My favourite ever footballer
and what a warm and funny bloke,
but I’ve just heard the sad news
that Jimmy has had a stroke.
I first saw him play when I was a lad
watching from the terraces in awe,
he took my team’s defence apart
as he banged in two of Spurs’ four.
His pictures took pride of place
in scrapbooks and on my wall,
I liked Bestie and Bobby Charlton
but Jimmy was my idol of football.
I’d pretend to be just like him
when dribbling with ball at my feet,
dreaming I was at White Hart Lane
instead of playing in our street.
The word legend is used a lot now
for average players of football,
but it does belong to Jimmy Greaves
the greatest English striker of them all.