Plymouth Argyle Club Profile
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Plymouth Argyle : Club Background
Plymouth Argyle were formed as Argyle FC in 1886. The reason for the name isn't particularly clear - there is an Argyle Tavern in
the city, and a street called Argyle Terrace, and this is one of the more likely explanations. In 1894 they disappeared before the
Argyle Athletic Club reformed them in 1897. It wasn't until 1903 when they joined the Southern League that they became known as
Proper football ground turnstiles! Outside Home Park
Photo © Tim Lancaster 2015
Having won the Southern League in 1913, they entered the Football League in 1920, where they have remained ever since. They joined as founder
members of the new Third Division, gaining promotion up to the Second Division the 1929-30 season. There they stayed for 20 years before
suffering their first Football League relegation in 1950. Since then they've largely been a bit of a yo-yo club, hovering between second
and third tier - the nearest they've come to becoming a top flight club was in 1952-53 when they reached their highest point with a fourth
placed finish in Division Two.
Apart from that early Southern League title, silverware has been hard to come by for Argyle fans. They won the Third Division title in 1958-59,
but then had to wait until the 21st Century for their next major silverware - coming like buses with a Third Division (fourth tier) title in 2001-02
and the Second Division (third tier) title in 2003-04. The latter two were both achieved by Paul Sturrock - their most successful modern day
manager, although his attempt to recreate that success in a second spell between 2007 and 2009 was not so fruitful, with the 'never go back'
maxim being proved once again.
Argyle's more recent history has been a little bit too eventful for many supporters likings, although it all looked so good at the start.
In 2009, they were taken over by Japanese company K&K Shonan Management, with Yasuaki Kagami and George Synan coming in onto the Argyle board.
Grandiose plans centred around a presumption that England would be granted World Cup rights and also that Home Park would be one of the venues
chosen, were coupled with promises to expand Home Park to support that and the ambition to reach the Premier League. With Argyle having
vaguely brushed the Championship play-off positions under Ian Holloway, it all sounded so plausible.
As time moved on though, the cracks began to form. Argyle's off the field plans involved splitting out their property assets
into a holding company, with the club already having a holding company to manage the interests of their Japanese directors.
Argyle seemed to morph into a complex set of seven companies, all hanging off the hope that the World Cup bid would go England's way. Except
that those cracks got bigger even before any Russians could influence Sepp Blatter and Co, and the real shock was how quickly they fell apart when they did.
During 2010, they were the subject of five winding-up orders - all from HMRC - with three of Argyle's companies involved.
Their bank accounts were frozen, staff went unpaid, and early 2011 saw three more winding-up orders issued. Debts in the region of £13 million were uncovered and in February 2011 they gave notice of plans to enter administration to avoid those court sessions, with the formal process confirmed a month later. The ten point deduction they suffered as a result of that was enough to ensure that their fall from the Championship into League Two came in consecutive seasons, heading into League Two during the summer of 2011. It took until October 2011 for new owner James Brent to take over the reins - he is the owner of a hotel chain and has had a long standing plan to build an outlet somewhere on the Home Park land to help finance stadium developments.
The Home Park ground was opened in 1893, but has been rebuilt a number of times during that period. It was originally home to
Devonport Albion rugby club, with Argyle moving in during 1901. The was demolished entirely during
the Second World War, when Plymouth's position as a naval base ensured that it was a big target for the Luftwaffe. In April 1941
the main Grandstand was demolished by a series of bombs, and had to be rebuilt after the war ended, with the Grandstand being reopened in 1952.
Between 2001 and 2007 the ground was rebuilt again, in the post-Hillsborough footballing environment - eventually becoming an all-seater
stadium in 2007 under Football League regulations. In December 2006, the freehold of the stadium was purchased from the City Council, but as part of the club's collapse into administration, the City Council bought it back to help the club's debts.
They are currently looking to redevelop the Grandstand section of the ground, although this has been an ultra-slow plan. Back in August 2013, they had plans for a cinema, hotel and stadium development plan approved by Plymouth City Council, with a total construction cost of £50 million, but this has yet to get off the ground. The new Grandstand was planned to seat 7,000 spectators. In July 2015, they announced a 'Plan B', that involved an ice rink and a hotel to help finance the Grandstand, with the cinema plans ditched due to a rival leisure centre planned at Bretonside. As yet there's no detailed plans or timescales associated with this project, with Chairman James Brent saying in August 2016 (three years after the planning approval): "I have no doubt that we will deliver a new grandstand. But I can't tell you when or in what form that is going to take."
Plymouth Argyle's Grandstand - there are more modern facilities at the ground - the terrace portion is no longer used
Photo © Tim Lancaster 2015
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|Plymouth Argyle : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Plymouth Argyle
|05/03/1956||Home||Frnd||W||5-3||Easton, Fidler, Fraser, Brown, Own Goal|
|28/04/1965||Home||Frnd||W||3-2||Pounder, Paton, Ashe|
|16/02/1966||Home||WCFL||W||5-1||Albury, Harding, Hirst, Muir(2)|
|24/08/2004||Home||CC1||W||3-2||6217||Johnson 28, 69, 109|
|01/02/2011||Home||NPL1||W||1-0||5208||A Williams 66|
|21/07/2012||Away||Frnd||W||5-0||Reid 9, 35, 82, Marsh-Brown 22, Hayter 70|
|27/07/2013||Away||Frnd||W||2-1||2492||Hayter 21, Madden 25|
|30/07/2014||Away||Frnd||W||2-1||1735||Davis 28, Hoskins 82|
|31/01/2017||Home||EFL2||W||2-1||4788||Smith 62, Lacey 64|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Plymouth Argyle
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Plymouth Argyle : Club Statistics
|04/03/2017||Carlisle United||Home||EFL2||W||2-0||10381||Carey 21, Jervis 45|
|11/03/2017||Mansfield Town||Away||EFL2||W||2-0||4546||Bradley 69, Carey 74|
|14/03/2017||Wycombe Wanderers||Away||EFL2||D||1-1||3638||Blissett 72|
Highest League Attendance: 14671, vs Exeter City, 11/02/2017
Lowest League Attendance: 6935, vs Mansfield Town, 20/08/2016
Average League Attendance: 9250
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||1
||Games Without Defeat: ||3
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||5
|Games Without A Draw: ||1
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||1
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||38
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||1
||Home Results Sequence: ||WLLWLW
|Away Results Sequence: ||LWDDWD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LWLWDW
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Plymouth Argyle : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01752 562561
Fax : 01752 606167
Chairman : James Brent
Secretary : Jon Back
Safety Officer : Dave Boobyer
Press Officer : Rick Cowdery
Manager : Derek Adams
Capacity : 18,000
Seated : 18,000
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : 43,596 vs Aston Villa, Division Two, October 10th 1936
Colours : Currently two shades of green as stripes, with white trim.
Nickname : The Pilgrims
Ticket Prices :
Away fans at Home Park are placed in the Barn Park End - a covered seated stand behind one of the goals. There is a standard allocation
of 1,300 supporters, although the overall capacity can be increased up to 2,022 spectators for the whole end. Prices for our 2016-17 visit are as follows:
Adults: £20.00; Over 65s and Students: £15.00; Under-18s: £7.00.
Plymouth also offer a family ticket, where Juniors brought with an Adult are charged at £5.00. The Ticket Office also have a limited amount of tickets in our allocation for the family area. These seats are within the away section but can have access to the family concourse. These tickets are only available to families and adults accompanying children.
You are advised to bring proof of age for all of the concessionary prices as Plymouth may check them on the turnstiles.
Note that all prices will increase by £2.00 if tickets are purchased on the day of the game. Note that in the case of the above Family Ticket, that increase applies to both spectators - i.e. it will cost £4.00 more.
Ambulant disabled supporters pay their relevant age rate as above, but can take an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair bays and accompanying tickets for assistants will need to be booked directly from the Plymouth ticket office on 01752 907 700. You need to be at the higher rate of disability for the assistant's ticket.
There are up 28 spaces in the Barn Park End that are allocated for Wheelchair disabled supporters. These are situated at pitch level.
The club uses the Soccer Sight service for visually impaired supporters with up to 10 headsets available across Home Park. Bookings must
be made in advance by calling Dave Boobyer on 01752-562561 Extension 140 - these can be collected from club reception or delivered to your seat.
The stand also houses a designated disabled toilet. The club advise that those supporters needing refreshments during the game should
approach a steward due to the numbers using the concourse facilities.
There are approximately 30 car parking spaces available in the Outland Road car park and these are available to both home and away
supporters on a first come, first served basis. Again Dave Boobyer is your contact.
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Plymouth Argyle : Directions To The Ground
Plymouth's Barn Park End - where Yeovil fans will be sat on the day
Home Park is situated fairly close to Plymouth City Centre - around a mile north of the shopping areas, out on the A386 (Outland Road) that
runs from the city out towards Tavistock. The ground is just north-east of the A386 junction with the A3064 (Wolseley Road). Its
location makes this one of the easiest grounds to find.
Pretty much everyone supporting Yeovil Town will be coming via the A303/M5 and then onto the A38, which is 100 percent dual carriageway
between Exeter and Plymouth. As you reach the outskirts of Plymouth, stay on the A38 which acts as a city bypass, until you reach
the A386 junction, signposted Home Park, City Centre, the Ferry Port and Tavistock. Take the second exit towards Home Park and the Ferry Port.
Home Park is a mile down this road on your left hand side.
If you are coming from Cornwall or North Devon, then the A386/A38 junction is still the one you need to head towards regardless of direction.
The Home Park car park itself is for reserved permit holders only. There is a free car park on Outland Road that serves the bulk of parking
needs around Argyle. It fills up before kick-off, so don't make the decision to park there too late. Note that exit from the car park after the
match is organised on a "first in, first out" basis - i.e. if you are one of the last ones to get into the car park before kick-off, you'll
be right at the back of the queue at the end of the game. Hence if you're doing a tour of the city, you may want to park up first, and use your
With this being so close to the city centre and the railway station, street parking is limited - your best bet is to head further away
from the station/centre area where you'll move into more residential parts of the city. Obviously there is plenty of city centre parking,
although check the rates for parking on a Bank Holiday.
Plymouth is situated on the line that runs between London Paddington and Penzance. For those who are travelling from Yeovil, the most
obvious choice is to leave from Yeovil Junction and change at Exeter St Davids. However, those who live in the outlying villages may
wish to consider heading to Castle Cary or Taunton where you can get a direct service down.
When you get there, Plymouth station is situated on the south side of Central Park, whilst the ground is situated on the north side of Central Park. It's about
a three-quarters of a mile walk, so 10-15 minutes, directly through the park. Come out of the station and turn right into Ford Park Road
at the Pennycomequick roundabout, which is downhill from the station. Then take the second left into Holdsworth Street, heading up a steep
hill and into the park.
Alternatively, from the Pennycomequick roundabout, you can stick to the main road by carrying on up Alma Road (A386) and then at the next
major junction, following the A386 around to the right, which takes you into Outland Road. However, walking through the park cuts off that
corner and is decidedly more scenic.
Target Travel run a number of 'football special' services throughout the city that head to Home Park before the game, and do corresponding
trips back in the same direction after the match. There are currently two services, numbered PA1 and PA2.
A selection of Plymouth taxi companies can be found here.
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|Plymouth Argyle : Web Resources|
Plymouth Argyle Official Site
Argyle's official site. PTV franchise, so useful shortcomings exist.
Vital Plymouth Argyle
The Vital stable's offering for Plymouth - unlike many Vital sites, this one is run by Pilgrims fans, and as such provides much better reading, with regular news coverage.
|Web Message Boards|
Pasoti? Is that a kind of an Italian dish? No, it's Plymouth Argyle Supporters On The Internet. This is a busy set of message boards covering Argyle and various degrees of off-topicness. Register to post, but anyone can read.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Plymouth Evening Herald
Dedicated Argyle section from Plymouth's main daily paper.
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Plymouth Argyle : Food & Drink
Stuck out near the far end of the country, Devon has some wonderfully picturesque pubs if you fancy getting off the beaten track
and onto Dartmoor. In the city itself, the pubs are disappointingly dominated by the Bass brewery. You're far better off hunting for
places that serve up from the more local brewers such as St Austell, Dartmoore (formerly Princetown Brewery), Summerskills and Butcombe.
Specifically around the ground, the selection of pubs available is a little bit disappointing, with the Wetherspoon offering -
The Britannia being the stand-out choice. If you were hoping for something a bit more Devon-authentic than a chain pub, you'll need to
head a bit further afield.
This is Ginsters territory, right on the edge
of Cornwall, and so you may fancy searching out some of the local Cornish Pasties (OK, so we're not in Cornwall, but the tradition of
'home' style pasty making does stretch into Plymouth). There is usually a van selling pasties close to The Britannia pub, although
it's likely these are factory made.
Club Bar :
Alcohol is served to away supporters from within the Barn Park End. The concourse area is very cramped and crowded, so expect a bit of
queuing. Obviously Football League regulations mean you can not take your drink into the seated areas. The concourse also serves the
usual football club diet of pies, pasties and burgers.
Local Pubs :
|Britannia: Wetherspoon pub that is the most likely destination for away supporters. It's halfway between the railway station and the ground, where Alma Road meets Outland Road. Obviously it gets very crowded and on certain occasions the doormen have insisted on having people queue outside. They're also a bit fussy about people singing football songs in there, and will eject people who start them up. The format is what you'd expect of a Wetherspoon - Greene King Ruddles and Abbot, Marston's Pedigree and a selection of rotating guest beers. Also Weston's real cider and perry. All Wetherspoon outlets are cheap for drink and food so this will be a popular and convenient choice. Opening times are 8.00a.m. until midnight, with a one hour extension for Friday and Saturday nights, although don't be too surprised if they are only willing to serve coffees and breakfasts during the first few hours.|
Britannia, 1 Wolseley Road, Milehouse, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3AA. Tel: 01752 607596. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Fortescue: For the discerning real ale drinker, this is the pub to make a bee-line for. Mutley Plain is the B3250 that runs on the east side of Central Park and the pub is situated just north of where the the railway line crosses Mutley Plain. The pub has been given the title of local CAMRA pub of the year three years running and serves up nine real ales including local brewers Butcombe and Dartmoor, plus real cider in Thatchers Dry. Opening hours are 11.00am - 11.00pm with slightly shorter hours on a Sunday, and an hour extension on a Friday and Saturday. Only snag is that apart from Sunday roasts, we can't see any evidence of them serving regular food. Children are welcome until 5.00p.m.|
Fortescue, 37 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6JQ. Tel: 01752 660673. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Mannamead: A second Wetherspoon pub in Plymouth. This one is further from the ground than the Britannia is, and is on Mutley Plain (B3250) which is a mile or so east of Central Park. This will be a quieter choice than the Britannia, and may also help those who want to sample the real ales in the Fortescue, but also want a bite to eat. Opening hours are 8.00a.m. until midnight with an hour's extension on Friday and Saturday - expect them to only be doing coffees and breakfast during the first few hours of opening. Usual Wetherspoon food and drink prices and format apply. Children are welcome.|
Mannamead, 61-63 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6JH. Tel: 01752 825610. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Providence Inn: Situated just off the B3250 on the north side of the city, and therefore relatively convenient for those coming in by train, or for those who have chosen to go pubbing on the Mutley Plain side of the city. Situated right at the top of a very steep hill (whichever way you approach it) called North Hill. They used to be owned by the South Hams Brewery but it looks like they've now become a free house over the last few years. Opinion though is that the only thing that has changed is that they rotate their beers a little more than they used to, with typically around four of them, and a real cider with it.|
Providence Inn, 20 Providence Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8JQ. Tel: 01752 228178. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Understand us? Arrr, we be near country cousins, moy dear!
Shout "Green Army!" a lot. No-one will ever suspect that you're an away fan.
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Plymouth Argyle : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Plymouth is the scene of Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada, and so if you like doing the touristy bits then head down to Plymouth Hoe
where you can see Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island and also Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. Further north-east you'll find the Barbican which is the city's
original fishing port, and home of the National Marine Aquarium, and also the Mayflower Steps, where the ship called the Mayflower sailed
out to America in 1620. The occupants, popularly known as the Pilgrims, give Argyle their nickname. If you're staying for longer, then
for the younger types Union Street is your typical nightclubbing area, although it can get a bit rough at times. Meanwhile those who like
beautiful scenery should head to Dartmoor and its range of long walks and fantastic pubs.
[No responsibility is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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