Leigh Jenkinson

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Leigh Jenkinson
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-07-09) 9 July 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Thorne, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Epworth Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1993 Hull City 130 (13)
1990 Rotherham United (loan) 7 (0)
1993–1995 Coventry City 32 (1)
1993 Birmingham (loan) 3 (0)
1995–1998 St. Johnstone 67 (10)
1998 Wigan Athletic 7 (0)
1998–2000 Hearts 5 (0)
2000 Dundee United (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2001 Barrow 5 (1)
2001–2003 Goole
Teams managed
Epworth Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leigh Jenkinson (born 9 July 1969 in Thorne, South Yorkshire) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1987 until 2003. He is currently manager of non-League Epworth Town.

He notably played in the Premier League for Coventry City, and in the Scottish Premier League for St. Johnstone, Hearts and Dundee United. He also appeared in the Football League for Hull City, Rotherham United, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic. He finished his career in non-League football with Barrow and Goole.

Playing career[edit]

Jenkinson, who played on the left wing, began his career with Hull City in 1987 and remained at Boothferry Park for six years, making over 130 league appearances for the Yorkshire club. Whilst at Hull, Jenkinson was reputed to be the fastest winger in the Football League and ran in the final eight of the Rumbelows Sprint Challenge, an ITV-organised sprint competition that was organised to test just who was the fastest.[1]

In 1993, the midfielder moved to Premier League side Coventry City, then under the guidance of Phil Neal. After just two years at Highfield Road, which included a short loan spell at Birmingham City, Jenkinson tried his hand at Scottish football with St. Johnstone. He won the First Division championship with the Perth club in 1996-97 before leaving McDiarmid Park in 1998 to return to England with Wigan Athletic. His stay at Springfield Park was short, and he left again for Scotland later the same year to sign for Hearts.

In 2000, Jenkinson was reunited with former St. Johnstone manager Paul Sturrock when he joined Tayside rivals Dundee United. It was while he was at Tannadice that Jenkinson retired from the professional game.

He finished out his playing career in non-league football with Barrow and Goole.

Personal life[edit]

After retiring, Jenkinsin lived in North Yorkshire and worked away from the game. He also made an appearance for the Hull City Masters team in 2009.[2]

He now resides in Epworth, Lincolnshire, where he works as a postman. He is also the player-manager of Epworth Town F.C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top-flight Tigers". City Magazine (Hull City AFC) (36): 50. August 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.where-are-they-now.co.uk/footballer/JENKINSON+Leigh/4052

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