Yes i knew pat from my pasalb days. A larger than life character. A cornish boy who was a really good cricketer
in his younger days in cornwall before he moved to london. Just like his character he just had to be a
fred truemanlike aggressive fast bowler. I remember him telling me that he played for the county in his
younger days. He played for pasalb in some friendlies i arranged and although he was past his best at
the time and came in only off half a dozen paces or so he still had the ball whizzing around the
terrified batsmens ears in between having a quick drag. He enjoyed the pasalb golf days as well. I spent
many a time searching for his enormous slices off the tea.
He was well into horses and gambling as well. Part owned a racehorse i recall. He was in the fruit and veg
business and i can remember a pasalb organised drinkaphon weekend to edinburgh were he turned up with wedges
of notes in his pockets in which he then insisted on buying half a dozen rounds so we were totally sloshed
and out of it before the weekend had even started. We took in a game on the saturday (hibs v motherwell)
and went into a hibs bar after and waited for argyles result to come through on the tele.
Argyle 2 bristol city 0 came up and an enormous cheer went up. All the hibs fans had a wtf look.
All this was around the mick jones and kev hodges era (1998 2001).
He started to turn up to away games with a really nice lady and they had a babbie just as i left london.
They brought the babbie to the last cricket game and pat looked well happy although he still turned into fiery
fred again for the cricket.
Typical pat. Great character. Great memories. RIP.
condolences to LG and the rest of his family.
The horse was called cowboyboots.
One particular Argyle related story was that we were away to Notts County if I remember correctly, and Pat sent me a text on the way up saying that Cowboyboots had a good each way chance in a race that day. The whole of the bananabus left the pub for half an hour to back the horse on Pat's advice, and if I remember correctly it came in second, and we all toasted Pat that afternoon!
He was a very generous man, that's for sure.
There's a few more Argyle memories (and many more family ones) that will be shared whenever his funeral may be. I will inform you when I know more.
I have mentioned to the family via facebook that I've started a thread on here and will pass on your messages.
I will also be shouting louder on Saturday as i'm cheering for two of us know. Apologies to anyone in front of me.
No problem paul.
I know he was trying to get something argyle in the horses name but the others werent having it.
Generous yes but 3 pints lined up before i had even finished my first one.
He certainly enjoyed having a good time.
The family loved it when we got together.
Went to a BBQ once when he lived in Yorkshire.
It was just after Cornwall were victorious at Twickenham (1991) defeating the white rose nation!
It was one of Pat's work colleagues who had organised the do, and Pat and I proudly turned up in our Cornwall rugby shirts.
The beer was flowing, the conversation was great with plenty of leg pulling and laughter.
I went to the kitchen to get more beer, only to find that the fridge was empty.
The host took me to where he kept his 'stock'. A cupboard, floor to ceiling in boxes of beer and lager.
'We have plenty of parties where Pat's invited' he said. 'And Pat had told us he was bringing his little Cornish brother in law to this do, so we thought we'd get plenty in'.