Jimmy Greaves: Ex-England & Tottenham striker dies aged 81

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Jimmy Greaves, a former England striker and Tottenham's record goalscorer, has passed away at the age of just 81.

Before joining Chelsea, Greaves had spells at Spurs, AC Milan and West Ham.

In 57 matches for England, he scored 44 goals and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning team.

He holds the record for English top-flight soccer goals with 357 and has scored 266 goals in 379 matches.

The 41 goals Greaves scored in 1960-61 is still a record for Chelsea and he holds the Spurs record of 37 in 1962-63.

Tottenham released the following statement: "We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Jimmy Greaves," not only Tottenham Hotspur's record goal scorer but also the greatest marksman this nation has ever seen.

"Jimmy, 81 years old, passed away at his home in the early morning hours.

Tottenham stated that Greaves had "immaculate ball control and great balance, and such composure in front goal that he seldom missed an opportunity".

In December 1961, he scored a hat trick against Blackpool on his Spurs debut. This was in the FA Cup final win of 1962 and the Cup Winners Cup win of 1963.

Greaves is survived his wife Irene, their four children and 10 grandchildren.

Between 1957 and 1961, Greaves scored 132 goals in just 169 matches for Chelsea.

He scored nine points in 14 Serie A matches for Milan, including his debut. However, he didn't settle in Italy and returned home to London with the Spurs.

Greaves retired as a player and moved into broadcasting. He presented "Saint and Greavsie", a football program with Ian St John, an ex- Liverpool striker, from 1985 to 1992.

Greaves had a mild stroke in 2012, and a more severe stroke in 2015.

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