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Posted on 18 March 2007  - 12:00

Pat Jennings admitted he couldn't help but raise a smile as he witnessed Paul Robinson join him on the list of Spurs' goalscoring goalkeepers.

Pat Jennings admitted he couldn't help but raise a smile as he witnessed Paul Robinson join him on the list of Spurs' goalscoring goalkeepers.

Almost 40 years after Big Pat heaved his huge kick over the head of Alex Stepney in the Charity Shield at Old Trafford, Robbo struck a free-kick from deep inside our half that Watford defender Danny Shittu ducked under and left keeper Ben Foster stranded, the ball boucing over him and home.

It was very similar to Pat's goal in the 1967 Charity Shield against Manchester United, the only difference that Pat kicked the ball out of his hands before it bounced up and deceived Stepney.

"I was in a pretty good position to watch the flight of it and to be honest, as soon as it bounced, you could see Foster was in trouble and it was going in," said Pat, who is at every home game as a matchday host and still out there training at Spurs Lodge in his role as Goalkeeping Consultant.

"Of course it was a fluke because he wasn't going for goal, in fact, he should have been trying to find Mido!

"Robbo is such a great striker of the ball though that he can easily hit those distances and the big problem from the goalkeeper's point of view is when the ball bounced. Foster was left in no man's land, it sailed over the top of him and he could do nothing about it then.

"I always say from those big kicks, from a keeper's point of view, it's what happens in front of you that matters. That's why I never wanted the ball to bounce like that - as soon as it does, you've got to be back in position to deal with it.

"Thankfully it never happened to me and I was always wary of it, especially after scoring myself.

"You feel for Foster, it's dreadful when something like that happens to you, but at the same time it was fantastic for Robbo and us on the day!"

The first goalkeeper to score for us in the league was 'Tiny' Joyce, a penalty against Bolton in the First Division all the way back in April, 1914.




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