The sad news today that Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care in a London hospital following a stroke, the second he has suffered in three years. The 75-year old was one of the true greats of English soccer: the highest goal scorer for Spurs and England, for whom he scored the most hat tricks, and for six seasons the leading goal scorer in English football. When searching for an adjective to describe his skill with a football, only ‘silky’ seemed to fit the bill.
I was lucky enough to be able to watch Greaves play when he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1961, first from the boys’ enclosure and then from the stands at White Hart Lane. It was from the stands that I was privileged to watch him score one of the greatest solo goals ever, against a Manchester United team that contained Charlton, Law, Best, Stiles and Crerand.
Spurs trounced United 5-1 that day, which was itself a memorable event, but there was hardly a soul there still alive who does not remember that day for Greaves’ goal. Here it is, the third of Spurs’ handful that day, courtesy of YouTube. Enjoy.