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Pat's 70 for 70 - 10 of the greats

Posted on 8 June 2015  - 13:45

Legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings turns 70 this Friday - and he's marked the occasion by answering 70 questions this week.

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One of the all-time greats both at Spurs and in world football, Pat has always turned down the chance to name his 'best XI'. "It would change every time I did it," he smiled. "I played with so many great players."

So instead of asking for an all-time team, we asked for Pat's thoughts on 10 of the legends he played with - nine here at Spurs plus one special player from Northern Ireland, George Best.

Below: Pat, back row, after the 1971 League Cup Final

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PAT'S 70 FOR 70 - 10 OF THE BEST...

Danny Blanchflower (Spurs, 1954-63)
Pat:
“I probably didn’t see enough of him, especially at Spurs, but his reputation and everything you read about Danny, that speaks for itself really. I watched him in the Northern Ireland team as a kid and what he did for Northern Ireland and Tottenham, and twice voted Footballer Writers Footballer of the Year, that tells the story.”

Dave Mackay (Spurs, 1959-68)
Pat:
“Without a doubt the number one captain I played with, and I played with some great captains both a club level and internationally. He was a born leader and led by example. He could do everything. He was number one on everyone’s team list.”

Jimmy Greaves (Spurs, 1961-70)
Pat:
“The greatest goalscorer ever. There will never be another Greavsie. He was brilliant. My thoughts are with him after his recent stroke. Get well soon, Jim."

  Alan Mullery (Spurs, 1964-72)
Pat:
“As captain, led by example, a real driving force behind the team. He won the UEFA Cup for us in 1972 and knocked himself out in the process. That just about sums up what Mullers was about.”

Mike England (Spurs, 1966-75)
Pat:
“Brilliant. You’d be happy to play in goal behind Mike any day of the week and we had a great understanding. I knew crosses coming in out of my reach he’d head away.”

Below: With Martin Peters

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Cyril Knowles (Spurs, 1964-75)
Pat:
“We were the terrible twins at one time because we were in digs together. He was a brilliant full-back, he could really play, hard as nails as well. He was a great lad with it as well.”

Steve Perryman (Spurs, 1969-86)
Pat:
“Stevie became a regular in the team in the early 1970s and you could tell straight away what a leader he was going to be, he demanded and led by example. He went on to prove it as well, you only have to look at what the team won under his captaincy.”

Martin Peters (Spurs, 1970-75)
Pat:
“He was definitely 10 years ahead of his time. That was the phrase Alf Ramsey used to describe him. Martin could play anywhere, from centre-half into midfield to centre forward. He just flowed through the game. He was brilliant in the air, could do anything.”

Below: With George Best and former NI manager Billy Bingham

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Martin Chivers (Spurs, 1968-76)
Pat:
“Big Chiv, just look at the goals he scored, that speaks for itself really. He had a fantastic shot and you’d hate to play against him because he had that power in both feet. He was lightning quick and he was a big lad as well. He had everything.”

George Best (Northern Ireland, 1964-77)
Pat:
“He was the best. He did everything a yard quicker than everyone else. He was a great lad as well. He was a special footballer but didn’t expect any special treatment. He just wanted to be one of the lads. We went back a long way, both joined the international set-up in 1964, He was fantastic.”

Pat's 70 for 70 - the early years

Pat's 70 for 70 - a life at Spurs

TOMORROW: Questions answered from our fans on Facebook...