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Pat at 60: Robbo and now

Posted on 8 September 2005  - 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 turned 60 this summer and to mark the occason, we look back on the career of the goalkeeper many consider the best in the world...ever.


The facts say it all. 'Big Pat' played 673 games for Spurs between 1964-1977 and another 300-plus at Arsenal before winding down his career in a second spell at White Hart Lane. He also played 119 times for Northern Ireland, including two World Cups.


In his time at White Hart Lane, he won the FA Cup in 1967, League Cup in 1971 and 1973, UEFA Cup in 1972 and on a personal level, the PFA (1975-76) and Football Writers' Player Of The Year (1972-73) Awards.


Part seven: Robbo and now


WHEN YOU look at Paul Robinson’s build, he’s incredible. He’s a fantastic striker of the ball and can larrup it from one end of the pitch to another both off the floor or out of his hands. I think he’s improved no end since joining Tottenham. Hans Segers works with him every day and I think he can only get better. He’s England number one at the moment and it’s up to him to hold that position. There is still a lot of opposition around and being England keeper means there are more people chasing your place. But he’s in position and I’m sure he can hold onto it.


I still love being out there for training. It’s something I thoroughly enjoy and that’s what you miss the most when you stop playing, the camaraderie between the players. I still feel very much part of it and that’s great at my age and hopefully I can pass on some of my experience.