Tottenham have confirmed that the funeral of club legend Jimmy Greaves will take place on Friday (October 22) as a private occasion attended by close friends and family only.

Greaves, regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of English football, passed away at the age of 81 last month. 

He scored a total of 266 goals during a stellar career at Tottenham, as well as spending time at Chelsea, West Ham and AC Milan. 

His family asked Spurs to relay a statement requesting fans not to send any flowers, as the current circumstances do not allow them to be donated to hospitals or care homes. 

Supporters have been encouraged to donate to the Jimmy Greaves Foundation instead, which works alongside a selection of the former striker’s chosen charities, including Alcoholics Anonymous, the Stroke Association and the Dogs Trust. 

A statement from Greaves’ family read: “We cannot begin to describe how overwhelmed we have been by the outpouring of tributes from fans across the world following Dad’s passing last month.

“The family recognises that many would like to pay their respects at Dad’s funeral and hope that supporters will understand why we shall be keeping this a private occasion.

“We advise supporters not to send flowers as, due to current circumstances, we would be unable to donate these to hospitals or care homes as is tradition.

“Instead, we know that it would mean the world to Dad if fans were able to make a donation, however large or small, to the Jimmy Greaves Foundation, which would benefit three amazing causes that were extremely close to his heart – Alcoholics Anonymous, the Stroke Association and the Dogs Trust.”

More information on the Jimmy Greaves Foundation can be viewed here: 

Spurs Web Opinion 

It will be nice for the Greaves family to give Jimmy the send-off he deserves this week and reflect on his life with a private ceremony. When you think of Tottenham you think of Jimmy Greaves, so his family can hold that fact close to them in his memory. 

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