Nick Lowe once told me that if you've got enough lines in the water then sooner or later you're going to get a bite. Landing Johnny Cash in your keep net (covering Without Love and The Best in Me) and having one of your songs placed in a blockbuster movie (What's so Funny 'bout Peace Love and Understanding in The Bodyguard) is all about playing the percentage game.
Jimmy Greaves was just the same.
'I used to make 500 runs a season in to the 18 yard box. And I connected with about 100 balls coming in. Half of those would be on target and half of those would end up in the back of the net. And 25 goals a season was good enough for me.'
Greaves' stats speak for themselves. A career that started in 1957 and went through 'till 1971, he made 602 appearnaces for Chelsea, AC Milan, Spurs and West Ham. He scored 422 goals. And for England he netted 44 times from his 57 caps.