Football Legend Jimmy Greaves Dies Aged 81

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 19 Sep 2021 10:24
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Football legend Jimmy Greaves has passed away at the age of 81.

Greaves was described as one of England’s greatest goal scorers and was part of the national team to bring home the World Cup in 1966.


Tottenham Hotspur made the announcement this morning, September 19, on Twitter, writing, ‘We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves. We extend our deepest sympathies to Jimmy’s family and friends at this sad time.’

Greaves made his name at Chelsea where he scored 32 goals for the club in 169 matches between 1957 and 1961, The Guardian reports, before joining Spurs.

He went on to become the team’s all-time record goalscorer after securing 266 goals in 379 appearances.


Not only was he one of Spurs’ top goal scorers, but Greaves also remains as one of England’s greatest.

The late 81-year-old sits as the fourth all-time record scorer behind Gary Lineker, Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney.

People have since taken to social media to pay tribute to Greaves.

The official England Twitter page wrote:


We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jimmy Greaves at the age of 81. Jimmy was part of our @FIFAWorldCup – winning squad and scored a remarkable 44 goals in 57 games for the #ThreeLions. All of our thoughts are with his family, friends and former clubs.

Piers Morgan also shared his condolences, writing, ‘RIP Jimmy Greaves, 81. One of the greatest England footballers, brilliant broadcaster, fantastic bloke. Sad news.’

BBC Breakfast‘s Dan Walker expressed his sadness as well. He said, ‘My dad loved watching Jimmy Greaves on the pitch and I loved watching him on the TV. His 44 goals for England came in just 57 games!!!’


‘Incredible footballer and a big part of so many people’s lives,’ he continued. ‘Very sad to hear about his death.’

It’s unknown if Greaves’ death has anything to do with the stroke he suffered in 2015 as his cause of death is yet to be reported.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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The Guardian
  1. The Guardian

    Jimmy Greaves, former England striker and World Cup winner, dies aged 81