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Pat Crerand
Personal information
Full name Patrick Timothy Crerand
Date of birth 19 February 1939 (1939-02-19) (age 70)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Duntocher Hibs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1963 Celtic 091 0(5)
1963–1971 Manchester United 304 (10)
1971 Wits University
Total 395 (15)
National team
1961–1965 Scotland 016 0(0)
Teams managed
1976–1977 Northampton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrick Timothy "Paddy" Crerand (born 19 February 1939) is a Scottish-born former footballer of Irish descent After six years at Celtic he moved to Manchester United where he was a member of teams that won the English League title twice, the FA Cup and European Cup. He gained 16 international caps for Scotland.

He spent one season managing Northampton Town and has since forged a career in the media. He started on radio, and now commentates on matches for MUTV.

Football career

After six years at Celtic (120 appearances, 5 goals), he signed for Manchester United on 6 February 1963, the fifth anniversary of the Munich air disaster, making his debut against Blackpool. He was a hard-tackling midfielder who, while known for his tenacity and tackling ability, was also an accurate passer, creating chances for attacking players such as Bobby Charlton and George Best. It was once said that while United had Best, Law and Charlton, an in-form Paddy was the heartbeat of the team.

He helped United to the league championship in 1965 and 1967 and won winners' medals in the 1963 FA Cup and 1968 European Cup finals. He represented the Scottish national side on 16 occasions.[1]

He retired in 1972, having appeared in 401 games, scoring 19 goals for United. He was manager of Northampton Town in 1976-77 and covered United matches on local radio in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Media career

Today, he appears regularly on MUTV, Manchester United's television channel, as a co-commentator on its coverage of all Manchester United first-team matches, as well as appearing as a pundit on the phone-in show Crerand and Bower...In Extra Time until Steve Bower's departure (joining sports broadcaster Setanta Sports) at the end of the 2006–07 season.

In February 2009, Crerand was part of the Manchester United contingent that visited Malta to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the Malta Manchester United Supporter's Club, the oldest supporters club in the world. During this visit, MUTV and Crerand provided local fans with the opportunity to form part of the audience for his phone-in show.

Crerand is even recognised by younger United fans today since his commentary during United matches has maintained his cult status amongst all connected to United at Old Trafford.

In 1995, Crerand supported Eric Cantona during the time of his infamous kung-fu kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons. Both before and after this incident, Crerand became known for being a 'cheerleader' for the Old Trafford club in media interviews.

Notes and references

  1. ^ ""Pat Creand - The Donegal Influence At Celtic"". Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters Clubs. Retrieved 28 May 2007.  

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