Belfast Telegraph

Jimmy Greaves visits Tottenham's training ground

Jimmy Greaves has paid a visit to Tottenham's training ground where he was welcomed by head coach Mauricio Pochettino and fellow club legends.

Former England, Chelsea and Tottenham striker Greaves, 77, who suffered a stroke in 2015, called into the club's Hotspur Way training complex and was also greeted by former team-mates Pat Jennings, Cliff Jones and Alan Gilzean.

Tottenham posted a picture on their official Twitter site of Greaves, sat in a wheelchair, alongside the group, which also included former player Ossie Ardiles.

"An absolute honour to welcome the one and only @jimmy_greaves to Hotspur Way today. #COYS," the London club said.

Greaves, considered on of England's greatest goalscorers, suffered a life-threatening stroke in May 2015 and was told he would probably not walk again.

His visit to Hotspur Way is his second back to the club in recent months after he called in at White Hart Lane in April to see building work on the new stadium.

Greaves scored 124 goals in 157 appearances for Spurs' London rivals Chelsea before signing for Italian giants AC Milan for £80,000 in 1961.

He returned to England later that same year when Tottenham paid a British record fee of £99,999 and went on to score 220 goals in 321 games for the club.

Greaves, who suffered a minor stroke in 2012, was famously left out of Sir Alf Ramsay's side in the 1966 World Cup final, but scored 44 goals in 57 appearances for his country, which puts him fourth in the all-time list behind Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.


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