Wednesday 23 August 2017

Pat Jennings

Pat Jennings
Pat Jennings

The most extraordinary thing about Pat Jennings' extraordinary career was its length. Like the Duracell Bunny, he went on and on and on.

He was first capped for Northern Ireland as an 18-year-old against Wales in April 1964, which may come as a shock to those of a certain age who remember the Newry man's presence at the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals.

His final game, against Brazil in the '86 finals, fell on his 41st birthday. In between, he carved out a memorable career, predominantly with Spurs and Arsenal. His room-mate on the occasion of his first cap on April 15, 1964 was a year younger, and also making his debut, one George Best.

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