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MATCH PREVIEW: The lowdown on Argyle

We take a look at Plymouth as they visit SN1 in the Papa John’s Trophy…

20 September 2022

Club News

MATCH PREVIEW: The lowdown on Argyle

We take a look at Plymouth as they visit SN1 in the Papa John’s Trophy…

20 September 2022

It’s a quick return to action for Swindon Town as they look to take the momentum from two straight league wins and kick start their Papa John’s Trophy campaign.

Scott Lindsey’s charges welcome League One outfit Plymouth Argyle this evening, and here’s a little insight into this evenings opposition.

A brief history…

The club was originally founded as Argyle back in 1886, turning professional and entering the Southern and Western leagues as Plymouth Argyle in 1903.

They emerged championship winners of the Western League during the 1904/05 season, and Southern League runners-up in 1912/13, before their election into the Football League Third Division in 1920, finishing as runners-up on six consecutive occasions.

Promotion as Third Division South champions soon followed under long-serving boss Bob Jack in 1929/30, but a 20-year stay in the Second tier ended in 1950, though their return was quick as they won the Third Division in 1951/52.

After another relegation in 1956, they once again proved too strong for the third level of English football, and bounced back up in 1958/59 by winning the title.

Argyle were relegated out of the Second Division on three occasions in the following years, in 1968, 1977 and 1992, having won promotion out of the Third Division as runners-up in 1974/75 and 1985/86.

They suffered demotion to the fourth tier for the first time in their history in 1995, but held their nerve to come straight back up the following year, however another relegation followed in 1998.

In 2001/02, they were promoted as champions under Paul Sturrock with a mammoth 102-point haul, securing a record fifth third tier league title in 2003/04.

They’d remain in the Championship for six seasons until administration and two successive relegations left them in League Two by 2011.

In 2016/17, Argyle won promotion to League One, and again in 2019/20 following demotion the previous campaign.

The Stadium…

Home Park has been Argyle’s base since 1901.

After undergoing considerable development in the 1920s and 1930s, the ground suffered heavy damag in World War II, reopening in time for the resumption of the Football League in 1945, with further improvements made in the 1950s.

The ground remained largely unchanged until 2001, when a new all-seater stand was constructed and completed a year later. It became an all-seater stadium in 2007.

Their record attendance came in 1936, when 43,596 spectators watched the club play Aston Villa in the Second Division.

Their record average attendance for a single season came during the 1946/47 campaign, recorded at 23,290.

The last five previous meetings…

There’s been mixed fortunes for Town against Plymouth in previous years.

Funnily enough, the pair last met at this stage of the same competition last term, where a Macauley Gillesphey own goal and further strikes from Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Harry McKirdy game Town a 3-1 win at Home Park.

Before that, there were two League One defeats for Swindon to The Pilgrims during the 2020/21 campaign, going down 2-0 in January 2021 and 4-2 in November 2020.

The two clashes before that came in League Two, with Town claiming a narrow 2-1 win away thanks to goals from Diallang Jaiyesimi and Eoin Doyle in January 2020.

There was nothing to pick between the two sides in the reverse fixture that season in October 2019, as Eoin Doyle netted on the stroke of half time, only for Joel Grant to equalise with just 13-minutes remaining.

Argyle this season…

It’s been a great start to the new season by The Pilgrims in League One, as they sit pretty in third spot with six wins in their nine games so far, netting 16 goals in the process.

They’re currently unbeaten in their last six in all competitions, and have bounced back in style after suffering a 5-1 thrashing by Charlton last month.

Last weekend saw them grind out a hard-fought 2-2 draw with fellow early pace setters Portsmouth, building on victories away at Derby and home to Oxford United beforehand respectively.

Argyle in the Papa John’s so far…

It ended all square between Plymouth and Bristol Rovers in the group as both sides looked to pick up early wins in the competition at the end of August.

Ryan Loft gave Rovers the lead on 50-minutes, but the strike was cancelled out by Ryan Hardie’s penalty shortly after.

A nervy shoot-out ensued, in which Argyle edged 4-3, as Harvey Greenslade and Anthony Evans missed their spot-kicks and Pilgrims top scorer Finn Azaz held his nerve to convert.

The manager…

Steven Schumacher currently heads up Argyle having spent time at Bury previously as First-Team Coach.

He was appointed assistant at Home Park back in June 2019 as Ryan Lowe’s number two, having only just gained his UEFA Pro Licence A.

Together with Lowe, the 38-year-old’s contributions helped Argyle to a third-place finish and an immediate return to League One in a campaign interrupted by the COVID pandemic.

In December last year, Ryan Lowe departed the West Country for Preston North End, and Schumacher was swiftly handed the reins as First-Team manager.

Summer recruitment…

It’s proved a good summer for Plymouth with regards to their recruitment, with a blend of youth and experience coming in to bolster the ranks.

Matt Butcher (Accrington Stanley) and Mickael Miller (Rotherham United) have been stand out signings, but they have been reliant on loan captures primarily.

Current top scorer Finn Azaz has joined from Aston Villa, Bali Mumba has signed a temporary deal from Norwich, while Morgan Whittaker (Swansea City), Nigel Lonwijk (Wolves) and striker Sam Cosgrove (Birmingham City) have all opted for switches to Home Park for some valuable playing time.

Not too many have departed, with George Cooper heading to Chesterfield and Panutche Camara joining Ipswich.

Ryan Law has joined Gillingham on loan, and Luke Jephcott headed to SN1 on a short term deal with an option to buy on deadline day.

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