|Full name||Graham Fenton|
|Date of birth||22 May 1974|
|Place of birth||Whitley Bay, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|South Shields (manager)|
|Wallsend Boys Club|
|1994||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||7||(3)|
|2000||→ Walsall (loan)||9||(1)|
|2002||→ Darlington (loan)||6||(1)|
|2004||Blyth Spartans (caretaker)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played as a striker, 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.
In September 2016, he took over as joint manager of South Shields F.C. with Lee Picton.
Fenton joined Aston Villa as a trainee in June 1990, turning professional in February 1992. He was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in January 1994, making his league debut against Leicester City in the same month. 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. 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. 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.
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. Despite being left out of Leicester's squad for the 2000 Football League Cup Final he made four appearances and scored one goal during their victorious League Cup campaign. He also scored one of the penalties in the shootout against Fulham in the quarter final.
He joined Walsall on loan in March 2000, scoring once against Port Vale, and had an unsuccessful trial with Barnsley in July 2000. In August 2000 he joined Stoke City on a monthly contract, scoring once against Reading, and at the end of the following month, signed for St Mirren on a two-year contract.
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, scoring once against Bournemouth, and was one of nine players released by Blackpool manager Steve McMahon in May 2003.
In July 2003, Fenton returned to the North East of England, joining Blyth Spartans. Blyth manager Paul Baker appointed Fenton as player-assistant manager in July 2004. Fenton took over as caretaker-manager of Blyth when Baker left that September, returning to his player-assistant manager role in October 2004 after the appointment of Harry Dunn as manager. 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 from 2009 until 2012.
Fenton took over as manager of former Amateur Cup Winners North Shields in April 2012, after previous manager Anthony Woodhouse resigned. Fenton took over with 4 games remaining with the club missing out on promotion from a strong position for the second consecutive season. Two years later, he led Shields to winning the Northern League Division Two title, and promotion to Division One. During the 2014–15 season, Fenton led North Shields to success in the 2015 FA Vase Final, beating Glossop North End 2–1.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Aston Villa||1993–94||Premier League||12||1||0||0||1||0||–||13||1|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||1993–94||First Division||7||3||0||0||0||0||–||7||3|
|Blackburn Rovers||1995–96||Premier League||14||6||0||0||0||0||–||14||6|
|Leicester City||1997–98||Premier League||23||3||1||0||1||0||2||0||27||3|
|Walsall (loan)||1999–2000||First Division||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|
|St Mirren||2000–01||Scottish Premier League||26||2||1||0||2||0||0||0||29||2|
|Darlington (loan)||2001–02||Third Division||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
- Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 79–80. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
- "BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Spartan Fenton awaits Rovers tie". BBC News. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- "Graham Fenton on his remarkable rise from an unknown to Aston Villa's cup hero". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England — U-21 International Results 1986-1995 - Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2007.
- "Games played by Graham Fenton in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- "Fulham trio fail from spot". BBC. 12 January 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- "Walsall leave Vale in fear". The Guardian. 21 March 2000. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
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- "Fenton joins Stoke on loan". BBC Sport. 2000-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Reading 3-3 Stoke". BBC. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Saints swoop for Fenton". BBC Sport. 2000-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Darlington sign Fenton". BBC Sport. 2002-09-19. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Fenton extends Quakers stay". BBC Sport. 2002-10-16. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Darlington 2-2 Bournemouth". BBC. 21 September 2002. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Blackpool release nine". BBC Sport. 2003-05-02. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Fenton coup for Blyth". nonleaguedaily.com. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Blyth appoint Fenton as number two". nonleaguedaily.com. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Baker quits Blyth..." nonleaguedaily.com. 2004-09-23. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- ".....and Dunn lands Spartans Post". nonleaguedaily.com. 2004-10-04. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Fenton quits assistant role with Robins". News Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Graham Fenton and Lee Picton appointed joint managers of club". South Shields F.C. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- Graham Fenton profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- Graham Fenton at Soccerbase