Key former player Sun 26 Oct 2014
With 132 goals in 169 games for Chelsea, Jimmy Greaves will probably never be surpassed as the most prolific goalscorer the club has ever seen.
Greaves was signed as a junior in 1956 and the following year created a club record by scoring 114 goals in the youth team. It was inevitable that he would break through into the first team.
That he did on the opening day of the 1957/58 campaign, scoring in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham at the age of 17. Over the next four years he kept on scoring; 22 in that first season, 37 the next, then 30, and finally 43.
In all Greaves scored 13 hat-tricks for the club, including five in a game on three occasions and four another three times. His hat-trick against Manchester City in November 1960 included his 100th league goal. He was 20 years and 290 days old. This remains a league record.
During this time though we did not win a trophy and the board decided to cash in on their prize asset. They arranged a transfer to Milan against the player's wishes and Greaves last game for Chelsea was the final game of the 1960/61 season. He was made captain for the day and inevitably stole the show scoring all our goals in a 4-3 win.
After an unhappy year in Italy, Greaves wanted to return to Chelsea but the board did not want to get into a bidding war for the player and instead Jimmy signed for Tottenham where he continued to break records.