"I think my popularity was because of my success on the pitch rather than my Adidas Gazelle Og Grey White heritage," he told The Scotsman this week. "First and foremost the Catalans will take to you in a footballing sense. Then they might start discovering who you are, and what your background is. "Archibald fitted in well with the Catalan lifestyle and still lives there, but on his arrival had no notion of Patullo's exploits, nor those of other British pioneers at the club. He only knew he was the first British player to play with Barcelona since 1925, and the heat was on. "It's interesting to note there had been other Scots before me," he said. "I would be nice if some others could follow in my footsteps. I did not study the history at all before I came, although I had played for Spurs at the Nou Camp.
should be reason enough to cement his place in history to the extent that he deserves. "It is telling that not even Archibald, the next Scot to play for Barcelona after a gap of over 70 years, was aware of Patullo's existence. The former Aberdeen striker took a brave move to the Nou Camp in 1984, as one of manager Terry Venables' first signings. Having lost an attempt to claim his favoured No 8 shirt from Bernd Schuster, Archibald had to make do with the No 10 shirt, recently vacated by Maradona. The prospect did not faze Archibald. With 24 goals in 55 games, he kept up the trend of remarkable goals per game ratios enjoyed by Scottish strikers at the club, and was christened 'Archigoles'.
1 win over Internacionale. "This does not constitute a record," pointed out Toms. "Joan Gamper scored nine goals in one match on three separate occasions. However, the Scot was a worthy successor to the club's founder in the forward line. "His final matches were back to back defeats against Espanyol, where, unusually, Barcelona, never mind just Patullo, failed to find the net. But his time at Barca had been an unqualified success, and the club wish to acknowledge his distinction as one of the first, and finest, footballing pioneers in Catalonia. "There's no doubt that John Patullo is one of the great goalscorers in the history of FC Barcelona," said Toms. "The problem is that he played such a long time ago and, nowadays, only a few devotees of the history of the club have the slightest knowledge of his achievements. However, FC Barcelona is interested in finding out more about this legendary Scottish player and about our links with Scotland, a country Mens Adidas Gazelle Og Trainers Blue
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"The FC Barcelona Hall of Fame includes players such as Alcantara, Samitier, Cesar, Ramallets, Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona and Ronaldinho. However, if we are talking about the great goalscorers in the history of Barca, the fact is that Patullo occupies third place in the average ranking, with 43 goals in 23 matches, behind the Catalan Miquel Gual and Joan Gamper. This is an achievement which, in itself, Adidas Gazelle 2
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