Plymouth Argyle v AFC Wimbledon
EFL League 1
Ground: Home Park, Plymouth
For the first time this season, I went south of the border. This time I went as far as I could: Plymouth Argyle, the southernmost League club in England. When I moved to Scotland, my friends at AFC Wimbledon challenged me to go to Plymouth. Last season, that game was on a Tuesday night, but this time I decided to go. It’s a long journey obviously, flights were expensive, but I managed to get cheap train tickets. I took the Caledonian Sleeper on Friday night down to London, then the train from there to Plymouth. I stayed overnight and took the train back on Sunday, changing at Birmingham New Street & Haymarket.
Plymouth Argyle FC got founded in 1886, as Argyle FC. The club got disbanded in 1894, but re-formed in 1897 as a part of Argyle Athletics Club. They joined the Southern League in 1903, which was effectively the third tier in England back then. They won the league in 1913 and got admitted to the Football League in 1920 in the Third Division with most of the other Southern League clubs. They have mostly been a “yo-yo-club” between tiers 2 and 3, until they got relegated to League Two in 2011, largely because of a 10 point deduction due to going into administration. In 2016, AFC Wimbledon beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley. One year later, they did get promoted by finishing second. Last season they finished 7th, with AFC Wimbledon just surviving. Both are poor so far this season, with Plymouth Argyle not having won any games this season and AFC Wimbledon just outside the relegation places.
Plymouth Argyle play at Home Park, a stadium with currently a 12,800 capacity. The stadium is currently being redeveloped with the capacity due to become 17,900. The ground got opened in 1892. The main stand, Mayflower Stand, is closed and demolition work has began. The other 3 stands got rebuilt in the ground’s redevelopment in 2001, all linked together in the corners. The view is excellent anywhere inside the ground. I do understand why they had to redevelop the main stand, but I do find it a shame, as it looks like a typical old fashioned football stand that had a “romantic” feel over it.
The game was very poor, usually you’d expect a better standard of football when going south of the border, but that wasn’t the case this time. Both teams were bad and it was clear that the first team to score would win the game. That first team became Plymouth and the game finished 1-0. Altogether, I had a great time out with 90 minutes of football being the only downside of it.