ADY PENNOCK FAC­TFILE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

Born: Ip­swich, 1971 (Age 45) Ca­reer: A cen­tre-back, Pennock ini­tially played for the Ip­swich school of ex­cel­lence but was of­fered a con­tract by Nor­wich and joined the Ca­naries as a teenager in 1986. His de­but – and only ap­pear­ance – came in 1990 and he sub­se­quently joined Bournemouth for £30,000 in 1992. Af­ter 160 games for the Cher­ries, he moved to Gilling­ham for a fee of £25,000 in 1996. Pennock would spend the next seven years at Pri­est­field, win­ning pro­mo­tion to the sec­ond tier in 2000 and help­ing to keep the Gills up for three sea­sons. Famed for his prac­ti­cal jokes and own goals, Pennock was voted into the Gills’ great­est ever XI in 2013 and left in 2003 af­ter 199 ap­pear­ances. He sub­se­quently played 14 games in two sea­sons with Gravesend & North­fleet be­fore re­tir­ing in 2005. Ap­pointed man­ager of Welling in Jan­uary 2005, Pennock fin­ished ninth and eighth in Con­fer­ence South be­fore leav­ing to be­come academy and youth team man­ager at Stoke City. Pro­moted to first team coach in 2011, he left the club when Tony Pulis re­signed in 2013 and was ap­pointed man­ager of For­est Green Rovers in Novem­ber of that year. Pennock led Rovers to fin­ishes of 12th, fifth and sec­ond in the Con­fer­ence Premier be­fore being sacked in April 2016. He was named man­ager of Gilling­ham on Jan­uary 4.

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