Barnstaple are title winners ... of 1979-80
AS THEY languish at the foot of the table, it is hard to imagine a time when Barnstaple Town were the Western League champions.
But in 1980 that is exactly what they were – only many people might not have realised it.
An industrial dispute by printers meant the North Devon Journal-Herald was not published in the week Barnstaple secured the title with a 2-0 win at Bridport.
It was 12 days after that victory before Barnstaple's achievement finally appeared in print, by which time the focus had already switched to the appointment of a new manager and the rebuilding of the team.
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Thirty-two and a half years later, Journal sports writer Mark Jenkin puts things right with a special report on Barnstaple Town's champions, including interviews with Bryan Hill, joint manager at the time with Dave Baglow, and supporter John Clarke.
See pages 54-55.