League One Lowdown: Plymouth Argyle

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1886

Chairman: James Brent

Last Season: League One - 7th

Nickname: The Pilgrims

Rivals: Exeter City, Torquay United

Major Honours


Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Plymouth: Saturday, September 1st (3pm)

Plymouth vs Portsmouth: Saturday, February 9th (3pm)

Plymouth Argyle: A brief history

Formed as Argyle FC in 1886, the Pilgrims took their nickname from the religious group that set out to discover the New World aboard the Mayflower in 1662. The club became Plymouth Argyle when it joined the Southern League in 1903.

Promotion through the leagues continued as Argyle became a Second Division club in 1930, staying there for 20 years until relegation. Plymouth then builded a reputation as a yo-yo club but stunned the world in 1973 when the third tier team defeated Pele's Santos 3-2 in a friendly.

Recent history has seen Plymouth continue their trend as a yo-yo club between the divisions but huge financial problems and administration saw the Pilgrims drop to League Two before the club was eventually saved by James Brent's Akkeron Group. They finally won promotion in 2017, finishing as runners-up to Pompey in League Two having bottled it on previous occasions.

The Manager: Derek Adams

The 43-year-old Glaswegian spent all of his playing career in Scotland, mainly with Motherwell and Ross County. When he returned to County for a second spell in 2006 he was made player-coach and took the club to the Scottish Cup Final as well as earning promotion to the First Division.

He left The Staggies in 2010 to become Colin Calderwood's assistant at Hibernian but only spent a season there before returning to Ross County where he continued his success by taking the club to the Scottish Premier League and establishing them as a respectable top flight team as well as winning the Scottish League Cup but a poor start to last season saw Adams sacked.

The Scot took some time out of football before replacing John Sheridan as Plymouth manager when he was appointed in June 2015. He earned promotion with Argyle in 2017 and took them to the brink of the play-offs the season after.

The Ground: Home Park (Capacity: 16,388 - Away: 2,000)

Home Park was one of the best venues in League Two and is also a good away day in League One, especially given the recent history between Argyle and Pompey.


In the background of this next photo you can see the entrance to the Grandstand. This stand was built in 1952 and although traditional, it's really starting to show its age now.


Here is the Mayflower Grandstand. There have been plans for years to knock this stand down and replace it with a modern one to fit the other three stands but fans are now sceptical as to when this will actually happen.


Pompey fans are seated in the Barn Park End which is exactly the same as the Devonport End opposite.


Completing the "Horseshoe" around the ground is the Lyndhurst stand. In the corner of the photo you can see some of the "Fans Re-United" banner created by both Pilgrims and Pompey fans for the League Cup game some seasons ago.