article is an extract from Harley Lawer's excellent book: "Argyle
Classics" published by Green Books, Plymouth (ISBN: 0951381709), and
is reproduced with his kind permission.
who unwisely dared to suggest that Gordon Nisbet's days might be numbered in
the Second Division this season could only stand in open-mouthed awe and
great majority who count among the veteran's legion of admirers at Home Park
couldn't recall when they had last seen the 35-year-old full back smash home a
drive with quite the same venomous power and accuracy.
has buried a few spectaculars in his time but for certain no goal has ever
given him so much personal pride and delight.
ten years since I left Albion and I'm sure a lot of people wondered whether it
was the same Nisbet playing for Plymouth. They should know now ...' he
two years ago this month when Nisbet last clouted his way on to the scoresheet
with the second of three goals against Bristol Rovers at Home Park.
dreamed then that he would finish up playing against his old club in the
Second Division and even less that he would be celebrating the winner that
would put the Pilgrims in third spot in the table after suffering only two
defeats in 15 games.
comment: 'I don't get many goals so it was nice to score against Albion,'
qualified for one of the understatements of the year.
contest was crying out for a spark of inspiration when Nisbet stepped into the
firing line after Tommy Tynan held off Paul Dyson's challenge to lay off a
6lst minute free-kick from Leigh Cooper.
thundered in and his 25-yard blockbuster left Stuart Naylor stranded without a
defensive operation was closed up so tightly that Argyle needed a bolt from
the blue - and preferably from a defender backing up - to break the deadlock.
although closely checked by the commanding figure of Dyson, still looked
likely to pounce if a chance did fall his way. Instead he turned provider -
and Nisbet joyfully accepted the offer.
Argyle - Crudgington; Nisbet, L. Cooper, Goodyear, Burrows, Matthews,
Hodges, Coughlin, Tynan, Clayton, Summerfield. Sub: S. Cooper.
West Brom - Naylor; Whitehead, Cowdrill, Palmer, Dyson, Dickinson,
Hopkins, Anderson, MacKenzie, Williamson, Crooks. Sub: Thompson.
Argyle - Nisbet
Mr. J. Martin (Alton, Hants).