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 28)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Cheltenham Town
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2006 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Macclesfield Town 52 (1)
2008 Altrincham (loan) 10 (0)
2009–2010 Kettering Town 37 (3)
2010–2013 Cambridge United 100 (6)
2013–2014 Mansfield Town 46 (4)
2014–2016 Forest Green Rovers 32 (6)
2016– Cheltenham Town 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:05 26th May 2016(UTC).


James Ryan Jennings (born 2 September 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a defender. He currently plays for Cheltenham Town having signed in May 2016.

Career[edit]

Macclesfield Town[edit]

Born in Manchester, Greater 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. .[22] Jennings was released by the Stags at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 3 June 2014, Jennings signed for Forest Green Rovers on a two-year deal.[23] A frustrating start to life at Forest Green saw him suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season training.[24] 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.[25]

He scored his first goal for the club on 22 August 2015 in a 3–1 home win against Lincoln City.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

After registering a new club record highest league finish of second place, he appeared for Forest Green in the play-offs, going onto make a substitute appearance at Wembley Stadium on 15 May 2016 in a 3-1 loss against Grimsby Town.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

On 26 May 2016 he signed for Cheltenham Town.[32] He scored his first goal for Cheltenham in an EFL Trophy tie against Blackpool on 30 August 2016.[33]

Personal life[edit]

James's younger brother is Connor Jennings who currently plays as a striker for Wrexham.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Year Professionals". Macclesfield Town F.C. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  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. 
  5. ^ "Macclesfield 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Player Contract Update". Macclesfield Town F.C. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "Contract Update". Macclesfield Town F.C. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Contract Update". Macclesfield Town F.C. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "James Jennings". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  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. 
  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. 
  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. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "New deals for Coulson and Jennings". Cambridge News. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jennings Signs for Stags". Cambridge United F.C. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign ex-Mansfield defender". BBC Sport. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Forest Green defender James Jennings could miss whole season". Gloucester Citizen. 16 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2–0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "Forest Green 3–1 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  27. ^ "Forest Green 2–1 Bromley". BBC Sport. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Forest Green 3–1 Dover". BBC Sport. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  29. ^ "Forest Green 1-3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Darren Carter: Forest Green Rovers have 'unfinished business' in National League". BBC Sport. 16 May 2016. 
  31. ^ "Robins' honoured at National League Awards evening". Cheltenham Town F.C. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  32. ^ "James Jennings: Left-back joins Cheltenham Town from Forest Green Rovers". BBC. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  33. ^ "Blackpool 2 Cheltenham Town 1: Robins defeated in first Checkatrade Trophy game". gloucestershirelive.co.uk. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  34. ^ "Youth Team Cling-On Connor Jennings Is Goal King". The Non-League Paper. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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