Dave Penney

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David Mark Penney (born 17 August 1964) is an English football manager and former player. Born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] Penney entered professional football at the relatively late age of 21. He had been working as a bricklayer and playing for nothing at Pontefract Collieries for 5 years before he was spotted by Derby County scout Ron Jukes, who recommended him to manager Arthur Cox. He was offered a contract at the then Third Division club and they climbed two divisions before he left for Oxford United for £175,000. He then went on to Wales, where he played for Swansea City and Cardiff City, latterly signing for Doncaster Rovers in 1998. He played as a midfielder.

Dave Penney
Penney in 2009
Personal information
Full name David Mark Penney[1]
Date of birth 17 August 1964 (age 57)[1]
Place of birth Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Club information
Current team
York City (Sporting director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Pontefract Collieries ? (?)
1985–1989 Derby County 19 (0)
1989–1994 Oxford United 110 (15)
1991Swansea City (loan) 12 (3)
1994–1997 Swansea City 116 (20)
1997–1998 Cardiff City 35 (5)
1998–2002 Doncaster Rovers 63 (13)
Total 355 (56)
Teams managed
2000 Doncaster Rovers (player)
2001–2006 Doncaster Rovers
2006–2009 Darlington
2009–2010 Oldham Athletic
2011 Bristol Rovers
2013–2015 Southend United (assistant)
2016–2017 Guiseley (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Managerial career

In 2002 Penney retired to pursue a career in management and he remained at Doncaster, taking the managerial job on a full-time basis. After a well-placed finish in his first season, Penney guided Doncaster back into the Football League with victory in the 2003 play-off final. Their stay in Division Three wasn't long though as he managed Doncaster to the Division Three title. During a further two seasons of cementing Doncaster's place in League One Penney famously masterminded victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Aston Villa, and nearly overcame Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-finals before finally being beaten in a penalty shootout. Penney left Rovers on 30 August 2006 as he felt he had taken the club as far as he could.

He was appointed manager of Darlington on 30 October 2006. He returned to Doncaster with Darlington for a Football League Trophy tie on 9 January 2007, Doncaster winning the game 2–0, and Penney received a hero's reception from the home fans at the new Keepmoat Stadium.

Penney was appointed manager at Oldham Athletic on 30 April 2009.[2] He left on 6 May 2010, through mutual consent,[3] with falling attendances one of the reasons why Penney was relieved of duty.

On 10 January 2011 Penney was appointed as manager of League One club Bristol Rovers.[4] His tenure in charge of the west country club did not last long however, as he was sacked less than two months later having lost nine of his 13 games in charge.[5] His last game was a 2–0 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge. Following receiving the sack from Bristol Rovers, Stuart Campbell was put in charge for the game against Tranmere, in which a Chris Lines goal sealed a 1–0 win.[citation needed]

While at the Memorial Stadium, he only recorded two wins, against Swindon Town and Oldham Athletic, and also recorded a 6–1 defeat away to Walsall.[citation needed] He was reported as being furious after being overlooked for the Grimsby Town managerial job when Rob Scott and Paul Hurst were appointed on 22 March 2011.[citation needed]

As of 13 May 2013, he is reported to be interested in a coaching role at Southend United, as newly appointed manager Phil Brown seeks to improve the quality of back-room staff at the club.[6] He was hired as an assistant coach, leaving the position in June 2015. In September 2016, Penney was once again hired as an assistant manager, this time for Guiseley.[7] Together with manager Adam Lockwood, Penney was fired on 30 August 2017.[8]

On 1 October 2017, York City hired Penney as a sporting director.[9]

Personal life

Penney's son, Mark Penney, was a semi-professional footballer.


As a player

Derby County

Swansea City

Cardiff City

  • FAW Invitation Cup runner-up: 1998

As a manager

Doncaster Rovers

Managerial statistics

As of 5 March 2011.
Team From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Doncaster Rovers 22 April 2000 31 May 2000 6 4 1 1 66.7
Doncaster Rovers 27 December 2001 30 August 2006 241 114 62 65 47.3
Darlington 30 October 2006 30 April 2009 139 60 35 44 43.2
Oldham Athletic 30 April 2009 6 May 2010 48 13 13 22 27.1
Bristol Rovers 10 January 2011 7 March 2011 13 2 2 9 15.38


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 487. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. ^ "Oldham confirm Penney as manager" . BBC Sport. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Manager Dave Penney parts company with Oldham" . BBC Sport. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Bristol Rovers appoint Dave Penney as their new manager" . BBC Sport. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Bristol Rovers sack manager Dave Penney" . BBC Sport. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Dave Penney set to join back-room staff at Southend United" . Southend Echo. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ Adam Lockwood: Guiseley sack manager after one year in charge ,, 30 August 2017
  9. ^ York City name new manager and sporting director ,, 1 October 2019
  10. ^ Fox, Norman (25 May 1997). "Football: Swansea run over by Frain" . The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Archived from the original on 27 October 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2020.

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