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FRENCH 'TOURS' 1974 and 1981

Argyle have twice crossed the channel at the end of the season to play French club side Brest (Stade Brestois).


Argyle win in Brittany

Goals by Paul Mariner (2) and Steve Davey gave Plymouth Argyle a 3-2 win over Brest on a rainy night in Brittany last night. Mariner and Davey gave Plymouth the start they needed. Mariner went through to score in the ninth minute and Davey added a fine second from an acute angle seven minutes later. Brest pulled one back through Pierre Deru just before half-time but Mariner marked his return to form with his second; but twenty minutes from time he went off with a back injury, to be replaced by Billy Rafferty.

"Rafferty did remarkably well considering it is only just over three weeks since he had a cartilage operation" said Argyle manager Tony Waiters afterwards. Roger Monot scored six minutes from the end for Brest, who brought on five substitutes at the interval. Waiters commented: "Their style of play gave us more space than we are used to. It was a very open game and, considering the conditions following a lot of rain, the standard of football was fairly high. Peter Darke aggravated a foot injury and Derek Rickard played in the second half with Alan Rogers moving into the back four. Milija Aleksic sustituted for Jim Furnell and Harry Burrows and Ernie Machin did not play because of injury.


Argyle Lose

Plymouth Argyle were beaten 3-1 in last night's friendly match against Brest, who have just been promoted from the Second Division to the First Division of their National League. Neil Hards saved a penalty in the fifth minute, but Argyle, fielding largely a reserve line-up, were beaten with their one goal coming from John Uzzell.

On 20 May 1981 Bob Saxton took his Argyle side to play Brest in Brittany but after opening the scoring, the Greens lost 3-1. The match was preceded by a schoolboy match between Brest and a West German side.

*These snippets are re-produced from the Evening Herald. If you can provide any further information please contact Trev.

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