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English footballer Born: February 20, 1940, Manor Park, London, United Kingdom Died: September 19, 2021, Danbury, United Kingdom Spouse: Irene Barden (m. 1958–2021) Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Children: Danny Greaves, Jimmy Greaves Jr., Andrew Greaves Books: The Sixties Revisited, The Final Siblings: Paul Greaves, Marion Greaves Full name James Peter Greaves Date of birth 20 February 1940 Place of birth Manor Park, London, England Date of death 19 September 2021 (aged 81) Place of death Danbury, Essex, England Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Position(s) Striker

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Greaves married Irene Barden at Romford register office on 26 March 1958, and, though the pair went through a divorce process at the height of his alcoholism, it was never finalised and they reunited after three months apart. The couple renewed their vows on 7 September 2017 in Danbury, Essex. They had five children; Jimmy Jr (who died before his first birthday in 1960), Lynn (born 1959), Mitzi (born 1962), Danny (born 1963) (who was a professional footballer with Southend United), and Andrew (born 1965). Whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Greaves took out a £1,000 bank loan to start a packing business with his brother-in-law. By the end of his playing career this company had an annual turnover of over £1 million. He had a number of different business interests, including a travel agency. Greaves entered the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. In his first ever rally, alongside co-driver, Tony Fall, Greaves drove a Ford Escort to a sixth-place finish out of the 96 entrants. Greaves underwent surgery on an artery in his neck following a mild stroke in February 2012. After a full recovery, he experienced a severe stroke in May 2015 which left him unable to speak. He was placed in intensive care and, according to doctors, was expected to undergo a slow recovery. He was discharged from hospital a month later, his health having “improved considerably” said his friend and agent, Terry Baker. February 2016 saw him recovering slowly from his stroke with the use of a wheelchair after he had been told that he would never walk again. Greaves was announced as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours list, along with fellow 1966 World Cup squad winner, Ron Flowers, for their services to football. The two men were the last surviving England players from the 1966 Tournament to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II. Greaves died at his home in Danbury on 19 September 2021, aged 81. As his death date coincided with the Premier League fixture between Tottenham and Chelsea, the two main clubs he played for in his career, a minute of applause was held to honour his memory. James Greaves was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. He was England’s fourth highest international goal scorer (44 goals), Tottenham Hotspur’s highest ever goal scorer (266 goals), the highest goal scorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), and also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else. He finished as the First Division’s top scorer in six seasons. He is also a member of the English Football Hall of Fame.

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