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Posted on 16 June 2008  - 12:00

Is the strike partnership between Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov our best ever? This is your chance to vote!

The goal-den boys

Is the strike partnership between Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov our best ever? This is your chance to vote!

We've put up five contenders for this striking crown with partnerships from each of the last five decades - 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s - all listed below.

We're looking at the five partnerships in closer detail this week, starting with Bobby Smith and Jimmy Greaves.

In the meantime, the voting remains open - click on the relevant email below...


The perfect partnership between the classic ‘old-fashioned' centre forward and, arguably, the greatest striker ever, helped us to FA Cup and European success in those glory, glory years of the early 1960s.

Smith joined us in December 1955 and his reputation was fully established before Greaves' arrival. He scored 36 league goals in 1957-58 to equal Ted Harper's record of 1930-31 and by August 1960, he'd overtaken George Hunt's aggregate of league goals for the club. He was top scorer in the famous double season of 1960-61 - and then Greaves arrived in December, 1961.

At that time, they were the most feared partnership in English - and possibly European - football. The ideal foils for each other, their goals helped us to the FA Cup in 1962 and European Cup Winners Cup in 1963.

Smith eventually left in 1964 with 208 goals in 317 appearances between 1955-64.

Greaves went on to enjoy another successful partnership with Alan Gilzean in scoring a club record 266 goals in 379 games, adding another FA Cup in 1967 before departing in 1970.

His 37 league goals in a season in 1962-63 remains a club record and when he topped the Division One scoring charts in 1964-65 he became the first player to do so in three successive seasons. He top scored in the top flight six times in total.

Is the Greaves/Smith partnership the best?

Here are the contenders...

Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith: One of the most feared partnerships both in England and Europe, they helped us to the FA Cup in 1962 and Cup Winners Cup in 1963. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

1970s: Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean: After the departure of Greaves, Chivers and Gilzean led the line as we won the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and UEFA Cup in 1972. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

1980s: Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks: Partnership a key part in the return of the glory days of the early 1980s with FA Cup wins in 1981 and 1982. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

1990s: Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham: No trophies but a memorable partnership in 1994-95 with 52 goals between them in all competitions and that great FA Cup win at Anfield. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

2000s: Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane: Scored 45 and 46 goals between them respectively in 2006-07 and 2007-08, helping us to fifth place in 06-07 and the League Cup last term. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

We'll have the results on Monday, June 23.