Former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and England striker, Jimmy Greaves has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
After bursting onto the scene with Chelsea – Ironically, netting his first senior goal for the Blues against the Lilywhites at Stamford Bridge – Greaves would go on to score 357 First Division goals between 1957 and 1971 as well as 44 in 57 appearances for England.
Greaves netted 266 times in 379 competitive matches after moving to Tottenham from AC Milan, helping the club to two FA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup during his nine-year stint at White Hart Lane.
After joining West Ham in 1970 – a deal which saw Martin Peters move in the other direction – Greaves scored a further thirteen goals before quitting teh professional game. He would go on to play for Barnet, Chelmsford City and Woodford Town.
On hearing the news that the 80-year-old had been honoured, Greaves told www.tottenhamhotspur.com; “I’m deeply honoured to receive this recognition for services to football from Her Majesty The Queen. Football has been my life, from the day I started kicking a ball around as a kid at home in Essex, to signing for Chelsea at 15, then to Milan, those wonderful nine years at Spurs, then West Ham and, later, my work in television and the media.
“There have been highs and lows, but it’s a game I will always love and will always be part of me. I’d like to dedicate this award to Irene, my family and friends. Thanks for all your love and support.”
Meanwhile, Spurs Chairman, Daniel Levy, added: “As someone who remains to this day the Club’s all-time record goalscorer, revered by generations of fans across the country for his achievements in the game, we believe this recognition is truly deserved.
“The news means we end what has been such a challenging year on a hugely positive note – Jimmy continues to serve as an inspiration to us all.”