A group of Tottenham Hotspur greats, including former bosses Harry Redknapp and Ossie Ardiles, attended the funeral of legendary footballer Jimmy Greaves this afternoon.
Former Spurs players including Micky Hazard, Steve Perryman, Graham Roberts, Martin Chivers and Paul Miller served at Chelmsford Crematorium in Essex, along with sports TV presenter Gary Newbon.
The former stars appeared in good spirits as they spoke to each other as they arrived ahead of the private funeral, which took place after the death of former England striker Tottenham and Chelsea Greaves at the age of 81.
Greaves, who died at home on September 19, holds the record of 266 goals for Tottenham Hotspur, 357 goals in top-level English football and has set a record six hat-tricks for England.
He had suffered a stroke in May 2015 that left him in a wheelchair and with severe speech impairment. He also suffered from alcoholism and quit drinking in 1978.
Former Tottenham Hotspur managers Harry Redknapp (left) and Ossie Ardiles (right) at Chelmsford crematorium today
Former Tottenham Hotspur players Micky Hazard (left) and Steve Perryman (right) arrive ahead of today’s funeral
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp (left) and former player Paul Miller (right) at Chelmsford crematorium today
Harry Redknapp (center) with former Spurs players Graham Roberts (second left) and Ossie Ardiles (right) in Essex today
Former Tottenham Hotspur player Martin Chivers (left) and TV presenter Gary Newbon (right) at today’s funeral
Floral tributes outside ahead of funeral at Chelmsford Crematorium today in honor of former striker Jimmy Greaves
Jimmy Greaves (pictured in 2013) holds the record 266 goals for Tottenham Hotspur and 357 in top English football
His Spurs return was 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961 and 1970 – 220 goals in 321 league appearances, 32 goals in 36 FA Cup appearances, five in eight League Cup appearances and nine in 14 European games.
Greaves has scored 44 goals in 57 senior appearances for England, the fourth-highest in Three Lions history.
By the numbers: Jimmy Greaves’ incredible career
- 114 – goals scored for the youth team after signing for Chelsea in 1956.
- 17 – Greaves’ age when he made his first-team debut for Chelsea, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
- 100 – number of league goals Greaves had scored at the age of 20. The youngest player remains to reach the benchmark.
- 99,999 – the pound fee paid by Tottenham to sign Greaves from AC Milan in 1961.
- 132 – goals for Chelsea in 169 games.
- 44 – goals scored for England in 57 matches. He is still fourth on the all-time list behind Wayne Rooney (53), Bobby Charlton (49) and Gary Lineker (48).
- 6 – England’s hat tricks are still a record today.
- 41 – The number of goals for Chelsea in 40 league appearances in the 1960/61 season is still a club record at Stamford Bridge.
- 266 – Goals for Tottenham in 379 appearances means Greaves remains Spurs’ top scorer.
But although he was a member of the 1966 World Cup winning team, he did not participate in the final victory over West Germany.
A shin injury saw him replaced in the squad by Geoff Hurst in the quarter-finals, and although he is fit for the final, Alf Ramsey’s decision not to change the winning team was justified by Hurst’s hat-trick that day.
Greaves’ career began in the junior ranks at Chelsea and he turned pro in May 1957, scoring on his debut for the Blues and accumulating 132 total goals for the club.
His return of 41 goals in 40 games for Chelsea in the 1960/61 season remains a club record.
At the end of that season, Greaves left Stamford Bridge to sign for AC Milan, but only spent a few months in Italy before joining Spurs in December 1961 to play for Bill Nicholson’s successful side.
Tottenham described him as “the best sniper this country has ever seen”, said he was “always in the right place at the right time to add the finishing touches to another well-worked movement”.
After nine years at White Hart Lane Greaves joined West Ham, the club closest to its roots in East London, in 1970.
While that doesn’t prove a happy stay at Upton Park, the 13 league goals he scored for the Hammers took him to 366 goals in Europe’s top five leagues.
It was the all-time record until it was eclipsed by Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid’s stunning 2016-17 campaign.
Greaves took a break from the game after leaving West Ham, but went on to play in the lower divisions, turning out for Brentwood, Chelmsford, Barnet and Woodford Town.
After ending his playing career, Greaves starred alongside former Liverpool striker Ian St John in the popular ITV “Saint and Greavsie” program between 1985 and 1992, which saw him grow into a popular expert.
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp (right) arrives for Jimmy Greaves’ funeral at Chelmsford Crematorium today
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp (center) with Ossie Ardiles (right) arriving at Chelmsford Crematorium today
Former Tottenham Hotspur player Paul Miller (left) and Ossie Ardiles (right) arrive ahead of the funeral in Essex this afternoon
The casket is carried inside ahead of the funeral at Chelmsford Crematorium in Essex this afternoon
The casket arrives by hearse ahead of Jimmy Greaves’ funeral at Chelmsford Crematorium this afternoon
A photograph taken in May 1967 of Jimmy Greaves in training for Tottenham ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea
After a long campaign for his achievements in England in 1966 to be recognized, Greaves finally received a World Cup winner’s medal in 2009; five years later he auctioned it off at Sotheby’s for £ 44,000.
Later in his life, Greaves endured health issues including a minor stroke in 1992 from which he recovered.
However, a severe stroke in May 2015 left him unconscious for six days in intensive care, and he remained in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.