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Benny Fenton
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Robert Vincent Fenton
Date of birth 10 October 1918(1918-10-10)
Place of birth    London, England
Date of death    29 July 2000 (aged 81)
Place of death    Dorset, England
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
West Ham United
Charlton Athletic
Colchester United
21 (9)
20 (7)
117 (22)
51 (15)   
Teams managed
Colchester United
Leyton Orient

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Benny Fenton (10 October 1918 – 29 July 2000) was an English football player and manager.

Brother of West Ham United legend Ted Fenton, Benny represented West Ham, Essex and London as a schoolboy. He played for Colchester Town before signing with the Hammers.

Fenton played his first professional game for the club alongside his brother, who was four years his senior, as an inside-forward against Fulham on 9 October 1937.[1] He served in the same Territorial Army unit as his West Ham team-mates and played mainly as outside-left with the East London club. He played 15 games, scoring three times, but was not retained by the club at the end of the 1938-39 season.

Fenton joined Millwall in March 1939, playing as a wing-half, and later played for Charlton Athletic. He toured South Africa with the FA, making three appearances, and also made guest appearances for Norwich City, Manchester City, Charlton Athletic, York City, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.

In February 1955, Fenton joined Third Division South club Colchester United (where he'd spent time on loan before the war) as player-manager and switched to defensive duties.

He also played lawn bowls for Essex County and was an enthusiastic cricketer.

Fenton joined Leyton Orient as manager on 1 November 1963, leaving at the end of 1964. He went on to manage Millwall between 1 May 1966 and 3 October 1974. In January 1977, he rejoined Charlton as secretary. He became assistant manager of the club in March 1980 and progressed to the position of general manager in June 1981. He stayed in that post until June 1982.


  1. ^ McDonald, Tony (2007). West Ham United: The Managers. Football World. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-9551176-9-5.  




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