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Encyclopedia > Plymouth Argyle F.C
Plymouth Argyle
Full name Plymouth Argyle Football Club
Nickname The Pilgrims, The Greens
Founded 1886 as Argyle F.C.
Turned pro. 1903
Ground Home Park, Plymouth
Capacity 20,134
Chairman Paul Stapleton
Manager Bobby Williamson
League The Championship
2003-04 Second Division, 1st
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Home colours
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Away colours
Plymouth Argyle by season: 2001/02 - 2002/03 - 2003/04 - 2004/05

Plymouth Argyle Football Club, also known as the Pilgrims and based in Plymouth, are one of only two football clubs in the English Football League to play in a principally green home strip. Traditionally the team play in a white away strip, but this was changed to one which was principally tangerine in colour for the 2002/03 and 2003/04 seasons, an act of homage to their highly successful former manager Paul Sturrock whose supported club, Dundee United play in a tangereen kit. The tangerine strip, which contained flashes of green engendered a new soubriquet applied to the team, the tangergreens.
Following Sturrock's departure; the club reverted to a white strip for the 2004/05 season, even though fans had already been asked to vote for one of three tangergreen strips.



The club takes its 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 mascot is known as Pilgrim Pete.

Their original ground 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 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 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 club was founded in 1886 as a general sports club, Argyle Athletic Club, the football section being known as Argyle F.C. Much speculation and rumour surrounds the origin of the name Argyle. The most popular explanation is that they were named after the nearby Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, an army regiment with a strong football side of its own. Other theories suggest that the name comes from the nearby public house, The Argyle Tavern; where the founder members may have met. Alternatively they were named after a local street called Argyll Terrace. The club adopted its current name when it became fully professional in 1903. The first football match took place against Dunheved College (now Launceston College) in Launceston where many of the club's first members had been educated.

Argyle's record victories are 8-1 wins over Hartlepool United and Millwall. On 3 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. Also in 2004, goalkeeper Luke McCormick set a record of seven games without conceding a goal.

Throughout the 1990s, under chairman Dan MacCauley; 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 2001/02, after attaining 102 points, a club and Division Three record.

Towards the end of the 2003/04 season, with Argyle at the top of Division Two and several points clear of their rivals, Sturrock was offered, and accepted the post as manager of Premiership side, Southampton. His replacement was the Hibernian manager, Bobby Williamson. Argyle finished comfortably clear of the second placed side, Queens Park Rangers to achieve their second promotion in three years, this time into the Football League Championship for its inaugural season.

Centenary season

The 2003/04 season was Argyle's 100th since becoming professional in 1903. The club put on several celebratory events, whilst the team won several awards. See: Plymouth Argyle F.C. season 2003-04.

Team of the century

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

Manager Paul Sturrock

Paul Mariner Tommy Tynan

Left Wing Central Midfielders Right Wing
Sammy Black/Gary Nelson Johnny Williams Ernie Machin Kevin Hodges

Left Back Central Defenders Right Back
Colin Sullivan Graham Coughlan Jack Chisholm Gordon Nisbet

Jim Furnell

The current Argyle squad

1 Romain Larrieu
2 David Worrell
3 Lee Hodges
4 David Friio
5 Graham Coughlan
6 Keith Lasley
7 David Norris
8 Akos Buzsaky (on loan from FC Porto)
9 Micky Evans
10 Bjarni Gudjonsson
11 Steven Milne
12 Green Army
13 Mathias Doumbe
14 Tony Capaldi
15 Paul Wotton
16 Hasney Aljofree
17 Nick Chadwick
18 Scott Taylor
19 Marino Keith
20 Steve Adams
21 Dexter Blackstock (on loan from Southampton F.C.)
22 Paul Connolly
23 Luke McCormick
24 Peter Gilbert
25 Ryan Dickson
90 Michael Foot (honourary)

12 Green Army is not a real player, but was registered by the club as a tribute to the supporters. The idea behind assigning the number 12 was that the great support from fans gives Argyle a similar advantage to having an extra (twelfth) player.

Current non-playing staff

Job title Employee
Manager Bobby Williamson
First Team Coaches Jocky Scott, Gerry McCabe
Youth Coach Stuart Gibson
Physiotherapist Paul Maxwell
Chief Scout John James
Chairman Paul Stapleton
Vice Chair Peter Jones
Directors Michael Foot, Phillip Gill, Nicholas Warren
Community Officer Geoff Crudgington
Commercial Manager Andy Budge
Club Shop Manager Rachel Fry
Club Photographer Dave Rowntree
Official Webmaster Steven Hill

Complete list of previous managers

Team managers of Plymouth Argyle and the dates they took over.

# Date appointed Manager name
1 1903-08-01 Frank Brettell
2 1905-08-01 Bob Jack
3 1906-08-01 Bill Fullerton
4 1910-08-01 Bob Jack
5 1938-04-01 Jack Tresardern
6 1948-09-01 Jimmy Rae
7 1955-02-01 Jack Rowley
8 1961-03-01 Neil Dougall
9 1961-11-01 Ellis Stuttard
10 1963-10-01 Andy Beattie
11 1964-05-01 Malcolm Allison
12 1965-05-01 Derek Ufton
13 1968-02-01 Billy Bingham
14 1970-03-01 Ellis Stuttard
15 1972-10-11 Tony Waiters
16 1977-05-01 Mike Kelly
17 1978-02-14 Lennie Lawrence (Caretaker)
18 1978-03-16 Malcolm Allison
19 1979-01-05 Bobby Saxton
20 1981-06-01 Bobby Moncur
21 1983-10-01 Johnny Hore
22 1984-11-01 Dave Smith
23 1988-07-06 Ken Brown
24 1990-02-06 John Gregory (Caretaker)
25 1990-03-01 David Kemp
26 1992-03-02 Peter Shilton
27 1995-01-02 Steve McCall (Caretaker)
28 1995-06-22 Neil Warnock
29 1997-02-03 Mick Jones
30 1998-06-21 Kevin Hodges
31 2000-10-04 Kevin Summerfield (Caretaker)
32 2000-10-31 Paul Sturrock
33 2004-03-04 Kevin Summerfield (Caretaker)
34 2004-04-20 Bobby Williamson

Players of the season

Since 1966 the player of the season award has been made by Plymouth Argyle to the best player of the past season.

Season Winner
1966 Johnny Newman
1967 Norman Piper
1968 Pat Dunne
1969 David Burnside
1970 Derek Rickard
1971 Jim Furnell
1972 Dave Provan
1973 Neil Hague
1974 Ernie Machin
1975 Paul Mariner
1976 Paul Mariner
1977 Neil Ramsbottom
1978 George Foster
1979 Fred Binney
1980 George Foster
1981 David Kemp
1982 John Sims
1983 Gordon Nisbet
1984 Gordon Staniforth
1985 Tommy Tynan
1986 Kevin Hodges
1987 Tommy Tynan
1988 Steve Cherry
1989 Tommy Tynan
1990 Nicky Marker
1991 Kenny Brown
1992 Dwight Marshall
1993 Steve McCall
1994 Steve McCall
1995 Marc Edworthy
1996 Mick Heathcote
1997 Chris Billy
1998 Martin Barlow & Carlo Corazzin
1999 Mick Heathcote
2000 Paul McGregor
2001 Wayne O'Sullivan
2002 Graham Coughlan
2003 Paul Wotton
2004 Mickey Evans

Other notable players

For full list of players with articles on wikipedia see here.

Fred Binney
Bruce Grobbelaar
John Hope Peddie
David Jack
Jack Leslie
Marcus Murphy
Billy Rafferty
Peter Shilton
John Uzzell

Famous fans

Major club honours

Competition Achievement Year
Division Two (New Format) Champions 2004
Third Division (Old Format) Champions
1975, 1986
Third Division South Champions
1930, 1952
1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
Division Three (New Format) Champions
Play-off winners
Southern League Champions
1908, 1912
Western League Division One Champions 1905
Western League Division One 'B' Runners-up 1907
South West Regional League Champions 1940

How to get to the ground

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

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.


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 road

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...

Arriving by coach

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.


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....

External Links

  • http://www.pafc.co.uk - Club official website.
  • http://www.argyle.org.uk - PASOTI (Plymouth Argyle Supporters On The Internet, the main fans' site).
  • http://www.greensonscreen.co.uk - Useful site with audio/visual round ups of games as well as many good links.
  • http://www.rubofthegreens.com - Club forum which also has some club news.

Football League Championship 2004/05

Brighton & Hove Albion | Burnley | Cardiff City | Coventry City | Crewe Alexandra | Derby County | Gillingham | Ipswich Town | Leeds United | Leicester City | Millwall | Nottingham Forest | Plymouth Argyle | Preston North End | Queens Park Rangers | Reading | Rotherham United | Sheffield United | Stoke City | Sunderland | Watford | West Ham United | Wigan Athletic | Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Football in England

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Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup

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