After the dying 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 remaining sport for West Ham in 1971, Greaves scored a staggering 422 targets in 602 membership appearances. The figures spotlight his standing as one of many best gamers England has ever produced.
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The much-loved striker scored 266 occasions throughout a wonderful nine-year stint at Tottenham, changing into their all-time main scorer and successful two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup in the method. His achievements have been recognised with an induction to Tottenham’s Hall of Fame in a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane on May 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 underneath legendary supervisor Bill Nicholson, scoring a hat-trick on his debut towards Blackpool and placing up a partnership with Bobby Smith – Spurs’s third-highest goalscorer with 208 in all competitions.
Greaves scored in their 1962 FA Cup remaining win over Burnley and additionally netted twice in 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.
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Greaves averaged 0.7 targets per sport for Spurs, however he was much more prolific at earlier membership Chelsea, the place he scored 132 targets in 169 video games at an exceptional charge of 0.78 per sport.
After making his first-team debut on the age of 17, Greaves hit 100 league targets earlier than his twenty first birthday. Fittingly, the a centesimal aim got here in one in all 13 hat-tricks he scored for the Blues, who reluctantly offered him to AC Milan for £80,000 in 1961.
Jimmy Greaves got here by the youth ranks at Chelsea
Despite solely spending 4 seasons at Chelsea, Greaves sits seventh in their all-time scoring charts, and the 41 targets he scored in the 1960/61 season stays a top-flight report for the Blues.
During 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 in the First Division. The stats are all of the extra spectacular when contemplating he retired on the age of simply 31. His remaining season with West Ham, in which he scored 9 targets in 34 appearances, was the one full season of his profession in 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 in the group levels and shedding his place to Geoff Hurst, who famously fired a hat-trick at Wembley.
“I danced around the pitch with everyone else but even in this moment of triumph and great happiness, deep down I felt my sadness,” said Greaves years later. “Throughout my years as a professional footballer I had dreamed of playing in a World Cup final. I had missed out on the match of a lifetime and it hurt.”
Greaves scored 44 targets for England, placing him behind Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney in the scoring charts, however his pure ending potential is highlighted by a far superior scoring charge to his rivals. Greaves’s targets got here in simply 57 appearances. By distinction, Rooney took 100 video games to succeed in that quantity. Greaves additionally scored six worldwide hat-tricks – greater than every other participant in England historical past.
England is but to supply one other goalscorer fairly as prolific as Greaves, and the stats counsel it might be a protracted, lengthy wait.