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Russell Anthony Penn (born 8 November 1985) is an English former professional
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who played as a
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. He was appointed interim manager of club
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in 2019 and was appointed as permanent manager on 2020.


Club career

Born in
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, West Midlands into a sporting family (his father was a footballer with Halesowen Town and his younger brother
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became a
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professional), Penn began his career at
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in their
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in July 2001. He joined the youth system at
Kidderminster Harriers Kidderminster Harriers Football Club is a professional association football club based in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. The team compete in the National League North, the sixth tier of the English football league system. Formed in 188 ...
in March 2002, and appeared in one youth team match against Wellington on 7 March before joining
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's youth system in July 2002. He returned to Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer in the summer of 2005; he had a short spell on loan at
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before breaking into the Kidderminster team. Penn joined newly promoted
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club
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on 9 July 2009 on a two-year contract, for an undisclosed fee thought to be a club record. He scored his first goal for Burton on 15 August 2009 in a 5–2 win over
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. Penn signed for League Two club
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on 23 May 2011 on a two-year contract, after he rejected a new contract with Burton. He scored his first goal for Cheltenham in an FA Cup second-round match away at Luton Town in December 2011, followed quickly by his second goal a week later in a home League Two match against Southend United. On 7 January 2013, Penn turned in a man of the match performance and scored the home team's goal (his third for Cheltenham) in a 5–1 FA Cup third-round defeat at the hands of Premier League team Everto

Following the departure of club captain Alan Bennett in the January 2013 transfer window, Penn was named the new club captain by Cheltenham manager Mark Yates. Penn signed for Cheltenham's League Two rivals York City F.C., York City on 6 January 2014 on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Penn turned down a new contract with York to join League Two club Carlisle United on 27 May 2016 on a one-year contract. On 22 September 2016, Penn joined National League (division), National League club Gateshead F.C., Gateshead on a one-month loan until 25 October, having only made two appearances for Carlisle. On 24 October 2016, the loan was extended until 26 December. On 13 January 2017, Penn signed for National League club Wrexham A.F.C., Wrexham on a contract until the end of 2016–17, after leaving Carlisle by mutual consent. Penn rejoined Gateshead on 11 May 2017 on a one-year contract, after turning down a new contract with Wrexham because of family reasons. Penn re-signed for National League North club York City on 8 May 2018. Six months later he re-signed for York's National League North rivals Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer, on a one-and-a-half-year contract.


Coaching career

In November 2019 he served as caretaker manager of Kidderminster for two matches, before being replaced by James Shan, for whom he worked as assistant. When Shan departed to Solihull Moors F.C., Solihull Moors on 11 February 2020, Penn was made manager of the club. Shan was awarded the National League North Manager of the Month award for November 2021 after three league wins from three as well as success in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Penn won the award again for January 2022 after winning more points than anyone else across the course of the month as well as defeating EFL Championship, Championship side Reading F.C., Reading in the 2021–22 FA Cup#Third round proper, FA Cup Third Round. On 5 February 2022, Penn saw his side take the lead against Premier League side West Ham United F.C., West Ham United before a 91st minute equaliser from Declan Rice took the game to extra time where Jarrod Bowen scored in the last minute to avoid a massive shock.


International career

Penn was capped eight times by England national football C team, England C, scoring one goal, from 2007 to 2009. Having been a regular member of the team for two years, he was named the England C Player of the Year for 2009.


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at the Kidderminster Harriers F.C. website {{DEFAULTSORT:Penn, Russell 1985 births Living people Sportspeople from Dudley English footballers England semi-pro international footballers Association football midfielders Birmingham City F.C. players Kidderminster Harriers F.C. players Scunthorpe United F.C. players Alvechurch F.C. players Burton Albion F.C. players Cheltenham Town F.C. players York City F.C. players Carlisle United F.C. players Gateshead F.C. players Wrexham A.F.C. players National League (English football) players Midland Football Alliance players English Football League players English football managers Kidderminster Harriers F.C. managers Footballers from the West Midlands (county)