Steve Jennings (footballer)

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Steve Jennings
Personal information
Full name Steven John Jennings[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-28) 28 October 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tranmere Rovers
Number 4
Youth career
1993–1998 Everton
1998–2002 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Tranmere Rovers 140 (6)
2007 Hereford United (loan) 11 (0)
2009–2012 Motherwell 93 (2)
2012–2013 Coventry City 39 (0)
2013–2014 Tranmere Rovers 25 (1)
2014–2015 Port Vale 4 (0)
2014 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 8 (1)
2015– Tranmere Rovers 79 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 13 May 2017 (UTC).

Steven John Jennings (born 28 October 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for National League club Tranmere Rovers.

He turned professional at Tranmere Rovers in October 2002 and made his first team debut 12 months later. He remained with Tranmere for six seasons, also playing on loan at Hereford United in the latter half of the 2006–07 season. He signed with Scottish Premier League club Motherwell in July 2009. He spent three seasons in Scotland, featuring on the losing side in the 2011 final of the Scottish Cup. He then spent one season each at Coventry City and Tranmere Rovers, before joining Port Vale in July 2014. He returned to Tranmere on loan later in the year before joining the club permanently in January 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Jennings was taken out of the Everton Academy by his father and instead joined the Tranmere Rovers Centre of Excellence in 1998.[2] He was a key part of the Rovers youth team that reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2003. He signed a three-and-a-half-year professional contract with the club in October 2002.[3] He made his first team debut on 18 October 2003, coming on as a last minute substitute for Iain Hume in a 2–1 win over Oldham Athletic at Prenton Park.[4] He made his first start on 13 December, in a 2–2 draw at Chesterfield.[5] He played a total of four Second Division games during the 2003–04 campaign, and featured in 11 League One games during the 2004–05 season.

Jennings established himself in the Rovers first team under Brian Little's stewardship in the 2005–06 campaign, featuring 43 times and scoring two goals. He scored his first senior goal on 18 October in a 2–1 Football League Trophy victory over Lincoln City.[6] He scored his first league goal 11 days later, in a 2–0 victory at Doncaster Rovers.[7] He signed a new two-year contract in April 2006.[8] Having been limited to only five appearances in the first half of the 2006–07 season under new boss Ronnie Moore, Jennings joined Graham Turner's Hereford United on loan in January 2007.[9] He impressed at Edgar Street, which led to his loan being extended to the end of the 2006–07 season, and he played a total of 11 League Two games for the "Bulls".

Jennings re-established his place at Tranmere during the 2007–08 season, appearing in all but five league matches, usually partnering Paul McLaren in the centre of midfield. He had an excellent season, winning praise for his high work rate and willingness to make challenges. He won the Players' Young Player of the Season award at the end of the season. He was voted Tranmere Player's Player of the Year at the end of the 2008–09 season after missing only two league games due to suspension.[10]

Motherwell[edit]

In July 2009, he became Jim Gannon's first signing as Motherwell manager when he joined the club on a one-year deal.[11] He made his Scottish Premier League debut for the "Steelmen" at Fir Park on 22 August, in a 3–1 win over Kilmarnock.[12] He scored his first goal for Motherwell in a 3–1 loss to St Johnstone on 26 December.[13] He signed a new one-year contract in May 2010, leaving manager Craig Brown to say that the deal was a "massive boost" for the club and that "he's an excellent midfield player who has been at the heart of everything we did in the second half of the season".[14]

The Association of British Bookmakers investigated "suspicious betting patterns" on a red card being shown to Jennings for dissent during a game in December 2010.[15] Jennings was arrested, along with eight other men, on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud in October 2011.[16] A week later, his club confirmed that he would continue to be available for first-team selection.[17] Merseyside Police advised Jennings in April 2012 that their inquiries had ceased and that no further action would be taken.[18] His solicitor said that Jennings felt vindicated in believing that there had been no criminal activity.[18] After the police ended their investigation, Motherwell manager Stuart McCall criticised unnamed Scottish football officials who had suggested that Jennings should have been suspended while under suspicion.[19]

He made 43 appearances in the 2010–11 campaign, including the Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic at Hampden Park.[20] He signed a one-year contract extension with Motherwell in July 2011.[21] He played 37 games in the 2011–12 season, helping the club to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Coventry City[edit]

In August 2012, Jennings signed a two-year contract with Mark Robins's League One side Coventry City.[22] He played 49 games in the 2012–13 campaign, with only two players playing more games for the "Sky Blues" that season. Despite this he was judged to be surplus to requirements at the Ricoh Arena by new boss Steven Pressley and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in September 2013.[23][24]

Return to Tranmere Rovers[edit]

In October 2013, Jennings returned to Tranmere Rovers, still in League One and managed by Ronnie Moore, on non-contract terms.[25] He impressed at Prenton Park and his short-term stay was extended into the summer.[26] The club were relegated into League Two at the end of the 2013–14 season.

In July 2014, Jennings signed a one-year deal at League One club Port Vale, following a short period on trial.[27] On 27 October 2014, after only six appearances for the "Valiants", Jennings returned to Tranmere Rovers for a third spell, signing on loan until January 2015; in doing so he was also reunited with manager Micky Adams, who had signed him for Port Vale three months earlier.[28] He made a scoring start to his third spell at Prenton Park, netting from long range in a 2–2 draw with Stevenage on 1 November.[29] He left Vale Park by mutual consent in January 2015,[30] and signed a permanent contract with Tranmere.[31] He ended the 2014–15 season with 36 appearances to his name, as Rovers were relegated out of the Football League.

He signed a new one-year contract in May 2015, stating that "I want to make right the wrongs of the last couple of seasons".[32] He was later appointed as club captain.[33] He scored two goals in 45 appearances in the 2015–16 season, as Tranmere finished one place and two points outside the play-off zone.[34] He signed a new one-year contract in May 2016.[35] He played 20 games across the 2016–17 campaign after overcoming a knee injury which required surgery.[36]

Style of play[edit]

Speaking in February 2014, Tranmere Rovers coach John McMahon labelled Jennings a "fire blanket" for his ability to break up opposition play across the pitch.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 May 2017.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total[38]
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tranmere Rovers 2003–04[39] Second Division 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2004–05[40] League One 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 14 0
2005–06[41] League One 38 1 1 0 1 0 3 1 43 2
2006–07[42] League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 5 1
2007–08[43] League One 41 2 4 2 1 0 1 0 47 4
2008–09[44] League One 44 3 4 0 1 0 4 0 53 3
Total 140 6 10 2 5 0 12 2 167 10
Hereford United (loan) 2006–07[42] League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Motherwell 2009–10[45] Scottish Premier League 29 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 33 2
2010–11[46] Scottish Premier League 30 0 5 1 3 0 5 0 43 1
2011–12[47] Scottish Premier League 34 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 37 0
Total 93 2 7 1 5 0 8 0 113 3
Coventry City 2012–13[48] League One 39 0 3 1 1 0 6 1 49 2
Tranmere Rovers 2013–14[49] League One 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
Port Vale 2014–15[50] League One 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Tranmere Rovers 2014–15[50] League Two 30 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 36 1
2015–16[51] National League 42 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 45 2
2016–17[51] National League 15 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 20 1
Total 87 4 7 0 0 0 7 0 101 4
Career total 399 13 27 4 13 0 33 3 472 20
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the UEFA Europa League, FA Trophy, Football League Trophy, and play-offs.

Honours[edit]

with Motherwell

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Tranmere 2-1 Lincoln". BBC Sport. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
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  48. ^ "Games played by Steve Jennings in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Steve Jennings in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
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