Lifelong Plymouth Argyle fan and former director Ken Jones dies, aged 82
LIFELONG Plymouth Argyle supporter and former club director Ken Jones has died, aged 82.
The Pilgrims and a former club chairman have paid tribute to Mr Jones, who spent several years in the Home Park boardroom.
The proud grandfather and dad-of-two was a director of the club in the years leading up to their rise to the Championship.
Joining the board in 1998, he was heavily involved in the club's youth development and was seen as the unofficial representative of the fans, according to friend Paul Stapleton.
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Former chairman Mr Stapleton described him as a "lovely man who will be sadly missed".
He added: "Ken was a dedicated and committed Argyle supporter. He worked tirelessly for the club and I have a great deal of admiration for him.
"He was very passionate that the lifeblood of the football club was the youth coming through. He was the representative of the fans on the board. It wasn't official but he would hear the voice of the supporters and we could talk to him about that.
"He was a great ally who did nothing for reward. It was always for the benefit of the club."
After leaving the boardroom in 2001, Mr Jones became an associate director who was one of the main movers behind the Plymouth Argyle Supporters Training and Development Trust. He was also actively involved with the Supporters' Club and the Senior Greens. In addition, he was the driving force behind the setting up of the first Argyle Ladies' team.
A spokesman for Plymouth Argyle said: "Everyone at Home Park was saddened to hear of Ken's passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
"Ken was Argyle through and through and it is a tribute to his dedication to the Green cause that his legacy will be felt by generations of supporters to come. As a director, he laid the foundations for the successful Paul Sturrock era at the beginning of this century, which he enjoyed and contributed to during his subsequent many fruitful years as an associate director.
"He also played a considerable part in helping the club which he loved survive the rigours of administration.
"The Green Army, of which he was such a proud member, is forever in his debt."