Pat's 70 for 70 - Facebook Q&A
09 June 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
The one and only Pat Jennings turns 70 on Friday - to mark the occasion, the legendary goalkeeper answered 70 questions on his glittering career.
We threw the floor open to fans to ask the great man their questions and as always, they delivered!
We had so many questions with the most popular themes the greatest striker Pat played with or against, the greatest players he played with or against and of course the key one - how has he kept his hair looking so immaculate for so long!
PAT'S 70 FOR 70 - FACEBOOK Q&A
Who was your biggest influence? Sarah Mawer
Pat: “In my early days, my dad, John. He took us to all the international matches and sporting events and that was the only chance we had to see the top players. We went to the internationals in Belfast, boxing, gaelic matches, he introduced us to sport, basically. Later, I had the privilege of playing for the great man himself, Bill Nicholson.”
As the only player to have played under both Bill Nicholson and Danny Blanchflower, did you often see any traits that they shared in football management, or had learned from each other? Tony Fearon
Pat: “Certainly not! They were two opposites. Danny was a born entertainer and brilliant to play for. He used to say ‘boys, just go and and play, do your best and leave the rest to me’. Danny would rather lose 5-4 but our problem was scoring the four.”
In 1982 Spurs were drawn against Coleraine in the European Cup Winners Cup. If this had happened 10 years earlier it would have pitted you against your brother Brian, a Coleraine legend! How would you have fancied that? Tony Fearon
Pat: “It would have been something different, for sure. My brother played fort Coleraine for 13 years. There would have been no brotherly love that night, we would have both wanted to win.”
Below: Danny Blanchflower and Jimmy Greaves
Who was the greatest striker you ever faced? Pele, Greaves or someone else? Richard Patrick
Pat: “As a goalkeeper, I just treated all the strikers with the same respect. You mention Greavsie, and he was in a class of his own. My first international against England was at Windsor Park, Belfast (October, 1964), England beat us 4-3 and my mate Jim scored a hat-trick by half-time! We’ve all heard about his stroke and I send my best wishes.”
Would you change anything in your footballing career? Winifried Taylor
Pat: “No, not really. People often ask me if I had any regrets about not playing for a bigger nation in terms of international football. I had 119 caps, played in two World Cups, had some unbelievable results in that time. I doubt if I’d have played 119 times for England. I’m just grateful for the career I had.”
Was it easier playing without the back pass rule? Brian Power
Pat: “No, not really. We’ve had many rule changes and you just deal with it.”
What was Tony the Tiger like to work with and did you get free Frosties? Adrian Williams
Pat: “Certainly not! He’s referring to my adverts. I’ve done a few adverts and that was a good one. It was funny, when my kids saw it for the first time, one of the girls said ‘dad, you didn’t tell me you knew Tony the Tiger’. It was good fun. I had to do it all in German! I can’t speak English, let alone German!”
Below: Pat enjoyed the questions from our fans on social media!
I watched you save a Frank Casper penalty in a 7-0 victory over Burnley in 1968. Which was your most memorable penalty save? Ian French
Pat: “I once saved two penalties in the same match against Liverpool at Anfield (March, 1973), the first from Kevin Keegan, the second from Tommy Smith. It was the morning of the Grand National and Tommy Smith said I was so lucky, if I’d been riding a horse in the National I would probably have won!”
How hard was it to face Jimmy Greaves every day in training? Chris Nestor
Pat: “You got used to it, but it didn’t help, he just scored with ease. He just passed the ball into the net most times. I saw him score all types of goal, headers, overhead kicks, he was in a class of his own.”
Have you ever thought of changing your hairstyle? Paul Teacher
Pat: “Not really, no. I’m lucky to have hair!”