Jimmy Greaves, ex-Spurs striker, suffers stroke

FORMER England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering a severe stroke on Sunday.

Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering a severe stroke at the weekend. Picture: PA
Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering a severe stroke at the weekend. Picture: PA

A statement from Greaves’ family confirmed that the 75-year-old had been taken ill, having recovered from a minor stroke in 2012.

Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 England games, the fourth-highest total of all time.

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He also scored 266 goals in 379 matches for Spurs.

The White Hart Lane club sent their best wishes to ‘Greavesie’, tweeting: “Everyone at the Club wishes Jimmy Greaves a speedy recovery after he suffered a stroke yesterday.’

Greaves also had spells with Chelsea - where he scored 124 goals in 157 appearances - AC Milan, West Ham, Brentwood, Barnet and Chelmsford City.

He ended his 33-year playing career at Woodford Town in 1980 following a battle with alcoholism.