Dr Pat Nevin

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

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Pat is a retired footballer, pundit and alumnus of GCU. He studied Commerce at GCU founding institution Glasgow College of Technology in the 1980s. He completed two years of the course before being signed by Chelsea Football Club. Pat began his football career training with Celtic as a teenager but wasn’t signed. Instead he made his debut with Clyde FC in 1981. During that season, he was awarded the SPFA Second Division Player of the Year and was also a fixture in the Scotland Under-18 team, winning the European Championships. 

At the end of the 1982/83 season, he moved to Chelsea FC where he was awarded Chelsea’s Player of the Year in his first season (an award which was repeated in 1986/87). After five years with the club, he moved to Everton, scoring the winner against Norwich City in the FA Cup semi-final of 1989, putting Everton into the FA Cup Final against Merseyside rivals Liverpool. During this time, Pat was also established in the full Scotland team, having received the first of his 28 caps against Romania in 1986. He scored five goals in a 10-year international career and played at the European Championship in Sweden in 1992. 

After Everton, Pat joined Tranmere Rovers. From there he came back to Scottish football, both playing and also serving as CEO at Motherwell. Pat also served as Chairman of the English Professional Footballers Association from 1993-97. 

His media commitments are widespread and he is a familiar face on television, working on Sportscene and for Channel Five, BT and Setanta. He also covers live matches for BBC Radio Five Live and writes for Chelsea’s website as well as columns for a national newspaper. Pat served as a Director of Football Aid from 2005 to 2010 and is former Chairman of the Scottish Autistic Society fundraising committee. 

His career-long fight against racism and sectarianism in football started during his student days, when he was actively involved in the anti-apartheid campaign. Then, while he was a new signing at Chelsea, he openly condemned racist abuse towards players from the club’s support. This led to him playing a key role in the birth of the anti-racism in football campaign. He continues to play a lead role in fighting discrimination through organisations such as Show Racism The Red Card.

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