Jimmy Greaves’ short but stellar Chelsea career earns the ace marksman a place among five Blues greats in a poll to decide who will be added to the Shed Wall at Stamford Bridge.
Just one more name now remains to be unveiled before the vote, which is open to all Chelsea fans, commences at the weekend.
Then we will know who joins Bobby Tambling, John Hollins, Roy Bentley and now Greaves whose nomination is supported in the video above featuring John Motson, the legendary commentator whose earliest memories of watching football are of the young striker banging in goals at the Bridge.
Greaves’ Chelsea strike-rate was phenomenal. He found the net 132 times in just 169 appearances across four seasons. Having already created a buzz by scoring well over a 100 in the youth team, he inevitably struck Chelsea’s only goal at Spurs on his debut aged 17.
He went on to bag 13 hat-tricks, including five in a game on three occasions and four another three times, including in his final Chelsea game.
His 43 goals in 1960/61 remains a club record for the most in one season and it is no exaggeration to say Greaves’ scoring retained Chelsea’s top-flight status in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as evidenced when we were relegated the year after he had departed for Italy.
The fifth and final nomination will be announced tomorrow.