Harry Baven Penton
(born 1890) was an English
who played as a centre-forward
prior to the First World War
Penton was born in Boscombe
in early 1890 and was a prolific marksman in his minor league days, scoring 60 in one season with Pokesdown
and 26 in another for Boscombe
. His form attracted him to Southern League Southampton
who were suffering from a lack of a suitable centre-forward, as the regular choice, Percy Prince
was injured and replacement Sid Kimpton
was not scoring regularly.
Penton moved across the New Forest in February 1911 and made his debut at Crystal Palace on 25 February 1911, scoring in his home debut at The Dell in his next match (against Brentford). He retained his place until the end of the season, although he failed to live up to expectations with only three goals from twelve appearances. For the following season, the "Saints" signed Henry Hamilton and Penton only made one appearance. He returned to Boscombe in January 1912 for a fee of £10 and became their first ever professional player on a wage of 30 shillings (£1.50) per week. In September 1912 he returned to The Dell but made only one further appearance.
He once again returned across the New Forest to Boscombe, but in 1914 he joined Eastleigh Athletic where he remained until 1928, playing as goalkeeper rather than centre-forward.