15 responses

  1. Derek Papworth

    HEAR,hear. Fight the fight Pat,my very best wishes for a continuing recovery.
    All the very best, and good luck.

  2. Asif

    Thanks Walter for the update…this is where Untold outscores everybody else! Isn’t this what being a supporter about…caring for the club like you are a part of the extended family.

    Pat Rice was immensely loved by the players which was apparent in the sending off which he received and if you look at his career span (either as coach or player) a truly Arsenal man. It will be nice to see him in the Ems one of these days post his recovery…

    So all the keyboard warriors, who lose perspective at the drop of a hat need to understand that there are such faithful servants also who dedicate their entire life to the club and its not always about the next guy coming in…

  3. GoingGoingGooner

    Great to hear!

  4. Brickfields Gunners

    Thanks for the update , Walter, do hope he wins this fight and I’m sure all our prayers are with him.

  5. Mike Collins

    Years ago when I was a North Bank standing season ticket holder (And pretty short of money) you had to visit Highbury to renew your season ticket.

    Leaving the marble hall entrance I literally bumped into Pat Rice and we both apologised to each other. I expected that to be that but we stood for 5 to 10 minutes chatting about the club and how he thought the new season would develop. To cap it all he signed my season ticket book which I still have in my possession.

    A fine player and an absolute prince of a man.

  6. rantetta

    Thanks Walter.

    I’m always wondering how Pat is doing. The measured way in which you write about one of our heroes is spot on, and appreciated. To think that this man grew up playing footy as a child outside Highbury… Gives me goosebumps.

    That’s such a beautiful reminiscence, Mike Collins.

    An example of how not to report on serious illness – is M. Schumacher. I’ve stopped looking at “reports” of his progress or the lack thereof. The things I’ve read may have been speculative and sensationalised, and I’ve therefore no idea how Micheal actually is, apart from him remaining in a coma. The weird thing is; I wasn’t overly fond of MS – perhaps something to do with my loving Ayrton Senna, and probably irrelevant. But I don’t want any humans to suffer, medically, despite any inevitability of life and death.

    I’m sorry if the above paragraph shouldn’t have been written. I just wanted to say why I appreciate the way Walter has written the article.

    We love you, Pat.

  7. SouthernGunner

    That’s very good news. Thanks for the update Walter.

  8. WalterBroeckx

    Wow Mike that must be a very nice memory for you. Thanks for sharing this. Of course I never have know Pat Rice in person but his figure next to Wenger has been such a familiar sight all those years. So in a way it is as if I have known him for years and because he was such a great servant of our club all those years you wish him a nice retirement. I do hope he will have the chance to get it after all.
    And just imagine that if we win something this year him being able to witness it in person. Who knows the players might throw him in the air again… Just daydreaming…

  9. Mandy Dodd

    Great news, wish him and his family the best. Most of the great things that happened to Arsenal in my lifetime, Pat was there

  10. duduspace

    Thank you so much for the update and I join you in hoping we see Pat Rice back soon. I remember when he retired and some idiotic (as nice as I can be) keyboard warrior completely lacking any knowledge of the club and his history said something along the lines of being happy that one of those holding the club back had left. I called him to order immediately by reminding him that he must have more than a few screws loose if he thought he could love arsenal more than someone who gave 44 years of his life in service to the club. Its amazing how basic simple concepts such as loyalty eludes some people.

  11. bjtgooner

    I can remember Pat from his days as a young right back, a great player with a great heart. I’m sure that great heart will stand him in good stead now. Get well soon Pat.

  12. nicky

    While on the
    never ending battle against illness of those we care about, how is Mme Broeckx these days? I hope the news is good.

  13. WalterBroeckx

    Very kind of you to ask.

    Unfortunately not as good as the news I heard about Pat Rice. Very slowly going backwards for the moment. The only good thing is that the process goes very slowly and seems to have slowed down for the moment. But certainly no improvement we can see or even hope for at the moment.

    But as long as there is life, there is hope as the idiom in my mother language goes so we just hope that one day the unexpected will happen.

    Luckily she is a very strong woman. Unbelievable strong in fact. Amazing. In an inexplicable way I am a lucky man.

  14. nicky

    Thanks for that.
    We have the same idiom.
    Never give up hope and never under-estimate the power of prayer.
    Your many untold friends who read Untold will be thinking of you and your family at this time.

  15. Damilare

    Thanks Walter for the update on Pat. I wish him full recovery.

    Mr Broeckx, the bible says ‘the liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself Prov 11:25’. As you seek the wellbeing of others, God will attend to yours and your love ones.


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