Affectionately known as "Psycho", Pat van den Hauwe was a full on full back, who left his mark on plenty of players, but also wn a number of honours in the game, while representing his adopted country of Wales 13 times.
Born in Belgium, but brought
up in London, van den Hauwe was spotted by Birmingham
City and he joined their junior ranks in 1977.
Pat was part of the hard Birmingham City side of the early 80s, which included Mark Dennis, Tony Coton and Mick Harford, which was where he established a reputation for being a tough opponent. He also developed an attacking ability that saw him regularly over-lapping on the wing to cross the ball into the box for the Blues forwards.
This ability was admired by Everton, who snapped him up in the summer of 1984 for £100,000 and the teams wept to the First Division title and also won the European Cup-Winners Cup. The red mist that sometimes descended on Pat tended to over-shadow the fact that he was a good player on the ball. Having won it, he either was able to distribute it to his midfielders or forwards or set off on a leggy run up the wing. One of his rare goals sealed the 1986-87 championship for the Toffees at Norwich City.
Terry Venables signed van den Hauwe for Spurs for a fee of £575,000 in 1989 and he added a strength and some experience to the side that went on to win the FA Cup in 1991, with Pat putting in a disciplined performance to counter the threat of Brian Clough wide players.
Off the field, Pat lived a colourful life, telling The Sun that he once visited a prostitute in Malta while on international duty, contracting a sexually transmitted disease that kept him out of action for three months. While recuperating, a nurse was hired by Everton to look after him, but they snuck out to a pub, where van den Hauwe got so drunk, he fell off a bar stool.
His marriage to his first wife Susan ended in 1992 and he began a relationship with notorious model Mandy Smith, who he married in 1993. They split in 1995 and divorced two years later, but the footballer lost his house and a lot of money in the settlement, meaning he moved in with his mother and father. Suffering depression, he turned to drink and drugs and with cocaine affecting his performances, he was out of the Tottenham side until they sold him to Millwall in 1993. He didn't last long with The Lions, with the South London side releasing him and paying him off.
At this point in his
life, he admitted that the drugs and drink saw him
involved with a number of London's gangsters, so moved
to South Africa, where he took up work as a gardener.
Born in Belgium, but moving to London at an early age, the defender missed out on a cap for the country of his birth, as manager Guy Thys discovered that he had opted out of National Service and thus relinquished his birth-right and he plumped to join colleagues Kevin Ratcliffe and Neville Southall in the Welsh side, as he was able to choose any of the four Home Nations after gaining British Citizenship.