Player #451

Appearances:

170

Starts:

170

Goals:

2

Seasons:

6

Pat Saward
Pat Saward

Source: Football card #70 Pat Saward issued by A&BC Chewing Gum, 1960-61

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Pat Saward

Position

Midfielder

From

1955-56

To

1960-61

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Pat Saward

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

27
28
29
30
31
32

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D2
D1

Appearances

170
6
50
43
14
45
12

Starts

170
6
50
43
14
45
12

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

2
1
1
0
0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Patrick Saward

Birth Date

Friday, 17 August 1928

Birth Place

Cobh, Cork

Birth Country

Ireland

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Millwall

From

For

£7,000

On

August 1955

Previous Clubs

Beckenham FC |
1951-55 Millwall |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Huddersfield Town

For

Free

On

March 1961

Subsequent Clubs

1961-63 Huddersfield Town |
Crawley Town |

Pat Saward
Pat Saward

Source: Football card #70 Pat Saward issued by A&BC Chewing Gum, 1960-61

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1955-60 £7k, 170 | 2 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Eric Houghton |
Joe Mercer |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 15 October 1955

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 15 October 1955

Manchester United (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 15 October 1955

Final Appearance

Saturday, 22 October 1960

Birmingham City (h), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 22 October 1960

Honours

1956-57 FA Cup Winners |
1960-61 League Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

Republic of Ireland

Died

20 September 2002, Aged 74

Pat Saward

Player #451 for Aston Villa, Pat Saward, played as a wing half for the club.

Pat played for Villa between 1955-56 and 1960-61 making 169 appearances and scoring twice.

Pat was born in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland on 17 August 1928 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 15 October 1955 aged 27.

Pat had a remarkable early life for a professional footballer having not played an organised game until the age of 18 after having followed his nomadic family to South London via Malta and Singapore.

Villa had signed Pat from Millwall for a fee of £7,000 in August 1955 with the finishing touches on the deal completed at Paddington Station and he would go on to appear for Villa six times in his first season with the club.

Pat enjoyed a goalscoring debut with his new club hitting the final equalising goal in the 4-4 draw with Manchester United at Villa Park.

Despite that start however Villa had their doubts about Pat, a tall imposing figure who seemed to lack the necessary quality to perform at the highest level with the club.

Such was the concern of the Villa hierarchy that Pat was made available to clubs in the close season following his arrival despite the significant outlay the club had only recently made.

That appeared to be the end of the Saward and Villa connection however given the fees involved there was little interest in his services and Saward, sensing opportunity, knuckled down to improve his fitness and stamina in an effort to impress the Villa bosses and give him another chance.

He did and they did.

Even that however provided no expectation of the impact that Pat’s re-emergence would have on the first team from the following season.

If Pat had suffered early misfortune at the club he certainly made up for it by benefiting from the unfortunate injury that would keep Vic Crowe out for most of the season.

Pat took advantage and would play over 40 games a season for Villa in 3 of the next 4 seasons, winning the FA Cup and League Cup during his time with the club.

Indeed with Crowe injured, Pat was an ever present in the victorious 1956-57 FA Cup campaign including the 2-1 triumph over Manchester United in the final held at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 99,225 when Peter McParland scored twice to win Villa the Cup for a record seventh time.

Pat would then be appointed Villa captain in the 1959-60 season and he led recently relegated Villa out of the Second Division as Champions.

Pat’s Villa career was winding down in the 1960-61 League Cup winning campaign and he would only feature once as Villa qualified for the final and had left the club by the time the two legged final with Rotherham United was finally played in the 1961-62 season.

Pat had played his final game for Villa on Saturday, 22 October 1960 aged 32 after six seasons with the club before moving on to Huddersfield Town in March 1961.

Pat’s Villa connection wouldn’t end there however as he moved on to become assistant manager of Coventry City where he nurtured and developed a young midfielder who would rise to also captain the Villa, one Dennis Mortimer.

Pat had played his Villa career under managers Eric Houghton and Joe Mercer.

Pat passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease in Newmarket on 20 September 2002 aged 74.