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20th February 1940 – a good day for Tottenham.

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Tony

On the 20th February 1940 Britain was at war but it was still a significant day for all Tottenham supporters for a very different reason, 74 years ago  today a superstar by the name of  James Peter Greaves was born in London, “It’s a funny old game ” was born, the last player to score forty goals in the top division in English football, though at that time playing another London club we shall not mention. Jimmy Greaves was famous for so  many reasons but one of the most unique was the fact that he scored on every debut he made at club and international level.

Bill Nicholson bought Greaves from Milan for a pound short of being the first £100,000 player, not quite the £40m and a pound bid by Arsenal for Suarez, but he was the star of the time and a goalpoacher supreme. He played from 1961 until 1970 for Tottenham featuring in 321 games and scoring 220 goals, with another 44 in 57  games for England he was the best around. He won a couple of FA Cups with Tottenham and was a member and scorer in the first British team to win a European trophy when Tottenham defeated Atletico Madrid in 1963 by 5-1 , just a couple of goals from Greaves on that occasion.

Here is a video of the greatest goalscorer that I ever saw wear the Tottenham shirt and we have had a few worthy of mention like Chivers, Gilzean who formed the other half of the “G men”, Archibald, Klinsmann and Sherringham:-

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  1. Boobaspur says:

    I was a little bit too young to remember his playing days, but very definitely remember “Saint and Greavsie” on the tv on a Saturday in the mid to late 80’s

    Very nice to make mention of it here, may he have many more…

    • Tony says:

      I saw him in his pomp and he was one of those special players, think people ought to know just how good Alan Gilzean, Cyril Knowles and numerous others from that era were as well so watch out for blogs on them and other heroes in our history, there are lot’s to choose from.



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