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Jimmy Greaves in intensive care after family confirm former Spurs and Chelsea striker suffered 'severe stroke'

Published 04/05/2015

Jimmy Greaves (left) and Norman Hunter collecting medals at Downing Street in 2009
Jimmy Greaves (left) and Norman Hunter collecting medals at Downing Street in 2009
Jimmy Greaves smiles after collecting his World Cup medal in 2009
Ian St John (left) and Jimmy Greaves used to put a humourous slant on football every Saturday with their self-titled ITV show
Jimmy Greaves (England)
Jimmy Greaves made a habit of scoring on his debut. At just 17 he netted for Chelsea and repeated the feat two years later on his international debut against Peru. During his short stint at AC Milan he scored in his first match and on returning to England with Tottenham in 1961 bagged a hat-trick. The fine goalscorer made it five in a row when he scored two on his West Ham debut.

Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering a "severe stroke" on Sunday, his family have confirmed.

The 75-year-old won 57 caps for England, scoring 44 goals that puts him fourth on the all-time list of English goalscorers having been recently overtaken by current captain Wayne Rooney.

The former England and Tottenham striker started his career in 1957 with Chelsea where he scored 132 goals in 169 matches, and after a season with Italian side AC Milan, he joined Spurs in 1961. In a spell that spanned nine season, Greaves scored 268 goals in 381 appearances in all competitions, and he spent two years with West Ham before retiring in 1971.

A statement issued on behalf of Greaves' family read: "Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday May 3, and is in intensive care in hospital.

"His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time for the family.

"They will issue a bulletin on his condition when it is appropriate.

"England's greatest ever goal scorer was 75 on February 20, and has been working regularly on the personal appearances circuit in harness with his friend and agent Terry Baker.

"Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full recovery. He was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane.

"This is all we wish to say at the present time."

Greaves recovered from a minor stroke in 2012, but his family have confirmed that his latest illness was "severe" and will release an update once they know more on his condition.

Greaves remains Tottenham’s highest ever goalscorers with his tally, and has scored more hat-tricks than any other player for England with six to his name. He was a key part of the famous Spurs side that won the FA Cup in 1961/62 as well as the 1966/67 competition. In 1962/63, Geaves was part of the side that also won the European Cup Winners Cup, but his crowning moment came in 1966 when he was part of the England squad that won the World Cup at Wembley.

Spurs immediately sent their best wishes to Greaves and hoped the club legend makes a "speedy recovery".

"Everyone at the Club wishes Jimmy Greaves a speedy recovery after he suffered a stroke yesterday," the club said via their official Twitter account.

"Our thoughts are with Jimmy and his family at this difficult time."

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