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Full name  Adrian Barry Pennock
Name  Adrian Pennock
Playing position  Defender
Years  Team
Career end  2005

1986–1989  Norwich City
Career start  1989
Place of birth  Ipswich, England
Role  Footballer
Manages  Forest Green Rovers F.C.
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Date of birth  (1971-03-27) 27 March 1971 (age 44)
Current team  Forest Green Rovers (manager)
Team coached  Forest Green Rovers F.C. (Manager, since 2013)

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Adrian Barry Pennock (born 27 March 1971) is an English former footballer who played for Norwich City, Molde FK, Bournemouth, Gillingham and Gravesend & Northfleet. He spent two years of manager of Welling United before joining Stoke City to be first team coach. He left at the end of the 2012–13 season following the departure of Tony Pulis, and on 12 November 2013 was appointed manager of Forest Green Rovers where he twice led them to record highest league finishes.


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He is currently the Head Coach of League One side Gillingham having been appointed in January 2017.

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Playing career

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Although born in Ipswich and having grown up supporting Ipswich Town, Pennock began his career with their fiercest rivals, Norwich City, where he progressed through the ranks to turn professional in 1989. He was only to manage one appearance for the Canaries' first team, however, and in 1992 he was allowed to move to AFC Bournemouth for a fee of £30,000. He was a regular for the Cherries until he suffered a knee injury in December 1995 and was unable to regain his place in the team. In October 1996 his former Bournemouth manager, Tony Pulis signed him for Gillingham for £25,000.

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Pennock spent over six years at Priestfield Stadium where he was a regular in the first team until a recurring knee injury took its toll. He developed a reputation as a practical joker whilst with Gillingham – during one pre-season friendly he switched on the pitch sprinkler system during the match. He also scored a memorable own goal against Wigan Athletic in 2000 which spawned a recurring terrace chant of "He only scores own goals". Such was his affinity with the fans that he even acquired his own fan club. On the pitch, he was named captain for the play-off final in 2000 which saw the Gills promoted to the Football League First Division for the first time in their history.

Injuries forced Pennock to retire from League football in 2003, after which he signed for Football Conference side Gravesend & Northfleet, where he was also assistant manager.

In January 2006 he was involved in a dispute with Gillingham chairman Paul Scally over a testimonial match which Pennock alleged he was promised as part of his final contract at Gillingham but which never materialised.

Welling United

In January 2005 Pennock was appointed manager of Welling United of the Conference South and by the end of the season had guided them to their best league position for six years.

Stoke City (coach)

He left Welling at the end of the 2006–07 season to take up a coaching position at Stoke City, under his former Gillingham manager, Tony Pulis. He was initially appointed youth team boss at Stoke. In January 2010, Pennock expressed an interest in one day returning to management. In the summer of 2011 he made the step up to become first team coach at Stoke. He left the club at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Forest Green Rovers

On 12 November 2013, Pennock was appointed as the new manager of Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers. He led the club to a 10th-place finish at the end of the 2013–14 season.

In January 2015, he was linked with the vacant managerial role at Gillingham, however he issued a statement declaring his aim to remain at Forest Green.

At the end of the 2014–15 season he led Forest Green to a record highest league finish of 5th in the Conference Premier, meaning that the club secured a place in the play-offs for the first time. Forest Green were knocked out in the semi-finals, losing 3–0 on aggregate against Bristol Rovers.

On 4 September 2015, after leading Forest Green to seven straight wins in the renamed National League at the start of the 2015–16 season, he was named August Manager of the Month. On 5 September 2015, he led the club to an eighth straight league win at the start of the season with victory at Chester – a National League record. On 5 February 2016, he was named National League January Manager of the Month having guided Forest Green to six straight wins.

Despite taking Forest Green to 2nd in the National League, which was another record highest finish, he was relieved of his duties on 27 April 2016, just one week before the play-offs, after a poor run of results that had failed to see his side win in seven games.

In November 2016, he returned to Welling United after being appointed as a consultant to new manager Jamie Day, who had been his assistant at Forest Green.


On 4 January 2017, Pennock was appointed as the new Head Coach of his former club and League One side Gillingham. Steve Lovell and Jamie Day were announced as part of his team of coaching staff.


  • Sourced from Adrian Pennock profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
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