Terry Fenwick
Terry
Fenwick

Terry Fenwick took over the reins from Kevin Broadhurst at Sixfields Stadium in early January 2003 but his stay with The Cobblers proved to be very brief.

Broadhurst had been in charge for just 15 months, having moved up from his position as assistant to Kevin Wilson in October 2001.

Having narrowly avoided relegation in 2002, The Cobblers were again fighting to preserve their Second Division status when the board decided to act – sacking Broadhurst and bringing Terry in as the new boss.

He was given just seven weeks at the helm before he too was dismissed, having failed to guide the team to a single victory during his seven-match reign.

Terry's most notable managerial position before joining The Cobblers was at Portsmouth. He was at Fratton Park between 1995 and 1998, taking Pompey to the FA Cup quarter finals in 1997, and finishing 7th in Division One that season.

He also worked as assistant manager at Crystal Palace under former England boss Terry Venables, before eventually moving on to become head coach of CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh Sports. He took the Trinidad & Tobago side to the national title for the first time in their history.

As a player, the Durham-born defender enjoyed a successful career in England's top flight and won 20 England caps, playing in the infamous "Hand of God" World Cup quarter final against Argentina in Mexico in 1986.

The Cobblers boss began his career at Crystal Palace as an apprentice where he enjoyed three good years. He felt it was time to move on and 1980 he jumped at the opportunity to sign for Queens Park Rangers.

It was at Loftus Road where Terry Fenwick made a name for himself, making 256 appearances for the club, scoring over 30 goals for the Superhoops.

Terry secured a lucrative move to Tottenham Hotspur. He spent five years at White Hart Lane, but played just 90 times for the North London outfit before moving to Swindon in 1993.

The England international finished his playing career at the County Ground when he decided enough was enough after 17 years and hung up his boots.

The former QPR man was an intelligent centre-half, who was confident on the ball and read the game well. His style of play always made him a likely candidate to move into management so it was no surprise when he took up the challenge at Portsmouth.

Terry has always been a determined character, and when offered the job at Sixfields he was keen to take on the tough challenge. He was under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead but had enough self belief that he could turn things round at Northampton.

Speaking shortly after his appointment on January 7 2003, Terry said: "We've all got to be realistic here. All lower league sides have to look at the pressure on finances and there is not a lot of money around. I am not going to lie to you about that, we need to develop from within, we might need to bring in one or two - if that's the case then I'll do so.

"We've got to dig deep, I think there is quality within the squad but they're not performing at the moment and I think that's my job on the training ground to turn that round."

Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, he was unable to turn it round, and with the club lying second from bottom of Division Two, Terry was sacked by the board, on February 24 2003.

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