Tottenham and Chelsea led the tributes for their former player Jimmy Greaves, who died yesterday, with a host of Spurs legends lining the pitch inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as a minute's applause was held before kick-off. During the applause, some Spurs fans held flags and banners to remember the club's record goal-scorer.
West Ham, another of Greaves' former clubs, also held a minute's applause before their Premier League match against Manchester United, as they also did Brighton and Leicester City.
Players from all six teams wore black armbands for Greaves, who holds the record for most goals in the English top flight with 357.
Before facing Chelsea, Spurs captain Harry Kane, who is second behind Greaves on the club's scoring list, said: "First and foremost our condolences to Jimmy's family and close friends. It's a sad one but hopefully a day we can celebrate.
"He played for Tottenham and Chelsea and hopefully we put in a great performance in his honour. Jimmy was an incredible player and goal-scorer and a legend for club and country.
"It's frightening really how good a player he was. For someone like me to look at his numbers and one day go on to break those numbers would be incredible. I got to meet him back in 2017 and it's just a celebration of him today."
Greaves began his career with Chelsea and his 41 goals in 1960-61 remains a record in a season for the Blues. He won two FA Cups and one Cup Winners' Cup and scored 266 goals in 379 appearances for Spurs, where he is considered a club legend and also played for Serie A giants, A.C. Milan, in 1961.
He played in the 1962 and 1966 World Cup, but was injured in the group stage of the 1966 World Cup and lost his first team place to Geoff Hurst, who kept him out of the team in the final. England won the World Cup, but Greaves was not given his medal until a change of FIFA rules in 2009.
After retiring as a player he went on to a new successful career in broadcasting, most notably working alongside Ian St John on Saint and Greavsie from 1985 to 1992, and also made regular appearances on TV-am. He worked on a number of other sport programmes on ITV during this period, including Sporting Triangles.
Married to wife, Irene, with five children, he underwent surgery on an artery in his neck following a mild stroke in 2012. After a full recovery, he experienced a severe stroke in 2015 which left him unable to speak.
He was placed in intensive care and, according to doctors, was expected to undergo a slow recovery before being discharged from hospital a month later.
Greaves received the MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list for his services to football. He died at his home in Essex, aged 81.