18 Of The Best Jimmy Greaves Quotes

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18. On Paul Gascoigne: "A man capable of breaking both leg and wind at the same time."

17. Commentating’s tough, part 1: "Portsmouth are at Huddersfield, which is always away."

16. On Spurs under Gerry Francis: "Wimbledon, with fans."

15. On tactics: "Football tactics are rapidly becoming as complicated as the chemical formula for splitting the atom."

14. On Michael Owen: "Since I stopped playing, people have been comparing strikers with me. If anyone wants to say it about Michael Owen, however, they are quite welcome."

13. Commentating’s tough, part 2: "The only thing Norwich didn't get was the goal that they finally got."

12. On Stanley Matthews: "It was his instinct to sprint down a wing, just as a dog cannot help but retrieve you a stick."

11. On Arsenal: "Arsenal have class. I remember when I was at Spurs, the Arsenal players would arrive for matches in their navy blazers with the gold gun emblem sewn into their pockets and grey slacks. We couldn’t match their ground with that beautiful main entrance, marble halls and spiral staircase. Even in 1961 when we won the Double, we were never as big a club as Arsenal."

10. On old school loyalty: "We signed to play until the day we died, and we did."

9. On George Best: "It didn’t matter that George burnt out at a young age – so did Marilyn and Elvis."

8. On his drinking years: "All I know is that the years from '74 to '78 were lost to me."

7. On Darren Anderton: "I'm 58 and I think even I've played more football than Anderton over the past two years. If the Black Death ever swept through London again,I would not even want to be in the next street to him because you can be sure he would get it."

6. On the meaning of sport: "The thing about sport, any sport, is that swearing is very much part of it."

5. On Bobby Moore: "He knew where an opposition player was going to pass it before that player even knew."

4. Commentating’s tough, part 3: "He hit the post, and after the game people will say, well, he hit the post."

3. On John Charles: "He was the greatest header of a football I have ever seen and that was when they were as heavy as cannonballs."

2. On confidence: "I wasn't necessarily that assured off the pitch. In a way, when I passed through that tunnel, it wasn't me any more."

1. On Spurs: "The biggest regret of my whole football career was leaving White Hart Lane in 1970. My interest weakened after that. I was heartbroken."


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