The JIMMY GREAVES thread

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Well, they told me 'Legends of the Lane' was good, but this is fantastic. Thanks very much to all contributors, especially Archie and Cosmic. Great stuff guys.

I agree with mabolsa, it'd be good to do player-specific DVDs.
 
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Greavsie was a genius. He was erroneously labelled a goal poacher because of his ability to be in the right place at the right time in front of goal. I once saw him beat five men, running from the centre line, to thwack the ball into the back of the net, leaving the keeper unable to do anything except applaud and shake his head.
I watched Greavsie from the Paxton Road for the whole of his Spurs career and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he went after the ball. To say he wasn't a poacher is to do him an injustice, he was a poacher, the greatest of all poachers. He knew where to be and when to be there and when the ball came to him he was absolute magic! He was a striker in the same way a snake is a striker - softly, softly, ZAP! He could lose whoever was covering him without them knowing he was gone. He nipped in and out and before you knew it we were another goal up. A striker that lived and breathed football. Oh God! Those were the days.
 

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Saw JG from start top finish with us. He was a great penalty taker always placing it in the corner sidefoot. Only saw him miss one and that was against West Ham at WHL when he sent the keeper the wrong way only to hit the other post.
Not all his goals were great but he was cheek personified. He scored a very quickly taken free kick at WHL against Liverpool while they were still getting the wall right...Tommy Lawrence in goal I think.
Another one was against QPR at Loftus road when there was a Morgan on either side. We were losing 1-0 2 minutes to go and there appears James seemingly 5 yards offside on the edge of the box bringing the ball down with his arm to score a valuable equaliser. Seem to remember an occasion when he was robbed of a goal right on halftime because the ref said the whistle had gone before the shot hit the net. Along with Glenn and Stevie P, JG is my favourite ever at Spurs.
 

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I was ther for both the goals you mention SQ - some happy memories

Boy were Pool mad about that quickly taken free kick :)
 
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I saw Jimmy score his first goal and last goal for Spurs and most of them in between, he was without a doubt the finest goalscorer of all time, he could score from all angles and on many occasions beat several players before slipping the ball into the net. I even went all the way to see him make his debut for West Ham at Maine Road and guess what he scored two goals on a mudheap in a 5-1 win, he was brilliant.
 

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Great memories, shame this thread reads almost like an obituary. I see Jim is appearing at the Millfield Arts Center on the 27th Feb.

One of the greatest partnerships we have ever had was the two G men Alan Gilzean (Gilly) being the other G man, I hope Berby and Defoe eventually play like those two wonderful players, well you never know!





 
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ive went to a booksigning and got his book and after reading it i cant beleive how prolific he was at scoring goals the guy was lethal, i think he would of got in any side in the world and scored loads of goals, a very nice man aswell.Legend
 

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Malcolm Allison once when assigning a defender to mark our man Greaves, told him " every time Greves blink, you blink".
 

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Chinaman, that really sums up the threat that Jimmy was to our opposition.

You would go to a match and for 40 to 50 minutes he would be on the fringe of play and then all of a sudden, bang, bang, bang and Jimmy would have another hat trick !

Oh I wish we had Berby, Mido and Jimmy as our strike force.

Best wishes to all.
 

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Chinaman, that really sums up the threat that Jimmy was to our opposition.

You would go to a match and for 40 to 50 minutes he would be on the fringe of play and then all of a sudden, bang, bang, bang and Jimmy would have another hat trick !

Oh I wish we had Berby, Mido and Jimmy as our strike force.

Best wishes to all.
I'm not satisfied until we also have MacKay and Hoddle in midfield and Pat Jennings in goal. Ahh, also Cliffy Jones on the left wing.
 

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West Ham was his first love. But we did pretty well in the deal and got another legend in Martin Peters.
 
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Another one was against QPR at Loftus road when there was a Morgan on either side. We were losing 1-0 2 minutes to go and there appears James seemingly 5 yards offside on the edge of the box bringing the ball down with his arm to score a valuable equaliser.
That was the first time I saw Spurs live. Feb 68. We wore blue tops and white shorts that day. Jimmy was my hero (along with big Pat) and I had a pair of JG endorsed boots.

He once said that he retired too early and had the chance to go to Derby County under Clough in 1971 and regrets turning it down.

Jimmy Greaves - the legend of legends.
 

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West Ham was his first love. But we did pretty well in the deal and got another legend in Martin Peters.
Yeah I know Martin Peters was the better part of the deal but JG going to anywhere was like selling off the family silver.
"I saw Peters score all four goals against Man U in 72 away"
 

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That was the first time I saw Spurs live. Feb 68. We wore blue tops and white shorts that day. Jimmy was my hero (along with big Pat) and I had a pair of JG endorsed boots.

He once said that he retired too early and had the chance to go to Derby County under Clough in 1971 and regrets turning it down.

Jimmy Greaves - the legend of legends.
Keep posting for me Blue Rooster, I can't remember everything from the older days, I need help. !!!
 
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to buy jimmy toda..chelsea would need a loan..he was pricless..he once said ' EVERY TEAM I PLAYED FOR HAD MY LOYALTY, ONLY SPURS HAD MY LOVE'.. enough said ....A TRUE SPURS MAN..
 

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jimmy was with out a doubt a man who could set the lane on fire , you had to see him play to understand any of the previous statements . to know what he meant to spurs his first game back after jaundice was against fulham ,trying to get him fit for the world cup , in those days against fulham we averaged about 40 tho jimmy was playing the lane was heaving with 56tho at least.we had a penalty mackay took them when jimmy was ill , mackay picked up the ball to give to jimmy who was out on his feet just about walking, he was so tired he did not want the ball, mackay waved his arm and pointed to the crowd, the noise was deafening, jimmy took it somehow scored , the noise level made the ground shake,it was so good to see him back , even if it did take a while to get match fit, what a player
 

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Yeah I know Martin Peters was the better part of the deal but JG going to anywhere was like selling off the family silver.
"I saw Peters score all four goals against Man U in 72 away"
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I was at that game too.left ground thinking Chivers had scored the4th. Only found out later it was M.P.The Mancs. were well pissed off that day. They started tryig to climb into the stand at the scoreboard end where i was sitting. I remember the ticket cost £2-50 changed days or what?:violin: Eek
 
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