Jimmy Greaves’ family say they have been overwhelmed by the messages of love for the England and Tottenham Hotspur legend after he died yesterday, aged 81.
His son Danny said: “The love and support that has poured out for Dad has been incredible. It has been unbelievable, overwhelming.”
The 56-year-old added that the family had imagined his reunion with England’s World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, who died in 1993.
Danny said: “Dad will be upstairs now having a pint with Bobby Moore.”
Jimmy began his career with Chelsea before spells at AC Milan, Spurs and West Ham.
He scored 44 goals in 57 games for England and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad.
He holds the record for most goals in the English top flight with 357 and scored 266 in 379 matches for Tottenham, winning two FA Cups and one Cup Winners’ Cup. His 41 goals in 1960-61 remains a record in a season for Chelsea, and he also holds the Spurs record with 37 in 1962-63.
A Tottenham statement said: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen. Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning, aged 81.”
The former player and popular TV pundit – one half of the Saint And Greavsie show with Ian St John – remains fourth on the list of all-time England goalscorers, behind Wayne Rooney (53), Sir Bobby Charlton (49) and Gary Lineker (48).
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