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UEFA award for Pat

Posted on 7 September 2011  - 12:00

Pat Jennings has received a special new award from UEFA to mark winning over 100 international caps.

UEFA award for Pat

Pat Jennings has received a special new award from UEFA to mark winning over 100 international caps.

The legendary goalkeeper who made 673 appearances for us between 1964-1977 was capped 119 times by Northern Ireland.

One of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time, Pat made his international debut in 1964 and went on to play in two World Cups, 1982 and 1986.

On Friday, UEFA handed out the first of its commemorative caps and medals to players from its 53 member associations who have amassed a century of appearances for their country.

The initiative was approved by the UEFA Executive Committee at its last meeting in Nyon in June. Currently, 109 European players have reached the milestone.

"It was always an honour to play for Northern Ireland and the reception I received was very special," said 'Big Pat', who won the FA Cup, two UEFA Cups and two League Cups at Spurs, as well as the PFA (1975-76) and Football Writers' Player Of The Year (1972-73) Awards.

"When I was a player I always looked forward to getting selected for the international team.

"Playing for Northern Ireland for over 22 years provided me with memories I will never forget."

Irish Football Association president Jim Shaw, who presented Pat with his honour, added: "Pat is not only a Northern Ireland legend, he is also one of football's greats. The Irish FA congratulates him on this very special occasion."

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