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Steve JENKINS

A former Welsh international with sixteen caps, Jenkins was signed in October 2004, initially on a month's loan from Peterborough United after the shock sale of Andy Gurney to Swansea, and Paul Mitchell's recall to Wigan. Jenkins had previously had mixed fortunes against Swindon - being sent off against the Town twice in the 1999/2000 season (once for a tussle in a mid-season friendly with Iffy Onuora) - whereas in the month prior to joining the Town, he had scored the winner for Peterborough in a surprise 1-0 win at the County Ground - his first goal since last scoring for Huddersfield in November 2001.

It didn't take him that long to open his Swindon account - after making his debut in a 3-3 draw with Torquay on 30th October, he netted in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup just two weeks later. Manager Andy King soon made it clear that he wanted Jenkins on a permanent basis - and after Jenkins negotiated his release from Peterborough, he was able to join the Town on an 18-month deal in December.

A freak back injury, sustained when Jenkins was lifting his young child out of a car seat, kept him out of some of the Christmas programme - around this time, he was also being utilised as a central midfielder - a position where he added some much needed bite. He soon slotted back into his usual position on the right side of defence, when Grant Smith broke into the first team, a position he made his own for the rest of the season, until a calf injury prevented him from featuring in the last two matches, handing an opportunity to youngster Kyle Lapham.

Niggling injuries were also to prevent him from holding down a regular place the following season. Having started the season in a midfield role for the opening game at Barnsley, Jenkins missed the following two games with a calf injury, and though he returned to the starting line-up to score in a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth in September (Swindon's first away goal in 721 minutes of football), a thigh injury them sidelined him for another three weeks. He returned to feature throughout October and November, until he picked up his fifth booking during a game with Barnsley - Jack Smith then took the opportunity to occupy Jenkins' right-back spot for the rest of the year.

Jenkins found himself in and out of the Town side for the rest of the season - when he did appear, more often than not it was on the right side of a back three, with manager Iffy Onuora trying out a wing-back formation in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation. Though the Town succumbed to the drop, Onuora offered Jenkins a year's extension to his contract, which he seemed set to sign. Unfortunately for Jenkins though, his new deal was scuppered when Onuora was sacked - and new manager Dennis Wise deemed him surplus to requirements.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'05/'06 17 (+7) 1 2 - - - 2 - 21 (+7) 1
'04/'05 24 - 2 1 - - - - 26 1
TOTAL 41 (+7) 1 4 1 - - 2 - 47 (+7) 2


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
29 OCT 2004 IN Peterborough United
(loan)
3 DEC 2004 IN Peterborough United
(unattached)
30 JUN 2006 OUT (released)
Worcester City


full name

Stephen Robert Jenkins


 WALES
international apps

16 apps
U-21 international apps

2 apps
youth international apps



date of birth
16 July 1972


             
             
             
         
         
             

usual positions
right back

other positions
right wing back
central defence
defensive central midfield

youth career
Swansea City 

senior career
Swansea City 
Huddersfield Town
Birmingham City (loan)
Cardiff City 
Notts County
Peterborough United
SWINDON TOWN (loan)
SWINDON TOWN
Worcester City

Newport County 
player-coach

Llanelli 
player-assistant manager

Monmouth Town 
manager

Hereford United
assistant manager

Merthyr Town 
manager

Hereford
assistant manager