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Jun 5, 2015, 11:30 AM

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Tony Jennings (Leytonstone, Hendon, Enfield, Kingstonian, Dagenham, Wealdstone, Carshalton Athletic & England) or Reply Privately

Sad to report the passing of one of my footballing heroes. When I started following Enfield in 1980, Tony was the rock on which their successful side was built. His composed, resolute and dependable defending was often called upon behind a team who placed the emphasis on attack. He scored one of his rare goals in the first game I saw, v Wembley in the F.A.Cup, but it was the countless ones that he prevented that were his major contribution. His last game for Enfield was the 1982 F.A.Trophy Final when he cleared a certain goal off the line with his keeper beaten and it is a mark of the esteem in which he was held that captain Steve Oliver sent Tony forward to recieve the cup at the end of the 1-0 victory over Altrincham - a really wonderful gesture. He had already won an Amateur Cup medal in 1972, with Hendon who beat Enfield 2-0, and he is one of only three players to have a winners medal from both Amateur Cup and F.A.Trophy. He also played in the first twelve international matches played by the England Semi-professional team, all as captain, a run that ended with his retirement from playing in 1982, aged 31.

He did play a few matches subsequently for Kingstonian, but moved into management with Dagenham, Wealdstone and Carshalton Athletic as well as having a spell in charge of the England Semi-professional team, but it was as a player that he achieved his greatest success. I have been fortunate to meet a number of his former team-mates and when you hear them speak about Tony, you realise just how much they loved and respected him. Sadly a long illness cast a shadow over his later years, but they cannot erase the countless happy memories he gave to many fans and team-mates alike over his wonderful career.

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