On Monday, 20th April in the Coffee Shop, former Chelsea "Footballer of the Year" and Scotland International, Pat Nevin, now equally well-known as a media pundit and journalist, gave a fascinating and well-attended Talk about his career - both as player and pundit. Pat had been invited to Radley by Hugh Scrope and other members of the Corinthians Society, which is run entirely by Radleians, like Tom Fenwick, Oliver Martyn-Hemphill and Jack Kane.
This second meeting of the Corinthians society proved to be a highly entertaining and enlightening Talk.
Hugh Scrope introduced Pat Nevin with a brief overview of his career. Pat's main message was that students should, using their degree and education to the best of their capability, making full use of all the opportunities provided. The audience learnt, memorably, how Law, a part of Pat's degree, played such an influential role for him in "defending the indefensible", when he was put to the task of representing Eric Cantona, following his Kung Fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan.
Not only did his degree in Commerce play such a significant role in areas such as Law, but his studying of psychology helped him in obtaining the best possible contract in his second season at Chelsea FC. He recalled his owner's attempt at forcing him to demand a contract that was not too imposing on the Club's finances. He knew, however, that the owner was playing "mind games" and, following the angry exit of the owner, Pat filed through all his fellow team mates' contracts and the following day earned himself one of the best contracts in the Club.
This talk reached out to the entire audience, with Pat himself posing a question to the older members of the audience, over the identity of a girl he fell in love with, who was a lead singer of his favourite band at the time. Mr Gamble immediately provided the correct answer.
All in all, Pat provided the people of Radley with an awe-inspiring talk, that without doubt will encourage them to pursue their passions at University. Who knows what degree will lead the next Radleian to become a legend like Pat himself?
Hugh Scrope and Oliver Martyn-Hemphill.