After two years playing part time for Clyde, Pat took a two year sabbatical from studying BA Commerce in Glasgow, to sign for Chelsea.
He had a 20 year football career with over 800 first team appearances followed, with as yet, no return to finish the final year of the degree. Clyde and Chelsea were followed by Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell as well as 28 international caps for Scotland.
Pat was Chairman of the English Professional Footballers Association for five years and Chief Executive at Motherwell FC for four years, two as player-Chief Executive.
Pat has written for every national broadsheet in the UK and has had a page in The Mail on Sunday (Scottish edition) every week for the past four and a half years. He is author of "In Ma Heid Son", a book on psychology in sport.
Pat is currently producing a football magazine for the Far East and developing a new series of radio shows. He has been Channel 5's resident football pundit for the past seven years and regularly works for BBC TV Scotland Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live.
In 1987, he chose the works for a major Arts Council exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London entitled "Introducing With Pleasure".
Pat appeared on the BBC's art programme "The Great Picture Chase" in 1989 eventually choosing a piece by Adrian Wiszniewski.
He has presented numerous radio shows including a documentary for Radio 4 on educating professional footballers. He has never been on Question of Sport but did appear on George Melly's art version instead.
Pat's hobbies are reading, going to gigs as well as theatre and the cinema in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which is a long haul from home in Duns.
Over the last couple of years he has presented music programmes on BBC Radio Scotland, edited the Arts Show on the same station and now works regularly as a DJ playing music closest to the tastes of the late John Peel - a friend and major influence.