At his best, Jenkins was a high-class winger with great speed, dazzling trickery and the ability to beat several defenders in one run, but unfortunately he would exasperate his fans by dribbling himself into trouble rather than release the ball to a team-mate.
He was never a prolific goal-scorer, but his best goal came on 31 August 1970 at Upton Park, where he left half the West Ham (including Bobby Moore) on their bottoms in a mazy run which culminated with a fine shot into the Hammers’ net.
He never realised his full potential at Southampton and was sold to Swindon Town in November 1972, having made a total of 96 appearances for Southampton, scoring 6 goals.
Jenkins was bought from Southampton on 1 November 1972, for a then club record of £50,000. He was signed to replace the legendary Don Rogers, but unfortunately within days of signing, the man who signed him, Dave Mackay, resigned to join Nottingham Forest.
He made his debut on 11 November 1972 in a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield, but unfortunately was injured on his debut, and was not selected by new manager Les Allen when he returned to fitness. He didn't really feature for most of the 1972-73 season, making just 14 full and 2 substitute appearances. The following season was more productive for Jenkins, making 36 league and 5 cup appearances, but Swindon were relegated to Division Three. In January 1974, he scored his best goal for the club in an FA Cup third round match away to Portsmouth, when after just 4 minutes he broke down the left-wing, beat 2 defenders before firing home a right foot shot from the edge of the area. Swindon drew this match 3-3 but were beaten in the replay.
Jenkins remained at the club for two more seasons. Overall, in his four years at Swindon, Jenkins struggled to hold down a regular first-team place - despite being described by manager Danny Williams as the most skilful player at the club. He left the club in 1976 to play in America, having made a total of 114 appearances with 5 goals.
In 1984, he became the head coach of the amateur F.C. Seattle for the F.C. Seattle Challenge '84, a series of exhibition games against NASL and national teams. He returned to F.C. Seattle, now know as the F.C. Seattle Storm for the 1988 Western Soccer League season, replacing Scotsman Jimmy Gabriel. That year, Seattle ran away with the league championship, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0. While Jenkins returned for the 1989 season, it did not go as well and he resigned at the end of the season to be replaced by Stuart Lee.
He later coached the CISL Seattle Seadogs. Tommy was appointed as coaching director for a local girls youth club in Washington. Over the years he has coached many boys and girls youth teams. He currently resides in Washington and coaches youth soccer in Redmond, Washington.
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