Plymouth Argyle F.C.Plymouth Argyle Football Club
, also known as the Pilgrims
, are one of the few football
clubs in the English Football League
to play in a principally green strip. They have recently changed their customary white away strip to one which is principally tangerine in colour, an act of hommage
to the highly successful manager Paul Sturrock
, a former international player with Scottish league
side Dundee United
(known as "The Tangerines" on account of the colour of their strip), who won them promotion within one season of joining the club. The tangerine strip has now engendered a new soubriquet applied to the team when they are playing in it, the tangergreens
The club takes it's nickname from the vast number of people that left Plymouth for the New World. The club crest features the Mayflower, the Plymouth ship, which carried many of the original pilgrims.
Their original ground at Home Park, was destroyed by German bombers during the Blitz on Plymouth during World War II. 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 old 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 in early February 2002. Plans are currently under discussion regarding the completion of the refurbishment of the ground with the replacement of the Mayflower stand.
The club was founded in 1886 as Argyle Athletic Club and gets its name from The Argyle Tavern (thought to be where the founder members first met) or possibly the Argyll and Southerners based in the area at the time. The club adopted its current name when it became fully professional in 1903.
Argyle's record victories are 8-1 wins over Hartlepool United and Millwall. On 3rd January 2004, this winning margin was equalled with a 7-0 thrashing of Chesterfield. The club's record defeat is 9-0 by Stoke City in 1960.
Throughout the 1990s Argyle had a string of managers. Peter Shilton, Neil Warnock and John Gregory all managed the club, with mixed success.
The club was promoted from English league Division Three to Division Two as champions at the end of season 2001/2002, after attaining 102 points, a club and Division Three record.
The current Argyle squad
Curent non-playing staff
- 1 Romain Larrieu
- 2 David Worrell
- 3 Lee Hodges
- 4 David Friio
- 5 Graham Coughlan
- 6 Steve Adams
- 7 David Norris
- 8 Jason Bent
- 9 Michael Evans
- 10 Ian Stonebridge
- 11 Martin Phillips
- 14 Tony Capaldi
- 15 Paul Wotton
- 16 Hasney Aljofree
- 17 Brian McGlinchey
- 18 Nathan Lowndes
- 19 Marino Keith
- 21 Blair Sturrock
- 22 Paul Connolly
- 23 Luke McCormick
- 24 Peter Gilbert (loan)
- 29 Marcus Martin
- 90 Michael Foot
Complete list of previous managers
- Manager - Paul Sturrock
- Assistant Manager - Kevin Summerfield
- Youth Coach - Stuart Gibson
- Physiopherapist - Paul Maxwell
- Chief Scout - John James
- Chairman - Paul Stapleton
- Vice Chair - Peter Jones
- Directors - Michael Foot, Phillip Gill, Nicholas Warren, Robert Dennerly
- Community Officer - Geoff Crudgington
- Commercial Manager - Andy Budge
- Club Shop Manager - Rachel Fry
- Club Photographer - Dave Rowntree
- Official Webmaster - Steven Hill
Major club honours
- List of Plymouth Argyle F.C. managers
Third Division South
Third Division (Old Format)
Division Three (New Format)
How to get to the ground (and other useful information)
The ground is located at the north of Central Park, approximately half a mile from the main Plymouth railway station, and about a mile from the coach station.
From the station
Arriving by road
- By bus Turn immediately right out of the station, and cross the main road by footbridge. Any bus bound for Milehouse will drop you within 100 yards of the ground.
- Walking Turn immediately right out of the station, and right again under the pedestrian footbridge and railway bridge. You will arrive at a roundabout: in front of you will be a pub, the Pennycomequick. From here you can either walk up Alma Road to the top and turn right at the Britannia pub (the long way) or you can cut across the park about 50 yards up Alma Road, heading right. You will come to a concreted path, follow it uphill and it will bring you past the council-run pitch and putt golf course to Home Park itself.
Arriving by coach
- Arriving from the east you will (probably) be on the A38 Devon Expressway. As you approach Plymouth, there is a major exit, the Marsh Mills roundabout. Do not take this exit unless you fancy wasting time driving through city-centre traffic. The next exit, the Leigham roundabout, is also sub-optimal. The third exit which will be signposted the A386 for Plymouth City Centre and Devonport is the one you want. Head in the direction of Plymouth city centre. (NB There are speed cameras along the length of this road and the police often have a mobile patrol laser-checking as well). The car-parks are well-signposted, however as Argyle have become progressively more successful, it has taken longer to leave these car-parks after the game...
Unless you are on a club coach explicitly bound for Home Park, you will be deposited at Breton Side Bus Station.
- By bus Any bus bound for Milehouse will drop you within 100 yards of the ground.
- Walking Exit the bus station through either of the staircases. If you are immediately outside the St Charles church (or what remains of it, as it was blown up during the Blitz), then turn left and follow the signs for the railway station, and follow instructions as per arriving by rail. If you find yourself outside the Post Office, just head for the St Charles church....