Former England striker Jimmy Greaves has died aged 81.

Greaves began his professional career at Chelsea in 1957 then found himself at Italian giants AC Milan for 4 years, after that short spell in Italy he was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in 1961 where he made his name, a glorious career scoring 266 goals for the club.

His time though at Spurs was up and he then moved on to rivals West Ham United in 1970, a few years later he was then playing for lower league clubs.

After his playing days had ended he went into media presented with Ian St John a programme called ‘Saint and Greavsie’ which ran from 1985 until 1992, he worked on several sports shows on ITV.


Greaves had a decent media career, he became a columnist for the Sun newspaper and ‘The Sunday People’ and was a pundit for Central Television.

He was also named in the 2021 honours list and got his MBE for his days playing for England.

In 2012 he had a mild stroke after having surgery on his neck, he recovered for several years when in 2015 he had a severe stroke and was admitted into ICU for a time, he could not walk of speak for a while, the great man himself overcame even this and recovered.

Sadly Jimmy Greaves died today 19 September 2021.

Current players payed tribute to Greaves:

Harry Kane said on Twitter: “RIP Jimmy Greaves, a true legend and one of the great goalscorers, thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Tottenham Hotspur FC said: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, we extend our deepest sympathies to JImmy’s family ad friends at this sad time.

“Rest in Peace, Jimmy.”