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Dave Penney
Personal information
Full name David Penney
Date of birth 17 August 1964 (1964-08-17) (age 45)
Place of birth    Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Club information
Current club Oldham Athletic (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Pontefract Collieries
Derby County
Oxford United
Swansea City (loan)
Swansea City
Cardiff City
Doncaster Rovers
00? 0(?)
019 0(0)
110 (15)
012 0(3)
116 (20)
035 0(5)
063 (13)   
Teams managed
Doncaster Rovers (player)
Doncaster Rovers
Oldham Athletic

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

David 'Dave' Penney (born 17 August 1964) is an English football manager and former player, currently managing League One side Oldham Athletic.


Playing career

Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, 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. After a while Penney decided he wanted to go back up North, so he joined Doncaster Rovers in 1998.

Managerial career

In 2002 Penney hung up his boots 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 play-off final in the 2002–03 season. 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 Coca-Cola League One Penney famously masterminded victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Aston Villa, and nearly overcame Arsenal in the Carling 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 shortly appointed manager of Darlington on 30 October 2006, but he returned to Doncaster with Darlington for a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie on 9 January 2007. Doncaster won the game 2-0 and Penney received a hero's reception from the home fans at the new Keepmoat Stadium.

On 30 April 2009, Penney resigned from Darlington and was appointed as manager of Oldham Athletic. [1].

Personal life

Penney's son, Mark Penney, is a semi-professional footballer, with his clubs including Glasshoughton Welfare.[2]



As a player

Derby County

Swansea City

Cardiff City

  • FAW Invitation Cup runner-up: 1998

As a manager

Doncaster Rovers

Managerial statistics

As of 30 April 2009.
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Doncaster Rovers  England 22 April 2000 31 May 2000 6 4 1 1 66.7
Doncaster Rovers  England 27 December 2001 30 August 2006 241 114 62 65 47.3
Darlington  England 30 October 2006 30 April 2009 139 60 35 44 43.2
Oldham Athletic  England 30 April 2009 06 February 2010 28 6 8 14 21.4


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