Jimmy Greaves

Jimmy Greaves


  • Age76
  • Date of birthTuesday 20 February 1940
  • Place of birthEast Ham

Match Stats

  • Senior Team (57)
    • Played
    • Won
    • Drawn
    • Lost
    • Goals
    • Bookings
    • Dismissals
    • First Match
      v Peru, 17/05/1959
    • Last Match
      v Austria , 27/05/1967


It would be a travesty if Jimmy Greaves’ England career were remembered more for a game he didn’t play in rather than the many that he did.

In 1966, the Tottenham Hotspur striker – at the time comfortably the country’s most prolific goalscorer – had to sit on the sidelines and watch his team-mates in the World Cup Final after picking up a shin injury against France earlier in the competition.

Ironically, the man who took Greaves’ place, Geoff Hurst, scored a hat-trick in the Final as England won the Cup.

But when Greaves did play for England, he usually scored, amassing a hugely impressive tally of 44 goals in 57 games, including six hat-tricks – a record that stands to this day.

In one five-game streak in 1960/61, he scored eleven goals. He was famous for always scoring on his debut, and his first national team appearance was no exception; he notched England’s only goal during a 4-1 defeat by Peru in May 1959.

After starting his playing career at Chelsea, Greaves had a short spell overseas with AC Milan in 1961, but didn’t settle and signed for Spurs in December of that year.

He scored over 200 goals in 321 games in a nine-year spell at White Hart Lane and broke the club scoring record for a season with 37 goals in 41 League games in 1962/63.

He also became the first player to top the First Division scoring charts for three consecutive seasons between 1963 and 1965.