Greaves set to be provided a gong in New Year’s honours list with MBE
Ex-team-mate Geoff Hurst said it was a ‘procedure of acknowledgment for his success’
Jimmy Greaves is finally to be honoured with an MBE for his contribution to football after Sportsmail’s campaign this year.
Greaves, 80, is anticipated to be included in the New Year Honours, which will be unveiled later today.
It is long past due recognition for his contribution not just to English football, however likewise to broadcasting and to helping those combating dependencies.
Jimmy Greaves will lastly be granted with an MBE in the New Year’s honours list
Greaves scored 357 objectives for Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham and 44 in 57 internationals
On Sunday night 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst stated: ‘I am happy that Jimmy Greaves, the biggest goalscorer of perpetuity to use an English shirt, is at last to receive a step of recognition for his achievement as a player and especially as a great individual.’
Terry Baker, Greaves’s veteran agent, added: ‘Thanks to the Mail project Jim has at last received the acknowledgment he is worthy of.’
Greaves scored 357 top-flight goals for Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham, a record still standing almost 50 years after his retirement.
There were another 9 scored in Serie A throughout a short spell with Air Conditioner Milan, and his record of 366 goals in top European leagues stood till 2017, when Cristiano Ronaldo broke it.
Greaves was among the authentic world stars of Sir Alf Ramsey’s England squad, World Cup winners in 1966, when he was hurt in the final group game versus France. His fantastic good friend Hurst stepped in to end up being the hero with a hat-trick in the final versus West Germany.
And it was Hurst who led the Sportsmail campaign at the start of 2020 as Greaves approached his 80th birthday.
Previous Tottenham team-mates Steve Perryman, Cliff Jones and Alan Mullery were all firmly behind the project, as were previous broadcasting coworkers such as Ian St John and Gary Newbon.
Iain Duncan Smith, the previous Conservative Celebration leader, took the campaign to Cabinet.
Greaves (left) was among England’s leading stars however missed-out of the World Cup last glory
There has actually been an outpouring of assistance for Greaves’ gong on the New Years’ honours list
On Sunday Mr Duncan Smith, a Spurs fan, stated: ‘I am really pleased; it’s long past due. Jimmy was a dazzling gamer for his nation and must have had this recognition earlier.’
There was a big groundswell of support, with 32,000 signing an online petition.
Numerous fans too young to have seen him play knew Greaves as the talented broadcaster who, along with previous Liverpool and Scotland striker St John, made Saint and Greavsie part of pop culture in the 1980s.
Greaves has actually remained in poor health since a severe stroke in Might 2015.
He is back at his home in Essex but lastly set to get the MBE he deserves.
Wolves midfielder Ron Flowers, 86, the just other member of the 22-man 1966 World Cup squad still alive and without an honour, will also receive an MBE.