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Pat at 70 - the best!

Posted on 11 June 2015  - 01:12

The one and only Pat Jennings turned 70 today (Friday, June 11).

Pat in 1964, 1976 and 2015Martin Chivers and Pat - back row - after the 1971 League Cup Final

We have celebrated the legendary goalkeeper's milestone with a special '70 for 70' series where Pat has talked us through his career, step by step, in his own words.

Now it's time for someone else to do the talking.

And who better than fellow legend and team-mate Martin Chivers?

While Pat kept the ball out at one end, Martin fired our team of the early 1970s to glory.

Third in our all-time goalscoring list, Martin netted in the League Cup Final of 1971 and then the UEFA Cup Final of 1972.

The goals kept coming and our all-time top goalscorer in the League Cup helped us reach another Wembley final in 1973 where this time Ralph Coates scored the only goal to beat Norwich.

'Big Chiv' and Pat formed the backbone of that team front and back with classy players around them like Mike England, Cyril Knowles, Steve Perryman, Martin Peters and Alan Gilzean.

So it's no surprise that Martin, who scored 174 goals in 367 matches for us, speaks so highly of the man rated the best in the world at his peak.

"We used to take it for granted that Pat was going to stop most things going towards the goal," said Martin.

"We left him for all crosses, it was either him or Mike England, we left everything to the two big fellas and they worked very well together.

"I can’t remember Pat making bad mistakes. He was just so secure and when we went away on difficult European trips we just felt so confident.

"He had a good defence in front of him as well but he was the best goalkeeper this club has ever had.

"Pat once saved two penalties at Liverpool and we weren’t surprised. We expected everything from him. He was capable of stopping all shots and with those great big hands of his, he stopped more than he ever missed!"