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 Pat JENNINGS 1971-1976 
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Name: Patrick "Pat" Anthony Jennings


Country: :NIR: Northern Ireland
Club: Tottenham Hotspurs
Position: *GK
Side: RF/BS
Age: 26-31 years (12/06/1945)

Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Attack: 35
Defence: 96
Balance: 89
Stamina: 69
Top Speed: 67
Acceleration: 69
Response: 93
Agility: 79
Dribble Accuracy: 51
Dribble Speed: 56
Short Pass Accuracy: 57
Short Pass Speed: 62
Long Pass Accuracy: 62
Long Pass Speed: 69
Shot Accuracy: 47
Shot Power: 91
Shot Technique: 46
Free Kick: 45
Curling: 48
Header: 46
Jump: 85
Technique: 54
Aggression: 59
Mentality: 86
Goalkeeper Skills: 97
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition/Fitness: 8
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Growth Type: Standard/Lasting

S12: 1 on 1 Keeper


Attack/Defence Awareness Cards: Defence Minded


If ever there was a goalkeeper that could be described as atypical of the breed, it was Pat Jennings. Unorthodox, unflappable, respectable and polite, Jennings commanded his penalty box with an air of nonchalance and calmness that would shame Peter Schmeichel into retirement. Yet despite never receiving any formal kind of coaching - or even because of it - he become one of the greatest goalkeepers the game has ever seen.

Born in Newry, Northern Ireland, Jennings grew up playing Gaelic Football before signing for his local side as a teenager. He first caught the eye playing in a Youth Tournament at Wembley at the age of 17 and was signed by Watford shortly afterwards. His subsequent performances for the Hornets earned him International recognition and a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in 1964.

There he arguably enjoyed the most successful spell of his career, winning the FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup in quick succession. However, believing he was past his best, Spurs foolishly sold him to local rivals Arsenal for £40, 000 in 1977, where he enjoyed further success and played on for another eight seasons. He appeared in three more FA Cup Finals and a Cup Winners Cup Final before capping his career with an appearance at the World Cup Finals, where he played in the Northern Ireland side that unexpectedly beat host nation Spain to progress to the Quarter Finals.

Such was his stance in the game that he came out of retirement to play in the 1986 finals in Mexico, winning his record 119th cap on his 41st birthday against Brazil.

One of the reasons he was so successful was down to the size of his hands - which were as big as a pair of satellite dishes (or thereabouts). His 'Lurgan shovels', as manager Billy Bingham liked to call them, helped him pull off spectacular one-handed saves which didn't see possible and he had the habit of breaking the hearts of many a centre forward by clawing the ball out of the air single-handedly and holding onto it.

But it wasn't just about his hands - it was his whole approach to the game. A late starter, his lack of formal training meant he avoided the bad habits and strict codes of conducts of his predecessors, and he broke the mould by willingly using other parts of his body to keep the ball out of the net. He was the first to use his feet to good effect and underlined the strength of his kicking by scoring from a goal kick during the 1967 Charity Shield match against Manchester United.

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 Eircom League clubs UCD and is playing for Derry.

Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:58 am

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Considering the definition of Mentality, I think 86 is too low here: Jennings is maybe one of the calmest players I've ever seen on a football pitch, he just oozed confidence and reliability. He didn't have to bark out orders or celebrate wildly to show his determination, he was just completely focused at all times, never letting his concentration slip no matter the circumstances. I think 90 would suit him better here.

I also think DEF can even go up to 97. Even when he was 40 years old his positioning was almost telepathic, he always knew the perfect angle to position himself at, he barely ever even had to use his reflexes (not that they weren't excellent either). Banks is at 97 and I don't see Jennings inferior in that regard at all. Overall, amazing goalkeeper, easily the 2nd best in British football in my opinion.

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