Ady Pennock needs little introduction to Gills fans, having played 199 times for the club. He joined from AFC Bournemouth in October 1996, and made his debut the following month in a League Cup defeat against Ipswich Town.

He famously captained the side in the 2000 play-off final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley, which the Gills won 3-2 to gain promotion to English football's second tier for the first time in the club's history, before injury forced him to retire in January 2003. So popular was he that he even had a fan club set up in his honour by Gills fans.

After two-and-a-half years in charge at non-league Welling United, he joined Stoke City in the summer of 2007, initially serving as their youth coach, before becoming their first-team coach in 2011.

He was appointed manager of Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers in November 2013; after guiding them to tenth at the end of his first season in charge, 45-year-old Pennock led the Gloucestershire-based club to their best-ever finishes of fifth and second at the end of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns respectively. 

Most recently, Pennock served as a consultant to Day at Welling United, a role he started in November.

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