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PAT'S WEMBLEY WAY

Posted on 22 February 2008  - 12:00

Pat Jennings played at Wembley so many times he described it as 'the back garden' - but he still loved every second on the hallowed turf.

Pat Jennings played at Wembley so many times he described it as 'the back garden' - but he still loved every second on the hallowed turf.

The legendary goalkeeper played in his first Wembley final against Chelsea in the FA Cup back in 1967 and went on to appear in another five, League Cup wins with us in 1971 and 1973 and then three-successive FA Cup Finals with Arsenal in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

In-between, he played there on numerous occasions for Northern Ireland including his first all the way back in 1963 and a memorable performance in a goalless draw in 1985 that secured a place in the World Cup Finals the following year.

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“Any appearance at Wembley was special because it meant you were playing in a cup final or for your national team,” reflected Pat after his latest training session at Spurs Lodge in his capacity as goalkeeping consultant.

“As kids, we sat at home watching the cup final and would always look forward to it year after year so to be playing in one was fantastic,” added Pat, who then cast his mind back to the 1973 League Cup Final and Ralph Coates’ famous winning goal.

“It just shows you what finals are like. Ralph was so disappointed not to make the starting line-up but then John Pratt got injured and Ralph came on and scored the winner from the edge of the box. He tells everyone it was 40 yards! I can still remember Ralph chasing around the pitch and the team trying to catch him to celebrate.

“It’s a magic time for everyone to be going back to Wembley, for players and fans and hopefully we’ll go on to win it.”