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Football Boots We Have Loved: Patrick Juventus

By Chris Wright

This ‘ere be ‘Football Boots We Have Loved’, in which we have a look back at some of the football boots which have tugged on our heartstrings down through the years.

In a sport which only really requires you to supply a minimal amount of gear, your boots take on an added sentimental significance. You find a good pair and you stick with them; through thick and thin, from dog turd-strewn park to dog turd-strewn park. It’s a special bond.

This week: a very personal choice…

Granted, they weren’t half as cool as Kevin Keegan’s signature pair (which, according to his autobiography, he wasn’t actually very fond of!), but what you see before you on the screen are the very first pair of proper football boots I ever owned: Patrick Juventus.

Ain’t they beeyootiful?

Worn throughout my debut season in the U12s, I scored two hat-tricks from central midfield in these babies leading to them being dubbed – mainly by yours truly – as the ‘Hat-trick Patricks’. Let me tell you, punters flocked from far and wide to see me dazzle in my Juventuses’s’s’s.

Okay, ‘far and wide’ (and ‘dazzling’ for that matter!) may be stretching it a little.

As finances dictated back then, I wore the Juventuses till they fell apart at the seams and loved them so much that I opted for Patrick – not the most popular boot brand in the early 1990s – for my next two pairs until I caught the Nike Tiempo bug a few years later.

That said, I feel I owe my entire footballing career to Patrick Juventus.

Perfection, thy name is Patrick

As for Patrick the brand; they still exist, of sorts. Despite being somewhat popularised in the late 1970s and 1980s after adorning the feet of Keegan and Michel Platini, Patrick were quickly strong-armed out of the picture by the likes of Adidas and Nike due to them being, in all honesty, a bit naff.

A couple of Belgian teams currently have their kits produced by the company, but the brand – having originally operated out of a factory in France – have since been swallowed up by some instantly unidentifiable sportswear conglomerate and now seem to, by and large, solely produce rock-bottom budget boots and the like.

Not that they were ever the best quality to begin with – just ask Keggy!

More in Pies’ ‘Football Boots We Have Loved’ Series…

Original Nike Tiempo
Puma King
Valsport Era
Nike Mercurial R9

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By Chris on January 28th, 2013 in Featured, Kits & fashion, Retro. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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8 Responses to “Football Boots We Have Loved: Patrick Juventus”

  1. big mean bunny says:

    thanks for forcing me to watch an advert Pies, will just finishing this comment then will sadly go and remove the bookmark I have for your site as I sadly won’t be coming back now that you think that sh*t is cool.

  2. Jesus says:

    nd the shoes r ugly lol

  3. Abe Froman says:

    I had a pair of Patrick Stabil’s that I wore all through college. I even went so far as to have a shoe maker remove the stripes from them and sew on the stripes from one of the pairs the university gave me because of their sponsorship deal. Of course they still said Patrick on the bottom and I got busted in the school paper one time when the bottoms showed up on the front of the sports page. Still some rockin boots for hard ground and turf. Diadora Turf Stars and Tardeli’s were the other boots everyone “had” to have.

  4. Mizman says:

    Chris,
    My dad owned/owns a pair of these in size 7. they are currently on the doorstep of my house and are the hiding place of the spare house key. My mates are constantly reminding me of good it is that these boots still have a use after all these years of retirement

  5. Ben_D says:

    Had to check out the Patrick website and discovered this gem!

  6. davew brad says:

    keegan top with blue stripes did they exist or was I color blind

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