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10 Years of the Football Memories Project

Yes, our Football Memories Project is 10 years old.

Marking 10 years of the pioneering reminiscence programme, Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities, announced a new initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and Football Memories Scotland.

The Minister joined Robert Craig, Chair of the Scottish Football Museum, Henry Simmons, CEO of Alzheimer Scotland, Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland and Ann-Frances Fisher, Associate Chief Nurse with NHS GGC, to mark the 10th anniversary of Football Memories Scotland and launch this new initiative.

The partnership will include a recruitment drive to attract and train new volunteers so that they can support football reminiscence activity within a number of NHS GGC hospitals. Volunteers will be trained to support patients in hospitals who have an interest in football, including people living with dementia, by talking about teams and matches from the past and using images and tangible memorabilia from a Football Memory box to stimulate memories.

Football Memory boxes contain a range of football-related items, from old footballs and shirts, to carbolic soap and liniment oil. The items are utilised as part of reminiscence work to stimulate memories using all the senses.

A generous donation from The West of Scotland Tartan Army (WESTA) has helped to create two Football Memories Boxes and these will be presented to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde officials by representatives from WESTA.

Based at the home of Scottish football Hampden Park, the Football Memories Project is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum. The project has received significant funding from Museums Galleries Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland in recent years.

Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities, said: “It is wonderful to be able to use the power of our national game to help people with dementia unlock memories, and bring happiness to them, their friends and their families. The initiative delivers a range of positive benefits and has now been successfully expanded to other sports.”

“I am delighted to see this new partnership support a project which is helping to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities and I applaud Robert Craig and his team, Alzheimer Scotland and, of course, the army of volunteers involved.”

Robert Craig, Chair of the Scottish Football Museum, shared: “10 years ago, the Scottish Football Museum, Falkirk FC, Aberdeen FC and the Hibernian Historical Trust started a small but pioneering reminiscence project utilising the power of football to help people living with dementia.  The project has grown significantly from those early beginnings to include over 200 football memory groups across Scotland. It has been replicated in other countries including Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, and has inspired similar work in other sports such as cricket, rugby, shinty, golf, speedway and baseball. This latest partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will further widen the scope of the project to train volunteers to support reminiscence work within hospitals across Glasgow and the West.”

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, added: “Alzheimer Scotland are extremely grateful and proud for all that has been achieved by Football Memories Scotland, to help people living with dementia. Over the past 10 years the football reminiscence group network has brought football fans and their families together across the country to enjoy reminiscing about games, players and of life memories associated with Scotland’s football clubs. The ongoing generosity of our supporters is what makes our vital work possible and has given us the opportunity to provide a funding contribution for this project.”

“This is one of the most successful strategic partnerships that we have and an exemplar of organisations and individuals across Scotland rising to the challenge of supporting people living with dementia through every means possible. Football is at the heart of so many of our communities and Football Memories Scotland has quickly become one of the most important social and therapeutic activities being offered to the people we support throughout Scotland.”

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, comments: “Museums Galleries Scotland is proud to have supported the Scottish Football Museum in their work with people living with dementia from the very beginning. From awarding funding towards the original one year pilot project in 2009, MGS is delighted to have seen this programme develop over the past 10 years into a national scheme. Its incredible impact on those living with dementia and social isolation shows the very real effect that reminiscence and museum objects can have on health, wellbeing and communities.”

Ann-Frances Fisher, Associate Chief Nurse with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “Football memory cards work really well in acute hospital wards and at the Glasgow Royal infirmary Dementia café and have created a great opportunity for volunteers and staff to encourage reminiscence with patients. The football memories project also allows volunteers to generate some really interesting conversations with patients that start with football but then lead onto the many different parts of patients’ lives.  They enable us to develop a more person-centred meaningful activity with the patients.”

Football Legend Joe Jordan launches ‘Sporting Heroes’ Cards in exciting new partnership between the Co-op and Football Memories Scotland.

Football Memories Scotland, the project of the Scottish Football Museum, are delighted to announce that the Co-op has commissioned Football Memories Scotland to create 200 packs of ‘Sporting Heroes’ cards. The cards will be used by Co-op colleagues who have been trained by Football Memories Scotland to deliver sport reminiscence sessions across the UK, in care homes and other locations.

Football Memories Scotland was the first national sports reminiscence project launched in the world.

The project, celebrating its tenth year in 2019, started with a focus on football but has since developed into a multi-sport collaboration through Sports Heritage Scotland which has seen groups launched covering rugby, cricket, golf, shinty & speedway.

The packs will be used in reminiscence groups who aim to use memories of sport to help those living with Dementia or experiencing social isolation.

Above: The new pack which will be used in reminiscence groups.

Each card in a pack includes a profile of a sporting legend including Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish, Joe Jordan and Gordon Banks from the world of football, ex Rugby heroes Sandy Carmichael and Gavin Hastings and many more from across football, rugby, cricket, golf and speedway.

The Co-op have a long history of supporting social and community initiatives. In 2017 the Co-op funeral home in Dunfermline launched a range of ‘memory boxes’ to be used in care homes and day centres to help those living with dementia re-connect with distant memories. This how now been rolled out across the UK.

Joe Jordan is a legend of British and world football. At club level he is renowned for his time playing for Leeds United and Manchester United in England and AC Milan in Italy. At international level he was capped 52 times by Scotland and has the unique distinction of scoring in three consecutive World Cups (1974, 1978 & 1982).

Robert Craig, Chair of the Scottish Football Museum and Sports Heritage Scotand commented: “We are delighted to receive this commission from the Co-op to create 200 packs of ‘Sporting Heroes’ cards. These cards will be used across the UK by Co-op staff trained by Football Memories in how to deliver reminiscence sessions, in care homes and elsewhere.”

Paul Denton, Managing Director of Co-op Funeralcare commented: “We’re so pleased to be working with Football Memories Scotland on this extremely worthwhile initiative. Across the UK, we’re involved in thousands of community activities. From bereavement groups to coffee mornings, we’re continuously looking for new ways to support the communities we serve. These Sporting Heroes cards will be a great addition to our memory boxes and the work that we already do to support those living with dementia.’’

Sporting Heroes is a collaboration between
Football Memories Scotland and the Co-op. You can learn more at www.footballmemories.org.uk and www.coop.co.uk/memorycards.

Rangers Legend Paul Gascoigne to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame 2018

RANGERS legend Paul Gascoigne will be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame on Sunday 21st October, at this year’s annual dinner at Hampden Park.

Nominated by the public, then selected by an expert panel from across the Scottish sport media, ‘Gazza’ will be amongst five inductees to be honoured at this year’s black-tie event. It was previously announced that Scotland’s all-time top goalscorer Julie Fleeting will be one of this year’s inductees. The three further inductees will be announced at the dinner in October.

Paul Gascoigne lit up Scottish Football at Rangers FC after joining the club in 1995 and becoming a major part of the club’s history in helping Rangers equalling Celtic in achieving 9 league titles in a row. Following impressive displays for England at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and a memorable free kick for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal in the 1991 FA Cup Semi Final, Gazza moved to Lazio for a British transfer record (reported at £5.5m) in 1992. After a series of injuries curtailed his time in Italian football, Paul moved to Ibrox where the club had just secured their seventh successive league title. Gazza would be instrumental in securing the eighth and record equalling ninth championships.

In his debut season in Scotland Paul was voted Scottish Player of the Year. At Euro ’96, Gazza scored an incredible goal against Scotland at Wembley, audaciously flicking the ball over Scotland Captain Colin Hendry then slotting it beyond his Rangers teammate Andy Goram. Gazza is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most controversial characters to ever play in Scottish football but also one of the most talented footballers to have graced the football pitches of Scotland.

 

Above: Paul Gascoigne playing for Rangers.

Scottish football fans from across the world nominated the players, managers and officials whom they thought should be recognised for their contribution to Scottish football. The amassed public nominations were then considered by an expert panel from football and the media, who had the difficult task of whittling them down to just five for inclusion this year.

The inductees of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football through their skill, spirit and determination.

The tables for this year’s annual dinner on Sunday 21st October can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040 or visiting sfmhalloffame.co.uk.

Visit From WSDC 2018 Group Ahead of Symposium

One of the groups from the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) popped in for a visit to the Scottish Football Museum, ahead of the Health Symposium taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) tomorrow.
A fun afternoon in which all who attended thoroughly enjoyed, viewing the museum, sitting in the dressing rooms, to standing at the side of the famous Hampden pitch.

More than 1,200 people from around the world will attend the three day event from 25-27th July 2018. A 3-day event that will inform, inspire and influence everyone who attends for years into the future! This symposium is also opportunity for those who specialise in clinical practice and research on Down syndrome to come together and consider current, important developments in prevalent medical conditions.
This will be first time that the WDSC has be held in Scotland as well as being the first time in 32 years that summit has been hosted in the UK.

For more information visit: http://wdsc2018.org.uk/

Football Memories Scotland Nominated for Prestigious Scotland’s Dementia Award

GROUND-BREAKING dementia project Football Memories Scotland has been shortlisted for the prestigious Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2018. Nominated in the ‘Most Innovative Partnership’ category, the shortlisting recognises Football Memories Scotland’s collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland to deliver vital community reminiscence work, helping people living with dementia in Scotland.

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, has announced the finalists for their 7th annual Awards. The Awards programme sets out to celebrate the inspirational achievements of those making a difference for people living with dementia and their families.

If successful, this award would represent the second major accolade this year for Football Memories Scotland. In May, the Scotland-wide Football Memories Volunteer Network was recognised with the Volunteer Team of the Year Award at this year’s Museums + Heritage Awards organised by M+H Media. This UK-wide award recognises good-practice across the entire museums and heritage sector in the UK.

Headquartered at The National Stadium Hampden Park, the Football Memories Scotland project is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum, currently operating more than 200 groups across Scotland. The project started in 2009 and is the oldest national football reminiscence programme in the world.

Football Memories Scotland is a national network of reminiscence groups which aims to provide therapeutic interventions for people living with dementia. Groups meet in football clubs, community halls, libraries, sheltered housing complexes, care homes, day carecentres and hospitals, with reminiscence activities delivered in either a group format or on a one-to-one basis.

Since its conception in 2009, the Football Memories Project has produced a range of resources including packs of cards, DVDsand memory boxes, as well as a digital resource website with over 7,000 images enabling facilitators to personalise reminiscence for individuals. We have recently created a certification scheme to provide training for project volunteers and care home staff.  Alzheimer Scotland provides vital advice and support with a significant number of their staff running reminiscence groups in different parts of Scotland.

Robert CraigChair of the Scottish Football Museum and Chair of Sports Heritage Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Scotland’s Dementia Awards. It is particularly pleasing to be recognised in the ‘Most Innovative Partnership’ category as the Football Memories Project has been a pioneering collaboration between the Scottish Football Museum and Alzheimer Scotland since it first started in 2009. Together we have developed a world-leading dementia intervention project recognised internationally as a model of good-practice.”

Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s Chief Executive, on behalf of the partners, said: “These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the great achievements of projects and teams involved in dementia care and support across Scotland.”
“We are thrilled to see so many positive collaborations taking place, helping to address stigma, break down barriers and ensure that nobody faces dementia alone. We look forward to celebrating the work of all our finalists and winners on the day.”

Scottish Influence in Argentina and Iceland

Two other nations, Argentina and Iceland, will kick-start their World Cup journey today in Russia. Similar to other nations, history reveals that in both of these countries, when football was being introduced, it was, once again, Scottish participation that was deemed influential.

The decedents of a Mr. James Brown, one of the original Scottish settlers to Argentina in 1824, would have a significant impact on football in the country. Seven brothers and a cousin, all grandchildren of James Brown, would play for Argentinean clubs. Six of them would also play for the Argentinian national team. The most famous was Jorge Gibson Brown who captained Argentina from 1908 to 1913. A subsequent descendant of the Brown dynasty was Jose Luis Brown who scored one of the goals as Argentina won the World Cup in 1986.

Above: Jose Luis Brown

Another Scot, Alexander Watson Hutton, dubbed ‘the father of Argentine football’, introduced football at the St Andrews Scotch School in Buenos Aires in 1882. Two years later he established the Buenos Aires English High School and a former pupil’s team was founded in 1898; which became known as the Alumni Athletic Club. Alumni would win 10 out of 12 Argentine League titles between 1900 and 1911. After serving as a successful administrator and referee, Hutton re-established the Argentine Association Football League in 1893, becoming its President.
In addition, in 1891, an Alec Lamont, a head teacher from St Andrews, set up the Argentine Association Football League, the earliest known league out-with the United Kingdom. Five teams originally took part with two teams called St Andrews and old Caledonians vying for the title on 13 points apiece. A play-off was ordered and St Andrews won the match 3-1. The league stopped after just one season but was restarted by Scottish School master Alexander Watson Hutton in 1893.

 Above: Alexander Watson Hutton

As international football matches were established between Argentina and Uruguay, Glasgow tea magnate, Thomas Lipton, donated the Copa Lipton trophy in 1905 for competition between both nations. The trophy was contested between the countries 29 times between 1905 and 1992. Watson Hutton’s son, Arnold Hutton, starred for Alumni and scored in Argentina’s 2-0 Copa Lipton win over Uruguay in 1906.
More so, 1901, two Scot’s, William Leslie and his brother George, whose family originally came from Glasgow, lined up for Argentina in an unofficial match against Uruguay in Montevideo. The brothers helped the Argentina side win 3-2 and the following year, Willie was picked to play in the first official international match between both nations- with Argentina winning 6-0. The two brothers were also associated with the Lomas Athletic Club in Argentina- which won the first official league title of 1893. They also played in ‘ex-pat’ matches which involved teams representing Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. Similar to Hutton, Willie later became a referee and, in 1907, was elected Vice President of the Argentine FA.

In terms of the Scottish influence in Iceland, the year 1895 seen the owner of the Isafold printing company in Raykjavik writing to the Scottish Typographical Association asking for a qualified printer and demanding that the chosen candidate ‘must be a strict temperance man’. The person chosen for the post was a Mr. James Ferguson, a skilled printer and keen athlete from Glasgow. On arriving in Reykjavik, Ferguson soon became involved in sports and introduced local enthusiasts to gymnastics and football. He founded the Reykjavik Gymnastic Club; also organising and encouraging football activity. The game swiftly took root and, in 1899, Iceland’s first football club Fotbaltafelag Reykjavikur was formed.

 

2018 Scottish Football Hall of Fame Nominations Launch.

Nominations for the 2018 Scottish Football Hall of Fame  are now open!

The Scottish Football Hall of Fame is a permanent feature in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. A panel of experts from the world of football, and the media, will consider nominees and elect successful candidates. The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at a star-studded dinner at Hampden Park on Sunday 21st October in association with Hampden Conference & Events and Prestige Sodexo, where there will be a special tribute to Hall of Fame inductee, and Scotland manager, Alex McLeish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: McLeish was present to launch this year’s opening of Hall of Fame nominations where they will be a Special Tribute to him on the night.

Alex was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 following a superb playing career for Aberdeen (692 appearances) and Scotland (77 caps). His playing career saw him win 10 domestic trophies as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup, and represent Scotland at three FIFA World Cups in 1982, 1986 and 1990.

After hanging up his boots, Alex went into management with spells at clubs including Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers and Birmingham City. In February 2018, Alex returned to Hampden to take the helm of the National Team for a second time, having previously held the position in 2007, where he came very close to leading the team to UEFA Euro 2008. During his first spell, he recorded the highest win percentage of any Scotland manager, with seven victories from his 10 matches in charge.

The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

The committee of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame will consider nominees who meet the following criteria…

1)      Players recognised as being Scottish (in compliance with FIFA’s international guidelines on eligibility) once they have retired from the game.

2)      Non Scottish players who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football and who have since finished playing in Scotland.

3)      Managers recognised as being Scottish who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

4)      Non Scottish managers who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football and who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

5)      Officials recognised as being Scottish who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

6)      Non Scottish officials who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football and who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

The number of individuals inducted may vary from year to year at the discretion of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame committee, but at least one inductee per year will be shortlisted will come from the pre 1945 era.

The public can nominate their football personality at: https://bit.ly/VKFSU0

You can also post your nomination to: Scottish Football Hall of Fame, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9BA. The closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday 26th August.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at a star-studded dinner at Hampden Park on Sunday 21st October in association with Hampden Conference & Events and Prestige Sodexo. Tables can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040.

The full list of Hall of Fame members are:

2004 Inductees – Willie Woodburn, Jim Baxter, Sir Alex Ferguson, Graeme Souness, John Greig, Jock Stein, Bill Shankly, Billy McNeill, Jimmy McGrory, Danny McGrain, Sir Matt Busby, Bobby Murdoch, Jimmy Johnstone, Billy Bremner, Dave Mackay, Denis Law, Gordon Smith, Willie Miller, Hughie Gallacher and Kenny Dalglish.

2005 Inductees – Alan Morton, Alex McLeish, Bobby Lennox, Alex James, Charles Campbell, George Young, Jim McLean, Joe Jordan, John White, Lawrie Reilly and Willie Waddell.

2006 Inductees – Willie Henderson, Davie Cooper, Tommy Gemmell, Richard Gough, Willie Ormond, John Robertson, Tommy Walker, Brian Laudrup, Billy Steel, Sandy Jardine and Henrik Larsson.

2007 Inductees – Walter Smith, Gordon Strachan, Alan Hansen, Ally McCoist, Rose Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Willie Bauld, Eric Caldow and Jimmy Cowan.

2008 Inductees – John Thomson, Bill Struth, Billy Liddell, Jim Leighton, Derek Johnstone, Bobby Evans, Archie Gemmill and Ian St John.

2009 Inductees – Willie Maley, Davie Meiklejohn, Jimmy Delaney, Alan Gilzean, Bertie Auld, Maurice Johnston, Paul Lambert and Steve Archibald.

2010 Inductees – Bobby Johnstone, Paul McStay, David Narey, Craig Brown, Andy Goram and Tom Wharton.

2011 Inductees – Pat Crerand, Ronnie Simpson, Terry Butcher, RS McColl, and journalist Hugh McIlvanney.

2012 Inductees – Frank McLintock, Bob McPhail, Gordon McQueen, Pat Stanton and Andrew Watson.

2013 Inductees – Scot Symon, Bobby Walker, Martin Buchan, Eddie Gray, Tommy Docherty and Alan Rough.

2014 Inductees – Davie Wilson, Bill Brown, Peter Lorimer, McCrae’s Battalion (1914) and Charlie Nicholas.

2015 Inductees – Maurice Malpas, George Graham, Bobby Brown, Ally MacLeod and Professor Stewart Hillis.

2016 Inductees – Steve Chalmers, Jock Wallace, John Wark, Alex Smith and Gary McAllister.

2017 Inductees – John Clark, Jim Craig, John McGovern, Allan McGraw, Archie MacPherson, Willie Wallace, The Lisbon Lions, and Queen’s Park FC.

Lisbon Lions Team to be Inducted Into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

The Scottish Football Museum and Scottish Football Hall of Fame Committee can reveal the Celtic team which won the European Cup in 1967 (famously regarded as the Lisbon Lions) is to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame at the upcoming dinner on 15th October 2017.

The Celtic side made history after becoming the first British team to win the European Cup back on 25th May, 1967; after beating Inter Milan 2-1, thanks to strikes from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers, in the Estadio Nacional, in Lisbon.

The team, managed by the great Jock Stein, is also regarded as possibly the greatest ever British side from football fans across the globe, not for just winning the European Cup, but for orchestrating an incredible fast, attacking style of football which led to Celtic to win every competition they entered.

Indeed, eight out of the eleven men have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its beginning in 2004. Though this year marks fifty years since the famous European triumph, with this year’s dinner already paying tribute to the wonderful 1967 football season in Scotland, the committee decided it would only be be fitting to recognise the entire team who helped create one of the most romantic tales in football history.

Left: The victorious Lisbon Lions with the European Cup.

Jim Craig, on behalf of the Lisbon Lions said: “It is very humbling to be honoured in this way and we are delighted to receive this kind of recognition. It has been an emotional year for all the Lions and our families.  There have been so many wonderful tributes organised by Celtic and we have enjoyed so many fantastic moments as we have marked this special 50th anniversary year.”

“We are delighted now to also mark this very special year by entry to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.”

Football fans from all over the world nominated players, managers and officials whom they thought should be recognised for their contribution to Scottish football. Then a panel of experts from football and the media considered the nominees and had the difficult task of whittling them down for inclusion this year. Further inductees will be announced at the dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hall of Fame, situated in the Scottish Football Museum at the National Stadium, Hampden Park honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to Scottish Football.

The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

The last remaining tables for this year’s annual dinner on 15th October can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040 or visiting www.scottishfootballhalloffame.co.uk.

 

The Scottish Football Museum is delighted to accept the presentation of an extremely rare 10-inch disc recording of “The Laddie Frae Cardenden”

The Scottish Football Museum is delighted to accept the presentation of an extremely rare 10-inch disc recording of “The Laddie Fae Cardenden”, a tribute to legendary Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson.

The historic song, written by Alexander McGregor and performed by Douglas Robb, dates from 1931 and was recorded as a tribute to Thomson who was killed in a tragic accident during an Old Firm match at Ibrox Park on September 5, 1931. A Scottish internationalist when he died aged just 22, John Thomson had already made 188 appearances for his club in a career that was so tragically cut short.

The disc is being donated to the Museum by Terry Dick son the late Glen Daly. Glen himself is famous for his recording of The Celtic Song which is still played at every Celtic home game.

Presenting the disc to the Museum was Celtic and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Pat Bonner, a man who represented his club on 641 occasions and is placed fifth in the Parkhead club’s list of all-time appearances. Pat will be accompanied by Gerry McDade, co-author of his Irish Book Award nominated autobiography, The Last Line.

you can listen to the Laddie frae Cardenden song here http://www.raretunes.org/recordings/laddie-frae-cardenden/

Pat Bonner