0.667 2.333 16.7 -5

Match History
 
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 15 full appearances (1350 min) 16ᵍ

manager: Walter Winterbottom - 25 full appearances (2250 min) 22ᵍx


Age 19
331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio de Janeiro
tour
AL squad/reserve?
1 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1
,
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
AL ¹ 60 8
IR

The 780th player to appear for England.
the twentieth player from Chelsea FC to represent England

2 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
  AL   8
IR
3 334 28 May 1959 - USA 1 England 8
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
AW   8
IR
4 335 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD ² 25 8
IR
5 336 28 October 1959 - England 2 Sweden 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HL   8
IR

his nine goals in 1960 makes him top scorer for the year

Age 20
6 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD ³ 48 10
IL
7 340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
tour AL   10
IL
341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0, Népstadion, Budapest AL squad/reserve?

his two goals in 1959-60 (along with Bobby Charlton) makes him =top scorer for the season

8 342 8 October 1960 - Northern Ireland 2 England 5
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW 41
47
8
IR
9 343 19 October 1960 - Luxembourg 0 England 9
Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg
WCP AW 16
82
85
8
IR

England's 54th hat-trick - youngest to score a hatrick

10 344 26 October 1960 - England 4 Spain 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW 1 8
IR
11 345 23 November 1960 - England 5 Wales 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW ¹⁰ 2
¹¹ 69
8
IR

The 24th player to score ten goals for England - second youngest

Age 21
12 346 15 April 1961 - England 9 Scotland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW ¹² 20
¹³ 29
¹⁴ 82
8
IR

England's 55th hat-trick

347 10 May 1961 - England 8 Mexico 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW squad/reserve?
13 348 21 May 1961 - Portugal 1 England 1
Estadio Nacional, Lisboa
WCP AD   8
IR
14 349 24 May 1961 - Italy 2 England 3
Stadio Olimpico, Roma
tour AW ¹⁵ 85 8
IR

The twelfth player to score fifteen goals for England - the youngest to do so.

15 350 27 May 1961 - Austria 3 England 1
Praterstadion, Wien
  AL ¹⁶ 16 8
IR
  

his thirteen goals in 1960-61 makes him top scorer for the season

 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 42 full appearances (3780 min) 28ᵍ  

Age 22
16 356 14 April 1962 - Scotland 2 England 0
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AL   8
IR

the 26th player from Tottenham Hotspur FC to represent England

17 357 9 May 1962 - England 3 Switzerland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   8
IR
18 358 20 May 1962 - Peru 0 England 4
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
Fr AW ¹⁷ 25
¹⁸ 35
¹⁹ 41
8
IR

England's 57th hat-trick

 
WCF
inside-right 8x
19 359 31 May 1962 - Hungary 2 England 1
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
NL   IR
20 360 2 June 1962 - Argentina 1 England 3
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
NW ²⁰ 62 IR

The eighth player to score twenty goals for England - the youngest to do so.
The youngest player to make twenty appearances for England

21 361 7 June 1962 - Bulgaria 0 England 0
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
  ND   IR
22 362 10 June 1962 - Brazil 3 England 1
Estadio Municipal, Viña del Mar
NL   IR
23 363 3 October 1962 - England 1 France 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
ENC HD   10
IL
24 364 20 October 1962 - Northern Ireland 1 England 3
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW ²¹ 38 10
IL
25 365 21 November 1962 - England 4 Wales 0
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC HW ²² 88 10
IL

his six goals in 1962 (along with Ron Flowers) makes him =top scorer for the year

 

manager: Alf Ramsey - 32 full appearances (2880 min), 22ᵍx


Age 23
26 366 27 February 1963 - France 5 England 2
Parc des Princes, Paris
ENC AL   10
IL
27 367 6 April 1963 - England 1 Scotland 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL   8
IR
28 368 8 May 1963 - England 1 Brazil 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   8
IR
29 369 29 May 1963 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 4
Tehelné pole, Bratislava

tour
AW ²³ 18
²⁴ 81
8
IR
370 2 June 1963 - GDR 1 England 2, Zentralstadion, Leipzig AW  
30 371 5 June 1963 - Switzerland 1 England 8
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
AW   8
IR

The youngest player to make thirty appearances for England

31 372 12 October 1963 - Wales 0 England 4
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AW ²⁵ 67 8
IR

The fifth player to score 25 goals for England - the youngest to do so.

32 373 23 October 1963 - England 2 Rest of the World 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW ²⁶ 87 8
IR
33 374 20 November 1963 - England 8 Northern Ireland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW ²⁷ 20
²⁸ 30
²⁹ 60
³⁰
65
8
IR

England's 59th hat-trick - the second player to score four hat-tricks
The fourth player to score thirty goals for England - the youngest & quickest to do so.
his eight goals in 1963 makes him top scorer for the year

Age 24
34 376 6 May 1964 - England 2 Uruguay 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley

tour
HW   8
IR
35 377 17 May 1964 - Portugal 3 England 4
Estadio Nacional, Lisboa
AW   8
IR
36 378 24 May 1964 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 3
Dalymount Park, Dublin
AW ³¹ 55 8
IR
379 27 May 1964 - USA 0 England 10, Downing Stadium, New York City AW squad/reserve?
37 380 30 May 1964 - Brazil 5 England 1
Estádio Municipal, Rio de Janeiro

TC
AL ³² 48 8
IR
38 381 4 June 1964 - England 1 Portugal 1
Estádio Municipal, Rio de Janeiro
ND   8
IR
39 382 6 June 1964 - Argentina 1 England 0
Estádio Municipal, Rio de Janeiro
NL   8
IR

his eight goals in 1963-64 makes him top scorer for the season

40 383 3 October 1964 - Northern Ireland 3 England 4
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW ³³ 12
³⁴ 16
³⁵ 27
8
IR

His first goal made Greaves equal top scorer, his second put him top.
England's 64th hat-trick - the first player to score five hat-tricks for England
The first player to score 35 goals for England.
The youngest player to make forty appearances for England

  TOP SCORER  
41 384 21 October 1964 - England 2 Belgium 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   8
IR
  
42 386 9 December 1964 - Netherlands 1 England 1
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
BC HW ³⁶ 85 8
IR

his six goals in 1964 makes him top scorer for the year


Age 25
43 387 10 April 1965 - England 2 Scotland 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HD ³⁷ 33 8
IR
44 388 5 May 1965 - England 1 Hungary 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley

tour
HW ³⁸ 16 8
IR
45 389 9 May 1965 - Yugoslavia 1 England 1
Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd
AD   8
IR
390 12 May 1965 - West Germany 0 England 1, Städtisches Stadion, Nürnberg AW squad/reserve?
391 16 May 1965 - Sweden 1 England 2, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg AW

his six goals in 1964-65 makes him top scorer for the season

46 392 2 October 1965 - Wales 0 England 0
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   8
IR
47 393 20 October 1965 - England 2 Austria 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HL   8
IR
  

his two goals in 1965 (along with Joe Baker, Bobby Charlton & John Connelly) makes him =top scorer for the year


Age 26
48 399 4 May 1966 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW ³⁹ 9 8
IR
400 26 June 1966 - Finland 0 England 3, Olympiastadion, Helsinki
tour
AW squad/reserve?
49 401 29 June 1966 - Norway 1 England 6
Ullevål Stadion, Oslo
AW ⁴⁰ 20
⁴¹ 22
⁴² 44
⁴³ 74
8
IR

England's 65th hat-trick - the first player to score six hat-tricks for England
The first player to score forty goals for England.

50 402 3 July 1966 - Denmark 0 England 2
Idrætsparken, København
  AW   8
IR

The youngest player to make fifty appearances for England

51 403 5 July 1966 - Poland 0 England 1
Stadion Śląski, Chorzów
  AW   8
IR
 
WCF
inside-right 8x
52 404 11 July 1966 - England 0 Uruguay 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
HD   IR
53 405 16 July 1966 - England 2 Mexico 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
HW   IR
54 406 20 July 1966 - England 2 France 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
HW   IR
407 23 July 1966 - England 1 Argentina 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW injured
squad member
408 26 July 1966 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
409 30 July 1966 - England 4 West Germany 2ᴭᵀ, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW squad member
  

Age 27
55 413 15 April 1967 - England 2 Scotland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC/
ECP
HL   8
IR
56 414 24 May 1967 - England 2 Spain 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW ⁴⁴ 72 8
IR
57 415 27 May 1967 - Austria 0 England 1
Praterstadion, Wien
Fr AW   8
IR
  

Greaves' tenure as England's top scorer will last for another 364 days when Bobby Charlton will score his 45th goal

  


 
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