Belfast Telegraph

Legend night a real honour: Jenkins


By Billy Weir

Win, lose or draw today, a wee dram will be raised to mark the return of a legend to the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Scotsman Allan Jenkins, who gave the Sky Blues six years of distinguished service before his summer departure, is to be honoured with a 'Legend Night' following today's clash with Ards.

In typical unassuming fashion, the midfielder who turned 36 last week quickly shoots down any notions of grandeur.

"I think they use that term very loosely these days, leg-end maybe, but no, I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"Embarrassed is maybe the wrong word, I'm not sure what the right word is, but it's just nice and it just sums the club up really.

"I've been over a couple of times since I left but when they contacted me to say what they had planned and was it something I'd be up for, well, I couldn't say no. I am really proud that they think that highly of me."

Highlights for the former Gretna and Morton player, who is now head of youth development at Stranraer, were a Co Antrim Shield final win over Linfield and scoring the opening goal in the League Cup final triumph over Carrick Rangers - but it is the people, not the prizes, that will live long in his heart.

"The club are different class. I know it's easy to say that, but they are. The way they go about their business and conduct themselves on and off the field," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Willie Faulkner's controversial red card issued by referee Keith Kennedy last week at Dungannon has been rescinded after the official admitted a 'genuine error of judgment'. Faulkner is now available for the visit of Ards, who are only three points behind David Jeffrey's men.

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