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Tottenham and Chelsea unite to remember Jimmy Greaves following death aged 81

:Headline: Tottenham and Chelsea unite to remember Jimmy Greaves following death aged 81:
The prolific former England centre-forward died at home in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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Tottenham and Chelsea came together on Sunday to remember their former striker Jimmy Greaves after he died aged 81.

Greaves had suffered a stroke in May 2015 which left him wheelchair-bound and with severely impaired speech. He had also suffered from alcoholism and quit drinking in 1978.

In announcing the news, Spurs said former England international Greaves – the club's record goalscorer – died at home on Sunday morning.

A minute's applause was held before kick-off in north London and prior to Sunday's other two top-flight games – West Ham v Manchester United and Brighton v Leicester.

Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 senior appearances for England – fourth highest in Three Lions history. He was a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, but famously did not feature in the final victory over West Germany.

A shin injury had seen him replaced in the side by Geoff Hurst at the quarter-final stage and, although he was fit for the final, Alf Ramsey's decision not to change a winning side was vindicated by Hurst's hat-trick on the day.

Greaves' career began in the junior ranks at Chelsea and he turned professional in May 1957, scoring on his Blues debut and racking up 132 goals in total for the club.

His return of 41 goals from 40 games for Chelsea during the 1960-61 season remains a club record.

At the end of that campaign Greaves left Stamford Bridge to sign for AC Milan, but spent only a few months in Italy before joining Spurs in December 1961 to play in Bill Nicholson's successful side.

Jimmy Greaves scoring for England in April 1961 (PA)

The Tottenham statement continued: "Although we had just won the 'Double', there's no question that Jimmy's arrival in N17 made us an even better team.

"He was a natural goalscorer, always in the right place at the right time to add the finishing touch to another well-worked move, while he could also create his own goals, as he did on numerous occasions by gliding past defenders and passing the ball into the back of the net.

"He possessed immaculate ball control, great balance and such composure in front of goal that he rarely spurned an opportunity."

In later life, Greaves endured health problems, including a minor stroke in 1992 from which he recovered. However, a serious stroke in May 2015 left him unconscious for six days in intensive care, and he remained in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Milan tweeted ahead of their Serie A game with Juventus: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Jimmy Greaves. Our hearts go out to his friends and loved ones on this day of mourning.

"Although our time together was short, we'll forever cherish the memories. Farewell, Jimmy."

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