Lovely tribute Jonty!
Loved Saint & Greavsie, it was like a comedy about football.
Sad that they are both gone now…RIP!
best tribute i have read so far to the man i watched play for spurs as i grew up, then enjoyed as you did later in his life paired with Ian St John. r.i.p Greavsie
Fine words Jonty and not much to add except the heavy footballs Greavsie and his generation played with would give today's stars loads more groin, knee and metatarsal injuries. They were tough men in those days.
13th of the 22 to leave us, sad day for football.
I think fans of all clubs had a soft spot for Greavsie. Certainly a part of my childhood/early teens with Saint and Greavsie.
You'll probably like this anecdote on this board as well:
I saw them 'live' in Colwyn Bay in April 1992 and Greavsie joked about the title race "What do the two Fergie's have in common? They'll both be without a title in May". One of the Fergie's being Prince Andrew's wife of course.
Jimmy Greaves in my opinion the greatest goal scorer in English football, of all time.
One cold and frosty evening, a mid week match v Spurs, I was standing on the Lowfields side wondering when Greaves would ever get into the game, into the 2nd half and he received the ball just outside the penalty area, with speed and great dribbling ability he left Norman on his backside, then went around Big Jack, also left him on his backside, passed the ball into the corner of the net at the Scratching Shed end....2 of England's finest defenders picking themselves off the ground....I think Spurs won 1 - 0 or maybe 2 - 1 not sure.
As much as a Leeds fan I hated to see him score, but you could only admire his skill and panache!
As strikers go he was physically slight, not the blunt instrument of modern day main strikers like Haaland, Lukaku, Ronaldo rippling with muscle....but what he didn't have in sheer power, he had speed, instinct and great intelligence around the penalty area.
One thing he did have in common with modern day strikers was he didn't waste energy chasing and closing down defenders, his energy was for the run into position, with a goalscoring chance in the offing.
Most of present day main strikers do very little pressing, watch such as Haaland, hardly breaks sweat, saves all his energy and power for goalscoring, as did many of the great goal scorers down the years.
Jimmy Greaves RIP....a legend in football history!
To anyone of a certain age, whatever club you may support, Jimmy Greaves was a symbol of football at its finest. A talent that never got to shine in that World Cup final, he is nevertheless among the greatest footballers these islands have ever produced. RIP Jimmy.
Loved reading this, worded excellently and truly personal. He was imo the best goalscorer in the game.
My earliest memory of football on TV was the Saint and Greavsie show. RIP Jimmy
44 in 57 for England - International goal per game ratio says it all.
Truly World Class.
As a young lad attending ER in the 60's and 70's, it was customary to hate the opposing team. On odd occasions though, you sometimes looked forward to seeing certain players, playing for "that lot".....Jimmy Greaves was top of this list, along with Best,(reluctantly), Channon, Marsh, and one or two more.
Trouble was, our defence was so good, they often never got a kick....
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