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April 2024

THE DAILY DIARY

A Round-up of Argyle News

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Also included on the three most recent days, facts from Argyle's history.

Saturday 22nd June 2024

On This Day:

1964: Steve Cooper was born in Birmingham. Scoring 16 goals in 84 appearances between 1985 & 1988, Steve will be especially remembered for his long blond hair and the height that he could jump. Sadly he died suddenly in 2004, at the age of 39.

2005: Rufus Brevett signed from West Ham Utd.

21st

On This Day:

1998: With assistant Steve McCall, Kevin Hodges was lured from Torquay to become Argyle's new manager following Mick Jones's phone-call dismissal.

2007: After 5 seasons, 127 appearances and 5 goals, defender Hasney Aljofree left Home Park for Swindon Town and a reunion with Paul Sturrock.

20th

On This Day:

1916: Delving deep into the factual depths - Jim McColgan (1939, played 1, lost 1) was born in Ireland. Now that's desperate!

18th

Argyle striker, Ben Waine, scored twice in New Zealand's 3-0 win over the Solomon Islands in the OFC Nations Cup. Ben netted a double within the first 12 minutes of the game before being substituted in the 65th minute.

The All Whites next play Vanuatu on Friday 21 June.

Will Jenkins Davies has signed a one-year contract extension with Argyle.

The 19-year-old midfielder spent the 2023-24 campaign on loan with Torquay United, making 33 appearances and scoring seven goals, despite missing part of the season with a knee injury.

The creative midfielder has played 11 times for Argyle's first team and will be looking to add to that appearance tally in the upcoming season.

After penning his contract, Jenkins Davies said: "I am buzzing. All I have known is Argyle since I was young. I joined the club when I was seven, and it is a club that has nurtured me all the way through to this stage.

"I learned a lot from my time at Torquay last season, it is not only about ability but also about character and determination which we had to show in abundance after a difficult season.

"I ... can't wait for pre-season to start to get the ball back at my feet. I am really thankful to be able to continue my development here."

Argyle first-team coach and Head of Player Development Kevin Nancekivell added: "Will performed well in difficult circumstances last season at Torquay.

"He knows there is still lots of room for growth and development to become an integral part of the squad, but we are really looking forward to continuing to work with him for another year.

"He has all the attributes to be successful and it is up to him now to build on the hard work he has already put in and get better and better."

14th

Another two young Academy products have signed professional contracts with Argyle. Jack Matthews and Josh Bernard have joined Freddie Issaka and Caleb Roberts in officially stepping up to the senior ranks next term.

Midfielder Bernard's story is an amazing one. He was not offered a scholarship with Argyle's Academy Under-18s team, but instead joined Argyle Community Trust's football education programme. Such was his development and application, he was given the chance to play for the Under-18s, making his first appearance in March 2023.

After signing his contract, Bernard said: "An amazing moment for me and my family. I would have never expected this to happen from where I was.

"Just two years ago I had given up football and started labouring but knew that wasn't what I wanted to do and joined the Argyle Community Trust programme. That gave me a chance to study and still play football, and fortunately I impressed and got a chance with the Academy.

"I've always had an extra hunger to reach this position and I know this is a big moment, but the dream doesn't stop here. I want to impress and be involved in the first-team squad. I know the Gaffer likes to give young players an opportunity and it is now up to me to try and impress in pre-season."

Cornishman Jack Matthews has generally played in central defence for the Under-18s, but will frequently fill in other positions, notably in central midfield, where his comfortable ball-carrying abilities stand him in good stead.

His calmness, maturity and flexibility meant he was included in the senior squad for much of the last pre-season build up, and his consistent performances have now earned him a professional contract.

Matthews commented: "It is the best feeling ever. A real dream come true for me and my family. I remember watching Argyle as a kid at Home Park and now I'll hopefully be the one running out there for the first team.

"I know that the hard work starts now, and I need to impress when pre-season starts.

"I have been working hard for the past few weeks to make sure I am ready and hit the ground running, and I just can't wait to join back up with the squad."

12th

Argyle have appointed Pete Shuttleworth as Assistant Head Coach. The 45-year-old will join Wayne Rooney's backroom team together with first-team coaches Kevin Nancekivell and Simon Ireland, and goalkeeping coach Daryl Flahavan.

Shuttleworth worked closely with Wayne at Birmingham City, D.C. United and Derby County. He also recently formed part of Republic of Ireland Interim Head Coach John O'Shea's backroom staff for their games against Hungary and Portugal.

Argyle Head Coach Rooney said: "Pete is someone who I have known for a long time having worked together at previous football clubs.

"He is an excellent coach with footballing ideals that match mine and Argyle's but is also an outstanding motivator and has a real knowledge of tactical and performance analysis.

"Ultimately, he is a great person who holds all the values that the football club and I look for and he will complement our current group of coaching staff perfectly.

Director of Football, Neil Dewsnip, added: "We are thrilled that Pete has agreed to join Argyle as Assistant Head Coach.

"He is someone Wayne has worked with closely in the past and a coach who we feel will further strengthen our existing staff here at Argyle and complement them perfectly.

"Plans are well underway for pre-season, and I can't wait for all the players and staff to come back together at the start of July as we look ahead to next season."

11th

Argyle Women have announced their pre-season schedule. The Greens will begin with an away game against Moneyfields FC, a side from the division below Argyle, who are based in Portsmouth.

The fixtures are

Moneyfields (A) - Sunday, 7 July. 2pm

Cardiff City (A) - Sunday, 14 July. 2pm

Yeovil Town (H) - Sunday, 21 July. 2.30pm 

Torquay United (A) Tuesday, 23 July. 7.30pm

Aberystwyth Town (H) Sunday, 28 July. 2.30pm 

Manchester United Under-21s (A) Saturday, 3 August. 3pm

Bridgwater United (H) Sunday, 11 August. 2.30pm

Argyle finished ninth in the Women's National League last term. The 2024-25 season begins on the weekend of 18 August.

6th

Mustapha Bundu started for the Sierra Leone side in their World Cup qualifying match against Djibouti last night: Sierra Leone won 2-1.

5th

Argyle have announced their pre-season schedule, which includes four away fixtures. Because of the extensive work being done to the Home Park pitch, none of the pre-season matches will take place there.

The games are:

Cheltenham Town (A) - Saturday, 20 July, 3pm

Torquay United (A) - Saturday, 27 July, 3pm

Away fixture to be announced Tuesday, 30 July

Milton Keynes Dons (A) Saturday, 3 August, 3pm

Before that, the squad will head to Marbella in Spain for a training camp which will last nine days - from 7 to 16 July - and is scheduled to include at least one fixture, still to be confirmed.

The new Championship season will begin on the weekend of 9-11 August.

Four Argyle players have been called for international duty during the summer break.

Mustpha Bundu is in the Sierra Leonean squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Djibouti and Burkina Faso. The striker already has 14 caps for his country.

Defender, Brendan Galloway, has been included in the Zimbabwean squad for their World Cup qualifiers Zimbabwe play Lesotho and South Africa within the next week.

'Keeper, Conor Hazard, has again been selected for Northern Ireland for a pair of friendlies against Spain and Andorra in preparation for the next UEFA Nations League campaign, which starts in September.

And Ben Waine, will have a busy summer. The striker is in the New Zealand squad for the Oceania competition between 15 and 30 June which the All Whites have won five times. The last edition, scheduled for 2020, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning Waine's side are looking to defend the title they won eight years ago.

New Zealand have been drawn into Group A with New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, who are co-hosting the tournament with Fiji.

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31st May

Defender, Brendan Galloway, has signed a new deal keeping him at Argyle til 2026. The Zimbabwean joined the Pilgrims in 2021, having previously played for Milton Keynes Dons, Everton, Sunderland, WBA and Luton. Despite injury spells reducing the number of his appearances, his initial contract was twice extended.

Brendan said: "This is a place that I've called home for the past few years, and I love every single thing about the club: the players, the staff, the fans, the togetherness. It was important for me to stay here.

"The fans are incredible; the best fans that I've ever experienced. It's a club on the rise and I just want to be a part of the journey."

He added that the arrival of Wayne Rooney as Argyle's head coach rubber-stamped his decision.

"He was a great player, a great coach - he's a serial winner.

"Working with someone like that, he'll only bring that winning mentality to us. I think that he'll instil that into us: that hard work, that mentality and that willingness to win.

"I think that we can improve massively under him. We can now reach that next step with him."

29th

Mia Endacott has been named as Argyle Women's Player of the Season, as well as picking up the Young Player of the Season award.

Mia, 16, was promoted to the first team in early September following her promising development through the Argyle Women's player pathway. She went on to appear 17 times for the Greens this season, scoring four goals.

She has also made numerous appearances for the England Under-17s, playing a crucial part in the team's qualifying rounds, as well as being named in the squad for the recent European Women's Championships, in which the Young Lionesses reached the final.

25th

After days of increasing speculation and rumour which appeared to divide the fanbase, Argyle announced the appointment of Wayne Rooney as Head Coach on a three-year contract. The former Manchester United and England striker has had spells of management with Derby County and Birmingham, having been sacked from the latter in early January.

Argyle Chairman, Simon Hallett, said: "Throughout the interview process, Wayne showed himself to be a passionate, intelligent, and knowledgeable candidate with an appetite to prove himself and develop his managerial career.

"He reached out to the Board when we started this process and was attracted by the project at hand and showed a real plan on how to lead the football club forward.

"His ambitions and aims match ours perfectly and we feel he is the perfect candidate to provide the exciting and attacking brand of football that we all like to see and help us achieve the club's mission."

Chief Executive Andrew Parkinson added: "Wayne brings a wealth of football experience to Argyle and a passion to kickstart his managerial career with an ambitious, forward-thinking and well-managed football club.

"As conversations advanced, it was clear there was a natural alignment in our footballing ideals and the best way to take the club forward... and we believe Wayne is the ideal person to help the club on its next five-year journey.

Rooney said: "Taking this role at Plymouth Argyle feels like the perfect next step in my career and I would like to thank the Chairman and Board for the faith they have shown in me.

"This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping to build a squad of players to play expansive football and to entertain the Green Army.

"I have experienced first-hand how talented the existing group of players is here and also the incredible atmosphere at Home Park. The club is on an exciting long-term journey, with a progressive plan in place. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."

First-team coaches Kevin Nancekivell and Simon Ireland, and goalkeeping coach Daryl Flahavan will form part of Rooney's backroom staff, with further additions to be made in due course.

23rd

Argyle have been awarded the inaugural Family Excellence Club of the Season, with the Club being recognised for providing an outstanding experience for families and first-time fans.  

The EFL's report stated Argyle were outstanding across all touchpoints of the scheme and were celebrated  for the quality of the pre-match communication to supporters, family entertainment and the service of match-day fan representatives. These all contributed to ensuring families enjoyed  a positive match day experience. 

EFL Chief Executive, Trevor Birch  said:  "Plymouth Argyle are a brilliant example of a family-friendly Club and worthy winners of the Family Excellence Club of the Season. From their Fan Zone at Home Park to their fantastic mascot Pilgrim Pete, they are a Club that goes all out to create a positive experience for supporters that keeps them coming back. 

Argyle Chief Executive Andrew Parkinson commented: "This award is testament to the hard work of our teams to provide an incredible match day experience for all home and away supporters who visit Home Park.

"We pride ourselves on being a family friendly football club, providing the next generation with an experience they will savour, and make them want to continue coming back to Argyle matches.

"As a club we will continue to grow our match day experience and I want to personally thank all the staff and volunteers at Argyle who have made this award possible through their hard work and dedication."

21st

Argyle season tickets for 2024-25 have been released for the team's second year in the Championship. Renewals can be made until 20 June, with online renewals available until 7 June. Seats not renewed will be open to the waiting list from 2 July.

Prices for adult renewers are 405 in the Lower Mayflower Grandstand and 505 in the Devonport, Lyndhurst and Upper Grandstand. Age-related and other concessionary and new season ticket prices and conditions are shown on the Club's website: https://www.pafc.co.uk/news/202425-argyle-season-ticket-information

19th

Former Argyle forward, Klaidi Lolos, has been promoted with Crawley Town to League One. Crawley beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 in the League Two play off final at Wembley. Klaidi made 16 appearances in Green between 2019 and 2021, scoring one goal.

14th

Two Argyle legends have taken up roles at rescued Torquay United. Former captain, Paul Wotton, has become the club's manager and former Greens' manager, Neil Warnock will be the Gulls' football advisor.

13th

Former loanee, Finn Azaz's spectacular volley against Watford on New Year's Day has been voted the Argyle goal of the season 2023-24. His first-half equaliser was part of a memorable game that finished 3-3.

The midfielder won an eight-strong poll, beating Bali Mumba's strike against Huddersfield Town in second and his own finish against his current side, Middlesbrough, in third.

After an Argyle corner was headed clear by the Watford defence, Azaz sensationally side-footed the ball into the far corner, on the volley, from 20-yards.

RESULTS:

1. FINN AZAZ v Watford 45%

2. BALI MUMBA v Huddersfield Town 16%

3. FINN AZAZ v Middlesbrough 11%

12th

Argyle Women have been named Premier Division Community Club of the Year at the FA Women's National League awards, held at Wembley Stadium.

They have played a crucial part in the football club's continued community work across Plymouth, Devon, and Cornwall, in tandem with the Argyle Community Trust. Players and staff have shown support across numerous provisions throughout the season, such as the Green Army 5k Fun Run and the Derriford Hospital Christmas visit.

"Giving back to the community is really important to us as a team," said manager Ryan Perks.

"We've done a lot in the community this year, whether that is attending roadshows, to visiting fans in difficult circumstances who can't attend matches but support the team for afar.

"We're a family club and we pride ourselves on giving back to the community whenever we can. To be recognised by the league for the work we do to help and support our fans is incredible."

10th

Argyle have announced the retained list for next season.

Under contract: Michael Cooper, Bali Mumba, Jordan Houghton, Julio Pleguezuelo, Dan Scarr, Joe Edwards, Ryan Hardie, Morgan Whittaker, Callum Wright, Mustapha Bundu, Lewis Gibson, Tyreik Wright, Adam Randell, Conor Hazard, Ben Waine, Saxon Earley, Adam Forshaw, Matthew Sorinola, Zak Baker, Freddie Issaka, Caleb Roberts.

Out of contract, offered new contract: Mickel Miller, Brendan Galloway, Will Jenkins Davies.

Out of contract, released: Callum Burton, Jack Endacott, Oscar Halls.

Loan expired: Lino Sousa, Alfie Devine, Darko Gyabi, Ashley Phillips.

Moving from under-18s to first team: Josh Bernard, Jack Matthews.

The loan players have returned to their parent clubs but early discussions are taking place with Spurs for the return of Alfie Devine and Ashley Phillips.

Discussions are also being held with Brendan Galloway and Mickel Miller about new contracts.

Title-winning goalkeeper Callum Burton will be leaving Home Park this summer.

The 27-year-old, who joined Argyle in the summer of 2021, played 32 games during his time as a Pilgrim, including playing a major part in our Sky Bet League One promotion win in 2022-23.

With Michael Cooper injured in the February of that season, Burton stepped in and performed superbly for the remainder of the campaign, starting the final 17 league games as the Greens won the league.

Burton will also be fondly remembered as a penalty-saving hero, who repelled three Cheltenham Town spot-kicks in the semi-final of the EFL Trophy to send Argyle to Wembley.

9th

Morgan Whittaker has been voted the fans' Argyle player of the season. Lewis Gibson was the runner-up, with Adam Randell third. Ashley Phillips has been voted young player of the season.

5th

Director of Football, Neil Dewsnip and First Team Coach, Kevin Nancekivell, were not short of superlatives to describe Argyle's spectacular win against Hull City through skipper Joe Edwards' header, which meant survival in the Championship, despite other teams around them also winning.

"I'm drained," said Dewsnip, "but incredibly proud of everybody at the football club in so many different ways."

"I'm bursting with pride," added Nancekivell. "Everybody involved with the football club brought their A-game to the table: supporters, the players, staff, every member of staff, and that's not just football staff. It was just a day that you hoped would happen - and it did.

"The lads were spot on. They executed the game plan to a T. They ran until they had no more running in their legs, they scored a fantastic goal and defended really well against a good team. The sun was shining, the crowd was singing; everyone's in a really good place."

"Callum Wright comes on the pitch - that wasn't planned and he creates the goal," said Dewsnip. "He'd have been upset that he wasn't starting, of course, but he comes on and he makes a huge contribution. Joe jumped higher than I've ever seen him jump before. We're really, really proud of all of them, a whole team effort.

"I don't think the players have thought about the pressure. We've not talked about that all week, really, but what the pressure would be was obviously to perform and to win - and we've done that.

"A second goal in the first half would have been really nice, and then we've defended for large chunks of the second half. Defending's allowed, you know. It's an art, and today we've done really well.

"Occasionally you need your goalkeeper to step up and make a good save. The save that Michael made in the second half early on went right over the far side. We're delighted for Michael, but all the team, everybody."

"It is massive," said Nancekivell. "We've had an upheaval this season where we've lost managers. It's been changes at Christmas, change again in April, so it's not been straightforward.

"In tough times, you find out who stands with you, who stands up and is strong. The football club stood up in tough times, and we've come through that. It's a massive achievement for lots of reasons.

"People don't see sometimes what goes on behind the scenes and how much effort does go in - and that's not just on the football side.

"I'm pleased for everybody. I'm really pleased for the supporters. We're a Championship football club next season, and we can look forward to that."

Dewsnip added: "If you go back 12 months, we were so proud, as a club, to get over 100 points in League One. This is a different kind of achievement. We don't want to be fighting off relegation every season, that's for sure, but in the circumstances and the context of this season, this achievement is every bit as big to the football club as last year's was. Not better, just immense."

Argyle  Women ended their 2023-24 season with a narrow defeat by Milton Keynes Dons at Coach Road - the visitors winning by the odd goal in three.

The Dons broke the deadlock in the 13th minute from a corner, but Argyle responded just before the half ended through the boot of Ellie Sara.

MK recovered their lead minutes into the second half with a close-range goal following an indirect free-kick. The Greens worked tirelessly to carve out chances on goal  with  substitute Georgie Knott shaving the post and Sara striking the bar but, despite their best  efforts,  Argyle were unable to end the season with one final victory.

Manager, Ryan Perks, was disappointed with the result but reflected positively on the season just gone:

"Overall,  it's  been a good season for us," he said. "This squad is  a  very young  one  and  there's  been a lot of development across the board.  I just said to them in the changing room that we must take what  we've  learnt this season into the next. 

"We've  got some  really important  weeks coming up  now  where we will work to hopefully further improve ourselves, ready for the 2024-25 season.  We're  all excited for  what's  to come. However, for now,  it's  a good chance to recharge and get ready for what will hopefully be another great season at Plymouth Argyle Women."

Experienced Argyle midfielder Jemma Rose has retired from football, having played her final game in green today against MK Dons.

Her exceptional career began with Argyle in the 2007-08 season, when she featured on 16 occasions, scoring once under the side managed by her father, Kevin.

Following spells with Bristol  City's  Academy and Birmingham City she  made the move  to Arsenal,  where she helped the Gunners lift the  Women's  FA Cup in the 2015/16 season. 

Jemma represented England in their Euro 2017 Qualifying campaign, where she came on as a late substitute in a 1-0 victory against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

After a three-year sabbatical, she returned to Argyle, making 50 appearances and scoring on 11 occasions.

Jemma will now concentrate on her family: she and her partner are to become mums later this year, but she hopes to get into coaching at a later stage.

4th

It was written in the Pilgrim stars. Captain Joe Edwards, a leader in every sense, scored the goal that confirmed Argyle will remain in the Championship next season. The skipper's header, five minutes before half time, ensured a 1-0 victory was enough to avoid the drop in the decider against Hull City. The Pilgrims knew they needed to at least match the result of Birmingham City, who also won 1-0, but this day belonged to the Greens.

Argyle: Cooper, Mumba (Galloway), Scarr, Edwards, Hardie (Waine), Whittaker, Bundu (Wright), Devine (Forshaw), Gibson, Randell, Phillips. Substitutes (not used): Hazard, Houghton, Pleguezuelo, Sorinola, Issaka.

3rd

Four of this season's double-winning Under-18s will progress into the Argyle first-team squad as professionals next season.

Freddie Issaka and Caleb Roberts, who have already signed pro contracts, will formally make the step up, and will be joined by Jack Matthews and Josh Bernard, who have been offered their first professional deals.

Jack is primarily a central defender but is equally comfortable playing in central midfield. From Newquay, he has been with Argyle since the age of 10 and featured several times for the first team in pre-season 2023/24.

Josh's is an extraordinary story. He was not initially offered a scholarship with Argyle, but came through the Argyle Community Trust's education programme, impressing at each step. The midfielder did not make his Under-18s debut until March 2023, so his rise to being offered his first deal is impressive.

Harley Sneap has been offered an additional year's scholarship, having been injured for most of the current season. Kieran Edworthy and Finley Wilkes, who have each missed part of the season with injury, have been offered short-term extensions.

Argyle's Under-18s capped off an excellent season with a late 2-1 comeback win against Sutton United at Harper's Park. A goal from Tegan Finn brought Argyle level after the Greens fell behind at the beginning of the second half, with the winning goal coming from Cole Fisher with his first goal for the season.

The win was a perfect end to a season which saw Lowry's side crowned champions of both the Youth Alliance League and Merit League One, surely one of the most successful years the club's Under-18s have ever had.

Adam Randell and Lucy Hack have been named as Argyle's Professional Footballers' Association Community Champions for the 2023/24 season.

Adam has been chosen for his support and help in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. Delivering Project 35 assemblies to schools is just one of the many things for which he gives his time to the community from which he comes.

Lucy has shown amazing support and work in the community during the 2023-24 season and has been an important role model to young girls across the city of Plymouth.

The Argyle Women's defender has given up her time and attended multiple events to volunteer and help out with some of the work that has been put on by Argyle and Argyle Community Trust.

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