Terry Fenwick

Terence William Fenwick (born 17 November 1959)[1] is an English football manager and former player who played either as a centre-back or a full-back.

Terry Fenwick
Maradona vs fenwick 1986.jpg
Fenwick playing for England at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in the build up to the "Goal of the Century"
Personal information
Full name Terence William Fenwick
Date of birth (1959-11-17) 17 November 1959 (age 63)
Place of birth Seaham, England
Position(s) Centre-back, full-back
Youth career
0000–1976 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Crystal Palace 70 (0)
1980–1987 Queens Park Rangers 256 (33)
1987–1993 Tottenham Hotspur 93 (9)
1990–1991Leicester City (loan) 8 (1)
1993–1995 Swindon Town 28 (0)
Total 455 (42)
International career
1980–1982 England U21 11 (0)
1984–1988 England 20 (0)
Managerial career
1995–1998 Portsmouth
2001–2003 San Juan Jabloteh
2003 Northampton Town
2004–2005 Ashford Town (Kent)
2005–2009 San Juan Jabloteh
2009–2011 San Juan Jabloteh
2013–2014 Central
2014 Visé
2020–2021 Trinidad and Tobago
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

During his playing career, he made a total of 455 appearances in the Football League for Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Swindon Town. Fenwick made twenty appearances for the England national football team from 1984 to 1988, and represented the country at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Fenwick began his managerial career in the mid-1990s with Portsmouth, from 1995 to 1998. He later had executive and managerial stints at Southall, Ashford Town and Northampton Town. Since the early 2000s, Fenwick has primarily managed in Trinidad and Tobago, where he has been in charge of San Juan Jabloteh (on three occasions), Central and the national team.

Club careerEdit

Crystal PalaceEdit

Fenwick began his youth career at Crystal Palace, where he was part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in both 1977 and 1978, scoring the only goal in each final in two 1–0 wins over Everton and Aston Villa respectively.[2] He signed professional terms with Palace in December 1976,[1] made his league debut away to Tottenham Hotspur in December 1977,[2] and went on to make 10 appearances that season. In the 1978–79 season, Palace were promoted to the top flight and Fenwick made a further 20 appearances, and 10 in the 1979–80 season. During those three seasons, Fenwick wore eight different numbered shirts for Palace at a time when shirt numbers equated more to playing position.[3] Fenwick started the next season as first choice left-back after the departure of Kenny Sansom.[2] After a poor start to the season, the club looked set for relegation and in December 1980,[1] Fenwick rejoined former Palace manager Terry Venables at Queens Park Rangers.[2] He had made 70 league appearances for Palace, but without scoring.[1]

Queens Park RangersEdit

Fenwick signed for Queens Park Rangers in December 1980,[1] for £110,000[2] and went on to make 256 appearances scoring 33 goals. Whilst at Queens Park Rangers, he became the first full-back to score a goal from open play in an FA Cup Final when he equalized against Tottenham Hotspur in the 1982 final.[4]

Tottenham HotspurEdit

In December 1987, Fenwick was again signed by Terry Venables for Tottenham Hotspur, for a fee of £550,000[2] and went on to make 93 appearances for Spurs, scoring nine times mostly from the penalty spot in just one season, 1988–89. In 1990–91, Fenwick had a loan spell at Leicester City (eight appearances, one goal), after which he returned to Spurs halfway through the season. A broken ankle ruled him out of their victory in the 1991 FA Cup Final.[5]

Swindon TownEdit

In 1993, Fenwick signed for Swindon Town, at that time a newly promoted Premier League team. His first season, saw Swindon winning only 5 games of a total 42, conceding 100 goals and being relegated. Fenwick played 28 games during this season, and was noted for involvement in an incident which resulted in a broken leg for Paul Warhurst.[citation needed] He played only two games the following season, was released, and ended his playing career shortly thereafter.

International careerEdit

Fenwick made his international debut for the full England side in May 1984 as a substitute for Alvin Martin at Wrexham,[2] and went on to make 20 appearances for the national side up until 1988.

He holds the English record for most yellow cards, three, in a single World Cup tournament, which he achieved in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. During that World Cup, Fenwick was also noted for being passed by Diego Maradona as Maradona scored the "Goal of the Century".[6]

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring as a player Fenwick moved into football management. In 1995, he replaced Jim Smith as manager for Portsmouth.[7] After a poor first full season in charge, where the club only avoided relegation on goal difference, an improved second season saw the club miss out on a play-off spot by one place, and they also eliminated then-Premier League Leeds United from the FA Cup.[8] Fenwick left Portsmouth in January 1998 with the club bottom of the Division One table.[9] Fenwick then followed Terry Venables to Crystal Palace, where he served as assistant manager.[10]

In a remarkable turn of events, Fenwick was canvassed by an Asian businessman and coerced to become the new public face of beleaguered non-league outfit Southall between 2000 to 2001.[11] It led to fellow Queens Park Rangers teammate Mike Fillery being installed to take charge of first team affairs, before both were ousted amid the debacle surrounding the club's ownership.[clarification needed][citation needed]

After managing San Juan Jabloteh, where he won the TT Pro League in back-to-back seasons,[12] Fenwick returned to England to take charge of Northampton Town.[12] However, he only lasted for seven games. His first game saw a 1–0 lead turn into a 2–1 defeat away to Blackpool.[13] The next five games saw just two draws and three more defeats. His last game in charge was against Bristol City.[13] The 2–1 defeat saw calls for his departure from fans and he left the post the following Monday.[14] He was replaced by Martin Wilkinson.[13] That summer, Fenwick was lined up to become the new manager of Luton Town, but he decided not to take the job due to uncertainty over the club's ownership – amid allegations of fraud surrounding the Hatters, and former Southall chairman John Gurney.[15] In September 2004, Fenwick became director of football at Isthmian League side Ashford Town. The following month, Fenwick was appointed manager by owner Tim Thorogood. He resigned in January 2005, after a poor run of form, as well as failing to have a consistent line-up due to a turnover of players.[16]

Since his managerial days in England, Fenwick has spent a considerable amount of time in Trinidad and Tobago, where he has enjoyed a great degree of managerial success – winning the country's professional football league on four occasions (2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008).[17] After securing a place in the Caribbean Champions League for Central, Fenwick signed for Visé in the Belgian Second Division.[18] However, in October 2014, the club was declared bankrupt.[19]

On 19 December 2019, Fenwick was appointed as the head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national team on a two-year contract commencing on 1 January 2020.[20] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he did not take charge of his first match until 31 January 2021, in a 7–0 loss to the United States, equalling the biggest defeat in Trinidad and Tobago's history.[21][22] Despite being favoured to qualify out of their first round group, Trinidad and Tobago had eight points from four matches, finishing one point behind Saint Kitts and Nevis.[23][24] On 11 June, Fenwick had his contract "terminated" by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Fenwick received a four-month prison sentence in September 1991 after being convicted of drink-driving. He served two months of his sentence.[5]

Fenwick married Reyna Kowlessar, a Trinidadian lawyer, in January 2014.[18]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands (1990). Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 72. ISBN 0907969542.
  3. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands (1990). Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. pp. 249–253. ISBN 0907969542.
  4. ^ "England players: Terry Fenwick". englandfootballonline. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Terry FENWICK - Biography of his career at Spurs. - Tottenham Hotspur FC". sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ Groom, Andy (2011). England's World Cup Story: From Winterbottom's 1950 to Capello's 2010. Andrews UK Limited. ISBN 9781908582553. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ Haylett, Trevor (3 February 1995). "Fenwick forms Fratton alliance". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  8. ^ McMahon, Mark (15 February 2019). "On this day: Portsmouth dump Premier League Leeds out of FA Cup". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Football: Fenwick pays the price at Portsmouth". The Independent. 14 January 1998. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  10. ^ Leach, Conrad (8 November 1998). "Football: Venables settles old scores". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Proud Southall's split personality". BBC Sport. 21 March 2001. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  12. ^ a b Casey, Jeremy (15 January 2021). "STEP BACK IN SPORTING TIME... 2003 - Terry Fenwick is named Cobblers manager". Northampton Chronicle & Echo. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  13. ^ a b c Casey, Jeremy (26 February 2021). "STEP BACK IN SPORTING TIME... 2003 - Cobblers sack Terry Fenwick... after 49 days in charge". Northampton Chronicle & Echo. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Cobblers sack Fenwick". BBC Sport. 24 February 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  15. ^ "By Luton Fans, For Luton Fans". www.lutonfc.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2003. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Fenwick quits struggling Ashford". Kent Online. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  17. ^ Nagulendran, Santokie (15 February 2017). "Far-Flung Adventures: Terry Fenwick, from marking Maradona to managing in the Caribbean". The Set Pieces. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Fenwick quits Central: English coach poised to join Belgium club". www.wired868.com. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Le CS Visé déclaré en faillite". dhnet.be (in French). 28 October 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Fenwick appointed". trinidadexpress.com. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  21. ^ "Jesús Ferreira, Paul Arriola and Jonathan Lewis score two goals apiece as USMNT routs Trinidad and Tobago". USA Today. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  22. ^ Liburd, Lasana (31 January 2021). "Fenwick ties record T&T defeat on coaching debut, as Warriors lose 7-0 to USA". wired868.com. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  23. ^ Liburd, Lasana (5 June 2021). "Nassau nightmare! Trinidad and Tobago eliminated from 2022 W/Cup by 201st ranked The Bahamas". wired868.com. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  24. ^ Liburd, Lasana (8 June 2021). "Hyland signs off in style and Muckette opens tab, as Trinidad and Tobago down SKN 2-0". wired868.com. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  25. ^ "TTFA confirms Fenwick 'termination'; Corneal, Sherwood and Chinapoo to help pick new coach". wired868.com. 11 June 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Terry Fenwick at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database