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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dundalk player Penman made Cheltenham boss

Published 02/10/2013 | 05:20

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September, 1973 - Willie Penman who had become known as the 'gypsy rover' of Irish soccer in the 1973-74 season, was attracting much publicity both in Ireland and England over his decision to manage a team in England at the same time as playing with Dundalk in the League of Ireland.

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Willie Penman who had become known as the 'gypsy rover' of Irish soccer in the 1973-74 season, was attracting much publicity both in Ireland and England over his decision to manage a team in England at the same time as playing with Dundalk in the League of Ireland.

Every weekend the player travelled to Ireland, mostly on a Sunday morning, and joined up with the Dundalk players, who were managed by his friend John Smith, a Londoner.

Penman who started his career with Glasgow Rangers, and also played with Newcastle, Swindon, where he won a League Cup medal. He finished his career in the English league with Walsall.

He signed for Dundalk on condition that he would continue to live in Walsall and travel over for every game.

However, when it was revealed during September that Penman had taken on the role of manager of Cheltenham, a non-League club, there were demands on the management at Dundalk that the player should be released as it was impossible to do the two jobs.

However, the player disagreed and said: 'I manage a side that is composed of part-time players and that plays in the Southern League. I don't play with them as I am a registered player with Dundalk. Training with the team helps me as otherwise I would have to train on my own in England'.

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