The Hereford boss Josh Gowling has completed the signing of his latest acquisition, with the arrival of central defender Orrin Pendley. Here is your Talking Bull pen-pic.
Born in Kings Langley, Orrin is now 26. He began his football career with Studley before featuring for Bromsgrove Sporting during the 2014-15 campaign. He then joined Bartley Green FC in February 2015 and in 2016 he signed for Alvechurch, before moving on to Highgate United just months later.
The summer of 2017 saw Orrin link up with Redditch United. Here he played against Hereford FC with his team defeated 5-2 at Edgar Street but moved to Kettering before the return game., However, after helping the Poppies to a fourth-place finish, they eventually lost out to Slough Town in the play-off semi-finals. He joined Rushall in 2019. An excellent debut campaign with Rushall saw him finish as second top appearance maker by featuring in 50 of their 53 league and cup games. Unfortunately, he was allegedly racially abused according to witnesses on two separate visits to Kettering. Last season was spent at Tamworth. Since 2014, Pendley has played 143 games, scoring 15 times. Hereford FC will be a significant step up for him.
But he’s far more than just a Southern League battle-hardened aggressive, large central defender. His other interests include technology, basketball, religion and education.
His day job is a challenging and rewarding one. Based at a Bromsgrove college, the defender is a Special educational needs (SEN) mentor. They work with children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities. Orrin’s size (6 foot 2), his deep rumbling voice and his cool second job as a ‘baller are all valuable aids.
Orrin also acts as a Youth mentor for Unlocking Potential Foundation. They work with people across the town of Redditch to provide sport and physical activity opportunities that have a positive impact on lives and communities.
By Simon Wright