Former footballer Pat Nevin to return to GCU for BBC's The One Show

17 February 2015

Former footballer Pat Nevin to return to GCU for BBC

Pat studied for a degree in commerce at one of GCU's founding institutions from 1981

Former footballer and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) alumnus Pat Nevin will return to the University to speak about his life and career in a short lecture followed by a Q&A session on Wednesday, 25 February.

The lecture will be filmed and shown on BBC’s The One Show.

Pat studied for a degree in commerce at one of GCU’s founding institutions, Glasgow College of Technology, from 1981 before leaving to pursue a career in football. He enjoyed a 19-year playing career, turning out for a number of clubs including Clyde FC, Chelsea, Everton and Motherwell. He won 28 caps for Scotland.

Pat took part in anti-apartheid rallies during his student days then, while a new signing at Chelsea, he went on to openly condemn racist abuse towards players from the club’s support. This led to him playing a key role in the birth of anti-racism in football campaign

Since retiring in 2000, Pat has moved into writing and broadcasting, and continues to play a lead role in fighting discrimination through organisations such as Show Racism The Red Card.

While it was his footballing talent that made the most headlines, Pat was also known for his passion for music, including bands such as Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Joy Division, and he was the first footballer to be featured on the cover of the NME. Pat continues to DJ at music events including festivals.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with one of sport and popular culture’s most enduring figures and to hear first-hand how his experiences on campus helped to shape his future career and activism.

During his return to GCU, Pat will tour the Hamish Wood Building where he attended lectures, then the Saltire Centre, where the Anti-Apartheid Movement Scottish Committee Records archive is held.

The lecture will take place at 4pm in the Student Bistro in GCU's Students' Association building.