Football stars attend Jimmy Greaves funeral


London (AFP) – Former Tottenham Hotspur managers Harry Redknapp and Ossie Ardiles were among the many football stars who attended the funeral of England football great Jimmy Greaves on Friday.

Greaves, Spurs’ all-time top scorer with 266 goals, died last month at the age of 81.

His widow Irene, who married Greaves as a teenager in 1958, and their four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were among those mourned at Essex Crematorium near London.

Another son, Jimmy junior, died before his first birthday in 1960.

Greaves played for several other clubs including Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham.

Former teammates including Redknapp, Pat Jennings, Cliff Jones and Steve Perryman attended the funeral alongside big names from Tottenham such as Ardiles, Clive Allen, Micky Hazard and Graham Roberts.

Spurs sent a floral club crest with the words: “We have lost a dear member of our Spurs family. The greatest goalscorer the world has ever seen. Always in our thoughts. With love from everyone at Tottenham Hotspur.

Greaves, who enjoyed a successful broadcast career after his playing days were over, remains the greatest goalscorer in English top-flight history, with 357 goals – despite retiring from professional play at the age of 31 years.

He has also scored 44 times in 57 internationals.

But Greaves missed England’s triumph in the 1966 World Cup final after sustaining a shinbone against France in the group stage, losing his place to Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory over West Germany at Wembley which saw its team crowned champions.


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