Sir Geoff Hurst, ‘Chopper’ Harris and Spurs legends including Ossie Ardiles coming to Stevenage for Jimmy Greaves benefit show

Jimmy Greaves, in whose aid a benefit show will be held in Stevenage on February 26.

Jimmy Greaves, in whose aid a benefit show will be held in Stevenage on February 26. - Credit: Archant

Famous football names including Sir Geoff Hurst, Ossie Ardiles and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris will be in Stevenage next month for a benefit show in aid of the legendary striker Jimmy Greaves, who suffered a severe stroke last year.

Jimmy, 75, was left temporarily unable to speak following the stroke in May. He left hospital after about a month but remains in a fragile condition.

More than a dozen of Greaves’s former team-mates and managers, including ‘Mr Tottenham’ Steve Perryman, will speak at the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre event on Friday, February 26.

“I don’t think Jimmy’s going to be fit enough to be there himself, unfortunately,” said Stevenage FC commercial manager Clive Abrey – the club is helping to organise the event.

The prolific marksman scored 44 goals in 57 games for England between 1959 and 1967, and 422 at club level for Tottenham, Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham, but failed to feature in the final stages of the 1966 World Cup.

Geoff Hurst was preferred by manager Alf Ramsey and famously scored a hat-trick in England’s 4–2 win over West Germany.

Former Spurs greats scheduled to speak include Pat Jennings, Gary Mabbutt, Martin Chivers, Phil Beal, Keith Burkinshaw, Graham Roberts – who briefly played for Stevenage – and former Stevenage Athletic boss Alan Gilzean. Tickets are £36 each from 01438 363200 or online from VIP tickets have already sold out.

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