Plymouth Argyle F.C.


Plymouth Argyle F.C.
Plymouth Argyle
The words "125 Years" and the intials "P.A.F.C" above and below a shield featured a ship called the Mayflower in full sail.
Full name Plymouth Argyle Football Club
Nickname(s) The Pilgrims[1]
Founded 1886, as Argyle F.C.
Ground Home Park, Plymouth
(Capacity: 18,000[2])
Chairman James Brent
Manager Carl Fletcher
League League Two
2010–11 League One, 23rd (relegated)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Plymouth Argyle Football Club is an English professional football club, based in Plymouth, Devon, that plays in Football League Two.

Since becoming professional in 1903, the club has won five Football League titles, five Southern League titles and one Western League title. The 2009–10 season was the club's 42nd in the second tier of English football. The team holds the record for most championships won in the third tier, having finished first in the Third Division South twice, the Third Division once and the Second Division once.

The club takes its nickname from an English religious group that left Plymouth for the New World in 1620. The club crest features the Mayflower, the London-based ship that carried the pilgrims to Massachusetts. Former League club Boston United are also known as the Pilgrims and feature the Mayflower on its badge; Boston was the starting point on the pilgrims' journey. Plymouth Argyle were the only club to play in a principally green home strip until 2003 when Yeovil Town gained promotion to the Football League. After Hull City earned promotion to the Premier League, the city of Plymouth is now the largest in England never to have hosted top-flight football. They are the most southern and western League club in England.

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History

Stadium

Outside view of the Devonport Stand

The original ground of the professional club at Home Park was destroyed by German bombers during The Blitz on Plymouth in World War II. Having been rebuilt after the war, Home Park was largely demolished as part of an extensive process of renovation, and the first phase of a new stadium built by Barrs plc was completed in May 2002. The new Devonport End was opened for the 2001 Boxing Day fixture with Torquay United. The other end, the Barn Park End, opened on the same day. The Lyndhurst stand reopened on 26 January 2002 for the game against Oxford United. Plans are currently under discussion regarding the completion of the refurbishment of the ground with the replacement of the Mayflower stand. The ground is situated in Central Park, very near to the residential area of Peverell. Towards the end of the 2005/06 English Coca-Cola Championship season, the club decided to buy the stadium for £2.7 million from Plymouth City Council, releasing the ground from a 125-year lease. This purchase was concluded in December 2006.

In the summer of 2007, the club, having failed to persuade the UK authorities[3] of the case for retaining a standing terrace, decided to add 3,500 temporary seats to the Mayflower enclosure.[4] This is likely to drop the capacity to just under 20,000 from 20,922 (an exact figure is not yet available). Former Argyle chairman Paul Stapleton stated that work on a new South Stand at Home Park was to finally start in 2010. However, after England failed to be chosen for the 2018 tournament, and Plymouth Argyle entering administration plus selling the stadium back to the council on the 14th of October for £1.6 million [5], this project is now in serious doubt.

Rivalries

The club's traditional rivals are fellow Devon side Exeter City; other rivalries exist with Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth (the Plymouth–Portsmouth game is known as the Dockyard Derby)[6] Although the rivalry with Exeter City has been blunted for a while due to a difference in divisions, Argyle's relegation into League One, coupled with Exeter City's survival, reignited the tensions. A distinct rivalry arose between Argyle and Luton Town after inflammatory comments made by Joe Kinnear who was manager of The Hatters during the 2001–02 promotion season, although this mutual antipathy has now somewhat abated. Similarly, after the departure of Ian Holloway to Leicester City in November 2007 a noticeable mutual dislike arose, culminating in Argyle's 0–1 victory at the Walkers Stadium in early February 2008 although this mutual antipathy has now similarly subsided.[7] In the 1990s, Argyle had a rivalry with Burnley as the Clarets beat them in a Division Two (now League One) play-off semi-final in 1994, and relegated them on the last day of the season four years later. However, the rivalry has subsided over the past few years, especially after Burnley's promotion to the Premier League in 2009.

Players

Current squad

As of 18 November 2011.[8][9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Romain Larrieu (club captain / player-coach)[10]
2 England DF Durrell Berry
3 England DF Robbie Williams
4 Wales MF Carl Fletcher (player-manager)[11]
6 England DF Curtis Nelson
7 England MF Luke Daley
8 England MF Simon Walton (team captain)
10 Scotland FW Craig Sutherland (on loan from Blackpool)
11 Northern Ireland FW Warren Feeney
13 France DF Ladjie Soukouna
14 Zimbabwe DF Onismor Bhasera
15 England MF Luke Young
No. Position Player
17 England FW Jared Sims
18 England MF Jordan Copp
19 England DF Ben Gibson (on loan from Middlesbrough)
20 Republic of Ireland MF Conor Hourihane
21 England MF Will Atkinson (on loan from Hull City)
22 France DF Maxime Blanchard
23 England GK Jake Cole
24 England FW Isaac Vassell
25 England DF Jordan Pearce
26 England MF Jed Harper-Penman
27 England FW Matt Lecointe
28 England DF Paul Bignot (on loan from Blackpool)

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 England DF Jamie Richards (at Barnstaple Town until 1 December 2011)
Northern Ireland MF Damien Johnson (at Huddersfield Town until 30 June 2012)
No. Position Player
Northern Ireland FW Rory Patterson (at Linfield until 30 June 2012)

Retired numbers

Reserves

The club's reserve team, up to the end of the 2010–11 season, played in the Football Combination. The club also entered a team in the South Western League, but withdrew from that competition after one season in 2007. The club confirmed their withdrawal from the Football Combination on 27 June, alongside 18 other Football League clubs. The club will now arrange reserve fixtures on dates of their choice, rather now follow a fixture list.[13]

The reserves' honours include the Southern League Championship in 1922, 1926, 1929, 1934 and its League Cup in 1933, 1934 and 1936; 1934 was the first Southern League Double.[14]

Player of the Year

Year Winner
1966 England Johnny Newman
1967 England Norman Piper
1968 Republic of Ireland Pat Dunne
1969 England David Burnside
1970 England Derek Rickard
1971 England Jim Furnell
1972 Scotland Dave Provan
1973 England Neil Hague
1974 England Ernie Machin
1975 England Paul Mariner
1976 England Paul Mariner
1977 England Neil Ramsbottom
Year Winner
1978 England George Foster
1979 England Fred Binney
1980 England George Foster
1981 England David Kemp
1982 England John Sims
1983 England Gordon Nisbet
1984 England Gordon Staniforth
1985 England Tommy Tynan
1986 England Kevin Hodges
1987 England Tommy Tynan
1988 England Steve Cherry
1989 England Tommy Tynan
Year Winner
1990 England Nicky Marker
1991 England Kenny Brown
1992 Jamaica Dwight Marshall
1993 England Steve McCall
1994 England Steve McCall
1995 England Marc Edworthy
1996 England Mick Heathcote
1997 England Chris Billy
1998 England Martin Barlow
Canada Carlo Corazzin
1999 England Mick Heathcote
2000 England Paul McGregor
Year Winner
2001 Republic of Ireland Wayne O'Sullivan
2002 Republic of Ireland Graham Coughlan
2003 England Paul Wotton
2004 Republic of Ireland Mickey Evans
2005 England Paul Wotton
2006 England David Norris
2007 France Lilian Nalis
2008 Hungary Krisztián Timár
2009 France Romain Larrieu
2010 Wales Carl Fletcher
2011 Wales Carl Fletcher

Noted former players

For details on former players who have a Wikipedia article, see: Category:Plymouth Argyle F.C. players.

Team of the century

For the centenary celebrations, an all time best team of Plymouth Argyle players was chosen by fans of the club.[16]

1 England GK Jim Furnell
2 England DF Gordon Nisbet
3 England DF Jack Chisholm
4 Republic of Ireland DF Graham Coughlan
5 England DF Colin Sullivan
6 England MF Ernie Machin
7 England MF Kevin Hodges
8 England MF Johnny Williams
9 England FW Paul Mariner
10 England FW Tommy Tynan
11 Scotland MF Sammy Black &
England MF Garry Nelson

Manager: Scotland Paul Sturrock

World Cup players

The following players were chosen to represent their country at the FIFA World Cup while contracted to Plymouth Argyle.

Club officials

  • Club President: England Chris Webb

Boardroom

  • Chairman/Owner: England James Brent
  • Chairman of Football Operations: England Peter Ridsdale
  • Finance Director: England Martin Baker

Management

First Team

  • Manager: Wales Carl Fletcher
  • First Team Coach: France Romain Larrieu
  • Coach: England Kevin Nancekivell
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Wales Rhys Wilmot
  • Prozone & Fitness Coach: Australia Scott Russell
  • Physio:England Paul Atkinson
  • Chief Scout:England Bob Shaw

Youth Team

  • Manager: England Kevin Hodges
  • Physio:England Steve Brown
  • Centre of Excellence Manager: Scotland Allan Evans
  • Youth Development Manager: England Gordon Bennett
  • Youth Development Officer: England John James
  • Chief Scout: England Peter Distin

Managerial history

Honours

Plymouth Argyle's list of honours include the following.[17]

Honour Number Years
League
Football League Second Division Champions 1 2003–04
Football League Third Division Champions 2 1958–59, 2001–02
Football League Third Division Runners-up 2 1974–75, 1985–86
Football League Third Division South Champions 2 1929–30, 1951–52
Football League Third Division South Runners-up 6 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27
Football League Third Division Play-off Winners 1 1995–96
Southern Football League Champions 1 1912–13
Southern Football League Runners-up 2 1907–08, 1911–12
Western Football League Champions 1 1904–05
Western Football League B Runners-up 1 1906–07
South West Regional League Champions 1 1939–40
Domestic Cups
FA Cup Semi-finalist 1 1983–84
FA Cup Quarter-finalist 1 2006–07
Football League Cup Semi-finalist 2 1964–65, 1973–74

Records

Club records

  • Record FA Cup victory: 6–0
    • vs Corby Town, FA Cup Third Round, 22 January 1966.
  • Record FA Cup defeat: 1–7
  • Record League Cup victory: 4–0
    • vs Portsmouth, League Cup Second Round, 9 October 1973.
  • Record League Cup defeat: 0–6
  • Fewest League points (3 for a win): 41
  • Fastest five goals
    • Argyle defeated Chesterfield 7–0 at Home Park to record their joint biggest win. In the process they also broke the English record for the fastest five goals scored in a professional game–after just 17 minutes. The goalscorers were: Lee Hodges (4 minutes), Tony Capaldi (11 minutes), Nathan Lowndes (12 & 17 minutes) and David Friio (16 minutes). Friio went on to complete his hat-trick, scoring in the 36th and 89th minutes. Football League Second Division, 3 January 2004.

Seasons

Current

Argyle improved their finishing position in the league every season from 2000–01 until 2007–08.

Recent seasons

Season Tier League League Record FA Cup League Cup Top Goalscorer Attendance
P W D L F A Pts Position Name Goals League Average
1998–99 4 Third Division 46 17 10 19 58 54 61 13th R3 R1 Dwight Marshall 12 5,322
1999–00 4 Third Division 46 16 18 12 55 51 66 12th R4 R1 Paul McGregor 16 5,371
2000–01 4 Third Division 46 15 13 18 54 61 58 12th R1 R1 Ian Stonebridge 12 4,944
2001–02 4 Third Division 46 31 9 6 71 28 102 1st R2 R1 Graham Coughlan, David Friio 11 8,788
2002–03 3 Second Division 46 17 14 15 63 52 65 8th R3 R1 Marino Keith 12 8,980
2003–04 3 Second Division 46 26 12 8 85 41 90 1st R1 R1 David Friio 15 12,654
2004–05 2 Championship 46 14 11 21 52 64 53 17th R3 R1 Paul Wotton 13 16,419
2005–06 2 Championship 46 13 17 16 39 46 56 14th R3 R2 Paul Wotton 9 13,776
2006–07 2 Championship 46 17 16 13 63 62 67 11th QF R1 Barry Hayles 14 13,011
2007–08 2 Championship 46 17 13 16 65 32 64 10th R4 R3 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 13 13,000
2008–09 2 Championship 46 13 12 21 44 57 51 21st R3 R1 Paul Gallagher 13 11,533
2009–10 2 Championship 46 11 8 27 43 68 41 23rd R3 R1 Jamie Mackie 8 10,316
2010–11 3 League One 46 15 7 24 51 74 42‡ 23rd R1 R1 Bradley Wright-Phillips 13 8,613

‡ 10 Points deducted for entering administration

Most appearances

# Name Argyle career Appearances Goals
1 England Hodges, KevinKevin Hodges 1978–1992 620 87
2 Scotland Black, SammySammy Black 1924–1938 491 184
3 Scotland Craig, FredFred Craig 1912–1915
1919–1930
467 5
4 England Williams, JohnnyJohnny Williams 1955–1966 448 55
5= England Hore, JohnnyJohnny Hore 1965–1975 441 17
5= England Jones, PatPat Jones 1947–1958 441 2
7 England Wotton, PaulPaul Wotton 1995–2008 438 63
8 Republic of Ireland Evans, MichaelMichael Evans 1990–1997
2001–2006
432 81
9 England Leslie, JackJack Leslie 1921–1934 401 136
10 Wales Russell, MosesMoses Russell 1914–1915
1919–1930
400 6

Most goals

# Name Argyle career Goals Appearances Goal/game ratio
1 Scotland Black, SammySammy Black 1924–1938 184 491 0.374
2 England Carter, WilfWilf Carter 1957–1964 148 275 0.538
3 England Tynan, TommyTommy Tynan 1983–1985
1986–1990
145 310 0.467
4 England Leslie, JackJack Leslie 1921–1934 136 401 0.339
5 England Tadman, MauriceMaurice Tadman 1947–1955 112 253 0.442
6 England Vidler, JackJack Vidler 1929–1939 103 256 0.402
7 England Burch, FredFred Burch 1906–1915 92 239 0.384
8 England Hodges, KevinKevin Hodges 1978–1992 87 620 0.140
9 England Bowden, RayRay Bowden 1927–1933 85 153 0.555
10= England Dews, GeorgeGeorge Dews 1947–1955 81 271 0.298
10= Republic of Ireland Evans, MichaelMichael Evans 1990–1997
2001–2006
81 432 0.187

Sponsorship

The club's current sportswear manufacturer is Puma, having signed a contract in 2011 to take over from Adidas.[18] The club's main sponsor is WH Bond & Sons, a company specialising in agriculture, who signed an agreement to sponsor the club in the summer of 2011 to take over from Ginsters.[19] Shirt sponsorship was not introduced by the club until 1983.[20] Beacon Electrical were the first company to have their name on the shirt of Plymouth Argyle, but it lasted just one season. Ivor Jones Insurance was the next sponsor and their agreement with the club lasted for two seasons. National & Provincial (now merged with Abbey National) were sponsors for the 1986–87 season before the club signed an agreement with the Sunday Independent which would last for five seasons. Rotolok Holdings plc became the club's major sponsor in 1992, which was owned by then Pilgrims chairman Dan McCauley. This lasted for six seasons before the club linked up with local newspaper the Evening Herald. This would last until 2002 when the club accepted a deal put to them by successful local pastry firm Ginsters, which looks set to continue until at least 2012.[21]

Period Sportswear Sponsor
1975–1976 Umbro None
1976–1978 Pilgrim
1978–1980 Bukta
1980–1982 Adidas
1982–1983 Pilgrim
1983–1984 Beacon Electrical
1984–1986 Ivor Jones Insurance
1986–1987 National & Provincial
1987–1990 Umbro Sunday Independent
1990–1992 Ribero
1992–1996 Admiral Rotolok
1996–1998 Super League
1998–1999 Errea Evening Herald
1999–2002 Patrick
2002–2003 Ginsters
2003–2005 TFG
2005–2009 Puma
2009–2011 Adidas
2011 Puma WH Bond

See also

  • Westcountry Derby

References and notes

Special thanks to BBC Devon: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/devon/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8303000/8303515.stm

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  4. ^ Sit, See and Hear | Plymouth Argyle | News | Latest News | Latest News. Pafc.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  5. ^ BBC News | Plymouth Argyle Home Park stadium deal agreed Retrieved on 2 November 2011,
  6. ^ Fanning, Evan (28 January 2008). "Portsmouth 2 Plymouth Argyle 1: James keeps Pompey's hopes afloat". The Independent. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  7. ^ Fanning, Evan (11 February 2008). "Leicester City 0 Plymouth Argyle 1: Holloway mulls legal action over Plymouth comments". The Independent. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  8. ^ "First team". Plymouth Argyle. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Squad numbers 2011–12". Plymouth Argyle. 29 July 2011. http://www.pafc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10364~2404675,00.html. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Romain Larrieu profile". Plymouth Argyle. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Carl Fletcher profile". Plymouth Argyle. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Number 12". Plymouth Argyle. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Reserve withdrawal". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  14. ^ Edwards, Leigh (1993). The Official Centenary History of the Southern League. Halesowen: Paper Plane Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 1-871872-08-1. 
  15. ^ First international player
  16. ^ "Plymouth Argyle's Team of the Century". BBC. Archived from the original on 18 August 2004. http://web.archive.org/web/20040818140754/http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/sport/2004/may/plymouth_team_of_century.shtml. Retrieved 18 August 2004. 
  17. ^ Achievements. Greensonscreen.co.uk. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  18. ^ Adidas Agreement. Pafc.co.uk. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  19. ^ Perfect Partners. Pafc.co.uk. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  20. ^ Historical Kits. Historical Kits. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  21. ^ Ginsters[dead link]

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