Graham Fenton

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Graham Fenton
Personal information
Full name Graham Fenton
Date of birth (1974-05-22) 22 May 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Whitley Bay, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Shields
(Manager)
Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
1990–1992 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Aston Villa 30 (3)
1994 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 7 (3)
1995–1997 Blackburn Rovers 27 (7)
1997–2000 Leicester City 34 (3)
2000 Walsall (loan) 9 (1)
2000 Stoke City 5 (1)
2000–2001 St. Mirren 26 (2)
2001–2003 Blackpool 15 (5)
2002 Darlington (loan) 6 (1)
2003–2009 Blyth Spartans 116 (9)
2009–2010 North Shields 4 (2)
Total 279 (37)
National team
1994 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2012- North Shields
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:56, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Graham Anthony Fenton[1] (born 22 May 1974 in Whitley Bay,[2] Tyne and Wear) is an English former professional footballer and manager of North Shields.

As a player he played as a midfielder, notably played in the Premier League for Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City, as well as in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Walsall, Stoke City, Blackpool and Darlington. He also spent a year in Scotland with St. Mirren before later playing for Non-league Blyth Spartans. He was also capped once by England at under-21 level. He took over as manager of North Shields on 6 April 2012.

Career[edit]

Fenton joined Aston Villa as a trainee in June 1990, turning professional in February 1992.[1] He was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in January 1994, making his league debut against Leicester City in the same month.[1] His loan spell at Albion was very successful, producing three goals in seven games and contributing to Albion's eventual survival in Division One, leaving many Albion fans "bitterly disappointed" when he did not sign permanently.[1] He instead returned to Villa, making his club debut in a 0–0 Premiership draw at home to Manchester City on 22 February 1994. In March 1994 he played in Villa's League Cup winning side, playing all of the 3–1 victory against Manchester United at Wembley.[3] Fenton made his only appearance for the England Under-21s on 15 November 1994 in a 1–0 win against Ireland U-21s at St James' Park; the team included several future full internationals, including Sol Campbell and Nicky Butt.[4]

In November 1995, having never claimed a regular place in the Villa first team, Fenton made a £1,500,000 move to reigning Premiership champions Blackburn, but with Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in rich goalscoring form his first team opportunities were limited. He scored seven times for Blackburn, including two as a late substitute against Newcastle United, the team Fenton has supported since childhood, in April 1996 which effectively ended Newcastle's title challenge.

In August 1997 he moved to Martin O'Neill's Leicester City for a fee of £1,100,000. He scored on his Leicester debut, having replaced Ian Marshall as a late substitute in the 2–1 win away to Liverpool, but again struggled to establish himself, making only 34 league appearances (21 as substitute) over three seasons.

He joined Walsall on loan in March 2000, scoring once against Port Vale,[5] and had an unsuccessful trial with Barnsley in July 2000.[6] In August 2000 he joined Stoke City on a monthly contract,[7] scoring once against Reading,[8] and at the end of the following month signed for St Mirren on a two-year contract.[9]

In August 2001 Fenton joined Blackpool on a free transfer, but once more struggled to establish himself in the first team. He had a spell on loan with Darlington between September and December 2002,[10][11] scoring once against Bournemouth,[12] and was one of nine players released by Blackpool manager Steve McMahon in May 2003.[13]

In July 2003 Fenton returned to the North East of England, joining Blyth Spartans.[14] Blyth manager Paul Baker appointed Fenton as player-assistant manager in July 2004.[15] Fenton took over as caretaker-manager of Blyth when Baker left that September,[16] returning to his player-assistant manager role in October 2004 after the appointment of Harry Dunn as manager.[17] In the 2005–06 season he was part of the Spartans' side that gained promotion to the Conference North by winning the Northern Premier League. He was assistant manager and player at North Shields F.C. from April 2012.[18]

Management[edit]

Graham took over as manager of former Amateur Cup Winners North Shields in April 2012 after previous manager Anthony Woodhouse resigned. Graham took over with 4 games remaining with the club missing out on promotion from a strong position for the second consecutive season.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1993–94 Premier League 12 1 0 0 1 0 13 1
1994–95 Premier League 14 2 0 0 3 0 17 2
1995–96 Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 30 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 1993–94 First Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 7 3
Total 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Blackburn Rovers 1995–96 Premier League 14 6 0 0 0 0 14 6
1996–97 Premier League 13 1 1 0 2 0 16 1
Total 27 7 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 7
Leicester City 1997–98 Premier League 23 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 27 3
1998–99 Premier League 9 0 0 0 2 1 11 1
1999–2000 Premier League 2 0 3 0 4 1 9 1
Total 34 3 4 0 7 2 2 0 47 5
Walsall (loan) 1999–2000 First Division 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Stoke City 2000–01 Second Division 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 1
Total 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 1
St. Mirren 2000–01 Scottish Premier League 26 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 2
Total 26 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 2
Blackpool 2001–02 Second Division 15 5 1 0 1 0 3 0 20 5
2002–03 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 15 5 1 0 1 0 3 0 20 5
Darlington (loan) 2001–02 Third Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Career Total 159 26 7 0 18 2 5 0 189 28
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the UEFA Cup, Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 79–80. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Spartan Fenton awaits Rovers tie". BBC News. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Graham Fenton on his remarkable rise from an unknown to Aston Villa's cup hero". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Courtney, Barrie (2004-01-10). "England — U-21 International Results 1986-1995 - Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Walsall leave Vale in fear". The Guardian. 21 March 2000. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fenton's trial ends with release". BBC Sport. 2000-07-27. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Fenton joins Stoke on loan". BBC Sport. 2000-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Reading 3-3 Stoke". BBC. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Saints swoop for Fenton". BBC Sport. 2000-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Darlington sign Fenton". BBC Sport. 2002-09-19. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  11. ^ "Fenton extends Quakers stay". BBC Sport. 2002-10-16. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Darlington 2-2 Bournemouth". BBC. 21 September 2002. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Blackpool release nine". BBC Sport. 2003-05-02. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  14. ^ "Fenton coup for Blyth". nonleaguedaily.com. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  15. ^ "Blyth appoint Fenton as number two". nonleaguedaily.com. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  16. ^ "Baker quits Blyth.......". nonleaguedaily.com. 2004-09-23. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  17. ^ ".....and Dunn lands Spartans Post". nonleaguedaily.com. 2004-10-04. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  18. ^ "Fenton quits assistant role with Robins". News Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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