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Pat's 70 for 70 - Twitter Q&A

Posted on 11 June 2015  - 14:30

The great Pat Jennings turns 70 tomorrow (Friday, June 12) and to mark the occasion, the legendary goalkeeper has answered 70 questions.

Pat answers questions from fans on TwitterPat in front of the Shelf, White Hart Lane, 1969

We're up to part six of seven in Pat's '70 for 70' and this time it's the turn of our followers @SpursOfficial on Twitter to have their questions answered.

What advice would you give to young aspiring goalkeepers? Connor Anderson ‏@C_Anderson1998
Pat: “That’s easy - practice, practice and practice again.”

Who had the hardest shot you faced, including Spurs players? Chris Ion ‏@chrision1955
Pat: “In our day I’d say Bobby Charlton and Peter Lorimer.”

Which striker did you hate playing against and why? andy stout ‏@andyspurs2
Pat: “Yes, Jimmy Greaves! You treated everyone with same respect because on the day you’d expect one of the big names to score, someone else would.”

How do you rank current Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris amongst some of the club's all-time greats? Callum ‏@CallumHaymes
Pat: “Brilliant, right up there with most of us. It’s difficult to compare the eras, but Hugo’s been brilliant for us. What a player.”

How did you become a footballer? Hazem ElGhannam ‏@HazemElGhannnam
Pat: “I played gaelic football, but then played for an Under-19 football team back in Newry aged 11. It all started from there."

Below: Pat signs autographs for young fans, 1971

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What was it like being on the same team as Dave Mackay? Were you good mates off the pitch? @ManLikeEriksen
Pat: “It’s just a pleasure to be able to say I played with him. He was a born leader, led by example and could do everything, number one on everyone’s list as captain and leader.”

Were you always the goalkeeper at school? On A Sixpence ‏@onasixpence
Pat: “No. I played gaelic football at school and played in midfield. That was really beneficial to me down the line.”

Which victory remains unforgettable for him during his playing time at @spursofficial? AlBashir Ibn Yakubu ‏@ItsBashirr
Pat: “There were two - the 1967 FA Cup Final and the win against Leeds to avoid relegation in 1975. It was always great to get that first medal, a great occasion."

Do you think Northern Ireland will qualify for the 2016 European Championships? Dylan Gill ‏@dylangill14
Pat: “I hope so, they are in a great position. We’ll know more after the Romania match, if we get something out of that we’ll be well on our way.”

How did it feel to score that goal against Manchester United? Edd Taylor ‏@ItsJustEdd
Pat: “It was a free-kick outside our box. Dave Mackay was going to take it but I said ‘leave it to me’. I was aiming for Alan Gilzean and Alex Stepney, the United goalkeeper, came out a little probably expecting a flick on. But it missed Gilly, bounced once and ended up in the net. Everyone there thought ‘what next?’ Even the famous commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme took a moment before saying ‘Jennings has scored’. Mackay even tried to claim an assist!"

PAT'S 70 FOR 70 - the full series...

Early years

A life at Spurs

10 greats

Facebook Q&A

Northern Ireland and Best

Tomorrow: The final part of 70 for 70 on Pat's 70th birthday!