Date: 4th May 2008 at 9:59pm
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Joe Devera pulled off a rare double at tonight’s Barnet FC Player of the Year Awards by scooping both the Player of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year awards, a feat only previously achieved by Sam Stockley in the Bees’ relegation season of 2001.

The 21 year old defender unexpectedly beat off strong competition from central midfield duo Neal Bishop and Josh Wright, who as the winner of the Young Player of the Year trophy became the first ever loan player to win an award at this ceremony, to win the main event while seeing off Nicky Nicolau and Max Porter to win the Most Improved gong.

Goal of the Season went to Jason Puncheon for his early season 25 yard free kick – a last minute winner against Bradford which kept the Bees of the bottom of the league. Strikes from forwards Adam Birchall and Anthony Thomas rounded out the top 3.

Kenny Gillet was the first ever winner of the BFCYSA Player of the Year award while 16 year old Joel Ramos won the Supporters’ Team Player of the Year award, and who knows maybe one day he will be following in Devera’s footsteps by winning the main award.

But for now the man from Southgate who 2 years ago had never been part of a professional football club even at Youth Team level can spend the summer basking in the knowledge that as far as Barnet fans are concerned, he may wear No.2 but he is very much their No.1.