Allan Jenkins (footballer)

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This article is about a Scottish footballer. For the journalist, see Allan Jenkins (journalist).
Allan Jenkins
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Personal information
Full name Allan David Jenkins
Date of birth (1981-10-07) 7 October 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Stranraer, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ballymena United
Number 10
Youth career
Ayr Boswell
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Stranraer 208 (25)
2006–2008 Gretna 80 (8)
2008–2011 Greenock Morton 97 (13)
2011– Ballymena United 239 (58)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2017.

Allan Jenkins (born 7 October 1981 in Stranraer) is a Scottish semi-professional footballer, who is currently captaining NIFL Premiership side Ballymena United in Northern Ireland.

Jenkins started his career at home town club Stranraer where he played for eight years, he spent a two-year spell at the defunct "big spenders" Gretna before ending his time in Scotland with Greenock Morton.

At all his senior clubs, Jenkins has been the captain on at least one occasion.

Early years[edit]

As a schoolboy Jenkins represented Dumfries and Galloway region playing with the likes of Kevin Kyle.

Stranraer[edit]

Jenkins began his senior career with local club Stranraer in 1998 and made over 200 appearances for the club. Was made club captain under Neil Watt and skippered the side to the third division championship in 2003–04. In May 2005 he then scored the goal against Greenock Morton which secured a second successive promotion. This put Stranraer into the second tier of Scottish football for the first time since the late 1990s. With Jenkins scoring in the 2 January win against Queen of the South, Stranraer were 12 points clear of their South West rivals in the battle to stay in the division.[1] On 12 January 2006 Jenkins was signed by Gretna for an undisclosed fee.[2] Stranraer's form collapsed as they collected only one further league win all season. They were condemned to an ultimately unsuccessful play-off against Partick Thistle and relegation back to the third flight after only one season.[3]

Gretna[edit]

Jenkins was cup tied for Gretna's run to the 2006 Scottish Cup Final.[4] He helped Gretna to Scottish Premier League promotion in season 2006–07, scoring four league goals. In season 2007–08 he scored the winning goal in the club's first ever Premier League win, 3–2 against Dundee United in September 2007.[5]

Greenock Morton[edit]

Jenkins signed for Greenock Morton on 31 January 2008.[6] The move re-united Jenkins with Davie Irons, after Irons was appointed manager shortly after.

Ballymena United[edit]

After turning down a new deal on substantially less money, Jenkins crossed the Irish Sea to sign with part-timers Ballymena United.[7] In May 2014, he scored Ballymena's only goal in the 2013–14 Irish Cup final against Glenavon. His goal was an equaliser to level the game at 1–1, but in their first Irish Cup final in 25 years, Ballymena were ultimately defeated 2–1.

Allan also was won the 2012 County Antrim Shield with Ballymena, the clubs first major trophy win since 1989 by beating Linfield 4–3 on penalties after match finished 1–1 after 90 minutes. He has since won this competition for a second time with Ballymena, in the 2015–16 shield, a 3–2 victory over Linfield.

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Personal life[edit]

Jenkins became a father to his new daughter Macie on 11 November 2008. To honour the event, manager at the time, Davie Irons made him captain in the match against Dunfermline.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stranraer-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadgen.asp?day=02&month=Jan&ssnno=135&teamno=503
  2. ^ "Transfers January 2006". BBC Sport. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2007. 
  3. ^ [1] Stranraer Mad "Stranraer results 2005/2006"
  4. ^ "Gretna 1-0 St Mirren". BBC. 25 February 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gretna 3–2 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Grady and Jenkins in Gretna exit". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Tait, Chris (23 May 2011). "Jenkins: I've signed for NI side". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Irish Cup final: Ballymena Utd 1-2 Glenavon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Graham, Roger (24 November 2008). "New dad Jenks honoured by captaincy". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 

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