PHOTO GALLERY: Barnstaple Town unveil plans for the future as Jenkins is named double player of the year

14:38 27 May 2014

Jack Jenkins won the manager's player and players' player of the season

Jack Jenkins won the manager's player and players' player of the season

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Jack Jenkins and Billy Tucker are the big winners at club’s annual awards night

BARNSTAPLE TOWN’S chairman announced ambitious plans for the future at the club’s annual awards evening.

Jasmine Chesters, who took over at the club in February, told board members, players and supporters that the club is hoping to build a new stand and replace the existing playing surface with a G3 pitch – what would be the only one of its kind in North Devon.

Mrs Chesters revealed that the work is likely to be done over the next 2-4 years, with the pitch alone set to cost around £350,000.

“I got a phone call in February saying we were within three days of being closed down and losing the lease,” she said.

“We’ve now got a 25 year lease and this club will go forward. We’ve got a really ambitious plan and it’s going to cost money and won’t happen overnight.

“This football club is part of the community and I think we can make it better. With your help, we will make it better.”

The big winners on the night were midfielder Jack Jenkins and forward Billy Tucker.

Jenkins scooped the manager’s player and players’ player of the season awards for his impressive performances, while Tucker won the supporters’ player of the season, a well as the top goal scorer awards and the memorial shield for the most promising young player.

Manager Barry Yeo said of Jenkins: “This lad has impressed me no end and he’s a pleasure to manage. I know he’s got a lot more in his locker. He’s a top, top player.”

“He’s got great ability and I know if he wants to he can go on and on and on.”

Dave Pearse won goal of the season for his effort against Cribbs in March, and clubperson of the year went to Lorna Childs, who played a key role in the restructuring of the club in February.

Yeo added said: “We all want success and for the club to do well and we still want it to be here long after I’m gone and the kids are gone.

“I want everyone to go away feeling good and positive. We’re not going to stand still and we are trying to progress.

“The supporters have been unbelievable; they are the 12th man.”

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