Considered one of the finest goalscorers of his generation Jimmy Greaves is now recognised as the funniest and most outspoken former sporting star on the entertainment circuit.
The late comedian Les Dawson once said when asked to speak at a sporting dinner: “If that Greavsie is on make sure I don’t follow him. He doesn’t take prisoners with his material. I hate him because he could play football better than me and now tells jokes that I want to nick.”
Greavsie is legendary in football because he scored an all-time record of 357 First Division goals, plus 44 for England in just 57 games, and in all matches before his premature retirement in 1971 at the age of just 31 he scored a modern record of 491 goals.
So what’s harder, playing a football match or making an audience laugh?
Greavsie says: “Football came naturally to me so I was always confident in my ability to look after myself on the pitch and nip past even the hardest tacklers. The stand-up comedy was terrifying at first, but I have been doing it a long time now and usually manage to get a rapport with the audience.”
Don’t miss Britain’s favourite ex-footballer as he takes to the stage with his unique brand of comedy and riveting and irreverent anecdotes.
The Jimmy Greaves At 70 Tour stops off at the Elgiva Theatre, Chesham on Thursday, March 17, 8pm.
Call the box office on 01494 582900 for tickets or go online at www.elgiva.com.