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Legends pay tribute to Steve and Jimmy

Posted on 21 April 2016  - 18:10

Our legends were out in force to celebrate the induction of Jimmy Greaves and Steve Perryman into our Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

Steve with his fellow legends at his Hall of Fame induction with Jimmy GreavesSteve with the Greaves family represented by sons Andy, left and Danny

We asked them - what do you think when we say the name Jimmy Greaves/Steve Perryman to you?

Here's what they had to say...

Alan Gilzean - 439 appearances, 133 goals, 1964-1974greaves_gilly_hs
Team-mate of Jimmy and Steve

“In my opinion I think Jimmy Greaves was the greatest player to ever wear a Tottenham shirt. He had exceptional ability, one of the best dribblers of the ball, lightning fast, so cool in the box and he read the game so well. For me personally it was both a privilege and a pleasure to play with the little man. We seemed to have a telepathic understanding and a great partnership.

“Steve was my room-mate and special guy to me.  When he came into the team there were more experienced players around him but once he got accustomed to playing, he bossed us around! He was a wonderful player and put three years on my career, he did a hell of a lot of my running!”

maxi_hsPaul Miller - 285 appearances, 10 goals, 1979-1987
Team-mate of Steve

“Steve educated us on all the Tottenham way, what Tottenham are and should be. He would tell us what was expected of us, how we were expected to behave, a bit like the Bill Nicholson days. Also, how to be winners, to want the ball and not to be afraid. We’re Tottenham Hotspur and we have a bit of style and a bit of class. No-one epitomised that more than Steve.”

Pat Jennings - 590 appearances, 1964-1977pat_hs
Team-mate of Jimmy and Steve

“For me, Jimmy was the greatest, the best goalscorer ever. No-one put the ball in the net like him. Not only did he score goals, he made them as well, from all angles.  Jim just passed the ball into the net, never lashed it. He was brilliant to me in the early days. I probably cost him his bonus money in games no end of times but he’d come into the dressing room and say ‘keep going son, you’re going to be the best’ and I appreciated that when I needed it most.”

“Steve was a born captain and we were so lucky to have someone to follow the likes of Dave Mackay and Alan Mullery. He led by example, the same as Mackay. They were players who would never ask someone to do something they couldn’t do themselves. They were born captains and Steve went on to prove that.”

micky_hsMicky Hazard - 170 appearances, 25 goals, 1980-1994
Team-mate of Steve

“For me, Steve is one of the greatest legends this club has ever seen, a captain who led from the front on the field but had such an incredible understanding of the game and the players that he captained that he was able to spot problems and put them right. He was a genius in the footballing mind. What he achieved for this club is phenomenal, almost second to none.”

Phil Beal - 420 appearances, 1 goal, 1963-1975phil_beal_hs
Team-mate of Jimmy and Steve

“I go back to the time when I scored my goal against QPR. People will remember because it was the only goal I scored! I gave the ball to Jimmy and he didn't give it back to you, not in the penalty box, he would take people on and score, but he gave it back to me and I thought ‘hang on, why is he doing that?’ but anyway, I went on and scored. Afterwards, I said to Jimmy ‘why did you give me that ball back?’ and he said ‘oh well, the cameras weren’t here!’”

“I remember when Stevie P came into the first team, we were playing at Leeds, he went into a tackle with Johnny Giles and all of a sudden Johnny Giles was on the floor! We all thought ‘oh no, you don’t do that at Leeds’ and then all I heard was Big Chiv up front shout ‘thanks Steve, now I’m going to get kicked all over the place by Jackie Charlton!’ Steve was a great player, a great captain and servant of this club.”

clive_hsClive Allen - 135 appearances, 84 goals, 1984-1988
Team-mate of Steve
Broke Jimmy’s record of 46 goals in a season with 49 in 1986-87

“I was born in 1961 just after the cub won the double and grew up listening to my father (Les) tell me how Jimmy was the greatest goalscorer he’d ever seen. Jimmy followed my father here and he was the most wonderful taker of chances and scorer of goals. I heard so much about him when I was younger and I just wanted to follow in his footsteps. To have the opportunity to play after my father and Jimmy was something special. I’d seen so much film of him and tried to model myself on him but you couldn’t copy a man who had everything as a goalscorer. He scored all sorts of goals, made goalscoring look easy and it certainly isn’t. He was one of the greatest we’ll ever see, no doubt about it.

“After a few games at the beginning of the 1986-87 season I had the pleasure of talking to Jimmy on his TV show ‘Saint and Greavsie’. I had 11 goals at that point and he said to me ‘my record is there to be broken’ and I looked at him in amazement because that was 46 goals. It never entered into my mind that I would get anywhere near it. I was lucky enough to break it on FA Cup semi-final weekend against Watford at Villa Park and went on to get 49. To break the great man’s club record was very special but you can’t take away the goals he scored over the career he had, it’s mind-boggling.”

Graham Roberts - 287 appearances, 35 goals, 1980-1986robbo_hs
Team-mate of Steve

“Stevie meant everything to this football club. He’s right up there with Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay as the greatest captains the club has seen. What can you say? 850 games, a one-club man, he has the club in his blood. When I first came here he helped me a lot, made me into the player I became. If you didn’t do the right things, he made sure you knew about it. He kept your feet firmly on the floor and no-one was ever too big for this club. He made his mark on every player.”


Above: Spurs TV's coverage of Steve and Jimmy's Hall of Fame induction evening at White Hart Lane on Wednesday (April 20).