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RAPIDHAMMER: "Ex-Hammers Day" Part III: Jimmy Greaves

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

"Ex-Hammers Day" Part III: Jimmy Greaves

As today somehow became an "Ex-Hammers Day", here's another former English player who had a spell with West Ham. Jimmy Greaves (born 20 February 1940) who played for West Ham in 1970/71 was a phenomenal striker, scoring on his debut for Chelsea in 1957. He finished as top League goalscorer twice whilst at Chelsea in 1959 and 1961 and his 41 league goals in the 1960-61 season remains a club record.
After having played for AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspurs he joined West Ham in 1970. He scored on his debut (as he had for every team he played for, including England at full and under 21 level), with two goals against Manchester City (see Video above - pay attention to the muddy pitch!). Jimmy Greaves scored 13 league goals for the Hammers in 38 games.
Greves was capped 57 times for England and scored 44 goals, being one of the squad members of the English team that won the World Cup 1966. In 2002 Greaves was made an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame. He released his autobiography, Greavsie, in 2003 and is in demand as an after-dinner speaker. In November 2007 it was announced that Greaves, along with the other 10 reserves from the 1966 squad, will be awarded medals by FIFA.
Married since 1958, he is now a grandfather.

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