World Cup: Irish dream team - Pat Jennings

Pat Jennings and Brian Talbot (Arsenal collegue) who set up a football summer school in Belfast pictured with kids at Windsor Park. 25/11/84

Pat Jennings and Brian Talbot (Arsenal collegue) who set up a football summer school in Belfast pictured with kids at Windsor Park. 25/11/84

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We asked you to pick your All Ireland World Cup dream team, and now we can reveal Pat Jennings as your choice as goalkeeper.

Pat Jennings was your choice, Northern Ireland’s record cap holder was the number one choice for 56% of respondents, ahead of Packie Bonner (20%), Shay Given (18) and Harry Gregg (6%).

June  1982. Northern Ireland v Spain,

June 1982. Northern Ireland v Spain,

Born in Newry, Big Pat was Northern Ireland’s number one in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. A former Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year , Jennings played for both Arsenal and Spurs in an illustrious career.

He made his international debut for as an eighteen-year-old, whilst playing for Watford, in1964, against Wales. George Best also made his international debut in the 3-2 win. Jennings played his final international game against Brazil at the 1986 World Cup, on his 41st birthday, making him at the time the World Cup’s oldest ever participant.