Legendary goalkeeper “Big Pat” made 119 international appearances for Northern Ireland during a 23 year career, making his international debut against Wales along with George Best in April 1964.

Pat represented Northern Ireland at the World Cups in Spain in 1982 and in Mexico in 1986 at which he played his final international game against the mighty Brazil. Following his transfer from Watford to Tottenham in 1963 for £27,000, Pat went on to play over 1,100 first class matches representing Watford, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal & Northern Ireland from 1963-1986.

He became the first player in English Football to make 1,000 senior appearances in 1983. Celebrating this milestone with a clean sheet for Arsenal V West Bromich Albion. 

During his career he won many honours including at Spurs – 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 1 Uefa Cup and 1 Charity Shield (when he famously scored a goal against Man Utd in the 1967 final) and at Arsenal 1 FA Cup in 1979. Pat was awarded both FWA and PFA Player of the Year Awards in 1972-73 and 1975-76 respectively, the only goalkeeper to have achieved this honour.

In 1986 Pat was honoured to be the only player from Ireland to be selected to play in the 1986 FIFA/UNICEF charity match when Pat captained the Rest of World team against the Americas at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena CA.
Famed for his “big hands” Pat was inducted into the Top 100 Football Legends in 1998 and in 2003 was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

In 2003 Pat was voted best Northern Ireland player from the last 50 years conducted by UEFA.

Always a gentleman, family man and proud son of Newry.