Shields-born Ronnie Fenton started his playing career in his home town before he
was snapped up by then First Division side Burnley, initially joining them as a
junior in 1956. He signed professional for them the following year and went on
to spend five years at Turf Moor before making a £15,000 move to The Hawthorns
in November 1962.
working inside-forward made his Baggies’ debut in a 2-2 draw with West Ham
United at Upton Park in December 1962. He went on to make 66 appearances for
Albion, scoring 18 goals.
He left The
Hawthorns in January 1965, joining local rivals Birmingham City for a £7,500
fee. He spent three years at St Andrews before moving onto Brentford and then
retired from playing in 1971, Fenton moved into coaching with County, becoming
manager in 1975. After two years as boss at Meadow Lane he made the short move
across the City to become a coach at Nottingham Forest. In 1987, after ten years
at Forest, he became assistant manager to the legendary Brian Clough. When
‘Cloughie’ left the role in May 1993 Fenton followed him out of the City Ground.
After leaving Forest, Fenton had a spell coaching
in Malta as well as taking up a scouting role for England.