James Jennings

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James Jennings
James Jennings York City v. Kettering Town 1.png
Jennings playing for Kettering Town in 2009
Personal information
Full name James Ryan Jennings
Date of birth (1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Wrexham
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2006 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Macclesfield Town 38 (1)
2008 Altrincham (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Kettering Town 37 (3)
2010–2013 Cambridge United 101 (6)
2013–2014 Mansfield Town 46 (4)
2014–2016 Forest Green Rovers 30 (6)
2016–2017 Cheltenham Town 3 (0)
2016–2017 Morecambe (loan) 13 (0)
2017 Wrexham (loan) 15 (0)
2017– Wrexham 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:03, 23 September 2017 (UTC).

James Ryan Jennings (born 2 September 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Wrexham.

Career[edit]

Macclesfield Town[edit]

Born in Manchester, Jennings joined the senior Macclesfield Town team in May 2006 from Manchester City, making his debut in a 1–0 victory against Walsall in the FA Cup as a 90th-minute substitute on 21 November 2006, this led to Jennings famously playing in Macclesfield Town's 3rd Round FA Cup clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2007[1][2][3] His League Two debut came in Macclesfield's first league victory of the 2006–07 as they defeated Rochdale 1–0 in December.[4] He finished the season with 11 appearances,[5] after which he was offered a new contract which he accepted a month later.[6][7] He signed a new deal with the club until the end of the 2007–08 season in December,[8] and after making two appearances for the team that season he joined Conference National side Altrincham on loan.[9][10] He made his debut in a 2–1 victory over Northwich Victoria on 1 January 2008 and finished this spell with nine appearances before being recalled by Macclesfield in February.[11][12][13] He made a further 20 appearances for Macclesfield after his return and was offered a new contract at the end of the season,[9][14] which he subsequently signed.[15]

Kettering Town[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Jennings left Macclesfield to join Kettering Town.[16] His first appearance for Kettering came in a 2–1 away win over Forest Green Rovers on the opening day of the 2009–10 season.[17] His first goal for the club came in a 2–0 home win against Grays Athletic on 6 March 2010.[18]

Cambridge United[edit]

Jennings joined Cambridge United in summer 2010 from Kettering on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee decided by a tribunal.[19] He made 43 first team starts in his first season with the club. In his second season with The U's, Jennings was named as vice-captain by new manager Jez George.[20] In January 2012, Jennings put pen to paper in a new deal keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014.[21]

Mansfield Town[edit]

On the final day of the transfer window, 31 January 2013, Cambridge United allowed Jennings to join Mansfield Town. Jennings signed an 18-month contract with The Stags, with some media outlets mentioning that a fee was involved, with some stating it was a free-transfer. .He was part of the team which won the league with Mansfield in April 2013, gaining promotion to League Two.

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 3 June 2014, Jennings signed for Forest Green Rovers on a two-year deal.[22] A frustrating start to life at Forest Green saw him suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season training.[23] The injury kept him out of action for eight months, however he returned to make his debut in a 2014–15 Conference National play-off semi-final second leg defeat against Bristol Rovers in front of 10,563 supporters.[24]

He scored his first goal for the club on 22 August 2015 in a 3–1 home win against Lincoln City.[25] He then scored twice in a 2–1 win against Bromley on 31 August 2015 to help Forest Green to a seventh straight win at the start of the 2015–16 National League season.[26] He also scored the equaliser in a game that Forest Green went on to win 3–1 against promotion rivals Dover on 14 November 2015.[27]

After registering a new club record highest league finish of second place, he appeared for Forest Green in the play-offs, going onto make an appearance at Wembley Stadium on 15 May 2016 in a 3–1 loss against Grimsby Town.[28] A day later on 16 May 2016, it was confirmed that he was being released by the club at the end of his two-year contract.[29] His efforts over the season earned him a place in the 2015–16 Vanarama Conference team of the year, alongside the league's outstanding players.[30]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

On 26 May 2016 he signed for Cheltenham Town.[31] He scored his first goal for Cheltenham in an EFL Trophy tie against Blackpool on 30 August 2016.[32] A day later it was announced on deadline day that he had joined Cheltenham's League Two rivals Morecambe on loan until January 2017.[33]

Wrexham[edit]

James signed for Wrexham on a loan deal until the end of the 2016–17 season, following in the footsteps of his younger brother Connor who left The Racecourse to join Tranmere the previous season.[34] Following his release from Cheltenham at the end of the season, he resigned with Wrexham on a 2 year deal on 23 May.[35]

Personal life[edit]

James's younger brother is Connor Jennings who plays as a striker for Tranmere Rovers.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 September 2017.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Macclesfield Town 2006–07[37] League Two 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2007–08[38] League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
2008–09[39] League Two 18 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
Total 38 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 42 1
Altrincham (loan) 2007–08[38] Conference Premier 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Kettering Town 2009–10[39] Conference Premier 36 3 0 0 0 0 36 3
Cambridge United 2010–11[39] Conference Premier 38 1 3 0 2 1 43 2
2011–12[39] Conference National 41 2 3 0 4 1 48 3
2012–13[39] Conference National 22 3 1 0 2 0 25 3
Total 101 6 7 0 8 2 116 8
Mansfield Town 2012–13[39] Conference National 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2013–14[39] League Two 33 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 36 4
Total 46 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 49 4
Forest Green Rovers 2014–15[39] Conference National 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16[39] National League 33 6 3 0 0 0 36 6
Total 34 6 3 0 0 0 37 6
Cheltenham Town 2016–17[39] League Two 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5 1
Morecambe (loan) 2016–17[39] League Two 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Wrexham (loan) 2016–17[39] National League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Wrexham 2017–18 [39] National League 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 26 1 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total 306 21 16 0 2 0 11 3 335 24

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Walsall 0–1 Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "English National Football Archive". English National Football Archive. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Macclesfield 1–0 Rochdale.". BBC Sport. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
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  6. ^ "Player Contract Update". Macclesfield Town F.C. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2008. [permanent dead link]
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  8. ^ "Contract Update". Macclesfield Town F.C. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2008. [permanent dead link]
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  10. ^ "Macclesfield give five new deals". BBC Sport. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  11. ^ "Northwich 1–2 Altrincham". BBC Sport. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  12. ^ "Altrincham 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  13. ^ "Defender recalled". Macclesfield Town F.C. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Alexander upbeat after departures". BBC Sport. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  15. ^ "Transfer news". Macclesfield Town F.C. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Poppies bring in Silkmen defender". BBC Sport. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Forest Green 1–2 Kettering Town". BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Kettering 2–0 Grays Athletic". BBC Sport. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Jennings is ready for a reunion with Kettering". Northamptonshire Telegraph. 21 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "Wylde is United's captain". Cambridge News. 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "New deals for Coulson and Jennings". Cambridge News. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign ex-Mansfield defender". BBC Sport. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Forest Green defender James Jennings could miss whole season". Gloucester Citizen. 16 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2–0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Forest Green 3–1 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  26. ^ "Forest Green 2–1 Bromley". BBC Sport. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Forest Green 3–1 Dover". BBC Sport. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  28. ^ "Forest Green 1–3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 May 2016. 
  29. ^ "Darren Carter: Forest Green Rovers have 'unfinished business' in National League". BBC Sport. 16 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Robins' honoured at National League Awards evening". Cheltenham Town F.C. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  31. ^ "James Jennings: Left-back joins Cheltenham Town from Forest Green Rovers". BBC. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  32. ^ "Blackpool 2 Cheltenham Town 1: Robins defeated in first Checkatrade Trophy game". gloucestershirelive.co.uk. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  33. ^ "Shock departure as defender leaves Cheltenham Town for League Two rivals". Gloucestershire Live. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  34. ^ "Wrexham AFC James Jennings Arrives On Loan". Wrexham A.F.C. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  35. ^ "DEFENDER RETURNS|James Back On Board". Wrexham A.F.C. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  36. ^ "Youth Team Cling-On Connor Jennings Is Goal King". The Non-League Paper. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by James Jennings in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  38. ^ a b "Games played by James Jennings in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  39. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "J. Jennings". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 

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