Roy Greaves

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Roy Greaves
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-04-04) 4 April 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Farnworth, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker / Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1980 Bolton Wanderers 495 (66)
1980–1982 Seattle Sounders 84 (4)
1982–1983 Seattle Sounders (indoor) 15 (3)
1982–1983 Rochdale 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roy Greaves (born 4 April 1947) is an English former footballer who made more than 500 appearances in the Football League playing for Bolton Wanderers, where he spent the vast majority of his career, and Rochdale, and in the North American Soccer League for the Seattle Sounders.[1]

Greaves was born in Farnworth, near Bolton.[1] He began his football career as a junior with Bolton Wanderers,[2] playing as a striker, and scored twice in his league debut against Southampton in 1965. With the team struggling after the abolishment of the maximum wage he still managed to lead the side's goal scoring charts but was criticised as the club went into the Third Division for the first time.

When Jimmy Armfield took over as manager in the summer of 1971 he withdrew Greaves into a midfield role. Playing in this role he helped the team win the Third Division Championship in 1972–73 and eventually back into the top flight in 1977–78.[3] Bolton's relegation two seasons later brought an end to Greaves' time at the club and he moved initially to the United States to play for Seattle Sounders before seeing out his career with a season at Rochdale.[1] He then moved back to Bolton to run a pub.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Roy Greaves". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Struthers, Greg (29 February 2004). "Caught in Time: Bolton win the Second Division championship, 1978". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 16 February 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Roy Greaves Bolton Wanderers FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 3 December 2017.

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