Pat Jennings has paid tribute to two fellow legends and former team-mates who will soon join him in the club’s Hall of Fame.
Mike England and Alan Gilzean were mainstays in Bill Nicholson’s teams that lifted the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and UEFA Cup in 1972.The pair will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday, December 2 but the occasion has proved so popular, the club is now running a second event on Tuesday, December 3 – fans can still book to attend the second night.Rated the best goalkeeper in the world during his career, Pat played alongside Mike and ‘Gilly’ during those glory years and is delighted to see both join the club’s greats on the Hall of Fame.Pat on Mike England...“I never pick best teams, I pick players because I could pick a different ‘best team’ every day of the week, but where would you go for a better centre-half than Mike? He was unbelievable in the air, so commanding, fantastic on the ground and scored goals as well. He was a massive threat at the other end of the pitch, one of the greatest players you could hope to play with.“Mike had a fantastic attitude as well. Look at the players he played against, the likes of Peter Osgood at Chelsea, a great player, within five minutes you’d hear him screaming at the referee about Mike. His biggest strength was his power in the air. He had a fantastic leap. He was a great all-round player. He used to head away everything that I didn’t come for, I’d just leave it to Mike to deal with. If he didn’t get there, I would. We had a great understanding.”Pat on Alan Gilzean...“Gilly was my ‘out man’, my target. Even the day I scored the goal at Old Trafford, I was trying to hit Gilly! He was a dream for me because in those days, teams didn’t play out so much from the back and he was my target man every time I kicked the ball out. He would just run across the line of defenders and he had that fantastic timing and touch to glance on a header. He also had great control on the floor and if defenders got too tight to him, he would just turn them easily. He was a great player, Gilly and a great partner for Greavsie and Martin Chivers, great partnerships.”
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