Tottenham legend Pat Jennings, 78, collapses ahead of Spurs’ clash with Chelsea before being rushed to hospital in north London
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  • Legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings collapsed before Spurs’ clash with Chelsea
  • The 78-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital after falling ill before kick-off
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Legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings has been taken to hospital after he collapsed before Tottenham‘s clash with Chelsea on Monday evening.

Jennings, 78, was in attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch former club Spurs in action against their fierce rivals but fell ill before kick-off.

Mail Sport understands that the Northern Ireland legend was assessed by stadium medics in north London before being taken to a local hospital. 

Positively, Mail Sport also understands that Jennings was said to be feeling better later on in the night.

Jennings, who started his career at Watford, was set to watch Ange Postecoglou‘s side try to maintain their unbeaten start to the season from the stands, with Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino‘s returning to White Hart Lane for the first time since being sacked by the club in 2019.

Football legend Pat Jennings collapsed before Tottenham's clash with Chelsea on Monday

Football legend Pat Jennings collapsed before Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea on Monday

Jennings, 78, fell ill before kick-off on Monday and was taken to a nearby hospital. He is pictured right at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October alongside Martin Chivers

Jennings, 78, fell ill before kick-off on Monday and was taken to a nearby hospital. He is pictured right at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October alongside Martin Chivers

The legendary keeper was in attendance to watch Spurs' Premier League clash with Chelsea

The legendary keeper was in attendance to watch Spurs’ Premier League clash with Chelsea

The Northern Ireland legend made 472 appearances for Tottenham between 1964 to 1977

He is considered one of the best goalkeepers ever to have played the game

The Northern Ireland legend made 472 appearances for Tottenham between 1964 to 1977

The game started at a frenetic pace, with Tottenham breaking the deadlock within five minutes before pandemonium on the pitch saw Spurs reduced to nine-man and lose their first Premier League game of the season courtesy of Nicolas Jackson’s hat-trick and Cole Palmer’s penalty.

The clash saw five goals disallowed through VAR, Cristian Romero and Destiny Odogie sent off for Spurs, Postecoglou booked and Micky van de Ven suffer a ‘significant’ hamstring injury in what was hectic game in north London for the hosts.

The Northern Ireland legend made 472 appearances for Tottenham across a 13-year spell between 1964 to 1977 before making the switch to rivals Arsenal.

Jennings exclusively spoke to Mail Sport over the weekend after a statue was unveiled back in his home town of Newry to celebrate his brilliant career.

The former goalkeeper also won 119 caps for Northern Ireland and remains one of the very best to have donned a pair of goalkeeping gloves.

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