Patrick Timothy "Paddy" Crerand (born 19 February 1939) is a Scottish-born former
footballer of Irish descent After six years at Celtic he moved to Manchester United where
he was a member of teams that won the English League title twice, the FA Cup and
European Cup. He gained 16 international caps for Scotland.
He spent one season managing Northampton Town and has since forged a career in the
media. He started on radio, and now commentates on matches for MUTV.
After six years at Celtic (120 appearances, 5 goals), he signed for Manchester United on
6 February 1963, the fifth anniversary of the Munich air disaster, making his debut against
Blackpool. He was a hard-tackling midfielder who, while known for his tenacity and
tackling ability, was also an accurate passer, creating chances for attacking players such
as Bobby Charlton and George Best. It was once said that while United had Best, Law
and Charlton, an in-form Paddy was the heartbeat of the team.
He helped United to the league championship in 1965 and 1967 and won winners'
medals in the 1963 FA Cup and 1968 European Cup finals. He represented the Scottish
national side on 16 occasions.
He retired in 1972, having appeared in 401 games, scoring 19 goals for United. He was
manager of Northampton Town in 1976-77 and covered United matches on local radio in
the 1980s and early 1990s.
 Media career
Today, he appears regularly on MUTV, Manchester United's television channel, as a co-
commentator on its coverage of all Manchester United first-team matches, as well as
appearing as a pundit on the phone-in show Crerand and Bower...In Extra Time until
Steve Bower's departure (joining sports broadcaster Setanta Sports) at the end of the
In February 2009, Crerand was part of the Manchester United contingent that visited
Malta to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the Malta Manchester United
Supporter's Club, the oldest supporters club in the world. During this visit, MUTV and
Crerand provided local fans with the opportunity to form part of the audience for his phone-
Crerand is even recognised by younger United fans today since his commentary during
United matches has maintained his cult status amongst all connected to United at Old
In 1995, Crerand supported Eric Cantona during the time of his infamous kung-fu kick on
Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons. Both before and after this incident, Crerand
became known for being a 'cheerleader' for the Old Trafford club in media interviews.