First posted on Facebook April, 26th, 2016
Pat played for Scotland 4 times in the early sixties. All his caps came as a Motherwell player; his first was in April 1961 lining up with the likes of Law, Caldow, Mackay, St. John and making his debut Billy McNeill. It’s just a pity Frank Haffey was in goals (although he’s only at fault for a couple of goals) and Scotland got pumped 9-3 by England at Wembley.
Some record books have Pat down as scoring Scotland’s third and others have Davie Wilson. Wikipedia credits Davie Wilson as scoring 10 goals for Scotland but then breaks it down to nine excluding his ‘second’ one at Wembley. The official SFA site has it down as Davie Wilson’s goal. So perhaps it’s not Pat’s.
Pat played in the two World Cup games that followed this match home and away to the Republic of Ireland. Scotland winning 4-1 at Hampden and then 3-0 at Dalymount Park, Dublin.
Pat’s final game came in a rather ‘tasty’ friendly at Hampden against Uruguay which Scotland lost 3-2 in May 1962.
Pat would move from Motherwell to Blackpool for season ’62-’63 before returning to Scotland to play for Hibs for six years and ending his football career at East Fife. He would manage East Fife for a few years before becoming assistant to Bertie Auld at Partick Thistle for several years too.
Happy Birthday Pat and did you really score that goal?