Matthew Pennington

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Matthew Pennington
Personal information
Full name Matthew Pennington[1]
Date of birth (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Warrington, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
(on loan from Everton)
Number 5
Youth career
2005–2013 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Everton 7 (1)
2014Tranmere Rovers (loan) 17 (2)
2014–2015Coventry City (loan) 24 (0)
2016Walsall (loan) 5 (0)
2017–2018Leeds United (loan) 24 (0)
2018–Ipswich Town (loan) 5 (1)
National team
2013 England U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:23, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

Matthew Pennington (born 6 October 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Ipswich Town on loan from Everton.

He has represented England U19s at international level.

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Pennington joined Everton at the age of 11. In July 2013, he signed a new contract which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2015,[3] followed by a three-year deal taking him to 2018.[4] He played in two friendlies during July 2015 against Dundee and Leeds United and then made his full debut against Barnsley in the League Cup on 26 August 2015.[5]

Tranmere Rovers (loan)[edit]

On 2 January 2014, Pennington joined League One side Tranmere Rovers on a one month's loan deal.[6] He made his debut on 4 January 2014, playing ninety minutes in a 1–1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.[7] On 25 January 2014, he scored his first senior goal in a 1–0 win over Crewe Alexandra.[8] He was recalled by Everton on 22 February 2014 to strengthen their under-21 squad.[9] On 27 March 2014, he re-joined Tranmere on loan until the end of the season.[10]

Coventry (loan)[edit]

On 27 November 2014, Pennington joined Coventry City on loan until 4 January,[11] and this was subsequently extended to 7 February.[12] In January 2015, he was voted as the club's Player of the Month in a poll conducted by the Coventry Telegraph.[13] On 7 February 2015, his loan was extended to the end of the season, with Pennington from then on being played more consistently at his more natural centre back position.[14] Pennington was named as Coventry City Young Player of the Year 2014–15, voted for unanimously by Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray and his coaching staff.[15][16]

Walsall (loan)[edit]

On 23 March 2016, Pennington joined Walsall on loan until the end of the season,[17] where he played 5 games at the club, before Everton activated a recall clause just 28 days into his loan spell.

Everton return[edit]

On 21 April 2016, his loan was terminated at the minimum 28-day point due to a defensive crisis at his home club.[18] He was recalled to be available for Everton's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. After picking up a hamstring injury in the final day of the Premier League 2015/16 season on 15 May 2016 in a 3–0 victory against Norwich City,[19] a recurrence of the injury in pre-season required surgery and ruled Pennington out until January 2017.[20]

After returning from injury, his first goal came on 1 April 2017, in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, equalising the game at 1–1, in an eventual 3–1 loss.[21]

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

On 19 July 2017, Pennington joined Leeds United on a season-long loan,[22][23] for a reported loan fee of £500,000.[24] On 6 August 2017, Pennington made his Leeds United debut in the 3–2 victory against Bolton Wanderers, he picked up an ankle injury in the match and had to be replaced by fellow debutant Conor Shaughnessy in the 2nd half.[25] He was unavailable until the latter half of September, when he returned to the bench.[26] In October, following inconsistent results for the team, Pennington returned intermittently to the starting eleven.[27]

After 24 appearances, on 18 May 2018, Leeds announced Pennington would be returning to his parent club upon the expiry of his loan.[28]

Return to Everton[edit]

He returned to Everton to play in the 2018/19 pre season under their new Manager Marco Silva, on 11 May 2018 Pennington signed a new long term contract at the club keeping him there until the end of the 2021 season.[29]

Ipswich Town (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2018, Pennington joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season.[30] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City on 29 September 2018, however he was later sent off in the same match.[31]

International career[edit]

Pennington made his debut for England U19s on 21 March 2013, coming on as a 70th-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over Turkey.[32] He was selected by Noel Blake after a performance against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup, where he played at right back, a position he had only figured in a few times in his career at the time.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2017–18 season
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 2013–14[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[34] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[35] Premier League 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2016–17[36] Premier League 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 1
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2013–14[33] League One 17 2 17 2
Coventry City (loan) 2014–15[34] League One 24 0 1[a] 0 25 0
Walsall (loan) 2015–16[35] League One 5 0 5 0
Leeds United (loan) 2017–18[27] Championship 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
Career total 77 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 80 3
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2014 and 28/02/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 13. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Matthew Pennington". Premier League. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  3. ^ "So Close..." Everton F.C.
  4. ^ "Matthew Pens New Deal". Everton F.C.
  5. ^ "Martinez Praises Debutant Pennington". Everton F.C.
  6. ^ "Tranmere Rovers: Liam Ridehalgh rejoins ahead of permanent deal". BBC Sport.
  7. ^ "Tranmere Rovers vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 1 January 2014". Soccerway.
  8. ^ "Tranmere Rovers vs. Crewe Alexandra – 25 January 2014". Soccerway.
  9. ^ "Latest Sky Bet League 1 News". The Football League.
  10. ^ "So Close..." Everton F.C.
  11. ^ "Pennington Loaned To Coventry". Everton F.C.
  12. ^ "Matty Pennington: Everton defender extends Coventry loan". BBC Sport.
  13. ^ Aidan McCartney (9 January 2015). "Everton loan star Matthew Pennington is YOUR Coventry City Telegraph Player of the Month". Coventry Telegraph.
  14. ^ "Matthew Pennington: Coventry City extend defender's loan deal". BBC Sport.
  15. ^ Kieran Crowley. "Matthew Pennington voted as the Coventry City 2014/15 Young Player of the Year". Coventry City F.C.
  16. ^ "Pennington picks up Sky Blues award". Everton F.C.
  17. ^ "Pennington loaned to Walsall". Everton F.C.
  18. ^ "Everton recall Matthew Pennington". Everton F.C.
  19. ^ Johnstone, Neil (15 May 2016). "Everton 3 Norwich 0". Everton F.C. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  20. ^ Urbani, Rob (8 January 2017). "Pennington on comeback trail". Everton F.C. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  21. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (1 April 2017). "Liverpool 3–1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2017. Jagielka flicked on a corner at the near post and, after Ashley Williams got a touch, Matthew Pennington arrived to slot in his first Everton goal on his first appearance of the season.
  22. ^ "Everton Defender Joins on Loan". Leeds United F.C. 19 July 2017.
  23. ^ Pennington joins Leeds on loan, Everton F.C., 19 July 2017
  24. ^ Barton, Joey (4 September 2017). "Monday, September 4, 2017". The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. talkSPORT. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  25. ^ "REPORT: BOLTON WANDERERS 2–3 LEEDS UNITED". Leeds United F.C. 6 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Leeds United news: Pennington and Cooper set to return v Ipswich". Football Insider. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Matthew Pennington in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  28. ^ "LEEDS UNITED 2018/19 RETAINED LIST". Yorkshire Evening Post. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Matthew Pennington signs new contract at Everton until 2021". BBC Sport. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Pennington joins Ipswich on loan". Everton F.C.
  31. ^ "Birmingham 2-2 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  32. ^ "TheFA.com – Report: England U19s 1–0 Turkey U19s". The Football Association.
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Matthew Pennington in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  34. ^ a b "Games played by Matthew Pennington in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Matthew Pennington in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  36. ^ "Games played by Matthew Pennington in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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