Jimmy Greaves’ son has told talkSPORT he and his family have been overwhelmed for the support behind a campaign to see the England and Tottenham legend honoured.
The Daily Mail recently began the campaign to ‘Get Greavsie a Gong’, with many fans asking why the iconic former striker hasn’t been honoured when a host of other footballers from his era have.
It has received plenty of backing from the likes of Harry Kane and Peter Crouch and even far beyond football, with a petition to honour the legend now collecting over 20,000 signatures – and counting.
A prolific goalscorer, Greaves was famed for being an absolute lethal finisher and is one of the best attackers in English football history.
His 266 goals for Tottenham remains the club’s all-time record, while he also holds the record for the most goals scored in the English top-flight with 357.
He also netted 44 goals in just 57 appearances for England, and many fans have insisted for years that he, rather than Bobby Charlton, would have been the country’s record scorer – at least until Wayne Rooney came along – if given more game time in a Three Lions shirt.
The goalscoring legend, who suffered a severe stroke five years ago, turns 80 this month and a film about his life, ‘Greavsie’, will premiere on BT Sport on February 18th.
Danny Greaves if devoted to preserving his father’s legacy, and he told talkSPORT on Friday that he has been left stunned by the show of support from football greats and supporters.
“It’s absolutely amazing, I’m overwhelmed,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“For whatever reason, I don’t know why dad hasn’t been honoured in the past and who knows whether he’ll get one in the future.
“But from a family point of view, we’re all absolutely overwhelmed with the publicity and the support from legends in the game past and present, and from the public.
“It’s been absolutely superb. Thousands and thousands of people have joined the campaign and it’s just lovely.”
Greaves’ career began at Chelsea where he became a teen sensation, scoring 124 league goals in only 157 games.
He then made a surprise move to Milan but spent just six months in Italy – scoring nine time in 14 appearances – before returning to England and signing for Spurs, where he played for the next nine years before joining West Ham.
It was during his career at White Hart Lane when he famously missed out on a place in the 1966 World Cup final team.
Greaves was England’s starting striker at the tournament, but an injury he suffered in the Three Lions’ final group game against France meant Geoff Hurst took his place.
And as Alf Ramsey didn’t want to change a winning team, it meant Greaves didn’t make it onto the field for the final, despite being fit.
He didn’t even get a winners’ medal as only the 11 players on the pitch received them at the time, although he – along with his fellow substitutes – was eventually presented one in 2009.
After leaving West Ham, Greaves struggled with alcoholism but once sober he reinvented himself as a TV broadcaster and he returned to the public eye.
Greaves tragically suffered a severe stroke in 2015, which left him wheelchair-bound and with speech difficulties.
And speaking about his father’s health, Danny added: “He’s not a well man now, which is a real shame, but he’s not too bad.
“He’s severely disabled from the stoke he has a few years ago. He’s in a wheelchair, he’s completely paralysed down the right side and he has very limited speech, but he’s in good spirits.”