The Aviva advert has made one of Plymouth Argyle’s chants, a household phrase! I think I have mentioned a number of times that I live in Devon, and I genuinely have a soft spot for Argyle. I used to go and watch them if I couldn’t get to Blues and very occasionally still do. They are the most southern AND western league club in the country and have a unique suffix in their name.
So what is the reason for this blog? Well yesterday this tweet started appearing in my timeline:
Please RT After 125 years, Plymouth Argyle could be extinct on Feb 9th #savepafc Please see details on www.argyletrust.com
Obviously I had to do something, I obviously did my RT but I also contacted the trust and asked if I could do an article for them. I thought the best way to deal with it was to ask them some questions to help people like you reading this, understand what is happening.
1. How long have Argyle been going?
The club were formed in 1886 as Argyle FC. They turned professional in 1903 and joined the football league in 1920.
2. What are some of the club’s highlights?
The 1984 Cup run is the first thing that springs to mind. In recent times the Pilgrims have won two Championship titles, most of the thanks for this must go to Paul Sturrock. The Pilgrims have also reached two League Cup Semi Finals, but the real high note was the 1996 Play Off Final defeating Darlington in a tense game! (I remember listening to that on the radio! Kev)
3. What are the main issues? What MUST happen for the club to stay in business?
The main issue is that the club does not have any cash flow and have failed on a number of occasions to pay both the players and staff at Home Park. The club is desperate for investment, and have been promised funds from the Japanese based directors . As of yet this money is still to materialise. If this money does come from Japan we have a greater chance of survival.
4. What would you like supporters to do? Argyle or Other fans?
We would like the supporters to join the trust, it is not about money at this stage it is about numbers. The more people that join the more the club will have to take the trust seriously. We also have a groundswell campaign that has been organised by the newly formed trust and we urge everybody to attend Home Games. That extra 1000 on the gate does wonders for the club and it’s current cash flow problems.
5. What else would you like me to say?
As you stated you can put a link to the trust website on yours also a link to the trust application form would be great http://www.argyletrust.com/images/at_mf01.pdf Also telling everybody that the club is in trouble and could be out of business by the 9th February. Messages of support, joining the trust an thing you can think of. Life without Argyle is not worth thinking about.
Hope this helps?
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
On behalf of the Argyle Fans Trust.
Imagine this was your club? I’m sure you would be looking for support from other supporters.
I remember when Blues nearly went bust. If Ken Wheldon hadn’t stepped in when he did, literally last minute – the club wouldn’t exist now. My hope is that someone will be able to find some funds to help Argyle.
Obviously most of you reading this blog you won’t be able to do anything financially, however the trust need support from other supporters. Please get in touch with the them.
Argyle is a very friendly club and although they don’t have the attendances other clubs have, the fans are passionate about their side.
We mustn’t allow this club to go under. So no matter if you support Aston Villa, Arsenal, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers – please offer your support the Pilgrims.
They are at Brentford this weekend and it COULD be their last game with a date in the court due next week.
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