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Born in Cobh and raised in South London, Pat played 18 times for Ireland in an International career spanning eight years.

With Ireland Pat renewed his great partnership with former Millwall team-mate, Charlie Hurley, a fellow Cork native. Pat made his International debut in the away World Cup game against Luxembourg in 1954 and it was to be three years and ten Internationals later before he gained his second against England at Wembley.

Pat’s finest game in the green jersey was in 1960 when he captained the side to a shock 1-0 victory over West Germany in Dusseldorf. The Germans had beaten Ireland in their seven previous Internationals and were unbeaten at home in three seasons. Pat lined out for the last time with his country in the 1-1 European Championship draw with Iceland in Reykjavik in 1962.

Pat also had the honour of becoming the first Corkman to win an FA Cup winners medal, when in 1957 he starred for Aston Villa in their marvellous 2-1 victory over the Busby Babes. After his retirement he coached Coventry, managed Brighton and later coached Al NASR, Saudi Arabia.


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