Pat Nevin's highly successful, 20 year playing career started at Clyde FC in 1981 where he made an instant impact, helping the club gain promotion in his 1st season. His impressive 2 year spell on the wing earned him a transfer to Chelsea in 1983 and Pat quickly became a favourite with the Stamford Bridge fans. Signed by John Neal (who Pat would later describe as the best manager he played for) he became an integral part of the Chelsea side that gained promotion in 1984, and was voted player of the year.
(Pat Nevin is pictured above left, shaking hands with fellow International Scott Booth before our 2009 match at Hampden)
Pat ended his 5 year spell in the capital when he signed for Everton in 1988 in a £925,000 deal and despite being given less freedom in a more rigid tactical formation, Pat still enjoyed his time at Goodison, scoring the goal that got them to the FA Cup Final in 1989 and playing over a 100 times for the Toffees in Division 1. However, despite his impressive form, Pat fell out of favour when Howard Kendall returned to Goodison as Manager in 1991 and he left the club the following season. Pat didn't have to move far though, making the short journey across the Mersey to join Tranmere Rovers. Pat enjoyed a successful spell at the Prenton Park club, helping them to the play-offs three years in succession, however they were to be denied at the semi final stage each time. Pat moved back north of the border in 1997 and despite being in the twilight of his career he enjoyed successful spells with Kilmarnock and Motherwell (where he also had a stint as a Chief Executive). Pat also served as Chairman of the English PFA from 1993-97.
Now a highly respected figure in the media, he somehow finds the time to be a journalist (for the Scotland on Sunday and the Chelsea website amongst others) and a football analyst and co-commentator (for Radio 5 Live, Channel 5, BBC and Radio Scotland).
Pat served as a Director of Football Aid from 2005 to 2010 and was a particularly enthusiastic participant in the Jersey Festival in 2007. A vocal advocate for Football Aid, Pat always takes the time to analyse the performances of his fellow players. Speaking after our International Challenge Match at Hampden in 2008, Pat (who managed the Home team to an impressive 8-1 victory) told the players and their supporters "It's great supporting this fantastic charity, it's a brilliant one to be involved with and I hope to see you all again next year, and if you do, sadly you'll have to play with me because I'll be back!" And Pat was true to his word, playing in both our Everton and Scotland Internationals in 2009!