Plymouth Argyle: Remember Them?

Plymouth Argyle: Remember Them?

Boro’ have taken on their fair share of opponents down the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances, while there are others that have become – well – annoyingly familiar. For all the many times we’ve faced teams like Woking, there have been rare match-ups too. So, we’re asking, where do Plymouth Argyle stand in the grand scheme of things?

 

Plymouth Argyle: Us And Them

It’s an odd one, we don’t doubt that. Do you remember Plymouth Argyle? Well, we may as well ask you if you remember what you had for breakfast this morning. Stevenage Football Club has only gone up against the Pilgrims on four occasions. And none of ’em took place longer than two years ago. It’s all quite new between us and them. If it were a paint job, there’d still probably be a “Wet Paint” sign attached to us. It’s that (relatively) fresh.

Boro’ hold the balance of power for now, with seven League Two points from a possible 12 against the Devon side. With Plymouth reaching the playoffs in both of the past two seasons, it’s not a bad return. Not least when you consider our most recent campaign. But the Pilgrims fancy themselves as a club on the rise after a hideous stretch when their best league finish was 21st and included two relegations. First from the Champo, then League One.

In 2012 and 2013, Argyle were two points and one point from sliding into the Conference respectively. It would have ended a 90-year residence in the Football League – one that began back in 1920. Over the years, the Pilgrims have lifted a title of sorts on five occasions. The most recent was the Second Division (League One) in 2004. It took the club back up to the second tier for the first time since 1998.

Oh. They once got through to the FA Cup semi-finals in 1984, losing to Watford by a single goal. Interesting, right?

Apart from that, we’ve little to wax lyrical about. Plymouth Argyle have been forced to replace glorious highs of the Championship with the mundane lows of League Two. In football, there’s no joy in going down – unless it’s a return trip from Accrington. But the Pilgrims can at least chortle at Torquay United; the Gulls making their own journey south into the abyss of the Conference. As the folk at Tesco keep banging on, every little helps. Get on you Janners, etc.

BoroGuide’s Plymouth Argyle club profile – for old time’s sake…