Terry Fenwick

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Terry Fenwick
Personal information
Full name Terence William Fenwick
Date of birth (1959-11-17) 17 November 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Seaham, England
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
?–1976 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Crystal Palace 70 (0)
1980–1987 Queens Park Rangers 256 (33)
1987–1993 Tottenham Hotspur 93 (8)
1990–1991Leicester City (loan) 8 (1)
1993–1995 Swindon Town 28 (0)
Total 455 (42)
National team
1980–1982 England U21 11 (0)
1984–1988 England 20 (0)
Teams managed
1995–1998 Portsmouth
2003 Northampton Town
2005–2009 San Juan Jabloteh
2009–2011 San Juan Jabloteh
2013–2014 Central FC
2014 C.S. Visé
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Terence William Fenwick (born 17 November 1959)[1] is an English football coach and former player. Playing as a defender, he made a total of 455 appearances in the Football League, for Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Swindon Town.

Playing career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Fenwick began his youth career at Crystal Palace where he was part of the successful team that won the F.A. Youth Cup in both 1977 and 1978, scoring the only goal in each final in two 1-0 wins over Everton and Aston Villa respectively.[2] He signed professional terms with Palace, in December 1976,[1] made his league debut away to Tottenham Hotspur in December 1977[2] and went on to make 10 appearances that season. The next season (1978–79) Palace were promoted to the top flight and Fenwick made a further 20 appearances and 10 in 1979–80 in the old Division One. During those three seasons, Fenwick wore eight different numbered shirts for Palace at a time when shirt numbers equated more to playing position.[3] Fenwick started the next season as first choice left back after the departure of Kenny Sansom,[2] but after a poor start to the season the club looked set for relegation and in December 1980,[1] Fenwick rejoined former Palace manager Terry Venables at Queens Park Rangers.[2] He had made 70 league appearances for Palace, but without scoring.[1]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Fenwick signed for Queens Park Rangers in December 1980[1] for £110,000[2] and went on to make 256 appearances scoring 33 goals. Whilst at Queens Park Rangers, Fenwick made his debut for the full England side, in May 1984 as a substitute for Alvin Martin, at Wrexham.[2] He also became the first full back to score a goal from open play in an FA Cup Final when he equalized against Tottenham Hotspur in the 1982 final.[4]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

In December 1987, Fenwick was again signed by Terry Venables for Tottenham Hotspur, for a fee of £550,000[2] and went on to make 93 appearances for Spurs, scoring eight times all from the penalty spot in just one season, 1988–89.[citation needed] In 1990–91 Fenwick had a loan spell at Leicester city (eight appearances 1 goal), after which he returned to Spurs halfway through the season. A broken ankle ruled him out of their victory in the 1991 FA Cup Final.[5] In 1993 he moved on to Swindon Town.

Swindon Town[edit]

In 1993 Fenwick signed for Swindon Town, at that time a newly promoted Premier League team. His first season, 1993–4, saw Swindon winning only 5 games of a total 42, conceding 100 goals and being relegated. Fenwick played 28 games during this season, and was noted for involvement in an incident which resulted in a broken leg for Paul Warhurst.[citation needed] He played only two games the following season, was released, and ended his playing career shortly thereafter.

International career[edit]

Fenwick made his international debut for the full England side in May 1984 as a substitute for Alvin Martin at Wrexham,[2] and went on to make 20 appearances for the national side up until 1988.

He holds the English record for most yellow cards, three, in a single World Cup tournament, which he achieved in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. During that World Cup, Fenwick was also noted for being passed by Diego Maradona as Maradona scored the "Goal of the Century".[6]

Personal life[edit]

Fenwick received a four-month prison sentence in September 1991 after being convicted of drink-driving. He served two months of his sentence.[5]

Fenwick married Reyna Kowlessar, a Trinidadian lawyer in January 2014.[7]

Managerial career[edit]

Following in the footsteps of many former players, Fenwick decided to try a managerial career. In 1995, he replaced Jim Smith as manager for Portsmouth. After an underwhelming first full season in charge, where the club only avoided relegation on goal difference, an improved second season saw the club miss out on a play-off spot by just one place, and they also eliminated then-Premier League Leeds United from the FA Cup. A dire third season cost Fenwick his job however, and he left with the Club bottom of the Division One table.

In a quite remarkable turnaround of events, Fenwick was canvassed by an Asian businessman and coerced to become the new public face of beleaguered non-league outfit Southall between 2000–2001. It led to fellow Queens Park Rangers teammate Mike Fillery being installed to take charge of first team affairs, before both were ousted amid the debacle surrounding the Club's ownership.

Fenwick's next manager job was at Northampton Town in 2003, where he only lasted for 7 games. His first game saw a 1–0 lead turn into a 2–1 defeat away to Blackpool. The next five games saw just two draws and three more defeats. His last game in charge was against Bristol City. The 2–1 defeat saw calls for his departure from fans and he left the post the following Monday. He was replaced by Martin Wilkinson. That summer, Fenwick was lined up to become the new manager of Luton Town, but he decided not to take the job due to uncertainty over the Club's ownership - amid allegations of fraud surrounding Hatters, and former Southall chairman John Gurney.[8]

After enduring a fairly torrid time with Southall, through no fault of his own, in 2004, Fenwick became director of football at Isthmian League side Ashford Town. Yet, despite plans to reshape the Club for bigger things, a lack of private investment and on-field success, meant the Club was unable to move forward.

Since his managerial days in England, Fenwick has spent a considerable amount of time in Trinidad and Tobago, where he has enjoyed a great degree of managerial success - winning the country's professional football league on four occasions (2002, 2003, 2007, and 2008). After securing a place in the Caribbean Champions League for Central FC, Fenwick signed for CS Visé in the Belgian Second Division[7] at the time of the signature but the club was relegated at the end of the season.


  1. ^ a b c d e Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 324. ISBN 0907969542.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 72. ISBN 0907969542.
  3. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. pp. 249–253. ISBN 0907969542.
  4. ^ "England players: Terry Fenwick". englandfootballonline. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Terry FENWICK - Biography of his career at Spurs. - Tottenham Hotspur FC". sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ Groom, Andy (2011). England's World Cup Story: From Winterbottom's 1950 to Capello's 2010. Andrews UK Limited. ISBN 9781908582553. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Fenwick quits Central: English coach poised to join Belgium club". www.wired868.com. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  8. ^ "By Luton Fans, For Luton Fans". www.lutonfc.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2003. Retrieved 20 August 2010.

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