Long-serving football club member steps down following Ilfracombe derby match.

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BARNSTAPLE Town secretary David Cooke has resigned after 21 years at the club.

Chairman Warren Crossley told the Gazette Cooke had left ‘under a bit of a cloud’ but was unable to elaborate on the reasons for the resignation.

“It all came to a head after the Ilfracombe game the other night,” he said.

In a statement released by the club on Monday, the club said that Cooke been a loyal supporter of the club for many years and was the longest serving football secretary in the Western League.

The statement continued: “He also took up the position of acting chairman last year to hold the club together until the public meeting held in October 2012.

“As a result of that meeting a new chairman, Warren Crossley, was appointed and a new optimistic era began at Barnstaple Town.

“More recently David also stepped down as club treasurer to concentrate on his main role as football secretary.

“The football club would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his sterling efforts over the past years and wish him well for the future.

“The club will miss David’s skills and enthusiasm and his comprehensive knowledge of the game, the players and all the teams involved in the Western League.

“However, we hope he will continue to support the team and look forward to seeing him at future matches.”

Mr Cooke was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

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