He was nicknamed "Peerless Pennington". Born in West Bromwich, Pennington was a left-back for West Bromwich Albion for 19 years, from March 1903 to May 1922. Although his career was interrupted by World War I, Pennington made 455 league appearances for the club, captaining them to the league title in 1919–1920.
He had also been a part of the team promoted from the Second Division in 1911 and had received an runners-up medal in 1912.
On the international front, Pennington earned 25 caps for England between 18 March 1907 and 10 April 1920, captaining the side in his last two matches. At the time of his final cap he was, at 36 years and 231 days, England"s oldest capped outfield player.
This record has since been exceeded by Stanley Matthews, Leslie Compton and Stuart Pearce. Pennington was named as one of West Bromwich Albion"s 16 greatest players in a poll organised as part of the club"s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2004.
Until the shop was bought by the Company-operative in 1934, Pennington also owned a fishing tackle shop at 33 Smethwick High Street,where his family had lived since 1911.
Pascoe"s son, William Alfred Bioletti, was operator of a football betting business in Geneva. Pennington alerted the police and after the game, which ended in a draw, he met Bioletti, ostensbily for the pay-off, at which point the police moved in to arrest Bioletti. Bioletti was sentenced to 5 months" imprisonment in 1914.