Hipster goalies – Pat Jennings

From BBC Sport’s Football Legends archive:

“Pat Jennings was snapped up to appear for English club Watford while still a teenager after playing from an early age in Northern Ireland. He went on to spend 13 seasons at Tottenham Hotspur and a further eight at Arsenal. He won a record number of caps for Northern Ireland and played in over 1,000 top-level games. However, he could have settled for a very different life as a forester in his home town of Newry, a career he had already started before his football skills took him down another path.”

From FTBPro, “Pat Jennings Joined Arsenal To Get Back At Tottenham. Crazy Days At The Lane“:

“Pat Jennings played for Tottenham for 13 years and he was the best goalkeeper of his and probably any generation. At 32 he was in his prime and the then board of directors decided not to offer him another contract, he was blanked and disrespected by the “suits” of the club he loved. Tottenham had been relegated and he was prepared to go down with them. He was and is Spurs through and through but he was royally shafted.”

“Pat played Gaelic football at a high level in Ireland in his early years, this contributed to his incredible aerial ability to catch and control the ball and coupled with those big hands and that big heart, contributed to those famous one handed catches. He was a one off.”


Pat Jennings


Panini sticker, playing for Arsenal


Making a save against Paul Mariner of Ipswich Town, in the FA Cup Final

From the Spurs website:


“Our Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend, Pat Jennings, occasionally hosts matches in his lounge which offers a delicious three-course meal including a carvery and a tremendous view from the East Stand Upper Tier or the South Stand Lower Tier of the stadium along the entire length of the restaurant.

This beautiful open viewed lounge will let you take in the atmosphere in the Park Lane crowd.

The three course carvery produces some fine food and the chance to meet Spurs Legends is added benefit.

With seats in the East Upper you can witness the game from a different perspective.”