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 Pat CRERAND 1963-1968 
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Name: Patrick Timothy "Paddy" Crerand


Country: :SCO: Scotland
Club: Manchester United
Position: *DMF, CMF, CB
Side: RF/BS
Age: 24-29 years (19/02/1939)

Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Attack: 72
Defence: 77
Balance: 84
Stamina: 88
Top Speed: 78
Acceleration: 75
Response: 85
Agility: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 74
Short Pass Accuracy: 90
Short Pass Speed: 87
Long Pass Accuracy: 91
Long Pass Speed: 86
Shot Accuracy: 70
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 72
Free Kick Accuracy: 77
Curling: 77
Header: 73
Jump: 78
Technique: 84
Aggression: 76
Mentality: 87
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 92

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 8
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard

S02 - Passer
S06 - Outside curve
S08 - Slide Tackle
S09 - Covering
P06 - Pinpoint Pass
P12 - Enforcer
P18 - Talisman

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Playmaking - Passing - Outside - Sliding - Covering - Centre

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


If ever a man made a mockery of the traditional standards by which great footballers are judged it was Paddy Crerand. Indeed, the Scottish international wing-half variously described as slow, ungainly, a bad header and a poor goal-scorer - veritably ridiculed the rulebook and wrote his own rich volume of Old Trafford folklore.

It's true he was not the most rapid of Red Devils; he didn't need to be. His vision, anticipation and sublime passing skills rendered lack of pace irrelevant. Paddy was able to play, and often dictate proceeding, in his own time.

His movement on the field was hardly reminiscent of a gazelle, but fans and team-mates could live with that, rating it, perhaps, on a par with George Best's failure to make the half-time tea. As for his ability in the air, well, it's true he occasionally dumbfounded his colleagues by heading the ball twice in a match ..... And goals! He didn't often supply the finishing touch but, in his heyday, the majority of United's successful strikes were due in some measure to his remarkable talents.

Paddy, who was to have a brief spell as assistant manager at Old Trafford under Tommy Docherty in 1974, thought deeply about his game. He made it his business to know the opposition and was more aware than most about what was going on around him. An apt illustration is an incident in thc 1963 FA Cup Final against Leicester City, the game which signaIled the Reds' return as a major power after Munich.

Though still allegedly adjusting to English football, United's recent £53,000 signing from Celtic had done enough homework to know that Gordon Banks liked to throw the ball to Scottish schemer Davie Gibson, the springboard of so many attacks. Seeing Banks in possession and noting that Gibson was free, Paddy pounced while others idled. He beat his countryman to the ball, threaded a pass through a crowded penalty area and Denis Law did the rest. It was a vivid cameo that captured the very essence of vintage Crerand. Of course, there werc days when inspiration deserted him, but in such games he would never hide from the ball and would always continue to probe.

An extrovert Glaswegian, raised in the Gorbals, Paddy allowed his fervour to get the better of him at times and occasionally he landed in trouble with referees. Indeed, it's been said that he never moved so fast as when headed for a melee 40 yards away! But his fiery nature was as much a part of Crerand the player as Crerand the man. It would be hard to find a United follower who would have wanted him any other way.

And if part of that huge heart will be forever at his beloved Parkhead - the home of Celtic, his first club - it would be a rare Stretford Ender who wouldn't forgive him. His loyalty to Old Trafford was never in doubt, his contribution to the club's cause colossal. It was a red-letter day, indeed, when Matt Busby crossed the border to claim him for Manchester United.

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