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Jesse Pennington

Jesse Pennington
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Full nameJesse Pennington
Date of birth23 August 1883
Place of birthWest Bromwich, England
Date of death5 September 1970(age 87)
Place of deathKidderminster, England
Playing positionLeft-back

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Jesse Pennington (23 August 1883 5 September 1970) was an English football player in the early part of the 20th century. He was nicknamed "Peerless Pennington".

Born in West Bromwich, Pennington was a left-back for West Bromwich Albion for 19 years, from March 1903 to May 1922. Although his career was interrupted by World War I, Pennington made 455 league appearances for the club, captaining them to the league title in 1919 1920. He had also been a part of the team promoted from the Second Division in 1911 and had received an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1912.

On the international front, Pennington earned 25 caps for England between 18 March 1907 and 10 April 1920, captaining the side on one occasion. At the time of his final cap he was, at 36 years and 231 days, England's oldest capped outfield player. This record has since been exceeded by Stanley Matthews, Leslie Compton and Stuart Pearce.

After retiring, he worked as a scout for West Bromwich Albion from 1950 to 1960 and was made a life member of the club in 1969, a year before he died in Kidderminster. Pennington was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations in 2004.

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