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Jimmy Greaves’ journey from football icon to TV royalty through ‘Saint and Greavsie’

A player who enjoyed such a stellar career like Jimmy Greaves rarely found themselves excelling after they hung up their boots.

Greavsie, even after Greaves stopped banging in the goals helped to make the transition from pitch to studio possible for retired footballers.

Before the Premier League, Greavsie was an essential show to watch for all football fans.

Greaves’ tragic passing comes just six months following the death of Ian St John, Greaves’ co-host. St John had been fighting cancer and was battling illness.

It was these two stars of the game who demonstrated that there is a bridge between stardom playing the sport and stardom talking it out in front of a camera.



Jimmy Greaves' journey from football icon to TV royalty through 'Saint and Greavsie'
Saint and Greavesie was a favourite on TV from 1985-1992

Together the pair created some of the most iconic moments in TV footballing history with their light-hearted approach to the game on ITV.

They had the future US president Donald Trump draw the fifth round of the Rumbelows cup from Trump Tower in New York in 1992.

In 1992, Greaves had interviewed Mike Tyson and even took a punch to the ribs to his face.



Jimmy Greaves' journey from football icon to TV royalty through 'Saint and Greavsie'
Donald Trump carried out the draw for the fifth-round of the Rumbelows Cup from Trump Tower in 1992

It was these playful attempts to bridge the gap between football and entertainment that made ‘Saint and Greavsie’ so iconic.

St John briefly reflected back on his time on the show in 2013. He even revealed that his co-host preferred to watch cricket over football.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: “Greavsie is not a big football watcher, you know. His big love is cricket. Thankfully he’s doing okay now after a little health scare.

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Jimmy Greaves' journey from football icon to TV royalty through 'Saint and Greavsie'

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“We enjoyed the TV show. We always had a laugh and I really had good times with Jimmy. He was terrific to work with.”

The show ended in 1992, after ITV lost the rights to live football. ‘Saint and Greavsie’ went off-air.

Saint believed that Sky’s recent shake-up was the reason they weren’t taken over.



St John went on to enjoy a punditry career, co-hosting 'Saint and Greavsie' with fellow ex-footballer Jimmy Greaves
‘Saint and Greavsie’ went off air in 1992

“The reason we were not on was because Sky television bought all the football rights and ITV ended up with none at that time,” Saint added.

“Sky could have taken us, I suppose, but they wanted new people in and wanted to put their own brand on it, so Jimmy and I ended up out of work.”

Jimmy Greaves' journey from football icon to TV royalty through 'Saint and Greavsie'
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