THE Ball Assistants’ performance at Home Park came under the spotlight recently with a full-length diving save from young James Wooding catching, literally, national attention.

The quick reaction from James and his swift throw to Gary Miller set the immediate tempo for Argyle to resume play and subsequently find an equaliser in the recent 2-2 draw with Portsmouth in League Two.

Behind this newly-acquired fame is a man committed to professional excellence and ensuring the Ball Assistants at Home Park are well presented and undertake their match-duties with great dedication.

Colin Bunney has taken charge of the Argyle Ball Assistants for the last eight years and he has seen a great deal of change in that time, but the role of his young team remains one of quiet consistency.

“I have probably taken charge of around 70 Ball Assistants over the last eight years and it’s a job I greatly enjoy,” said Colin. “It combines neatly with my work as a coach for Argyle Community Trust and fantastic to see some of those boys and girls from years gone by are now pursuing career opportunities with the Trust.

“A Ball Assistant will generally stay in the role for around three years and we work hard to ensure they are well drilled in their duties. It’s basically down to concentrating on the game and understanding the flow of a football match.

“We have received a number of kind compliments from rival managers and FA officials on the appearance and performance of the boys and girls. My finest memory has to be the play-off semi-final against Portsmouth back in May, it was a wonderful atmosphere around the club and great to be involved.”

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