Ipswich born Adrian Pennock made only one appearance for Norwich
City ( a 4-1 defeat against Southampton on 17th February 1990)
before moving onto Bournemouth in 1992 for £25,000. He had
signed for the Canaries as Associate Schoolboy in November 1986
although he had been at Ipswich's school of excellence originally.
Despite competition from Ipswich, Norwich signed him when Ipswich
failed to make him an offer. Adrian progressed through the ranks
at Carrow Road. He even had the obligatory "coming of age"
loan period to Scandinavia (Molde Fotballklubb).
After 131 appearances for the South Coast club, Adrian suffered
a career threatening injury. He managed to recover from this and
then signed for Gillingham in October 1996. He has now made over
150 appearances for Gillingham (155 by the end of 2000/01)
Gillingham reached the Division Two play-offs in 1998/99 but lost
on penalties to Manchester City At Wembley after a 2-2 draw. Adrian
was one of the unlucky players to miss a penalty for Gillingham.
At the end of January 2001, Adrian was linked with a move to Reading.
Adrian retired at the beginning of 2003, aged 31 following his
11th operation since damaging cruciate ligaments in his right
knee at Bournemouth eight years previously. A chance to remain
playing football in Kent materialised within days with both Dover
(Dr Martens League) and Gravesend & Northfleet (Conference)
expressing an interest in Pennock. Essex side Canvey Island (Rymans
League) were also linked (The
Non-League Paper). The conference side eventually won
the battle for Pennock's services signing him and former Bristol
Rovers striker Dwayne Plummer on Tuesday 21st January 2003. Pennock
was also appointed to coach Gravesend's Under 19 side.
On 31st October 2003, Adrian received a treat when he was appointed
assistant manager to replace Phil Handford who was leaving Gravesend.
In January 2005, Nationwide South club Welling United announced
the appointment of Adrian Pennock and Phil Handford as the new
managerial team at Park View Road. Pennock joins as first-team
manager, whilst Handford, a former Welling favourite as a player
who has also coached at Margate, will be Pennock's
Adrian left Welling at the end of the 2006/7 season to become
an academy coach at Stoke City. He became first team coach in
the summer of 2011. He left Stoke following Pulis' sacking in
Pennock was appointed manager of Conference side Forest Green
Rovers on 12th November 2013. Despite taking them to second place in the Conference in the 2015/16 season and thus into the play-offs for promotion to the Football League, Pennock was sacked on 27th April 2016 with Forest Green chairman Dale Vince stating "It was a difficult decision just a week out from the play-offs after Ady had taken us to our highest placed finish in the National League. However, as a club we felt we needed to make this change, in order to give us the best chance of succeeding in the play-offs. We thank Ady for his efforts while at the club and wish him well in the future."
On 4th January 2017, Gillingham named Pennock as their new Head Coach replacing Justin Edinbuirgh. He will be joined by Welling United boss Jamie Day and Bromley assistant manager Steve Lovell as first-team coaches. The trio have been placed in charge until the end of the 2016/17 season. Chairman Paul Scally said "A change was necessary to ensure the club achieves the best possible position. The current squad is the most expensive in the history of Gillingham FC, it has enormous potential and is capable of achieving great success over the remainder of the season and beyond."