- Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves died over the weekend at the age of 81
- Supporters are asking the club to erect a permanent memorial to the all-time great
- But Spurs has no plans to change its policy on idols after Greaves’ death
- They have no statues of former players and do not intend to commission any time soon.
Tottenham have no plans to change their policy on idols, amid pleas from fans of the club to erect a permanent memorial to Jimmy Greaves.
Unlike many of their Premier League rivals, Spurs have no statues of former players around the new stadium at White Hart Lane and do not intend to turn any in the near future.
The great manager Bill Nicholson has a statue, but he prefers to celebrate his illustrious history with various living legends who act as ambassadors.
Tottenham have no plans to change their policy on idols after Jimmy Greaves’ death
They will soon open the doors to a museum and collection, a new venture delayed by the pandemic that will pay tribute to heroes like Greaves, who died at the age of 81 on Sunday.
Greaves scored 266 goals in 379 games for Tottenham, a record still standing more than half a century after his retirement. England captain Harry Kane is closest to his total at 223.
Greaves also won the FA Cup twice and the European Cup-winners Cup at Spurs, who played a minute of applause in his honor before Sunday’s game against Chelsea, the club where he started his career.
Images flashed from screens in the stadium, clips of his goals were shown, and former teammates shared their memories in on-pitch interviews at half-time.
Greaves scored 266 goals in 379 games for Tottenham and fans want a permanent memorial
The all-time great was awarded a minute’s applause ahead of Spurs’ clash with Chelsea
The club released a heartbreaking video of his nine years at the club on social media on Monday, along with the caption: ‘Our greatest player. A true legend, never forgotten.’
But many supporters are demanding to name a statue or a stand in his honour. One of the first replies on Twitter read: ‘This man was a legend of this club and deserves both a statue and a stand in his name on the field. make it happen.’
Another post read: ‘Their idols, Bill Nicholson and Glenn Hoddle outside the stadium? Why this hasn’t been done yet is beyond me.
This is a view consistent with most correspondence shared with SportsMail during a campaign to honor Greaves.