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Also included on the three most recent days, facts from Argyle's history.
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1984: Russell Coughlin signed from Carlisle to become a key figure in Argyle's engine room over the following three seasons.
2005: Peter Gilbert left for Leicester City.
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1974: Hughie Reed moved on to Crewe. A £12,000 capture from West Brom, the winger made a dream start for Argyle, scoring eight times in his first nine games, but flattered only to deceive. He soon lost his place and only appeared intermittently in his remaining two seasons at Home Park. No better word to describe our Hughie: 'diminutive'.
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1913: Perhaps the most 'faithful' in Argyle's history, Rt. Hon. Michael Foot was born in Lipson Terrace, Plymouth.
Another busy transfer day:
1990: Robbie Turner from Bristol City.
1994: A record signing (and Argyle's worst?), Peter Swan from Port Vale.
Argyle's pre-season friendly at Tavistock AFC has been rescheduled. The Pilgrims will now travel to Langsford Park on Saturday, 24 July for a 3pm kick-off. The fixture was one of two first-team matches proposed to take place on Wednesday night, with the other, at Saltash United, still planned to go ahead, but with a later kick off time of 7.30pm – allowing those who had intended to attend the Tavistock fixture to travel to the Kimberley Stadium instead.
Argyle fans and and the wider football family have been rocked by the devastating news of the passing of Paul Mariner at the age of 68. Mariner who became an Argyle legend during his spell as a player later came back to manage the greens between 2009 and 2010 after briefly serving as an assistant to Paul Sturrock.
Argyle have added another fixture to their pre-season schedule, travelling to Devon neighbours Torquay United on Saturday 31 July. Adam Randell will be expected to face the side he spent last season on loan at.
Ryan Lowe praised his side's first performance of the pre-season campaign, with particular attention paid to Argyle's young stars. He said: "I thought it was a good game, there was loads of good football especially from the young lads coming in and fitting our mould. They know what we do and how we do it, its excellent. They didn't look out of place. This is what we expect from them now, they have to know what's expected of them and they're doing what they've been asked to do by Darren Way and Jamie Lowry. I joked that we have another Joe Edwards on our hands, fair play to Oscar Rutherford. All these lads are around the first team now and that's what we want. They're with us and with us for a reason; they're good footballers.
"For our young lads and even the new lads to see the fans, I told them to relish it. These opportunities to see how our fans bounce and sing and shout - they've got to enjoy it. Even though there was only 1000 here today, it was nice. We have a great relationship with Parkway. Now they're in a higher league it might mean we can send some lads on loan to play games.
"Brendan Galloway is a fantastic player and his attitude has been different class. He's here to earn a contract but we have to manage him to get his fitness up. You don't play in the Premier League and Championship if you're not a good player. Hopefully he can keep it up and can be an Argyle player going forward."
The delighted Rutherford added: "I picked it up near the halfway line, had Pan Camara screaming for the ball but I could see space, so I decided to drive in and then basically decided to take my man on 1v1, cut inside and after that as soon as I struck it, I knew it was in. It was unbelievable. It was really good to get out there and play football again. I got told I had to come and join in with the first team on Friday and then found out in the afternoon that I'd be involved in the game. It was a great experience, I loved every minute of it. The pace of the play is a lot quicker, I need to think on my feet. It's about moving it quick and creating options. When you do get that time on the ball it's about using it well and effectively."
Argyle cruised to a comfortable 5-1 win at city neighbours Plymouth Parkway in the first pre-season friendly of the summer. The first and last scorers were making their debut appearance for the greens: trialist Brendan Galloway and youngster Oscar Rutherford opening and closing the scoring respectively. They sandwiched goals by three stalwarts of last season: Hardie(from the penalty spot), Jephcott and Camara. Parkway got their only goal of the game to briefly pull it back to 4-1 when former Pilgrim River Allen slotted home from the penalty spot. Argyle: Burton, Tomlinson, Scarr(Pursall), Galloway(Mitchell), Houghton (Craske), Edwards (Rutherford), Grant(Camara), Mayor(Waruih), Law, Jephcott(Massey) Hardie(Shirley). Subs: M Cooper, McCormick, Burton, Wilson, Ennis.
Ryan Lowe has shared an insight into the Argyle pre-season preparations, with his team having been back for over a week. Lowe spoke specifically about the importance of team bonding and he hinted that new signings are on the cards. He explained: "The bonding, believe it or not, is the start of the morning at breakfast in the Green Taverners, where we eat all the time. The lads are coming in and giving high-fives to each other and asking how stiff they are, if they're okay. The bonding is a big part of what we do. You can see now it's already got a good feel to it, even getting changed in the dressing room, not just come in and walk on the pitch and go home and have dinner, they don't do that now. They're here, they're spending large parts of time with us and that's key. The attitude and application of the boys has been a different class. It's hard when they're running every day but we're breaking it up with football sessions, and the football sessions have been top class also. It's all about minutes at the moment and getting the fitness up in the players, getting the miles in the tank. We're looking forward to the start of the season, but we're still a little bit away from it and we've got to continue to keep getting fit."
"We've had a bit of a week off from signings but we're still looking to add maybe two or three more players. There's ongoing talks and ongoing things that we need to do, and we'll see what comes available. We're keeping our eyes open, we're on the phone still constantly, the recruitment team are still working hard and whatever comes up, if it suits us then we'll go for it. We're still looking to add to the squad to make it bigger, better and stronger."
Niall Ennis spoke of his anticipation at the prospect of meeting the green army for the first time. He has previously only ever played behind closed doors fixture for the greens and will line up at Plymouth Parkway for Argyle's first pre-season friendly on Saturday. Ennis said: "I think it's better that the games are coming quick. As soon as you get the games going there's no fitness that compares to match fitness. You get a chance to get goals, to get results and obviously the fans are there as well so it's time to play in front of fans that I've never seen and they've not seen me in person either, so it should be good. Parkway was sold out before we even came back to start pre-season. It shows that the fans want to see the team and hopefully we can put on a good show, get a win and I want to get goals, so that's the plan."
"I got the heads up before the end of the season that pre-season was going to be really tough, but the tougher you put the work in, the better reward you get from it. We're doing a lot of hard work, but it'll get us fitter and stronger so it's a benefit for me. If I get told to do a 30-minute run, it's just boring, whereas when you're doing different stuff it gets your brain working and it's enjoyable as well. I know it's tough, but you get something out of it, it's fun. It's just good to be back, I had a brief off season but it's just good to be amongst my teammates and the staff again and get ready for a big season."
Midfielder Jordan Houghton has returned to Home Park five years after his last spell at the club. The deep lying midfielder had a first spell in 2016 when he played for Derek Adams' outfit on a short-term loan from Chelsea. Now 25, he left Milton Keynes this summer after three successful years and has come for a permanent spell at Home Park. He said: "I was a kid back then and now I feel I am a man coming into a team. I have experienced a lot, played over 200 games in the league and these experiences can only help. I still have a lot of learning to do and I am sure this manager can help me, I am really looking forward to working with him. Promotion is the aim again this year. Having spoken to the manager, he came to Argyle with a project to eventually get to the Championship. That is the aim and hopefully I can get make it three promotions."
"Hopefully we can make the first game of the season a sell out and get as many people as we can here because the Argyle fans are massive for the club. I think we've already got a good squad together, playing some nice football to give the fans something to believe in."
The 2021/22 fixture list has been released for League One, with Argyle starting their season with an away game at recently relegated Rotherham United. Argyle will once again travel to Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day and will host Milton Keynes on the final day in April. The full list can be found on the official Argyle website. In other fixture news, the greens have been drawn away to Peterborough in the first round of the League Cup. The game will take place on Tuesday August 10th. Finally, Arsenal under-21s will be Argyle's final Group F opponents in the Papa John's Trophy.
Ryan Lowe said of the fixtures: "It's exciting, isn't it? You look at the teams coming down from the Championship; Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe Wanderers - you want to play against these teams. The same goes for the teams coming up, they're new and you want to go and play them. If you ask the lads right now, they won't be thinking about playing Rotherham in August. They'll be thinking about today's running session and the rest of the pre-season. All the games in this division are tough. For me, I just look at the first four fixtures and the last four fixtures. Cheltenham on Boxing Day is good and its nice to be home on New Year's Day, but this is a tough league and we now know what is expected, we want to make sure we were better than we were last season."
Argyle also made two signings today, with goalkeeper Callum Burton being announced first. Burton left newly promoted Cambridge at the end of last season. 24 year old Burton kept 9 clean sheets in 27 games for the Us. The goalkeeping department was completed by Luke McCormick extending his deal by a further year as a 'training goalkeeper' who will retain his playing registration. Argyle also announced their fifth signing of the summer, completing a busy day of news. James Bolton will join from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. Adding another centre-back to Argyle's ranks, 26 year old Bolton has signed a two year contract and will wear the number two shirt. He is known to the green army for scoring a heartbreaking late equaliser against the greens in February of last season, when Argyle drew 2-2 at Portsmouth.
On the day the greens returned to Home Park for pre-season training after a 6 week gap, Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has attained his FA Level 5 UEFA Pro Licence after an 18-month course. Lowe said: Lowe said: "The get this accolade and to mix with some of the best coaches in the country, speak with managers who have managed in the Premier League and in the Champions League is quite emotional really. I've learned a lot and met some fantastic people but you can't stop, you've got to keep learning and keep doing the right things. We want to have the best at the football club, the best people, the best players, the best coaches and we're definitely getting that now."
Argyle have been drawn alongside Newport County and Swindon Town in the 21/22 Papa John's Trophy competition. The League Two duo and Argyle make up three of the four teams in Group F of the southern section of the competition, with one further invited under-21 side to be announced at 4.30pm on Thursday.
Central defender Macaulay Gillesphey will join Argyle on a two-year contract upon expiry of his deal with Australian top-flight side Brisbane Roar. The left sided defender is Argyle's third acquisition of the window and came through Newcastle's academy before featuring prominently for Carlisle. Ryan Lowe said: "I am delighted to finally welcome Macaulay to Argyle. We have been monitoring his situation for some time and keeping regular contact with his agent, and we're really pleased to get this done. He has got some great defensive and attacking qualities and I am really looking forward to working with him."
Argyle have announced their second summer signing of the postseason with big centre back Dan Scarr joining after rejecting a contract from League Two outfit Walsall. The powerful defender has penned a two year deal and will wear the number six shirt for the greens.
Young striker Luke Jephcott has extended his stay with the greens for a further year. The young welsh striker was due to expire at the end of next season but has decided to extend with the greens after an 18 goal season that surpassed all expectations. Ryan Lowe said: "I'm very pleased that Luke has agreed to sign an extension with us. He's a talented youngster - a product of our Academy - and an asset for Argyle. He's a goalscorer, we know what he brings to the team, and he has an opportunity to kick on now and further develop with us."
Argyle have added another fixture to their busy pre-season schedule with championship outfit Swansea City visiting Home Park on Tuesday 20th July, for a 7pm kick-off.
The final of Argyle's 5 players to be offered an extended deal has accepted, with top assister Conor Grant putting pen to paper on a new two year deal. The stylish midfielder said: "I'm delighted to extend my time at Argyle - I've loved being a part of the club, and just want to keep progressing with the team. I am grateful to the gaffer and the staff for the belief they've shown in me, and I want to repay that. I also want to thank the fans for their continued support - I can't wait to see them back at Home Park next season."
Argyle fans have been boosted by the news that midfield playmaker Danny Mayor has extended his contract with Argyle by a further two years, accepting the offer from Ryan Lowe. Lowe said: "I'm obviously delighted that Danny has signed a new deal with us, he's one of the most exciting players in the division. I always had confidence that he would stay on, he loves it at Argyle, and his role at the club. To sign on for two more years, bringing him to four at Argyle and five under my management, shows his commitment to the project, and he's a big part of what we're about."
Argyle have announced that Tony Wrathall will step down as a director of the club with immediate effect, citing personal reasons. Wrathall's 7 year spell on the board will end as he moves over to become club president, a role that has been vacant since 2018. Wrathall said: "It's been an absolute privilege to serve Plymouth Argyle for 14 years as shareholder and director. I'm grateful to Simon for offering me the new position as Club President and I'm excited to see our club move forward to the next level of becoming a sustainable championship football club."
Argyle have confirmed a further two pre-season games, in addition to the two against Saltash and Tavistock that had already been confirmed for July 14th. Argyle will will kick off their pre-season schedule away at newly-promoted Plymouth Parkway on July 3rd. Furthermore, Argyle will play host to Middlesbrough on July 23rd, before welcoming Bristol City on July 27th.
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