Former Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Penney has been sentenced for assaulting a police officer in the line of duty.
Penney appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Friday (October 23) charged with assaulting a constable in the execution of duty.
The 51-year-old initially pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared in court in June, but changed his plea to guilty during Friday’s hearing.
Magistrates handed Penney a 12 month conditional discharge for the offence, and he also was ordered to pay £120 in compensation to the police officer he assaulted, as well as court costs of £150 and a £15 victim surcharge.
The incident occurred outside the Rendezvous Casino at the Kursaal, Southend just before 3am on May 24.
The former Assistant Southend United Manager is believed to have been on a night out celebrating his team’s win on penalties against Wycombe Wanderers in the League Two play-off when the assault took place.
Penney was also charged with one count of common assault and another of criminal charge following the incident, however both charges were dismissed at Friday’s hearing due to a ‘lack of evidence’ from the prosecution.
A 24-year-old woman from Yorkshire was also cautioned for assault, following the incident.
Mr Penney, of Lower Oxford Street, Castleford, was Doncaster Rovers manager when they were promoted back to the Football League from the Conference in the 2002-03 season.
Born in Wakefield, he made his name as a player in South Wales, playing for both Swansea City and Cardiff City, before signing for Doncaster Rovers.
He was one of manager Ian Snodin’s first signings for Rovers when he joined the club in 1998.
He played for the club in the Conference and was the club captain when they won the Conference Trophy in front of 7,000 fans at Belle Vue.
Penney was made Rovers manager on a caretaker basis along with follow player Ian Atkins after Ian Snodin left the club.
nodin was replaced in the post by Steve Wignall.
But when Wignall left, Penney was given the job on a permanent basis. he guided the club to back-to-back promotions in his his first two seasons as manager at the club.