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Pat van den Hauwe: Not Happy

19/03/2015  Comments (6)  jump
A frank interview with one of the heroes of the mid-1980s golden age that includes the tale of how he almost killed a man over 100.

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John Gee
2 Posted 19/03/2015 at 21:50:37
Don't know if Pat will read anything posted on this thread but I have to say Pat Van Den Hauwe in a blue shirt used to make me feel part of the hardest tribe that ever existed. He was one of my heroes. Great player and hard as nails. I'd give a bollock to have an ounce of his passion.

If you do you read this Pat, You could leave the SA sunshine and all the SA lovelies and go to Liverpool. I don't live there anymore but I have a feeling there's about 200,000 people in that city alone who would love to buy a hero a drink.

Peter Mills
3 Posted 20/03/2015 at 20:30:51
Good comment John. From Kyiv, you could hear the dismay and disdain coming out of the comments of Kevin Ratcliffe, the leader of the pack.
Tom Edwards
4 Posted 21/03/2015 at 13:44:41
Psycho Pat. One of the reasons we were the best team in Europe, if not the world! Saw him play many many times. Pure passion and a fantastic player.
Brian Denton
5 Posted 21/03/2015 at 14:00:34
Wouldn’t finish a game nowadays. Another way the game has been ’reformatted’ to ensure that success is confined to a small number of clubs. You couldn’t nowadays put in an early ’tasty’ tackle on Aguera or Hazard to ’let them know you are there’.
Terence Leong
6 Posted 23/03/2015 at 04:39:27
From his first biography, it seems that Van Den Hauwe admitted that his hardness was more of a reputation and persona that he put up. He is supposedly not as much of a 'hardman' as his reputation goes, though he probably used it to good effect.

Well, the psycho bit, he certain comes across as 'spur of the moment' as you go... and he enjoyed his time playing for the club.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 26/03/2015 at 13:00:31
John (2), I met him in the Post Office pub, back of Church Street, he was with Sharp and Snodin, a very modest man. I didn't recognise him at first, he looked ten years younger than the other two, better looking as well... Mind you, that was easy to do looking at Sharp and Snodin.

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