Pat Jennings

Patrick Anthony Jennings OBE (born 12 June 1945) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He played 119 games for Northern Ireland as a goalkeeper, a figure which at the time was a world record and is still a Northern Ireland record, in an international career which lasted for over 22 years. During his career Jennings played for Newry Town, Watford, and in the top division with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, winning the FA Cup with both of the north London rivals. In total, Jennings made over 1,000 top level appearances, and despite being a goalkeeper he scored in the 1967 FA Charity Shield.

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Pat Jennings defending his goal against the Netherlands (1976)
Personal information
Full name Patrick Anthony Jennings
Date of birth 12 June 1945 (age 73)
Place of birth Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1960 Shamrock Rovers
1961–1963 Newry Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Watford 48 (0)
1964–1977 Tottenham Hotspur 472 (0)
1977–1985 Arsenal 237 (0)
1985–1986 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1986 Everton 0 (0)
Total 757 (0)
National team
1964–1986[1] Northern Ireland 119 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Newry Town & Watford

After playing for Shamrock Rovers' under-18 side at the age of 11, Jennings concentrated on Gaelic football until he was sixteen years old, when he made his soccer comeback with his hometown side Newry Town. After impressing with the team he moved to English Third Division side Watford in May 1963. Jennings again impressed in his first season in England, playing every league game for his club, and making two international appearances that season. He was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £27,000 in June 1964.[2]

Tottenham Hotspur

Jennings spent thirteen years at White Hart Lane, where he played in 472 league games for Spurs, and 591 in all competitions. He won the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and the UEFA Cup in 1972.[3] He also scored once, in the 1967 Charity Shield, from his own area, kicking the ball from his hands and sending a large punt down the field that bounced over Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney and into the net.[4] In 1973 the Football Writers' Association named him as its footballer of the year.[5] Three years later he won PFA's version of the award – he was the first goalkeeper to receive this accolade, and to this date remains only one of two, along with Peter Shilton.[6]


In August 1977, he was transferred to Tottenham's arch-rivals, Arsenal, with Tottenham thinking he was nearing the end of his career. However, Jennings saw off rivals for the goalkeeper's jersey to play for Arsenal for another eight years. Whilst at Highbury, he helped Arsenal to four Cup finals in three successive years; the FA Cup final in 1978, 1979, and 1980, as well as the European Cup Winners Cup final that year. However, Arsenal only managed to win the second of these finals, a 3–2 victory against Manchester United. In total, Jennings made 327 appearances for Arsenal, 237 of them in the League, between 1977 and his eventual retirement from first-team club football in 1985.[7] On 26 February 1983, he became the first player in English football to make 1,000 senior appearances, celebrating this milestone with a clean sheet in a goalless league draw for Arsenal at West Bromwich Albion.[8]

Later career

After his retirement, Jennings returned to Tottenham Hotspur, playing mostly in their reserve side to maintain his match sharpness for Northern Ireland's 1986 World Cup campaign. His final appearance for Tottenham was in the Super Cup against Liverpool in January 1986. He was also briefly on Everton's books, having been signed as goalkeeping cover for the 1986 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, Neville Southall having been injured playing for Wales.[9]

International career

Jennings made his Northern Ireland debut as an eighteen-year-old, whilst playing for Watford. This game, on 15 April 1964, was a British Home Championship match against Wales, Northern Ireland won the game 3–2; George Best made his international debut in the same game. Despite retiring from club football in 1985, Jennings played his final international game at the 1986 World Cup, on his 41st birthday, making him at the time the World Cup's oldest ever participant. The match was Northern Ireland's final group game, a 3–0 defeat against Brazil.[9] In total, Jennings participated in the qualifying stages of six World Cups between 1966 and 1986.[10]


Following his retirement Jennings has worked as a goalkeeping coach. He has worked at Tottenham in this capacity since 1993. In 2003 Jennings was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of the skills he demonstrated in the English league. His son, also named Pat, is also a goalkeeper. He has played for League of Ireland clubs University College Dublin, Derry City, Shamrock Rovers and NIFL Premiership club Glenavon.

Jennings and his family have lived for many years in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, where his son attended The Broxbourne School along with the sons of fellow Spurs players Chris Hughton, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ray Clemence. He is still associated with Spurs and hosts Corporate Hospitality fans in the Pat Jennings Lounges at White Hart Lane[9] and Windsor Park, Belfast



Tottenham Hotspur



  1. ^ "Patrick "Pat" Jennings - Century of International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ Jones, Trefor (1996). Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. pp. 131 and 279. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.
  3. ^ "Pat Jennings 1964–1977". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  4. ^ McNulty, Phil (25 July 2001). "Barthez plays the field". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  5. ^ "England – Players Awards". RSSSF. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC Sport. 20 April 2001. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Gunners' greatest players – 10. Pat Jennings". Arsenal Football Club. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  8. ^ Group, Arsenal Media. "Arsenal history: On this day... February 26". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Pat Jennings". Irish Football Association. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  10. ^ "FIFA players statistics: Pat Jennings". FIFA. Retrieved 30 August 2010.

Further reading

  • Jennings, Pat (1983). Pat Jennings: An Autobiography. London, Willow Books, ISBN 0-00-218069-3.

External links

World Cup records
Preceded by
Dino Zoff
Oldest Player

June 12, 1986 – June 28, 1994
Succeeded by
Roger Milla
Oldest Goalkeeper

June 12, 1986 – June 24, 2014
Succeeded by
Faryd Mondragón
1967 FA Charity Shield

The 1967 FA Charity Shield was the 45th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match held between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match was contested by Manchester United, who had won the 1966–67 Football League, and Tottenham Hotspur, who had won the 1966–67 FA Cup, at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 12 August 1967. The match was drawn 3–3, which meant that the two clubs shared the Shield, holding it for six months each. Bobby Charlton scored two goals for United, while Denis Law scored their third. Jimmy Robertson and Frank Saul scored for Spurs, but the match is most famous for Tottenham's second goal, which was scored by goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Ball in hand, Jennings punted it downfield, only for it to bounce in front of United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, over his head and into the goal.

1967 FA Cup Final

The 1967 FA Cup Final was the 86th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 20 May 1967 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. It was the first FA Cup Final to be contested between two teams from London, and is thus often dubbed the "Cockney Cup Final".

Tottenham won the match 2–1, thus winning the FA Cup for the third time in seven years and the fifth time in all. Jimmy Robertson and Frank Saul scored Tottenham's goals, before Bobby Tambling scored a consolation for Chelsea. The match referee was Ken Dagnall from Lancashire.

1972 UEFA Cup Final

The 1972 UEFA Cup Final was the final of the first ever UEFA Cup football tournament. It was a two-legged contest played on 3 May and 17 May 1972 between two English clubs, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur won the tie 3–2 on aggregate. A 2–1 victory away from home in the first leg proved decisive for them, with Martin Chivers scoring a remarkable late winner, firing in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. They then held Wolves to a 1–1 draw in the second leg to win the competition.

1973 Ballon d'Or

The 1973 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to Dutch midfielder Johan Cruyff, for the second time.

1973 Football League Cup Final

The 1973 Football League Cup Final was held on 3 March 1973 and was won by Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs beat Norwich City 1–0 at the old Wembely

1974 UEFA Cup Final

The 1974 UEFA Cup Final was played on 21 May 1974 and 29 May 1974 between Tottenham Hotspur of England and Feyenoord of the Netherlands. Feyenoord won 4–2 on aggregate. Tottenham supporters rioted after the second leg in Rotterdam, following Feyenoord's victory.

1979 FA Charity Shield

The 1979 FA Charity Shield was the 57th Charity Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup. It was held at Wembley Stadium on 11 August 1979. The match was contested by Liverpool, champions of the 1978–79 Football League and Arsenal, who beat Manchester United in the final of the 1978–79 FA Cup. Watched by a crowd of 92,800, Liverpool won the match 3–1.

This was Arsenal's tenth Charity Shield appearance and Liverpool's ninth. Arsenal made no changes to the first team which played in the FA Cup Final the previous season, whereas for Liverpool new signing Avi Cohen started on the bench. In the match Liverpool took the lead in the 38th minute when Terry McDermott scored past goalkeeper Pat Jennings. They extended their lead through Kenny Dalglish in the 63rd minute before McDermott added his second two minutes later. Alan Sunderland scored a consolation for Arsenal late on.

1980 FA Cup Final

The 1980 FA Cup Final was contested by West Ham United and Arsenal at Wembley. West Ham won by a single goal, scored by Trevor Brooking. To date, it is the last time a team from outside the top flight has won the FA Cup. It was West Ham's third FA Cup triumph and the last time that they have won a major trophy.

Aaron Hughes

Aaron William Hughes (born 8 November 1979) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian and the Northern Ireland national team as a defender. Hughes plays mainly at centre back, but can also be used at right back or left back, as well as anywhere in midfield. He is renowned for his disciplined defending, having made 455 Premier League appearances without getting sent off, which is the second-most in the history of the league, behind only Ryan Giggs.He began his career with Newcastle United, making his debut in 1997 and playing 279 games for the club across all competitions. He remained with the club until 2005, when he was transferred to Aston Villa for £1 million, and two years later he was signed by his former international manager Lawrie Sanchez to play for Fulham. He spent six-and-a-half seasons at Fulham, reaching the UEFA Europa League final in 2010. After leaving the club in January 2014, he had brief spells in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion, and abroad with Melbourne City FC and Kerala Blasters FC.

Hughes made his full international debut aged 18 in 1998 and has earned 110 caps for Northern Ireland, the second most in the nation's history, behind goalkeeper Pat Jennings. He captained the national team from 2003 up to international retirement in 2011, but returned to the team the following year and was included in their squad for UEFA Euro 2016.

Après Match

Après Match is an Irish comedy show normally screened after competitive Irish soccer matches on RTÉ. It is performed by Barry Murphy, Risteárd Cooper and Gary Cooke. It grew out of Barry Murphy and Risteárd Cooper's Frank's Euro Ting sketches which first enlivened RTÉ's coverage of Euro '96 for which Rep. of Ireland had failed to qualify. Barry Murphy had performed similar football-related sketches on RTÉ in 1994.

"Après Match" proper was born when Gary Cooke joined the duo and soon became a fixture following each of Ireland's qualifying games for the 1998 World Cup.

The show mocks famous, mostly Irish, soccer stars and pundits including Bill O'Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy, Johnny Giles, Liam Brady, Frank Stapleton, Colm Murray, Graeme Souness, Jackie Fullerton and Pat Jennings as well as pundits from the British channels, including Richard Keys, Andy Gray, Jamie Redknapp, Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill, Gordon Strachan, Terry Venables, Ian St John, Jimmy Greaves, Trevor Brooking, Brian Clough, Kevin Keegan, Barry Davies, David Coleman, Brian Moore and Gabby Logan. They also mock Irish television and radio personalities such as Marian Finucane, Miriam O'Callaghan, Vincent Browne, Tom McGurk, David McWilliams, Brent Pope, George Hook, Joe Duffy, Pat Kenny and Gerry Ryan. As of 2010, they have added politicians such as Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan and Joan Burton to their repertoire. The Après Match team have sold out venues all over Ireland including Vicar Street, the Olympia Theatre and the Gaiety Theatre.

Pat Jennings Jr.

Patrick Jennings (born 24 September 1979), commonly known as Pat Jennings Jr., is a footballer currently a goalkeeping coach/goalkeeper with League of Ireland club St Patrick's Athletic. He is the son of Northern Ireland's most capped international, Pat Jennings.

Patrick Jennings (disambiguation)

Patrick Jennings (1831–1897) was an Irish-Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales.

Patrick or Pat Jennings may also refer to:

Patrick Jennings (writer) (born 1962), American author of children's books

Pat Jennings (born 1945), Northern Irish football goalkeeper

Pat Jennings Jr. (born 1979), Northern Irish football goalkeeper

W. Pat Jennings (1919–1994), American politician

Terry Neill

William John Terence Neill (born 8 May 1942) is a Northern Ireland former football player and manager. He captained and later managed Arsenal, guiding the club to a European final in 1980 and three consecutive FA Cup finals between 1978 and 1980, winning a dramatic final against Manchester United in 1979. Before his seven-year spell as manager of Arsenal, he managed Hull City, Tottenham Hotspur and Northern Ireland on a part-time basis.

UEFA Jubilee Awards

To celebrate the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)'s 50th anniversary in 2004, each of its member associations was asked by UEFA to choose one of its own players as the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years (1954–2003).

W. Pat Jennings

William Pat Jennings (August 20, 1919 – August 2, 1994) was a United States Representative from Virginia.

William C. Wampler

William Creed Wampler Sr. (April 21, 1926 – May 23, 2012) was a Virginia newspaperman, businessman and Republican politician who served multiple terms in the United States House of Representatives.

William Jennings

William Jennings may refer to:

William Jennings (mayor) (1823–1886), mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

William M. Jennings (1920–1981), one time owner of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League; the League annually gives out an award in his honour

William Nicholson Jennings (1860–1946), photographer in Philadelphia

W. Pat Jennings (1919–1994), Representative in the United States Congress from Virginia

William Sherman Jennings (1863–1920), governor of Florida, United States

William Thomas Jennings (1854–1923), New Zealand politician

William Jennings (priest) (died 1565), Dean of Gloucester, 1541–1565

William Dale Jennings (1917–2000), American author of The Cowboys, The Ronin, and The Sinking of the Sarah Diamond

Sir William Ivor Jennings (1903–1965), British lawyer and academic

William Jennens (1701–1798), "William the Miser", "William the Rich", 'the richest commoner in England' who died intestate

Willie McFaul

William Stewart McFaul (born 1 October 1943), known as Willie or Iam McFaul, is a Northern Irish former football player and now coach. He spent most of his career with Newcastle United.

McFaul was born in Coleraine. He joined Newcastle United from Linfield in his native Northern Ireland in 1966 after impressing in a friendly match. It took two years for him to establish himself Newcastle's starting goalkeeper, a position he held until after the 1974-75 season. His career highlight was probably when he backstopped Newcastle to the 1974 F.A. Cup final at Wembley, but Newcastle was beaten 3-0 by Liverpool, whose first two goals were from shots by Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway that McFaul got his fingertips to but was unable to stop. McFaul played six times for Northern Ireland, it is generally agreed that it would have been many more times except for the fact that the position was held by Pat Jennings, one of the era's finest goalkeepers.

He went on to serve Newcastle as player, coach, assistant manager and then finally, in 1985, as manager. He was sacked in October 1988 after a poor start saw early season optimism turn into an ultimately futile struggle against relegation.

McFaul's reputation was as a caring and loyal manager, who got the best out of a number of players including Peter Beardsley and Paul Goddard. His biggest contribution was probably his decision to make Paul Gascoigne an integral part of the first team despite his being only 18 at the time. McFaul has since managed teams in Northern Ireland and worked as the coach of the national team of Guam. In Northern Ireland he managed his hometown club Coleraine who are very close to his heart. Things didn't go to plan and his spell as manager coincided with a lowly period in Coleraine history. He did, however, discover Paul Gaston, who went on to captain Coleraine and play over 600 games for the club.

McFaul is now working as a scout for Norwich City, professional connections having been made with Norwich Manager Glenn Roeder during Roeder's time as Newcastle United manager.

Many Northern Ireland fans reflect that his true ability was never fully seen at international level due to it being the Pat Jennings era.

Willow Foundation

The Willow Foundation is a national charity established in 1999 by Arsenal footballer and BBC sports commentator Bob Wilson and his wife Megs as a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. It is the only national charity to provide psychological and emotional support for seriously ill 16- to 40-year-olds through the provision of special day experiences.

Every special day aims to provide beneficiaries and their loved ones with a break from the realities of their diagnosis and treatment and the inspiration to make the most out of life. At a time of uncertainty, spending quality time with family and friends can help restore a sense of normality, boost confidence and create precious memories for the future.

To date, Willow has provided more than 9,500 special days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions including cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease. 2013 will see the 10,000th Special Day that Willow has been privileged to provide. The importance of having something positive to look forward to at such a difficult time cannot be overestimated and provides memories and motivation for the beneficiaries and those close to them.

The charity receives no government or lottery funding and is totally reliant on the generosity of individuals, companies and trusts to fund its work. Among donors and supporters have been Pat Jennings OBE KSG, Natasha Kaplinsky, DJ Tim Westwood and Bob Finch and Michael Holland's Oil Aid.In 2018 a football superfan raised £17,500 for the charity by touring 92 league stadiums in 12 days and becoming the first person to run around every ground he visited in the country.

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