Playing for keeps!
12 February 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Some of our top class international goalkeepers, past and present, came together at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening for a unique Goalkeepers’ Union Dinner with our supporters.
Former Northern Ireland stopper Pat Jennings, legendary ex-Liverpool, Spurs and England custodian Ray Clemence and our current goalkeeper Brad Friedel – capped 82 times by the United States – shared some fascinating tales from their respective careers at a well-attended event in the hospitality lounges at our world-famous stadium.
With almost 1,000 Spurs appearances between them, not to mention countless trophies, fans in attendance enjoyed a sit-down dinner and subsequent Q&A in the company of the trio – with a few interesting stories about their playing days making the rounds!
“It’s been an enjoyable evening,” said Ray, who made 330 appearances for us in the 1980s and was part of our 1982 FA Cup-winning side. “We’ve got lots of supporters who’ve come out to see us and in terms of the questions from them – we’re always open to anything, as goalkeepers are! We gave them honest answers back.”
Pat, who won the 1967 FA Cup, 1972 UEFA Cup and League Cups in 1971 and 1973 with us, added: “It’s an unusual, unique event. I’ve worked with Ray on the coaching side before but I’ve never really done this sort of thing with him and with Brad. We’ve all got a few stories to tell about our careers and it’s been a good night.”
Current goalkeeper Brad, also a Club Ambassador, said: “We’re talking completely different generations here. Obviously I’m still a current player, frequently working with players as young as 16 or 17, but tonight we’ve also heard stories about Ray and Pat having played international and club football at the highest level from days gone by. It’s a special event.”