Plymouth Argyle F.C.

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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.

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Overview

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Pilgrim Pete

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

Strikers
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

Goalkeeper
Jim Furnell

The current Argyle squad

1 Romain Larrieu
2 David Worrell
3 Lee Hodges
5 Graham Coughlan
6 Keith Lasley
7 David Norris
8 Akos Buzsaky
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
20 Steve Adams
22 Paul Connolly
23 Luke McCormick
24 Peter Gilbert
25 Ryan Dickson
TBD Rufus Brevett
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 titleEmployee
ManagerBobby Williamson
First Team CoachesJocky Scott, Gerry McCabe
Youth CoachStuart Gibson
PhysiotherapistPaul Maxwell
Chief ScoutJohn James
ChairmanPaul Stapleton
Vice ChairPeter Jones
DirectorsMichael Foot, Phillip Gill, Nicholas Warren
Community OfficerGeoff Crudgington
Commercial ManagerAndy Budge
Club Shop ManagerRachel Fry
Club PhotographerDave Rowntree
Official WebmasterSteven Hill

Complete list of previous managers

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

#Date appointedManager name
11903-08-01Frank Brettell
21905-08-01Bob Jack
31906-08-01Bill Fullerton
41910-08-01Bob Jack
51938-04-01Jack Tresardern
61948-09-01Jimmy Rae
71955-02-01Jack Rowley
81961-03-01Neil Dougall
91961-11-01Ellis Stuttard
101963-10-01Andy Beattie
111964-05-01Malcolm Allison
121965-05-01Derek Ufton
131968-02-01Billy Bingham
141970-03-01Ellis Stuttard
151972-10-11Tony Waiters
161977-05-01Mike Kelly
171978-02-14Lennie Lawrence (Caretaker)
181978-03-16Malcolm Allison
191979-01-05Bobby Saxton
201981-06-01Bobby Moncur
211983-10-01Johnny Hore
221984-11-01Dave Smith
231988-07-06Ken Brown
241990-02-06John Gregory (Caretaker)
251990-03-01David Kemp
261992-03-02Peter Shilton
271995-01-02Steve McCall (Caretaker)
281995-06-22Neil Warnock
291997-02-03Mick Jones
301998-06-21Kevin Hodges
312000-10-04Kevin Summerfield (Caretaker)
322000-10-31Paul Sturrock
332004-03-04Kevin Summerfield (Caretaker)
342004-04-20 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.

SeasonWinner
1966Johnny Newman
1967Norman Piper
1968Pat Dunne
1969David Burnside
1970Derek Rickard
1971Jim Furnell
1972Dave Provan
1973Neil Hague
1974Ernie Machin
1975Paul Mariner
1976Paul Mariner
1977Neil Ramsbottom
1978George Foster
1979Fred Binney
1980George Foster
1981David Kemp
1982John Sims
1983Gordon Nisbet
1984Gordon Staniforth
1985Tommy Tynan
1986Kevin Hodges
1987Tommy Tynan
1988Steve Cherry
1989Tommy Tynan
1990Nicky Marker
1991Kenny Brown
1992Dwight Marshall
1993Steve McCall
1994Steve McCall
1995Marc Edworthy
1996Mick Heathcote
1997Chris Billy
1998Martin Barlow & Carlo Corazzin
1999Mick Heathcote
2000Paul McGregor
2001Wayne O'Sullivan
2002Graham Coughlan
2003Paul Wotton
2004Mickey Evans
2005Paul Wotton

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

CompetitionAchievementYear
Division Two (New Format)Champions2004
Third Division (Old Format)Champions
Runners-up
1959
1975, 1986
Third Division SouthChampions
Runners-up
1930, 1952
1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
Division Three (New Format)Champions
Play-off winners
2002
1996
Southern LeagueChampions
Runners-up
1913
1908, 1912
Western League Division OneChampions1905
Western League Division One 'B'Runners-up1907
South West Regional LeagueChampions1940

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