Pat Jennings attends his statue unveiling after health scare

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings had a statue unveiled in Northern Ireland, after overcoming a health scare earlier this week.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Pat Jennings collapsed earlier this week. Subsequently, he was taken to hospital for some precautionary tests.

Luckily, it was nothing serious. Sky Sports reported that all of those tests had come back clear and the 78-year-old was discharged from hospital just after midnight on Monday.

In further good news for Jennings and his family, he was well enough to attend the unveiling of his statue in Newry, Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Pat was reportedly accompanied by his family to the unveiling, after getting the all-clear from doctors.

The history of Pat Jennings

The goalkeeper was born in Newry, and the city have now got a permanent commemoration of their legendary player.

Pat made over 700 league appearances for Tottenham and Arsenal combined, and over 900 in all competitions. In addition, he also won 119 caps for Northern Ireland. He also played for Watford earlier in his career. Later on, he was also briefly on the books of Everton but did not make any appearance for them.

The keeper’s switch from Spurs to Arsenal preceded Sol Campbell’s later swap in the same direction. He later won the FA Cup with the Gunners.

His achievements

Pat Jennings won two FA cups and 2 League Cups for Spurs and Arsenal. He also won a UEFA Cup with the Spurs in 1971-72.

Individually, he was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1975-76. He was also named twice in the PFA First Division Team of the Year, in 1973-74 and 1975-76.

Jennings has been awarded an MBE, an OBE, and a CBE for his services to football and charity. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

It’s little wonder Jennings is receiving recognition back in his hometown, and it was great to see that he recovered in order to attend the ceremony.

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