The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have decided not to change their policy on statues amidst calls for one of Jimmy Greaves to be erected.
Greaves, who scored 266 goals in 379 games for Tottenham, a club record that still stands tall today, passed away over the weekend at the age of 81.
The legendary striker, who won the FA Cup twice and the European Cup-Winners’ Cup at Spurs, also played for Chelsea in his career, and both teams held a minute’s applause in his honour ahead of Sunday’s derby.
Some Spurs fans on social media have been calling for the club to produce a lasting memorial for Greaves outside the stadium.
Spurs should 100% put a statue up of Greaves outside the stadium, that'd be lovely.
— aj (@ajtracey) September 19, 2021
Jimmy Greaves is a Spurs legend and deserves a statue at the very least maybe name the south stand or even the whole bloody stadium after him…. Come on Spurs let’s have a proper tribute….. #THFC #COYS
— liz COYS 🌹♿️ #GTTO (@simpson_liz) September 21, 2021
Greaves needs a statue outside the stadium. As does Bill Nicholson, and others. Hoddle for sure. Get it done #THFC
— Stuart Peel (@JedLomax) September 19, 2021
@SpursOfficial do the decent, right and honourable thing and build Jimmy Greaves the statue he deserves and put it in pride of place at the stadium. There is absolutely no good reason not to do it.
— Adam Michie (@flicksandtricks) September 20, 2021
Jimmy Greaves – A proper hero for a generation of Spurs fans & he deserves every plaudit coming his way. He needs honouring by the club long term – Whether that is a statue, naming a stand or something else, but he is too vital to our history to not be honoured like that. #THFC
— John Hall (@JohnHall1985) September 19, 2021
However, The Daily Mail have now revealed that Tottenham will not be commissioning one due to their policy of not having statues of former players outside the stadium.
It is explained that the North London club, who do have a bust of legendary manager Bill Nicholson at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, plan on opening the doors to a museum and archive in the near future.
The museum will have tributes to heroes of yesteryear such as Greaves.
Spurs Web Opinion
I do not have a problem with the club’s decision to build a museum to pay tribute to legends rather than commissioning statues.
While some Spurs fans might be thinking otherwise, apart from Bill Nicholson’s, there has never really been any statues around White Hart Lane.
So, one could make the case that the tradition is not necessarily part of our club’s history as it is with some other English clubs.
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