Pyscho Pat

By Pat van den Hauwe

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  • Publication Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781843587545
eBook (ePub/MOBI)
ISBN: 9781857827132



'Psycho' is a word rarely bandied about in football today. There is no place on the pitch for player contact, let alone the sort of hard, robust tackling that could earn a player such a nickname. But 25 years ago, things were different. Only when players really overstepped the mark were their names added to the referee's little black book. And Pat Van Den Hauwe had a reputation as one of the hardest players in the game. In a career encompassing some 401 Football League appearances for Birmingham City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall, he notched up two league titles and a European Cup Winner's Cup medal - but he also made his mark as one of the toughest and most feared defenders in the game. But Pat wasn't just a tough player on the pitch. The way he lived his life meant that he needed to be tough off the pitch as well. A 'hard nut' reputation invites people into your life who want to see how far they can push you - and Pat Van Den Hauwe attracted such people by the bus-load.

About the author

Pat van Den Hauwe is a former footballer who played for Birmingham City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall in a 20-year career. Though born in Belgium, he made 13 appearances for Wales. He is currently a coach at South African side FC Cape Town.

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