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'Greavsie' joins Football Walk of Fame

23 June 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

The great Jimmy Greaves was yesterday (Thursday, June 22) inducted into the Football Walk of Fame at a ceremony at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Our all-time top marksman and one of the greatest goalscorers the world has ever seen, Jimmy was represented by his son Andy as a special commemorative bronze plaque, designed by renowned artist and long-time Spurs fan Paul Trevillion, was unveiled by Greater Manchester’s newly-appointed Mayor, Andy Burnham.

Manchester legend Denis Law was also inducted in person, while Eusebio, Alfredo Di Stefano and Paolo Maldini were additionally immortalised on the prestigious Walk.

The Football Walk of Fame is a permanent ‘free to view’ tribute to the global icons of international football, forming a path outside of the National Football Museum. The concept was created by music legend David Courtney.

Above: Jimmy's fantastic Football Walk of Fame plaque, designed by Paul Trevillion.

Joining us from AC Milan in December, 1961, ‘Greavsie’ scored 266 goals in 379 appearances in our colours in the Football League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europe, lifting two FA Cups (1962, 1967) and the European Cup Winners' Cup (1963) along the way. Now 77, he suffered a stroke in May, 2015, and remains wheelchair-bound. The Club and the Tottenham Tribute Trust have since worked closely with Jimmy and his family to ensure his needs have been met.

Speaking at Thursday’s induction ceremony, Jimmy's son Andy said: "(My dad would) have been delighted that Denis was here. I spoke to dad on the way up and told him I was doing it with Denis. He said 'make sure you give him a kiss!'

"Dad always used to say that Denis Law was the best goalscorer he ever played with and Denis very kindly says the same about my dad. It’s a very proud moment for me.”

Paul Trevillion added: "It’s been wonderful to draw five new inductees for the Walk of Fame – they are all incredible players, though as a Tottenham fan, Jimmy Greaves of course holds a special place in my heart. The National Football Museum is the perfect place for the Football Walk of Fame.”

Football Walk of Fame

1966 World Cup-winning England team
Sir Alf Ramsey
Sir Tom Finney
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Diego Maradona
George Best
Johan Cruyff
Zinedine Zidane
Franz Beckenbauer
Lily Parr
Thierry Henry
Denis Law
Jimmy Greaves
Alfredo Di Stefano
Paolo Maldini