Adrian Pennock

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Adrian Pennock
Personal information
Full name Adrian Barry Pennock
Date of birth (1971-03-27) 27 March 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth Ipswich, England
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers (manager)
Youth career
1986–1989 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Norwich City 1 (0)
1991 Molde FK (loan) 15 (1)
1992–1996 Bournemouth 131 (9)
1996–2003 Gillingham 168 (2)
2003–2005 Gravesend & Northfleet 14 (0)
Total 329 (12)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Welling United
2013– Forest Green Rovers

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Adrian Barry Pennock (born 27 March 1971) is a former English footballer who played for Norwich City, Molde FK, Bournemouth, Gillingham and Gravesend & Northfleet. He spent two years of manager of Welling United before joining Stoke City to be first team coach. He left at the end of the 2012–13 season following the departure of Tony Pulis, and on 12 November 2013 was appointed manager of Forest Green Rovers.

Playing career[edit]

Although born in Ipswich and having grown up supporting Ipswich Town, Pennock began his career with their fiercest rivals, Norwich City, where he progressed through the ranks to turn professional in 1989. He was only to manage one appearance for the Canaries' first team, however, and in 1992 he was allowed to move to AFC Bournemouth for a fee of £30,000. He was a regular for the Cherries until he suffered a knee injury in December 1995 and was unable to regain his place in the team. In October 1996 his former Bournemouth manager, Tony Pulis signed him for Gillingham for £25,000.

Pennock spent over six years at Priestfield Stadium where he was a regular in the first team until a recurring knee injury took its toll. He developed a reputation as a practical joker whilst with Gillingham – during one pre-season friendly he switched on the pitch sprinkler system during the match. He also scored a memorable own goal against Wigan Athletic in 2000 which spawned a recurring terrace chant of "He only scores own goals". Such was his affinity with the fans that he even acquired his own fan club. On the pitch, he was named captain for the play-off final in 2000 which saw the Gills promoted to the Football League First Division for the first time in their history.

Injuries forced Pennock to retire from League football in 2003, after which he signed for Football Conference side Gravesend & Northfleet, where he was also assistant manager.

In January 2006 he was involved in a dispute with Gillingham chairman Paul Scally over a testimonial match which Pennock alleged he was promised as part of his final contract at Gillingham but which never materialised.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Welling United[edit]

In January 2005 Pennock was appointed manager of Welling United of the Conference South and by the end of the season had guided them to their best league position for six years.

Stoke City (coach)[edit]

He left Welling at the end of the 2006–07 season to take up a coaching position at Stoke City, under his former Gillingham manager, Tony Pulis.[2] He was initially appointed youth team boss at Stoke.[3] In January 2010, Pennock expressed an interest in one day returning to management.[4] In the summer of 2011 he made the step up to become first team coach at Stoke.[5] He left the club at the end of the 2012–13 season.[6]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 12 November 2013, Pennock was appointed as the new manager of Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers.[7] He led the club to a 10th-place finish at the end of the 2013–14 season.

In January 2015, he was linked with the vacant managerial role at Gillingham, however he issued a statement declaring his aim to remain at Forest Green.[8]

At the end of the 2014-15 season he led Forest Green to a record highest league finish of 5th in the Conference Premier, meaning that the club secured a place in the play-offs for the first time. Forest Green were knocked out in the semi-finals, losing 3-0 on aggregate against Bristol Rovers.[9]

On 4 September 2015, after leading Forest Green to seven straight wins in the re-named National League at the start of the 2015-16 season, he was named August Manager of the Month.[10] On 5 September 2015, he led the club to an eighth straight league win at the start of the season with victory at Chester - a National League record.[11] On 5 February 2016, he was named National League January Manager of the Month having led Forest Green to six straight wins.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norwich City 1989–90 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1990–91 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Molde FK (loan) 1991 Tippeligaen 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Bournemouth 1992–93 Second Division 43 1 4 0 2 0 2 0 51 1
1993–94 Second Division 40 3 3 1 4 0 1 0 48 4
1994–95 Second Division 31 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 35 5
1995–96 Second Division 17 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 26 0
Total 131 9 12 1 9 0 8 0 160 10
Gillingham 1996–97 Second Division 26 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 30 2
1997–98 Second Division 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1998–99 Second Division 40 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 48 0
1999–2000 Second Division 34 0 6 1 4 0 4 0 48 1
2000–01 First Division 35 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
2001–02 First Division 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 0
2002–03 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 168 2 11 1 9 0 11 0 199 3
Gravesend & Northfleet 2002–03 Conference National 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2003–04 Conference National 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Career total 329 12 23 2 18 0 19 0 389 14
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ Former star Pennock to sue Gills
  2. ^ Pennock to quit Welling for Stoke
  3. ^ "Pennock lands job with Stoke City". Ipswich Star. 28 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Stoke youth coach Adrian Pennock eyes management". BBC Sport. 11 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kevan returns to Stoke as academy coach". tribalfootball.com. 
  6. ^ "Dave Kevan heads list of departures from the Britannia". The Sentinel. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Adrian Pennock: Forest Green Rovers appoint ex-Stoke coach". BBC Sport. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers issue statement following Ady Pennock's link with Gillingham". Kent Online. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2-0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ady Pennock and David Pipe land Vanarama National League awards for August". Stroud Life. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Chester 1-2 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Forest Green manager Ady Pennock and Gloucester City boss Tim Harris win monthly awards". Stroud Life. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
General
  • Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 253. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 

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