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Pickard named Barnstaple Town manager

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: November 05, 2008

NEW BARUM BOSS: Former Yeovil striker Owen Pickard.

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OWEN PICKARD is the new Barnstaple Town manager.

The former Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town and Hereford United striker was unveiled as the new Barum boss ahead of last night's Toolstation Premier Division game against Wellington.

Pickard, who was part of the Bideford team which reached the FA Vase semi-finals in 2004, has recently played for Boca Seniors in the Journal League.

It will be a challenging first managerial role for the 38-year-old, who will aim to guide Town away from the Premier Division trapdoor.

Born in Barnstaple, Pickard has a chiropody practice in the town.

He began his football career at Plymouth in 1988, scoring one goal in 16 appearances.

He had a two-year spell with Hereford from 1992, playing 72 games and netting 14 times.

Pickard moved on to Dorchester where he enjoyed a prolific three seasons which brought 102 goals in 115 appearances and earned a £15,000 switch to Yeovil.

He formed a dangerous strike partnership with Warren Patmore, another contender for the Barnstaple vacancy, and scored 27 goals in 63 games for the Glovers before injuries restricted his appearances and he left in 1999.

Pickard rejoined Dorchester but two barren seasons saw him released by the Magpies.

Barnstaple are understood to have chosen from a four-man shortlist which featured Pickard and Morchard Bishop boss Patmore.

Eddie Cameron, who has acted as caretaker-manager since Pete Buckingham resigned last month, remained in charge for the Wellington fixture.

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    dent, Barnstaple  |  May 18 2009, 11:38AM

    Well done mate- there was alot of people that thought you were taking on an impossible role......but you showed them that was not the case! Good luck for next season.

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    Jason, Barnstaple  |  May 18 2009, 11:33AM

    There is only one person for this job and he is doing it good luck owen!!!

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    ????????????, Barnataple  |  May 18 2009, 11:28AM

    Well done for keeping Barnstaple up Owen- you and the lads will show them next season what your made of. Good Luck

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    David Force, cannock  |  December 07 2008, 4:45PM

    All the best in you new challenge mate.

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    barb(eyebrow), cannock(brum)  |  November 09 2008, 1:46PM

    good luck mike !!!!

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    barny fan, barnstaple  |  November 06 2008, 12:51PM

    how is it his hometown club when he was a BIDEFORD player. like carragher being everton manager!!

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    Teresa :], Fremington  |  November 05 2008, 6:31PM

    best of luck picky

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    Max, Barnstaple  |  November 05 2008, 6:23PM

    you can do it Owen

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    Kelly, Barnstaple  |  November 05 2008, 4:54PM

    Good Luck Owen - I know you can do it!!!

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    Robbo, Crediton  |  November 05 2008, 11:04AM

    Wazzer wouldnt want to take the Barnstaple job as the Morchard players are better. Plus Morchard put on a better spread after the game....and we all know Patmore likes his food