Sunday, 27 November 2011

Not a load of Cobblers

Plymouth Argyle 4 [four!] - 1 Northampton Town

Should have been 4-0 had it not been for a last minute stoppage time goal by Northampton, the first clean sheet for a while, but it wasn't to be. However, it was a Green booking free game! New loanees Chadwick and Hemmings got on the score sheet, along with a well taken penalty by Walton, and a skillfull goal by Atkinson saw the ball banging in the net 4 times in the first half for Argyle, and save for the good saves of the Cobblers' keeper it could have been more. It nearly looked like Argyle were heading for a clean sheet with Argyle on cruise control, and thus taking the pace out of the game, until the near last kick of stoppage time when Akinfenwa grabbed a late, late consolation. But on that performance, who can criticise!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Kitted Out II

The "new" Argyle 2011/12 kit is now on sale (large and extra large yet to be released though!).

The hope for a new kit - as opposed to the temporary kit - has not materialised and the temporary kit has been given a 125 year makeover, and a white away shirt - a 'negative' of the home shirt added instead.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Transfer Terminal

On Loan Transfer Deadline Day, Argyle have managed to sign three loanees - former Pilgrim Nick Chadwick, veteran 34 year old ex-Millwall, Darren Purse and Wolves winger Ashley Hemmings. At a time when the budget is tight and the league even tighter, these three signings should hopefully make a difference to the under experienced and depleted squad. Chadwick was always a work-horse in his previous spell - though much aligned by supporters whose opinion was he was no Championship level standard, and coupled with Purse's maturity could settle the boat on the pitch. Whilst Hemmings is a 20 year old who can grow with the team.
Purse is up for the challenge of saving the Greens and has made a big commitment to move to the South West, and Chadders - holds the other record for Argyle's quickest goal (11 seconds against Palace) and the other record of only mad 49 appearances in his 3 years at Argyle due to many injuries - is also making a move down south, this time from Stockport.
Welcome all.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

"Giant" Slayed

The worst ever display by an Argyle team. It's not good enough to be sat 92nd in the football league for the first time, but to be beaten by a team 3 leagues below takes the biscuit. A team of non-professionals knocked the stuffing out of a so called professional team and then kicked it's twitching corpse to death. An event that is too familiar - from Bignot's own stupidity causing him to be sent off, through to the clueless 'what's this round thing and where does it go?' style of football, to the ingrained 'oh shit they've scored, no chance now' attitude. Currently, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Well done to Stourbridge, the best team won.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Worst. Club. Ever

Stourbridge 2 - 0 Plymouth Argyle


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Stourbridge the Revenge?

Tuesday 22 November, live on ESPN.

Stourbridge are the favourites, and probably quite rightly so., especially as they drew 3-3 and were leading for most of the match. At the moment, the might of the Pilgrims is as strong as a dead ant, and the FA Cup game has potential for an embarrassing morale damaging defeat, with suspensions and injuries. On the one hand the money is welcomed especially if the right draw comes along, but with Argyle sinking out of the league without a trace, the age-old cup vs league argument has even more precedence. Both teams will need drive and determination to win, and Stourbridge probably have more.

Spending a Penny

Argyle might not have a pot to piss in at the moment, but you can help to give the supporters something to relieve themselves in. Best Loosers are looking for votes to 'promote toilets to a higher league'. Your chance to vote for the shittiest shitters to get the makeover treatment making sure your club is no longer bog standard in the toilet department. Vote for Home Park by 5 January 2012. Anyone who has used the shacks behind the grandstand know that although Argyle can't afford to piss good money up the wall, that's exactly what us blokes literally do every time we take a leak, and the ladies ain't up to much either apparently! Help make Argyle flushed with success in at least one competition this year.

Saturday, 19 November 2011


Torquay United 3 - 1 Plymouth Argyle

Stuffed right and proper, and it's still a month till Christmas. How the mighty have fallen, now all the bravado of being the big club in Devon has proven folly by being beaten by Exeter (then relegated out of their league) and now by Torquay (who are near play offs whilst Argyle are near relegation out of their league). What a complete riches to rags story! Shit or bust time? I don't know, it's too soon after take over but the gap is getting too wide with no sight of ever catching up on the difference. The squad is young, ill-disciplined and inexperienced, and Fletcher too raw in management and still cutting his teeth. To throw him out now is too soon, but to give him time may be too late. A story repeated with every recent Argyle manager, with Sturrock II the hold on was too long, was Reid too short?

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A Stour Point

Plymouth Argyle 3 - 3 Stourbridge United

How embarrassing, L1 Argyle very nearly knocked out the FA Cup in Round 1 proper by a non league team, but as I said before kick off, that's Argyle's form. It was very lucky to have secured a goal in the dying minutes rather than concede like normal. Though it was an action packed game with 6 goals, Argyle coming back twice, a late penalty and two sendings off - the bookings are stacking up for the Greens with 3 suspensions for next week' game at Torquay, and again not for the first time discipline has been a problem and impacted on a fragile squad. Stourbridge are surely going to look to be the more confident at taking their chances in the replay at Stourbridge 22 November, maybe even be the favourites, because that was a far from impressive game.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Magic Cup

So the first round of the FA Cup is upon us, the day when all the minnows of football dream of a plum draw against the mighty , dragon slaying, great day out - lots of money! Unlike the League Cup, which quite frankly few people give a damn about now, there's something special about the FA Cup. Today Argyle host Evostik Premier club Stourbridge, who undoubtedly are looking for an upset - and Argyle should not take them lightly given their own position and form.
Special admission prices apply today at just £10 per adult.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Morecambe and Wise

Plymouth Argyle 1 - 1 Morecambe

Most would probably have settled for a point before the game, but to be leading 1-0 for 90 minutes and concede in 5 mins stoppage time is galling. Just a few minutes more to hold on would have meant the whole bag, but it wasn't to be. Feeney had his best game for Argyle and new loanee Bignot from Blackpool showed himself around the field all afternoon, a few more experienced players could hopefully lift the curse of failing in the last 20 minutes of every game. Plus for the first time the player/manager scenario of Fletcher and Larrieu looked shakey as they both took to the field to leave new coach Kevin Nanceskivell on the bench, Fletcher in particular made some bad player/manager decisions on the pitch, which lead to his booking.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Les Manageurs

Carl Fletcher and Romain Larrieu have been announced player/manager and player/coach permanent following the saving of the club. Congratulations to them both. Though can't help thinking that the Riddler thought no other poor sole would want the job and they'll be gone as soon as he gets bored with them and a big name comes sniffing.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Leap of Faith

It's now definitely over after the Football League took a 'leap of faith' over James Brent and brought Argyle out of administration. And - the staff are being paid! Thus the end has really come, PAFC survive in the present and the future is going to be a struggle.