Tuesday, 6 July 2010

1970-71. Spurs v West Ham (Jimmy Greaves returns to Spurs)

Greavsie and Gillie are reunited for the first time on a football pitch since the England striker's move to West Ham in a deal which also brought Martin Peters to White Hart Lane. It says much about how his stock had fallen that Greaves was included as a makeweight in the £200,000 transfer.

Nevertheless, Greavsie's return revived memories of a time when the G-Men terrorised Football League defences during the mid to late 1960s. Greaves said of Gillie: "He was the greatest player I ever played with". The respect was mutual, Gillie claiming that Greaves was his favourite ever player.

The clip featured here shows the two chatting happily before kick-off. They weren't just great friends on the pitch but off it too and some say their understanding was near-telepathic as a result. Gilzean scores twice in this game, the first of the 1970-71 season, but the clip ends before we see either goal, unfortunately. The match finished 2-2. Do any Spurs fans know whether Greavsie scored for West Ham?


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