Saturday 10 December 2016

England icon Greaves suffers stroke

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday
Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday

One of English football’s greatest players, Jimmy Greaves, was in intensive care last night after suffering a severe stroke.

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A statement from Greaves’ family said the 75-year-old, who had a minor stroke in 2012, had been taken ill on Sunday. “His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time,” it added.

Greaves’ skill as a striker was legendary, as he scored 44 goals in 57 England games and a club record 266 goals for Tottenham Hotspur. He was due to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame a week tomorrow in a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane.

England icon Greaves suffers stroke

Greaves is fourth on the list of England goalscorers, behind Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney. He was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad but suffered an injury in the third game of the finals and was replaced by Geoff Hurst.

Greaves started his career at Chelsea where he scored 132 goals in 169 games. After nine years at Spurs he moved across the capital to West Ham before seeing out his career lower down the leagues following a battle with alcoholism.

The affection and respect which those in the game have for Greaves was reflected in yesterday’s get-well messages. His former TV partner in Saint and Greavsie, Ian St John, said he was “devastated” by the news, while Hurst tweeted: “Thinking of my friend and one of our greats this morning, @jimmy-greaves. Wishing him all the best and hoping for a speedy recovery.”

Former Tottenham player Ossie Ardiles said: “Wishing Jimmy Greaves a speedy recovery. Great player and a better person.”

England’s second-highest scorer, Gary Lineker, spoke of his sadness at the news.

“Choked to read that Jimmy Greaves has had a severe stroke,” he said. “One of my absolute heroes. Thoughts are with him and his family. Get well, Jimmy.”

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