5 January 2008

"Pepper" Renneville

Name: William Thomas James Renneville
Born: 16 April 1884, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Died: 1948*, Dublin
Height: 5.06 ft
Weight: 
Position: Outside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 4 Full Caps (1910-1911); London Colleges.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Harrow Green
-
-
-
-
-
-
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GER Mechanics
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Leytonstone
-
c.1904
-
-
-
-
-
Leyton
-
c.1907
-
-
-
-
(Southern League)
Aston Villa
10/11
May-10
-
2/1
-
-
(Football League)
Worcester City
14/15
Oct-14
-
0/0
-
-
(Birmingham & District)
Walsall
19/20
Oct-19
-
3/1
-
1/0
(Birmingham & District)
Hinckley United
-
Sep-20
-
-
-
-
-
Wolseley.Athletic
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Sep-21
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-
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(Birmingham.Combination)
TOTALS
£-
5/2
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1/0
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Biography:
“Pepper” Renneville played only schoolboy football before leaving Ireland for London. He then played College football and eventually joined Southern League side Leyton. It was while with the London-club that Renneville won his first three caps, all at outside-right, as Ireland made a rare challenge in the 1910 Home Nations Championship. A draw with England and a win over Scotland left the Irish needing to beat Wales to claim the title, even a draw would see the trophy shared. Wales won 4-1 and Ireland slumped to third.

Finally, in May 1910, Renneville made it into the Football League with Aston Villa. He played just twice for Villa as a battling centre-forward, who, despite his diminutive stature, made an impact on the toughest of opposition defenders. While at Villa he did win a fourth and final cap, against Wales at Windsor Park in January 1911, though it proved a sad end to his international as he left the field injured after 55 minutes, with the Welsh defeating the ten-man Irish 2-1. Renneville's Villa career was ended due to an injury collected in a reserve team game and his retirement was announced in April 1912.

That was not the end however, as Renneville returned with non-League Worcester. Despite further injuries he played in Walsall's first post-Great War season. He was one of ten players tried at outside-right, and although his accurate corner-kicking was commended, his general play was slow. Through October and November 1919 he played in a total of four Birmingham & District League and Staffordshire Cup matches for the club, scoring once.

Ireland Cap Details:

12-02-1910 England. H D 1-1 BC
19-03-1910 Scotland H W 1-0 BC
11-04-1910 Wales... A L 1-4 BC
28-01-1911 Wales... H L 1-2 BC

Summary: 4/0. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 2.


Notes:
Some sources list his date of death as 19 April 1943.

With thanks to Jim Murphy, Cris Freddi and Martin O'Connor for their inputs.

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