A Round-up of Argyle News
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Also included on the three most recent days, facts from Argyle's history.
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1969: Don Hutchins signed for the Pilgrims. A £5,000 capture from Leicester, the left-winger played for two seasons and was top goalscorer in 1970-71, ahead of the likes of Mike Bickle, Derek Rickard, Jimmy Hinch and Keith Allen.
2009: After eight years as arguably the most successful chairman in the club's history, Paul Stapleton stepped aside for Sir Roy Gardner. The club also announced new board members, including Keith Todd, to form a 'New World', and introduce a new website, Argyle Insider.
2013: Martyn Starnes was announced as Argyle's new Chief Executive Officer, and also a new director of the club.
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1991: Fullback Tony Spearing signed from Leicester. He went on to make 42 appearances for Argyle before leaving for Peterborough 18 months later.
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1909: Half-back Edward McIntyre appeared at Devon Assizes, charge with manslaughter after trainer Nicholas Wallis had died following an argument over a game of cards on a train returning from an FA Cup tie at Derby. The case lasted just one day, McIntyre being found not guilty. The court was fully satisfied that all involved were perfectly sober and it was considered that McIntyre did not premeditate the incident; it happened in a fit of temper and he was exonerated. More in GoS's History.
Ryan Lowe has confirmed Antoni Sarcevic's decision to leave Argyle to join a club nearer to the North West of England where he resides. Ryan Lowe said of the decision: "We respect Sarce's decision – it was a family decision. He wanted to get back closer to home, and we can understand that. It would not have been an easy choice for him to make. We thank Sarce for the impact he had at the club, and we wish him all the best moving forward. As I have always said – if you choose move on, no problem – that's football. We are very happy with our recruitment preparations for the upcoming season, and we feel that we have players in the squad who can step up to compete for that place, as well as bringing in fresh signings."
Sarcevic paid tribute to the Green Army on his Twitter account, hailing a successful three and a half years at the club.
Gary Sawyer is the first senior pro to opt to extend his contract with Argyle, signing on for another year. Sawyer is Argyle's joint 27th highest appearance maker and will hope to build on his current total of 297 competitive appearances.
Argyle have also unveiled their new White away kit, available for pre-order from Wednesday. Andrew Parkinson said: "We are delighted to have been able to launch our away kit ahead of schedule, and I must express our thanks to PUMA, Ginsters, and our dedicated Superstore staff for making this possible. The buzz generated on social media from our kit campaigns has been fantastic, and retail sales continue to outstrip previous seasons by some distance. We are extremely grateful for supporters' contributions during the coronavirus crisis, and making the away shirt available early is a token of our gratitude."
Academy graduates Rubin Wilson and Ollie Tomlinson have put pen to paper on their professional deals at Home Park. Cornish striker Wilson, who made his debut in the Checkatrade Trophy game against Swindon in October, said: "It's such a good feeling. I've just got to push on now, and hopefully make it into the first-team."
Ball playing defender Tomlinson added: "The whole week building up to it, I was just shaking all the time, just nervous. As soon as he told me, it was a weight off my shoulders. I've tried to process it, but it doesn't seem real, at all."
The Argyle Superstore at Home Park will reopen from Monday, June 15 between 10am and 3pm. Head of Marketing Jamie Yabsley said: "We are delighted to have been able to reopen the Superstore in a manner that is safe for both staff and supporters. Our team has worked very hard to bring the Superstore up to standards required to reopen safely. The reopening of the Superstore has allowed us to bring forward the launch of our new away kit – #TheWhiteOne – and it should be available in time for Father's Day, so keep an eye on our social media in the coming days."
Plymouth Argyle have been promoted to League One following an emergency meeting of all League One and Two clubs. An overwhelming majority voted to end the season with no further games and also to end it on an unweighted points per game process. Andrew Parkinson said: "We are pleased that a solution for the end of the season has been reached after weeks of uncertainty, and, of course, delighted that it results in promotion for Argyle. That said, we are disappointed not to be able to celebrate this promotion on the pitch, with the Green Army cheering from the stands. Football has, quite rightly, had to take a back seat in order to ensure the safety of our community. Our supporters have been with us every step of the way this season, and I know I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say that you played an integral part in our eventual success. We thank you for your outstanding support and look forward the occasion that we can play games with our loyal fans in the stands once again."
Amidst the shock of promotion, news has also broken that Argyle have confirmed the released/retained list for the coming season. The list stands as follows: Under contract: Will Aimson, Michael Cooper, Joe Edwards, Byron Moore, Dom Telford.
Existing option extended: Danny Mayor.
Out of contract, offered new contract: Niall Canavan, Conor Grant, Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law, Klaidi Lolos, Callum McFadzean, Adam Randell, Antoni Sarcevic, Gary Sawyer, Scott Wootton.
Out of contract, released: Alex Fletcher, Joel Grant, Tafari Moore, Michael Peck, Tom Purrington, Ryan Taylor.
Loan expired: Tyreeq Bakinson, George Cooper, Josh Grant, Ryan Hardie, Alex Palmer.
Apprentices offered professional contract: Jarvis Cleal, Ollie Tomlinson, Rubin Wilson.
Apprentices released: Jude Boyd, Isaac Burdon, Reuben Collum, Harry Townsend.
Antoni Sarcevic has been confirmed as the player of the season for the 2019/20 season with a convincing 58% of the vote. Byron Moore came in second and Alex Palmer third. George Cooper was the best of the rest in 4th.
Luke Jephcott won a landslide victory for the young player of the season award with 85% of the vote. It is the second season running that Jephcott has claimed the prize. Josh Grant came in second with Tyreeq Bakinson third.
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