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Big Pat

Posted on 7 November 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Pat Jennings - 673 games for Spurs, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, two League Cups, PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers Player of the Year, 119 caps for Northern Ireland, two World Cups - gives his views via his occasional column on <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk">www.spurs.co.uk</A>&nbsp&#59; <P>Pat is&nbsp&#59;now a&nbsp&#59;goalkeeping consultant at the club and&nbsp&#59;is still out there where it matters, on the training ground at Spurs Lodge, come wind, rain or shine...<P><STRONG><IMG src="/media/images/decorative/photos/cpix/patjennings.jpg" align=right border=1 DESIGNTIMEURL="/photos/cpix/patjennings.jpg">IN ALL my years at Tottenham, Arsenal were the two games where Bill Nicholson would say if we only win a couple of matches all season, those were the two to win. Nothing else mattered. I know how important it is for both sets of supporters.</STRONG> <P>I've told the story a few times but it was a case of circumstances when I moved from Tottenham to Arsenal in 1977. The deal was actually done for me to go to Ipswich Town but they had a player injured and Bobby Robson, their manager then, had to spend what money he had on an outfield player instead. <P>From my point of view, once I was at Arsenal, I hated the games against Tottenham. Of course, I wanted my team to win and I wanted to play well myself, but because it was against&nbsp&#59;Spurs it was really a no-win situation for me. <P>I was very fortunate. When I went to Arsenal I still managed to get a decent reception from Spurs fans. I was one of the lucky ones. <P>I HAVE&nbsp&#59;a great deal of admiration for Bob Wilson. I didn't have a goalkeeping coach at Spurs and funnily enough, he was my first goalkeeping coach when I went to Arsenal. I've had a great relationship with Bob over the years and I've no doubts he put a couple of years on my playing career. He was brilliant with me and was always recognised as one of the best coaches in the country. I've known him for years, played against him plenty of times and thoroughly enjoyed my time with him. <P>WE HAVE to be realistic in terms of Saturday's game.&nbsp&#59;Arsenal are top of the league and have played in Champions League football for a number of years - they are ahead of us at the moment. That is what we have to aim for, to be in Europe every year. That's how it is. <P>But thankfully, in football, it's not always the best team on paper who wins - not least in derby matches. We're coming off the back of a poor result against Bolton and I'm sure the lads will give it everything. <P>I'm sure if we get a&nbsp&#59;good result&nbsp&#59;at Highbury it would do wonders for the confidence. As I've always said, win the homes games and try and nick draws away and you'll be alright. <P>They've had a second game this week and perhaps they'll be a little tired. We've also got something to prove after Bolton and as I've said, I'm hopeful we can go there and get something.<P>All the best, <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 28pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Pat</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 28pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;<P><P>&nbsp&#59;