After the loss of life of former England, Tottenham and Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves, we mirror on the astonishing scoring feats for membership and nation.
Between his Chelsea debut in 1957 and his last recreation for West Ham in 1971, Greaves scored a staggering 422 objectives in 602 membership appearances. The figures spotlight his standing as one of many best gamers England has ever produced.
The much-loved striker scored 266 instances throughout an excellent nine-year stint at Tottenham, changing into their all-time main scorer and successful two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup within the course of. His achievements had been recognised with an induction to Tottenham’s Corridor of Fame in a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane on Might 13, 2015.
Greaves joined Spurs in December 1961 after a short stint with AC Milan for a payment of £99,999. He took no time to settle beneath legendary supervisor Invoice Nicholson, scoring a hat-trick on his debut towards Blackpool and hanging up a partnership with Bobby Smith – Spurs’s third-highest goalscorer with 208 in all competitions.
Greaves scored of their 1962 FA Cup last win over Burnley and likewise netted twice of their 5-1 European Cup Winners’ Cup overcome Atletico Madrid the next 12 months, however his time at Spurs solely tells a part of the story.
Greaves averaged 0.7 objectives per recreation for Spurs, however he was much more prolific at earlier membership Chelsea, the place he scored 132 objectives in 169 video games at an exceptional fee of 0.78 per recreation.
After making his first-team debut on the age of 17, Greaves hit 100 league objectives earlier than his twenty first birthday. Fittingly, the a centesimal aim got here in considered one of 13 hat-tricks he scored for the Blues, who reluctantly bought him to AC Milan for £80,000 in 1961.
Regardless of solely spending 4 seasons at Chelsea, Greaves sits seventh of their all-time scoring charts, and the 41 objectives he scored within the 1960/61 season stays a top-flight file for the Blues.
Throughout his time at Chelsea and Spurs, Greaves was the First Division prime scorer in six separate seasons, an achievement that has by no means been matched. He was additionally his membership’s prime scorer in 12 of his 14 seasons within the First Division. The stats are all of the extra spectacular when contemplating he retired on the age of simply 31. His last season with West Ham, by which he scored 9 objectives in 34 appearances, was the one full season of his profession by which he didn’t attain double figures.
Greaves’ worldwide profession is greatest remembered for England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, however he missed the ultimate after struggling an harm within the group levels and dropping his place to Geoff Hurst, who famously fired a hat-trick at Wembley.
“I danced across the pitch with everybody else however even on this second of triumph and nice happiness, deep down I felt my disappointment,” mentioned Greaves years later. “All through my years as an expert footballer I had dreamed of enjoying in a World Cup last. I had missed out on the match of a lifetime and it harm.”
Greaves scored 44 objectives for England, placing him behind Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney within the scoring charts, however his pure ending means is highlighted by a far superior scoring fee to his rivals. Greaves’s objectives got here in simply 57 appearances. Against this, Rooney took 100 video games to achieve that quantity. Greaves additionally scored six worldwide hat-tricks – greater than some other participant in England historical past.
England is but to provide one other goalscorer fairly as prolific as Greaves, and the stats counsel it may very well be a protracted, lengthy wait.