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Connor Jennings

Connor Jennings
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Jennings playing for Stalybridge Celtic in 2012
Personal information
Full name Connor Joseph Jennings[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Tranmere Rovers
Number 11
Youth career
2005–2009 Stalybridge Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Stalybridge Celtic 103 (44)
2012–2014 Scunthorpe United 16 (0)
2012–2013Stockport County (loan) 13 (4)
2013Macclesfield Town (loan) 16 (14)
2014Grimsby Town (loan) 12 (1)
2014–2016 Wrexham 86 (20)
2016– Tranmere Rovers 116 (25)
2017Macclesfield Town (loan) 5 (1)
National team
2011 England C 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 2 September 2019 (UTC)

Connor Joseph Jennings (born 29 October 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for League One club Tranmere Rovers.

Jennings started his career with Stalybridge Celtic in the 2008–09 season, staying with them until halfway through 2011–12, where he scored over 50 goals in over 100 games, before moving on to Scunthorpe United. He played once for the England national C team, scoring one goal.

Club career

Stalybridge Celtic

Jennings was born in Manchester.[4] He rose through the youth team at Stalybridge Celtic and made his debut for the club, on 3 March 2009, coming on as a substitute and scoring in a 7–1 victory over Hinckley United.[5] He scored his second and third goals for the club as part of a 4–0 win over Burscough in April 2009.[6] He started off the 2009–10 season well scoring once in August, as Celtic won 3–1 at home to Vauxhall Motors.[7] He finished that season with 11 goals in all competitions. He got his 2010–11 season of to a good start by scoring in a 2–1 defeat to Nuneaton Town.[8] This turned out to be his most prolific season yet, scoring 18 goals,[9] including two brace's towards the end of the season, against Gloucester City and Vauxhall Motors.[10][11]

After a prolific season in 2010–11, he got his 2011–12 season of to a great start,scoring five goals in August.[9] He went on to score ten goals in the next three months, including brace's against Altrincham and Worcester City.[9] In December 2011, he scored another brace, hitting both of Celtic's goals in a 2–2 draw with Stockport County in the FA Trophy.[12] He followed that up by scoring a stoppage time winner in the replay at Bower Fold as his team won 2–1.[13] On 1 January 2012, he scored his last goal on his last appearance for Stalybridge in stoppage time, scoring a penalty, which he won himself, his team lost the mach 3–1 to rivals Hyde.[14] He scored 51 goals in 123 matches in all competitions, in his time at Stalybridge.[15]

Scunthorpe United

Jennings signed for League One team Scunthorpe United on 5 January 2012 on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[16][17] He made his debut on 14 January, coming on as a 70th-minute substitute in a 1–1 draw at Colchester United.[18] He scored his first goal for the club in a 5–5 draw with Derby County in the League Cup on 14 August 2012.[19]

After 14 appearances for Scunthorpe in 2012–13, scoring one goal, he was loaned out to Conference Premier team Stockport County on 16 November 2012.[20] He made his debut the day after, as his team lost 2–0 away to Nuneaton Town.[21]

Jennings joined Macclesfield Town on loan at the start of 2013–14, initially until January.[22] He returned to Scunthorpe on 15 December 2013 because of a calf injury.[23]

On 28 February 2014, Jennings joined Conference Premier club Grimsby Town on an initial one-month loan.[24] On 25 March 2014, Jennings extended his loan with Grimsby until the end of 2013–14.[citation needed]

Wrexham

On 11 July 2014, Jennings signed for Wrexham.[25]

Tranmere Rovers

On 2 June 2016, Jennings joined Wrexham's National League rivals Tranmere Rovers on a two-year contract.[26] Jennings' Tranmere career got off to a slow star, making just 11 appearances by January. Jennings was then loaned out to fellow National League club Macclesfield Town for whom he played 5 games, scoring 1 goal.[27] Jennings returned to Tranmere in March and went on to establish himself as a first team regular until the end of the season, Jennings' stint in the side coincided with an excellent run of form for Tranmere which saw them narrowly miss out on the National League title.[28] Jennings managed 6 goals in April 2017, 3 of which came in a 9–0 victory over Solihull Moors.[29]

He signed a new two-year contract with the club in May 2018.[30]

Playoff finals

Jennings scored against Forest Green in the 2017 National League play-off final. His rising finish from distance wasn't enough to stop Tranmere's first Wembley appearance in 17 years ending in a 3–1 defeat.[31]

In the 2018 National League play-off final, Jennings crossed for James Norwood to score the winning goal in Tranmere's 2–1 win over Boreham Wood.[32]

In the 2019 League Two play-off final, Jennings scored the only goal of the game as Tranmere beat Newport County 1–0.[33]

International career

He was selected to play for the England national C team against Gibraltar in November 2011, and he scored his first and England's only goal in that game, coming on as a 46th-minute substitute for Barrow's Adam Boyes.[34]

Style of play

Jennings who plays as a striker, has been described as 'pacey'. He was also described as a 'stylish' player with an 'eye for goal'.[15] On his arrival at Scunthorpe United, manager Alan Knill said about Jennings, "Technically, he is very good and very quick" he also added "Jennings can play in a number of positions and not just at Centre Forward".[35]

Personal life

Connor's older brother, James, is also a footballer who currently plays as a defender for Wrexham.[22]

Career statistics

As of match played 31 August 2019
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
Stalybridge Celtic 2008–09[9] Conference North 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
2009–10[9] Conference North 36 10 3 1 4[a] 0 43 11
2010–11[9] Conference North 36 16 4 0 3[b] 2 43 18
2011–12[9] Conference North 23 15 1 0 5[c] 4 29 19
Total 103 44 8 1 12 6 123 51
Scunthorpe United 2011–12[36] League One 4 0 4 0
2012–13[37] League One 12 0 1 0 2 1 1[d] 0 16 1
2013–14[38] League Two 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 20 1
Stockport County (loan) 2012–13[39] Conference Premier 13 4 3[b] 4 16 8
Macclesfield Town (loan) 2013–14[39] Conference Premier 16 14 3 3 19 17
Grimsby Town (loan) 2013–14[39] Conference Premier 12 1 12 1
Wrexham 2014–15[39] Conference Premier 41 6 4 1 9[b] 2 54 9
2015–16[39] National League 45 14 1 0 2[b] 0 48 14
Total 86 20 5 1 11 2 102 23
Tranmere Rovers 2016–17[39] National League 23 7 0 0 6[e] 1 29 8
2017–18[39] National League 43 8 3 1 2[f] 0 48 9
2018–19[40] League Two 45 8 5 4 0 0 5[g] 1 55 13
2019–20[41] League One 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 2
Total 116 25 8 5 1 0 13 2 138 32
Macclesfield Town (loan) 2016–17[39] National League 5 1 5 1
Career total 367 109 25 10 3 1 40 14 435 134
  1. ^ One appearance in Cheshire Senior Cup, three in FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Two appearances in Cheshire Senior Cup, three appearances and four goals in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  5. ^ Three appearances in FA Trophy, three appearances and one goal in National League play-offs
  6. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, one in National League play-offs
  7. ^ Two appearances in EFL Trophy, three appearances and one goal in League Two play-offs

Honours

Wrexham

Tranmere Rovers

References

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 43. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Profiles: Connor Jennings". Scunthorpe United F.C. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Connor Jennings". Tranmere Rovers F.C. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Connor Jennings". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  5. ^ Benson, Iain. "Hinckley torn to shreds". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. ^ Benson, Iain. "Celtic see off hard working Burscough". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. ^ Benson, Iain. "First home win". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  8. ^ Benson, Iain. "Suspected broken arm for Phil Marsh". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Player profile – Connor Jennings". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  10. ^ Benson, Iain. "Celtic thrash Gloucester by a single goal". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  11. ^ Benson, Iain. "Celtic cruise in control past the Motors". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  12. ^ Benson, Iain. "Celtic still in the hat". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  13. ^ Benson, Iain. "Moves like Jennings". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Lesson in finishing". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Player information: Connor Jennings". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  16. ^ "Scunthorpe United sign Connor Jennings and lose Duffy". BBC Sport. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Jennings will wear the badge with pride". Scunthorpe United F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2012.[dead link]
  18. ^ "Colchester 1–1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Derby 5–5 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Stockport sign Scunthorpe's Connor Jennings on loan". BBC Sport. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  21. ^ "Nuneaton 2–0 Stockport". BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Silkmen sign Jennings". Macclesfield Town F.C. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  23. ^ Moody, James (15 December 2013). "Injured Jennings returns". Scunthorpe United F.C. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Iron striker joins Town". Grimsby Town F.C. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Wrexham FC sign new striker Connor Jennings". Wrexham A.F.C. 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Connor Jennings: Tranmere Rovers sign Wrexham striker". BBC Sport. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Jennings joins Macclesfield on loan". Liverpool Echo. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  28. ^ Goodwin, Ben (12 April 2017). "How Tranmere's run-in for National League title battle looks". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Tranmere Rovers 9–0 Solihull Moors". BBC Sport. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Tranmere Rovers: Striker Connor Jennings signs new deal with League Two side". BBC Sport. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  31. ^ Ames, Nick (14 May 2017). "Forest Green stun Tranmere to claim league place for first time". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  32. ^ "Boreham Wood 1, Tranmere 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  33. ^ BBC Sport. "Tranmere Rovers v Newport County".
  34. ^ Appleby, Michael. "England rocked by Gibraltar". The Football Association. Retrieved 6 January 2012.[dead link]
  35. ^ "Jennings' hunger delights Knill". Scunthorpe United F.C. 6 January 2012. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012.
  36. ^ "Games played by Connor Jennings in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  37. ^ "Games played by Connor Jennings in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  38. ^ "Games played by Connor Jennings in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  39. ^ a b c d e f g h "C. Jennings: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  40. ^ "Games played by Connor Jennings in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  41. ^ "Games played by Connor Jennings in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  42. ^ Sweet, Geoff (29 March 2015). "North Ferriby win FA Trophy after penalty shootout drama". The Football Association. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  43. ^ Freeman, Jay (12 May 2018). "Boreham Wood 1–2 Tranmere Rovers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  44. ^ Pearlman, Michael (25 May 2019). "Newport County 0–1 Tranmere Rovers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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