1966 World Cup: Jimmy Greaves never saw his big moment

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Jimmy Greaves, Peter “Cat” Bonetti
One of the remarkable features about England’s win in the 1966 World Cup was how it was accomplished without the contributions of its best player, Jimmy Greaves, undoubtedly England’s finest striker. Greaves was kept out by injuries and then jaundice. But Greaves absence threw up an unlikely hero in Geoff Hurst.
Another point to muse was the surfeit of fine goalkeeping talent that England had at its disposal. There was of course, Gordon Banks. Very little can be added to his legend that has not already been said. However, I do want to mention that his understudy was probably one of the finest replacements who never saw a sustained England career, Peter “Cat” Bonetti. I think Bonetti’s goalkeeping abilities were just as great but he was unfortunate that the 60′s and 70′s threw up first Banks and then Peter Shilton. Bonetti was known for his litheness and his lightning quick reflexes. Old time Chelsea fans will remember him.

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2 comments on “1966 World Cup: Jimmy Greaves never saw his big moment
  1. I remember Bonetti. And Bobby Tambling. And Blunstone and Venables. I was there the day Bonetti got hurt, against Arsenal, I think it was. I remember.

  2. EVER SINCE 1966, JIMMY GREAVES HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY DIGNIFIED ABOUT NOT BEING RECOGNISED WITH A MEDAL. HERE WAS NOT JUST A VERY GOOD PLAYER, BUT A MAN TOUCHED WITH GENIOUS WHO WAS FEARED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL FOR MANY YEARS. DESPITE HIS FALL FROM GRACE ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, HE’S HAD THE BACKBONE TO KEEP ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW EVER SINCE. I WAS AN AVID LEEDS UNITED FAN OF THEIR GREAT YEARS, AND WAS HAPPY TO SEE NORMAN HUNTER AND JIMMY WITH THEIR ARMS AROUND EACH OTHER AT THE AWARD CEREMONY. I HAVE NO HESITATION WHATSOEVER IN SUGGESTING THAT MY GREAT HERO JIMMY GREAVES SHOULD BE KNIGHTED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO FOOTBALL ON AND OFF THE FIELD.

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