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Place of birth  Glasgow, Scotland
Name  Pat Nevin
Playing position  Winger
Role  Footballer
Years  Team
Height  1.68 m
1981–1983  Clyde

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Full name  Patrick Kevin Francis Michael Nevin
Date of birth  (1963-09-06) 6 September 1963 (age 52)
Education  Glasgow Caledonian University

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Patrick Kevin Francis Michael "Pat" Nevin (born 6 September 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a retired Scottish footballer. In a 20-year career, he played for Clyde, Chelsea, Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell as a winger. He won 28 caps for Scotland, scattered across a ten-year international career, and he was selected for the UEFA Euro 1992 finals squad. Since retiring as a player, Nevin has worked as a chief executive of Motherwell and as a football writer and broadcaster.


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Nevin trained with Celtic as a youngster, but was rejected for being too small. He was signed by Clyde in 1981. In his first season, the club were promoted as Scottish Second Division champions; Nevin scored 14 goals in 30 starts and was voted SPFA Second Division Player of the Year. He scored six goals in 44 starts in his second season with the club.

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He was inducted into the inaugural Clyde FC Hall of Fame in 2011.


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'Wee Pat' as the Chelsea fans still affectionately call him, arrived at Stamford Bridge in mid-1983 for £95,000, joining fellow new recruits Kerry Dixon, Nigel Spackman, David Speedie and Eddie Niedzwiecki in manager John Neal's new-look Chelsea side. Nevin's skill and pace made him a pivotal player at Chelsea and he very soon became firm favourite with the fans.

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In 1983–84, he scored 14 goals, created numerous others for the likes of Dixon and Speedie and put in some dazzling performances – during a 4–0 win over Newcastle United, he tormented the opposition defence, leaving five defenders trailing in his wake – as Chelsea won promotion as Second Division champions. In the same season he was voted Chelsea's player of the year. Chelsea finished a respectable sixth in the First Division the following year and reached the Milk Cup (League Cup) semi-final, where Nevin was once again the star turn, setting up three goals in the quarter-final against Sheffield Wednesday as Chelsea came back from 3–0 down to draw 4–4; he also set up the winner for Speedie in the replay. The club were in the title race for much of the next season, with Nevin scoring a late equaliser against Liverpool at Anfield and a crucial header against West Ham United to seal a 2–1 win, though a late collapse saw Chelsea finish sixth after being in the title race for most of the 1985–86 season. A year later, the club's performances dropped and they finished 14th, though Nevin was again voted Chelsea player of the year. They were relegated a year later.


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Chelsea were relegated in 1988 and Nevin was sold to Everton for £1.75m. He scored 20 goals in 138 appearances for the club, but struggled to re-capture his previous form with manager Colin Harvey adopting a far more rigid system. He helped the side reach the FA Cup final in 1989, scoring the winner against Norwich City in the semi-final, but they lost 3–2 in the final to arch-rivals Liverpool.

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Howard Kendall returned to the club as manager in November 1990; he and Nevin openly disagreed with each other, which reduced Nevin's playing opportunities, as did the arrival of new wingers Robert Warzycha and Mark Ward.

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Nevin was unfortunate to arrive at Everton just after one of the finest spells in their history, when they had collected two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. In contrast, Nevin's four seasons at the club saw a runners-up medal in the FA Cup (1989) being the closest he came to being part of a trophy winning side, and they never finished higher than sixth in the league (1990).

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Nevin spent time on loan with fellow Merseyside club Tranmere Rovers, then in the second tier of English football, before signing permanently in 1992. The club competed in the Division One play-offs in three consecutive seasons (1992–93, 1993–94 and 1994–95) but on each occasion they were eliminated in the semi-final.

Return to Scotland

In 1997, Nevin returned to Scotland and played for Kilmarnock and later Motherwell before retiring in 2000.

International career

In 1982 while playing for Clyde, he travelled to Finland to play for the Scotland U18 team at the UEFA European Youth Championship and was named player of the tournament after helping Scotland win it. The following year, he starred for the Scotland U20 team that reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Youth Championship.

Nevin won 28 caps for the Scottish national side, making his debut against Romania in 1986. He scored five goals in a ten-year international career and played at Euro 92, but was not selected in the final squads for the 1986 or 1990 World Cups. He made his final appearance for Scotland in 1996 but did not appear at the Euro 96 finals.

Career after playing

After retiring as a player, Nevin had a stint as chief executive of Motherwell. He resigned from the position in April 2002 after chairman John Boyle decided to place the club in administration due to serious financial problems.

He works as a football pundit on television and radio, including for the BBC's Sportscene and Match of the Day 2, for Channel Five and BBC Radio Five Live. Nevin co-wrote a book, In Ma Head, Son, with psychologist Dr George Sik that was published in 1997. The book explores Nevin's worries, motivation and troubles during the 1996–97 season at Tranmere Rovers as he neared the end of his playing career.

He has an arts degree from Glasgow Caledonian University. His interest in literature and the arts and his musical tastes made him stand out from many of his football player peers. He preferred The Fall and Joy Division to Phil Collins or Lionel Richie. Due to his less usual musical taste and prominence as a player he was interviewed by music magazine NME and was a guest music presenter on Radio City during his Everton and Tranmere career. Nevin now lives in Duns, with his wife and two children. At the second Bowlie Weekender, hosted by ATP he played a DJ set, playing Belle & Sebastian, Orange Juice and "My New House" by The Fall while wearing a The Pains of Being Pure at Heart T-shirt. The following day he slipped an indiepop reference onto 5 Live while talking about the Man Utd vs Arsenal match. He has also appeared as a guest DJ at Scared To Dance and How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, which are both indiepop club nights in London. He makes a guest appearance on the 1986 Ted Chippington / Vindaloo Summer Special (with Robert Lloyd & The Nightingales and Fuzzbox) video of "Rockin With Rita".

In 2010 Nevin signed as a non-playing substitute for new club Chester after Colin Murray of BBC Radio 5 live offered the new club £2,000 if they named Nevin and Perry Groves as unused substitutes at every game in the 2010–11 season. This was live on 'Kicking off with Colin Murray', a show Nevin has appeared on every week since the start of the 2009–10 season. Nevin is usually beaten by ex-Arsenal player Perry Groves in the weekly quiz.

Personal life

Nevin grew up supporting Celtic, but has more recently supported Hibernian. He has been reported to have switched allegiances for, among other things, feeling that his boyhood heroes had become a large corporate organisation and that Celtic Park no longer felt like home. Another reason for his switch was reported to be the IRA chanting from Celtic fans in front of his son. He also supports his former club Chelsea, and writes a weekly column for the Chelsea website. Nevin lives in Duns, a small town in the Scottish Borders with his wife and two children. His daughter, also a keen sports player, was a Scottish champion in badminton.


  • Scottish Football League Second Division: 1981–82
  • Chelsea
  • Football League Second Division: 1983–84
  • Full Members Cup Winner: 1986
  • Everton
  • FA Cup Runner-up: 1989
  • Full Members Cup Runner-up: 1991
  • Individual

  • Scottish PFA Second Division Player of the Year: 1981–82
  • UEFA U18 Championship Player of the Tournament: 1982
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 1983–84, 1986–87
  • International goals

    Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.


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