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Rest in peace Jimmy

Everyone at Claret and Hugh has been saddened by the news that former Hammer Jimmy Greaves passed away this morning at the age of 81.

A member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad, the prolific goalscorer spent two seasons with the Hammers towards the end of his illustrious playing career, scoring 13 goals in 40 appearances, including two on a memorable debut at Manchester City in March 1970.

In total he scored 438 goals in 652 senior appearances in English football, and will go down in the history of the game as one of the finest goalscorers ever seen.

Born in Manor Park, East Ham on 20 February 1940, Jimmy began his career at Chelsea, progressing through the youth ranks.

A regular in Alf Ramsey’s England side, he scored a phenomenal 44 goals in just 57 caps for the Three Lions, although injury ruled him out of the latter stages of the 1966 World Cup tournament – his place taken by West Ham’s Geoff Hurst, who went on to famously score a hat-trick in the final victory over West Germany.

In early 1970, Jimmy moved across London to Upton Park in the record-breaking deal that saw Martin Peters head in the opposite direction, and he quickly continued to live up to his reputation, hitting a brace on his debut in a 5-1 win over Manchester City at Maine Road.

A great friend of Hammers legend Bobby Moore, Jimmy became a popular figure in his time at Upton Park – proof of how his standing in the game and likeable personality transcended the rivalry between the London clubs he played for.

After retiring from the professional game at the end of the 1970-71 season, he went on to become a hugely respected and admired TV personality, and in 2020 was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Claret abs Hugh are with Jimmy’s wife Irene, his four children, and their family and friends at this sad time.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Rest in peace Jimmy

  1. What? Jimmy Greeves played for Chelsea and Martín Peters move to Chelsea in a swap deal with JG? Come on WHUfans are not that gullible.

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