Kris Renton

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Kris Renton
Personal information
Full name Kris Joseph Renton
Date of birth (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Musselburgh, Scotland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Youth career
–2006 Musselburgh Windsor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Norwich City 3 (0)
2009 King's Lynn (loan) 10 (0)
2009 Brechin City (loan) 11 (0)
2010–2012 Musselburgh Athletic
2012– Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 July 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kris Joseph Renton (born 12 July 1990) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays as a striker for Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic. He is most notable for being the youngest Norwich City player in the club's history.[1]

Norwich City[edit]

Youth team at Norwich[edit]

Having been spotted playing in the summer of 2006 in Scotland playing for Musselburgh Windsor by Academy scout Karl Brady, Renton began the 2006–07 season in the youth team. He spent some time away though, being named in the Ireland Under 17s for a European Under 17 Championship qualifying tournament in Baku in Autumn 2006, but made his debut at that level for Scotland Under 17s in February 2007 against Northern Ireland.[2]

Towards the end of the campaign, he progressed into the Reserves at Norwich, making his debut on 21 February 2007 against local rivals Ipswich. He scored his first goal for the second string on 24 April 2007 against Southend.[3]

Early senior appearances[edit]

He was named on the bench for the first time on 31 March 2007 against Colchester United. Should he have played, he would have broken Ryan Jarvis' record as Norwich's youngest ever player, at just 16 years and 262 days. Norwich Academy manager Ricky Martin said that Renton's call up to the first team provided a massive incentive to other players in the youth side.[4] City manager Peter Grant told the club's website that Renton was due to make his debut as a second half substitute in the Colchester game, but Grant was unwilling to throw on a debutant with the side struggling in the course of a 3–0 defeat.

He did however make his debut in the 2–1 win at Leicester City coming on in injury time at the end of the second half, on 14 April 2007, making him the youngest ever player to appear for Norwich City, beating Jarvis' record by 6 days, aged 16 years 276 days. Renton made his full debut three days later at Burnley replacing the injured Darren Huckerby, who had hurt his back in the warm up.

For the start of the 2007–08 season, Renton was back playing with the Reserves and the Under 18s, and was scoring regularly.[5] But against Chelsea Under 18s on 6 October he suffered a broken leg, which is expected to keep him out for an extended period of time.[6]

On 16 July 2008, having recovered from the broken leg which kept him out for most of the previous campaign, Renton signed his first professional contract with Norwich City, lasting two years.[7] He joined King's Lynn on loan on 6 March 2009, to gain more first-team experience,[8] but failed to score in ten appearances.

During his time with Norwich City Renton was affectionately known by a group of fans known as, 'The Barclay Boys,' as, 'The Capri Kid,' due to his fondness of the classic Ford car. It is still unknown if he ever actually owned one but a picture of him sitting in a red Capri outside the Jarrold Stand at Carrow Road made him the stuff of legend.

In January 2010, he was released by Norwich City and returned to his hometown, joining Scottish junior club Musselburgh Athletic.[9][10] Renton helped Musselburgh to the Scottish Junior Cup final in 2010–11 before joining East Superleague champions Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in June 2012.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Leicester City 1–2 Norwich City". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 17 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "Renton call is boost for youngsters". EDP News. Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Southend Res 0, Norwich City Res 3". EDP News. Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Renton call is boost for youngsters". EDP News. Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Renton bags brace as City win". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Injury blow for Renton". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Renton signs two-year deal". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 19 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Renton to Linnets on loan". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Teenager Kris Renton quits Norwich City for Musselburgh Athletic". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Dempster, Martin (10 September 2010). "Renton hoping to give his career a Kris of life". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Kevin McGoldrick (28 May 2011). "Emirates Scottish Junior Cup Final: Musselburgh v Talbot preview". Daily Record. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bonnyrigg continue foray into transfer market with signing of Renton". Edinburgh Evening News. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 

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