Jimmy Greaves: Five facts you didn’t know about England and Tottenham legend who has passed away

Tottenham record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves dies at the age of 81.

<p>Jimmy Greaves of Chelsea FC poses for a portrait on 1st August 1957 at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London Photo by  Don Morley/Getty Images)</p>

Jimmy Greaves of Chelsea FC poses for a portrait on 1st August 1957 at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London Photo by Don Morley/Getty Images)

Former England and Tottenham record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves has died aged 81.

Tottenham put out a statement to announce the passing of their record goal scorer on Sunday morning,hours before the London derby against Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The statement read: "We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen.Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning, aged 81.”

Gary Neville and Harry Kane have led tributes to the England great on social media and there will be a minute of silence across all match centres in the Premier League today.

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Five facts about Jimmy Greaves at a glance

  • Jimmy Greaves is fourth on England’s all-time scorers list with 44 goals in 57 games. 
  • Jimmy Greaves is the Tottenham record goalscorer with 266 goals in 379 games for the club. 
  • Jimmy Greaves holds the record for the most goals scored in a single season for Tottenham, 37 goals during the 1962/1963 season. 
  • He is member of the Football Hall of Fame in England. 
  • He participated in the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups, but was injured in the 1966 World Cup group stage and lost his spot in the first team to Geoff Hurst, who held Greaves out of the first team in the final.