Saint and greavsies funny old games

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Saint and Greavsies Funny Old Games: Hilarious Stories from Britains Best-Loved Sporting Duo by Ian St. John

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Greavsie's Gaffs

Signed by both Ian St.
Ian St. John

Jimmy Greaves & Ian St John Dual Signed of 'Saint and Greavsie's Funny Old Games' Book

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Greavsie's Sports Quiz Challenge: No. For many years, Ian St., As someone who harked on about a return to the glory days of television coverage of the FA Cup Final, with the build up beginning at breakfast, live coverage from the team hotels and those classic overhead shots of the coaches weaving their way through North London to Wembley, I have a confession to make. The ninth chime from the Great Bell of Big Ben was still making sound waves across the clear blue sky above the City of Westminster when my attention span wobbled like the old Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Certainly, crowds had been dropping as the club fell down the league and promotion looked a forlorn hope. Acting on the concerns of fans, the Brakes Trust wrote to the board of directors, who responded by calling an open meeting at the beginning of March. No sooner was the proverbial ink dry on the letter, than the team started to win and, by the time of the meeting, had amassed 13 points from five matches, a record that was enhanced the day after with another win at Merthyr Town to take them back into contention for the play-offs. For those who, like me, used to watch the old Saint and Greavsie Show, featuring Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves, it reminded me of the catchphrase that headlines this article. The show ran from to and, when Greaves was ill at Christmas , he was replaced in successive episodes by a puppet modelled on him from the satirical show Spitting Image. That, at least, was a compliment, unlike when politician Roy Hattersley failed to turn up on the Have I Got News For You show for the third time in and was substituted with a tub of lard! Sadly, it had been revealed that Greaves, one of the greatest scorers to have graced the English games, was likely to remain in a wheelchair for the rest of his life following a severe stroke.

Saint and Greavsie was a British television show in which former footballers Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves discussed current football themes such as the day's matches. It ran on ITV from to Englishman Jimmy Greaves and Scotsman Ian St John were successful football players in the s, but they did not play for the same club; Greaves spent the bulk of his career with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur , while St John played mainly for Liverpool. Their collaboration as television football pundits started with On the Ball in World of Sport. Usually St John would host from the London studio and would cross over to Greaves, who was elsewhere, to get his views, but they would eventually be based in the same studio.

The 80s were full of famous fun double acts Legendary pair Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves were the most hilarious of the lot and, having enjoyed successful football careers themselves, they knew the game inside out. Sadly, when Sky won the rights to televise the Premier League from , the canny Scot and charismatic Englishman, who won 72 caps between them, were axed from the schedules. What a pity, because while they always called a spade a spade, too many of today's pundits on Sky Sports tend to sugar-coat what viewers are seeing in front of them. That just doesn't sit with me.


  1. Darrell M. says:

    Saint and Greavsie, sport's most loved double-act, have entertained millions of people over the years - first on the football pitches of their respective clubs and countries, then later together on the nation's television screens.

  2. Louise B. says:

    Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book!

  3. Libby C. says:

    Football is a funny old game…. – Leamington FC's Independent Fanzine

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