Does anybody have any memories of Tommy Jenkins . Part of the Jack Mansell , pass and move team 1969/1970 season . He only played 21 games scoring 5 goals before being sold for a record fee to Southampton.
Breathtaking player and my first hero. Remember in particular the 2-2 draw against Walsall early in the 69/70 season, where he gave three or four defenders twisted blood in front of the South Bank. I can also remember where I was when I heard he had been sold to Southampton. Gutted, although we did get Gordon Cumming shortly after with some of the transfer fee. Also, all of Jenkins' five goals were scored away from home.
This may be a false memory, but he seemed a little bit aloof in his attitude. I only saw him a few times but he was definitely a class above everyone else on the field. Scored a hat-trick in the 'Prenton Park massacre' if I remember correctly.
I seem to remember that his last game for us was against Brentwood in the cup, in 1969. I went along as I had just joined Ford, and he was marked by Dave Jones, a local estate agent, who had just rented us a flat. We lost 1-0. Really bad day. I thought he was an amazing player, and shortly after went and saw his Saints debut against West Ham at Upton Park in an evening game. He was brilliant, and Saints won, can't remember the score though. Returned to my car, to find it had been towed away to Gants Hill Pound. Taxi there, big fine from Pound, got home from there at 2.30 am. Girl friend accusing me of "playing away". Really, really bad day
Played three more times after Brentwood, last game v Torquay away 5.12.69 so he was probably sold exactly 48 years ago today.
He played just 10 home games, league and cup, was sold for £60k, a record amount that stood for years and years and pretty much as soon as he went we started playing brilliant football and had a 15 match unbeaten run.
In terms of impact over a short career perhaps only Simon Osborn stands in comparison. Wish I'd seen more of Jenkins.
Margate was my home town club back in the 1960s, and I've fond memories of watching Tommy at Hartsdown Park. It was a sad day when he moved on to Reading but he was always way too good for the Southern League.