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Patrick Anthony Jennings OBE (born June 12, 1945 in Newry, Northern Ireland) is a former football player. He played 119 games for his country as a goalkeeper, a figure which at the time was a world record, in an international career which lasted for over 22 years. Jennings is considered one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. During his career Jennings played in over 1000 top level games for club and country, he even managed to score a goal in the 1967 Charity Shield match.

Jennings began his playing career with his hometown side Newry Town as a 16 year old. After impressing with the team he moved to English Third Division side Watford in May 1963. Jennings again impressed in his first season in English football, during which he played every league game for his club, and was bought by Tottenham Hotspur for £27,000 at the end of it. Jennings spent 13 years at White Hart Lane, during which time he played in 472 league games for Spurs. During his time with Spurs he won the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and the UEFA Cup in 1972. In 1973 the Football Writers' Association named him as its footballer of the year, three years later he won PFA's version of the award.

In August 1977, he was sold to Tottenham's arch-rivals, Arsenal. During his eight years with the Gunners Jennings appeared in 237 league games. Whilst at Highbury he helped Arsenal to three successive FA Cup finals, in 1978, 1979, and 1980. However, Arsenal only managed to win the second of these finals, a 3-2 victory against Manchester United.

Jennings made his Northern Ireland debut as an 18 year old, whilst playing for Watford. This game was on April 15, 1964, and was a British Home Championship match against Wales, Northern Ireland won the game 3-2. He played his final international game on his 41st birthday, having returned to Tottenham Hotspur 6 months earlier, playing in their reserve side to maintain his match sharpness. This game was Northern Ireland's final group game in the 1986 World Cup, and was against Brazil, Brazil won the game 3-0. This was Jennings's second World Cup, he had previously played in the 1982 World Cup.

Following his retirement Jennings has worked as a goalkeeping coach. He has worked at Tottenham in this capacity since 1993. His son, also called Pat, is also a professional soccer player, although he is far less successful. He has played for Eircom League clubs UCD and Derry

Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year
1973
PFA Players' Player of the Year
1976

 

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