Jermaine Pennant: ‘I’ve had a taste of everything football can throw at you’

14 August 2017 11:57
Non-league Billericay Town is the latest staging post for the former Arsenal and Liverpool forward whose career has traversed lows such as being sent to prison to the high of playing in a Champions League final“I’ve seen things I don’t think anyone else has seen in football,” Jermaine Pennant says on a late afternoon streaked with fading sunshine in Essex. We sit together on a small concrete bench behind an empty series of pitches which nurture the football dreams of boys at the West Ham Academy but, today, provides the training ground for Pennant’s unlikely new team. Billericay Town play in the Bostik Premier League, a regional division of semi-professional clubs which occupies the seventh tier of English football. Related: Roberto Firmino stands tall for Liverpool amid familiar defensive frailties | Sachin Nakrani ‘Prison did change me. I’ve got to take credit for not letting it destroy me’ Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend's action I have no regrets coming here. I’m 34, not 24. Not many players play at the highest level all their life Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian