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  1. November 2023 12th of November 2023 After a 2 week break without a match, we beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the 1st Round of the FA Cup. The home side had a 1-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a goal by Hakeeb Adelakun. We responded immediately after half-time with 2 goals in the first 4 minutes of the 2nd half. Adam Pearce-Vince scored his 1st goal for Plymouth Argyle, when he equalised in the 48th minute, and a minute later, Jamie Proctor scored, to turn the match on its head and give us a 2-1 lead. For the rest of the 2nd half, we held onto victory, to progress onto the 2nd Round of the Cup. 14th of November 2023 Only 2 days after beating them in the FA Cup, we were back in Plough Lane to play AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy. Only 5 players from the previous match started this match, as I made 6 changes to the starting line-up, for a dead rubber of an EFL Trophy match. Eventually, we won the penalty shoot-out, after it finished 1-1, which means we have finished the group as winners. In the subsequent draw for the knock-out phase, we’ve been drawn to play Charlton Athletic, next month in The Valley. 18th of November 2023 Because our away match against Rotherham United has been postponed until next month, due to International call-ups, we didn’t play in the League One round of fixtures. 22nd of November 2023 We found out who our opponents in the FA Cup 2nd Round will be, after Carlisle United beat Cambridge United 1-0 at home in a 1st Round Replay. We’ll make the long trek up to Brunton Park, on Saturday the 2nd of December, to face a Carlisle United side, currently 2nd in League Two. Our match away to Rotherham United, has been postponed again, after the 2nd Round draw created a fixture clash on the 2nd of December. It will now take place on the following Tuesday night, the 5th of December, instead. 24th of November 2023 After days of speculation in the press, linking me with the vacant managers job at rivals Bristol City, they’ve offered me an interview. Ashley Williams, the former Welsh International, was sacked 10 days ago, after spending just under a year as Manager of the club. He helped them finish 5th last season, but only 3 wins out their first 17 matches this season, has seen him fired. I will decline the chance to talk to them, because I have no real interest in turning my back on the challenge in Plymouth, to join rivals Bristol City. 25th of November 2023 MK Dons moved themselves out of the relegation zone, after coming back from a goal down, to win 2-1. Cameron Sangster put us 1-0 up in the 5th minute, when he nodded in a corner taken by Adam Lewis. It looked like we were going to take that lead into half-time, but MK Dons equalised in the 41st minute, when their right sided midfielder, Tom Shepherd, lobbed our ‘keeper Sam Howes from way out on the right flank. In 1st half stoppage time, MK Dons went 2-1 up, when their left midfielder, Luke Thomas, scored with a shot from distance that Sam Howes couldn’t keep out, despite getting a glove on it. Late into the 2nd half, substitute Jordan Adebayo-Smith, won a chance for us to snatch a late equaliser, when he was fouled in the box. Jamie Proctor stepped up to the spot-kick, but saw his shot rebound off the post, and then cleared away by the MK Dons defenders. There’s no change in our position in the table after this defeat. We’re still 10th, but it’s a missed opportunity to move into playoff spots. 26th of November 2023 After our 2-1 loss, I was interviewed to become the next Manager of Norwich City. Although I have no real intention of taking the job, I decided to take the interview and see what happens. Norwich sacked Patrick Vieira on the 11th of this month, after he spent nearly 2 years as Manager. He got them relegated from the Premier League last season, and a bad start to this season, has seen collect only 19 points from their first 18 matches. 28th of November 2023 In our final game in November, Adam Lewis got himself sent off, just after the half hour mark, after collecting 2 yellow cards. We kept it at 0-0 up until the halftime break, but then Ben Morris was at the far post, to tap in the games only goal in the 55th minute. Our 2nd straight defeat, sees us drop down 2 places in the table, to 12th position. Review On the pitch it has been a relatively quiet month, with us only playing 4 matches this month. Apart from beating AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup, it has been a poor month, with 2 defeats in the league, dropping us down to 12th in the table. Still though, it’s not all bad, because we’re still in 2 Cup competitions. It has been busy off the pitch though, with 2 job interviews offered. I’ll wait to see if Norwich City offer me the job, although, going by the way the interview went, I won’t hold any high hopes. We’ll play 5 matches in two weeks in December. The first of these is the long trip up to Carlisle for the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Only two nights later, we’ll finally get to play Rotherham United away, before hosting table toppers Northampton Town, on Saturday the 9th. After that, we face Charlton Athletic in the knockout phase of EFL Trophy, on Tuesday the 11th. Our 5th match will be away to Salford City, on Saturday the 16th of December. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways in the League, while maintaining our progress in both the FA Cup and EFL Trophy.
  2. October 2023 3rd of October 2023 We dropped further down the league table, to 14th place, after Wrexham beat us 1-0, in our first match in October. Their central midfielder, Toby Edser, struck the only goal of the match, in the 69th minute, to inflict our 3rd consecutive defeat. 4th of October 2023 Because we had 4 players called up for International duty, I asked to have our EFL Trophy match against Cardiff U23’s postponed. The match, originally scheduled for the 10th of October, has been changed to Wednesday the 18th of October instead. 7th of October 2023 We put an end to our recent bad run, by coming from behind to beat Preston North End 4-2 in Deepdale. We got off to a bad start in the 3rd minute, when Sam Surridge got in behind our defence to fire Preston one up. We equalised eight minutes before the half-time break, when Jordan Adebayo-Smith dispossessed the Preston centre-halfs and scored his 2nd goal of the season. In the 2nd half, with about 20 minutes left in the match, Jamie Proctor headed in a corner to put us 2-1 up. Preston didn’t waste time in equalising, as only 4 minutes later, Riley Doyle finished, making it 2-2 going into the last quarter of an hour. It looked as though we were headed for a draw, until Jordan Adebayo-Smith popped up at the far post, to score his 2nd goal of the match. Jamie Proctor sealed the 4-2 win in the 6th minute of added time, by heading in another corner. The shock win in Deepdale has seen us move up 5 places in the table to 9th. 14th of October 2023 Two late goals against Wycombe Wanderers was enough to snatch all 3 points in Home Park. The deadlock was broken in the 86th minute by Jamie Proctor, who rose highest to head in a cross from the left by Cameron Pring. After that, it was a matter of holding onto the 1-0 victory, but Adam Lewis doubled our advantage in the 3rd minute of added time and sealed the win. The win puts us up to 7th position in the table, a point behind 6th placed Notts County, while Wycombe have been overtaken at the top, by Northampton Town. 18th of October 2023 Because AFC Wimbledon had beaten MK Dons a week earlier, we knew a win in this one would qualify us from the group, with a game left to play. Alex Whitmore headed in 2 goals, one from a corner and the other from an in-direct free-kick, to leave us 2-0 up at the half-time break. In the 34th minute of this match, we were forced to bring on our sub ‘keeper, after Thomas McGill innocuously managed to break his ankle. It’ll rule him out for 3-4 months, which means Sam Howes will get his chance to prove himself again. Jordan Adebayo-Smith put us 3-0 up in the 2nd half, after the Cardiff U23s ‘keeper fumbled the ball into his path. It’s nice to be able to take it easy in our final group game, knowing qualification is secured. 21st of October 2023 Mason Bloomfield was the hero against Mansfield Town, as he came from the bench to strike a late equaliser in the 86th minute. Earlier in the 2nd half, CJ Hamilton put Mansfield ahead in the 50th minute. Mansfield were in the drop zone going into this match, so it could be seen as 2 points dropped, instead of a point gained. They’ve moved just out of the relegation zone, after earning a point in Home Park, while we drop to 8th place in the table, with 24 points from the first 15 matches. 23rd of October 2023 We’ve been drawn to play AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup 1st Round. It means we’ll play them twice at Plough Lane in early November, as we also must play them in the EFL Trophy. 24th of October 2023 Bradford City moved out of the relegation zone, after beating us 2-0 in the Valley Parade. Nathan Tella, their right winger, put them 1 up just before halftime. We were pushing to find the equaliser late on, when their young attacking midfielder, Steven Finn, unleashed a 30 yard strike to the top corner. We drop down to 10th place in the table, after this defeat. 28th of October 2023 The 1st half in this match was a goalfest, with all 6 goals scored in the opening 45 minutes. We got off to a perfect start, with two goals scored in just 5 minutes. Tristan Nydam was taking corners today, and it was his deliveries, that allowed both Jamie Proctor and Sam Lavelle to head us 2-0 up. Lincoln City got a goal back in the 9th minute, when Josh Ruffels fired to the back of the net from just outside the box, to make it 2-1. With just under a quarter of an hour gone in the match, Jamie Proctor scored his 2nd goal, when he tapped in a cross from deep by Cameron Sangster, to make it 3-1 to us. Will Miller scored Lincoln’s 2nd goal in the 33rd minute, to make it 3-2. And just before half-time, another corner delivery by Tristan Nydam, allowed Jordan Adebayo-Smith to poke it in from close range. There were no further goals in the 2nd half, as we managed to see out the win, that puts us 9th in the table. Review It’s been an alright month, qualification for the knockout phase of the EFL Trophy and 10 points from a potential 18 points in October, keeps us in the hunt for promotion. Novembers fixtures begin by playing AFC Wimbledon in Plough Lane, twice in just 3 days. Our 1st match in Plough Lane is in the FA Cup 1st Round on Sunday the 12th of November, and then we’ll play them again on Tuesday night, in the meaningless final group match of the EFL Trophy. On Saturday the 18th of November, we’ll travel up to Yorkshire to take on Rotherham United in League One. A week after that, we’ve another away day, when we face MK Dons. Our final fixture in November is on the 28th, when we face Bristol Rovers in Home Park.
  3. September 2023 2nd of September 2023 We began September as we ended August. A 4-0 demolition of Wigan Athletic, spearheaded by Jamie Proctor, who had a hat-trick of goals scored by half-time. Our Summer signing, Harry Lennon, also got a goal, his 1st for Plymouth Argyle, in a perfect first half performance by us. This win sees us rise up to 5th in the League One table, with 14 points from the first 7 matches. 6th of September 2023 Freddie Sears picked up a hip injury in training, that’ll rule him out for 3-4 months. The 33 year-old, who only joined last summer on a free, is Manager of our U-18 team, but has failed to make an appearance in our 1st team, as of yet. 7th of September 2023 Our injury list is getting larger by the day. Our number 1 ‘keeper, Thomas McGill, has been ruled out for the next fortnight, with a hamstring injury picked up in training. He is the latest key player to have picked up an injury and he’ll join Bloomfield, Nyaumpembe, and Sears on the treatment table. McGill’s injury will give an opportunity to our 2nd choice ‘keeper, Sam Howes. 9th of September 2023 Two goals in the space of 4 minutes in the 2nd half, by Notts County central midfielder, Connor Kirby, helped the home side onto a 3-0 victory, in Meadow Lane. The defeat sees us drop down one place in the table, to 6th position. 16th of September 2023 We moved up to 3rd position in the table, after beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in Plough lane. We got off to a flyer after only 7 minutes, when Jordan Adebayo-Smith scored his 1st ever goal for Plymouth Argyle, by heading in a cross from the right by Nyaupembe. We went 2 up only 5 minutes into the 2nd half, when Jack Fitzwater scored past his own ‘keeper. Wimbledon pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute, when Edward Caine scored from distance. Thankfully it was nothing more than a consolation goal, as we held onto the 3 points. 20th of September 2023 After the match finished a scoreless draw, we won the penalty shoot-out, to bag an additional point, in our 1st EFL Cup match of the season against MK Dons. Our Goalkeeper Thomas McGill saved 2 of their spot-kicks in the shoot-out, which set Flynn Downes up, to score the winning penalty. 23rd of September 2023 We were red hot favourites going into this match, at Home Park against Shrewsbury Town, but ended up getting beaten 3-1 by the visitors, in a disastrous performance. Goals by Jazz Clarke and Bradley Garmston, put Shrewsbury 2 up at the break. And when Leon Mendez capitalised on a mistake by our Goalkeeper, Thomas McGill, in the 53rd minute, it really was curtains for us in this match. Substitute, Chris Parkin, scored a late consolation goal in the 83rd minute, but the damage had already been done by that stage. As a consequence for this shock defeat, we drop down to 5th in the table. 30th of September 2023 On the last day of September, we travelled to the KCOM Stadium and lost 3-1 to Hull City. Two goals by Victor Adeboyejo, and an own goal by our captain, Sam Lavelle, put Hull 3 up, with just under 25 minutes to play. Dougie Nyaupembe pulled a goal back for us in the 69th minute, but it proved to be no more than a consolation. We drop down to 10th place in the table, while Hull sit in 3rd position. Review September has not been a great month for us, with two wins and three defeats in the five league matches, and a penalty shoot-out win against MK Dons in the EFL trophy. Our poor form has seen us drop down to mid-table, although we still have plenty of time to rectify that. In October, we’ll be hopeful of getting back to winning ways, when we take on Wrexham at home on the 3rd. Four days later, we travel up to the North-West, to take on Preston in Deepdale. After that, we face the Cardiff U23s at home on Tuesday night, in the EFL trophy. The current League One leaders, Wycombe Wanderers, will visit Home Park on the 14th, looking to continue their excellent start to the season. We’ve another home match a week later, when Mansfield Town travel to Devon. The following Tuesday night, we take on Bradford City in the Valley Parade, before taking on Lincoln City at home on the 28th, in our final fixture of October.
  4. August 2023 2nd of August 2023 We’ve been placed alongside AFC Wimbledon, MK Dons, and Cardiff U23s in group C of the Southern Section in the Checkatrade Trophy. The first round of group matches begin in September, when MK Dons play us in Home Park. The board expect us to reach the knock-out phase, so it’s important we get off to a good start in that match. 5th of August 2023 We got off to a perfect start to the season, by beating rivals Bristol City 1-0, on the opening day of the new season. Adam Lewis struck the only goal of the match, in the 65th minute, which earned us all 3 points. Four players made their debut in the victory. They were left-back Adam Morgan, Adebayo-Smith on the left wing, Adam Pearce-Vince on the opposite wing as an inside forward, and Tyreeq Bakinson was brought on from the bench in the 2nd half. I opted to play with a 4-2-4 system, to counteract Bristol City's wing-backs in their 5-3-2 system. It did the trick, and now I look ahead to playing Charlton in the Valley, in our 1st away match of the new season. 9th of August 2023 I only made one change to the side that beat Bristol City, with Tristan Nydam coming into the team in the middle of the park, and Adam Lewis moving out to play on the left work. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, as Charlton ran out 3-1 winners. The home side raced into a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute, after having a number of goal ruled out for offside. Sam Surridge scored the first goal in the 17th minute, and 5 minutes later, a free-kick by Man of the Match, Paulo Fernandes, found the back of our net, to put Charlton 2 up. Just before half-time, we had the chance to cut their 2 goal lead in half from the penalty spot, but Jamie Proctors shot was saved by Charlton keeper Josh Vickers. Seven minutes after the resumption of the 2nd half, Proctor redeemed himself for his earlier miss, when he nodded in a cross from the byline by Adam Lewis. We were pushing for a late equaliser, when Surridge got in behind our defence to score his 2nd goal, and wrap up the points for Charlton. 10th of August 2023 On the final day of the transfer window, Charlie Wakefield completed his move from Plymouth Argyle to Preston North End. The 23 year-old attacking midfielder, moves to the North-West club for a fee of 250K. Earlier in the summer, I refused a bid from Preston for him, as I didn’t want to sell him to a club in the same division. As a result, he became unsettled, so I agreed to sell him if a bid matching 250K came in. He’ll be a loss, but at least it’ll offer an opportunity to Loric Manga, who I’ve brought back from loan. Over the course of the Summer transfer window, we’ve spent 325K on players coming in, while taking in 425K, on players leaving. 12th of August 2023 Jamie Proctor was the hero, when we took on Leyton Orient in Home Park, as his 87th minute equaliser rescued a point for us. The O’s took the lead as early as the 5th minute, when Djed Spence turned in an indirect free-kick. It looked as Leyton Orient were going to hang on to all 3 points, until Proctor popped up in the 87th minute, to score his 50th goal for the Argyle. This hard earned point, means we’ve now collected 4 points from the opening 3 matches. 16th of August 2023 Thirteen minutes from time, Shay McCartan scored the only goal of the game, to dump us out of the League Cup in the 1st Round. We had our chances to take the lead earlier in the match but we were wasteful. Dougie Nyaupembe was forced off with an injury in the 53rd minute, and that’ll rule him out for a number of weeks. The disappointing shock exit, in a match I expected to win. 19th of August 2023 Three days after our exit in the League Cup, we travelled to Oxford and picked up a point. We got off to a perfect start, when Mason Bloomfield finished to the net in the 4th minute, after a corner caused a goalmouth scramble inside the Oxford United penalty area. Within 3 minutes of resumption of play, Oxford drew level, when their left winger, Deese Kasinga-Madia, headed in the equaliser in the 7th minute. Oxford were reduced to ten men in the 80th minute, when Liam Shephard picked up a 2nd yellow card. We went all out attack for the final stages after that, but couldn’t find a way to get the winner. We’ve now collected 5 points, from the opening 4 league matches. 22nd of August 2023 We had our 1st away win of the season, when we beat Crewe 3-1, despite playing with 10 men for three quarters of this match. Proctor headed in a cross from the left by Adam Lewis, in the 17th minute, to pus 1 up. Only 2 minutes after going 1 up, Tristan Nydam received a straight red for a 2 footed tackle, which forced me into taking off our 2nd striker, Mason Bloomfield. Cameron Sangster came on in his place, slotted into a 3 man midfield, and within fifteen minutes, put us 2 up, with a shot from the edge of the box. Crewe got their goal immediately after half-time, when Antoine Semenyo finished to the net, to give the home side hope of a 2nd half comeback. Cameron Pring scored his 1st of the new season, to put us 3-1 up in the 55th minute. This win sees us with 8 points from the opening 5 matches, and has given squad morale a massive boost in the process. 26th of August 2023 We ended the month of August on a real high, by demolishing, a Burton Albion side managed by Tony Pulis, 5-0. A hat-trick by Mason Bloomfield, combined with goals by Adam Lewis and Tom Purrington, saw us steamroller Burton in front of a crowd of 11,100 fans in Home Park. The win moves us into 8th place in the table, with 11 points from the first 6 matches of the new season. 29th of August 2023 Only 3 days after scoring a hat-trick against Burton Albion, Mason Bloomfield has been ruled out for 6 to 8 weeks, with a lower back stress fracture. His replacement upfront will be Jordan Adebayo-Smith. 30th of August 2023 Our 1st group match in the Checkatrade Trophy has been postponed, due to international call-ups. The match was due to take place on the 5th of September, will now happen at a later date of the 20th of September. Review Apart from the shock defeat against Forest Green in the League Cup, we’ve had a decent and steady start to the new season. The last two wins have seen us rise to 8th in the table, and I’m hopeful we can continue that recent form into September. We play Wigan Athletic in Home Park on the 2nd, before travelling to Meadow Lane a week later, to take on Notts County. The following Saturday, we face AFC Wimbledon in Plough Lane. On the Wednesday night after that, we’ll play MK Dons in our 1st Checkatrade Group game. Shrewsbury Town visit Home Park on the 23rd, and then we’ll complete Septembers fixtures, with a trip to the KCOM Stadium, to take on the recently relegated Hull City.
  5. The 2023/24 Season Preview Coaching badges Upgrade About a week into preseason, news came through, that I’ve finally upgraded my National A License into a Continental C License! Pre-Season Odds According to the bookmakers we’re priced at 20-1 to gain promotion in the forthcoming season. Our rivals Bristol City are ranked as the favourite for promotion, while Preston North End and Hull City are predicted to finish 2nd and 3rd in the upcoming League One season. Our Number 10, Mason Bloomfield, has been made 4-1 favourite, to be the top scorer in League One, by the end of the season. Expectations The board announced their expectations for the season ahead. They expect us to at least finish mid-table in League One, while progress in both FA Cup and League Cup is expected this season. And the draw for the 1st Round of the League Cup, has seen us paired to play Forest Green in Home Park. It’s a favourable draw that I expect us to come through, comfortably. We’ve played 7 friendly matches ahead of the new season. We won 3, drew 3, and had a bad result against Cheltenham Town, losing 2-1. The real thing kicks off on the 5th of August, when we face rivals and League One favourites, Bristol City, in Home Park. Four days after that, we have our 1st away match of the season, when we play Charlton Athletic in the Valley. The following Saturday, we face Leyton Orient at Home Park. And then, we take on Forest Green Rovers in the League Cup, on Wednesday night. We’ve 2 consecutive away matches then, when we face Oxford United on Saturday the 19th, before facing Crewe, on Tuesday night the 22nd. Our final fixture in August is on the 26th, when we host Burton Albion in Home Park. Hopefully we can get off to a positive start, that’ll set us up for a promotion challenge this season.
  6. Summer 2023 It has been a long and busy Summer in Devon, ahead of a make or break season… Transfers In I’ve made 8 signings in the months of June and July, with 5 permanent deals made, and 2 more joining temporarily on loan. 9th of June 2023 The first 2 players to join Plymouth Argyle this summer were Tyreeq Bakinson and Michael Phillips. Bakinson, who was on loan to Newport County from Bristol City, when I took over them back in November 2018, joins from National League side Fylde for 110K. The 6’2” midfielder, who can play in the middle and on the right side, is my type of player, as he’s a hard-working physical footballer with an ability to strike a ball from distance. Michael Phillips joins us from the League Two club, Sutton United, for a fee of 58K. The 6’1”, 25 year-old Centre-half, has good pace and acceleration, combined with excellent positional attributes, so he’ll fit nicely into a back 3, playing alongside Whitmore and Lavelle in the middle on cover duty. 18th of June 2023 The 3rd acquisition this Summer was also a Centre-half. George Shelford will join us for the course of the upcoming season after Stoke City agreed to loan him out. The 18 year-old, who will turn 19 this summer, is strong, fast, aggressive, and excellent in the air. He’ll get his chance, whenever our captain Sam Lavelle is unavailable. 1st of July 2023 Our 4th signing this Summer was the free transfer of Ike Ugbo from Charlton Athletic. Ugbo, the 23 year-old forward, only made 3 appearances from the bench for Charlton last season, but hopefully he’ll be a useful addition to the squad for the upcoming season. 4th of July 2023 For my 5th Summer signing, I resigned Harry Lennon from my former club, Newport County. The 28-year old becomes the 3rd Centre-half I’ve signed this Summer, after he completed his move from Wales to Devon, for a fee of 82K. 6th of July 2023 Another defender joined us on loan, when Middlesborough agreed to allow their young full-back, Matthew Gibbins to join until the 1st of January 2024. The 19 year-old, spent last season playing in League Two for Barnet, where he made 42 starts for the Bees. He’ll get his chance for us at right full-back, whenever I decide to play with a back four. 13th of July 2023 My 5th permanent signing this Summer also involved Middlesborough. Twenty year-old winger, Adam Pearce-Vince, joins us for a fee of 74K. Pearce-Vince, who is adept on both feet, can do a job for me on both flanks. He leaves Middlesborough, after failing to make a single appearance for them, since his move there from Peterborough United, in the Summer of 2022. 25th of July 2023 I signed 33 year-old, Freddie Sears on a free contract, and also gave him a role on the coaching staff, making him the U-18 Manager in the process. His contract with Colchester United expired at the end of last season, and although he doesn’t have much pace, I feel his experience could be a help to the squad throughout the upcoming season. Transfers Out Two 1st team players have been sold from the club this Summer, both of them defenders. 18th of June 2023 For a fee of 150K, Ryan Sweeney has joined the newly promoted Championship side Reading. The 26 year old Centre-half, who was going into the last year of his contact, made it be known that he wanted to join Reading, so it made sense to accept the bid. Sweeney spent 4 seasons in Devon, making 96 appearances in his time with Plymouth Argyle. 26th of July 2023 For an initial fee of about 25K, Nathan McGinley was sold to Leyton Orient. The 26 year-old full-back, had been unhappy about the amount of playing time he got last season, when he only made 9 appearances. Players promoted to 1st Team Squad I’ve decided to promote 2 youngsters, who spent last season out on loan, into the 1st team Squad: Adam Morgan spent last season playing for National League side Fylde, where he made 24 appearances. With Nathan McGinley sold to Leyton Orient, I feel Morgan would be able to step into the role of defensive left full-back, when we play with a back four. The 2nd player to be promoted into the 1st team squad this Summer is Jordan Adebayo-Smith. He was loaned out last season to Torquay United, where he ended up as the topscorer in the National League with 22 goals. The 21 year-old only joined us last summer, after he was snapped up on a free by our Head of Youth Development, after his contract with Lincoln City expired. He’ll be a backup option to Mason Bloomfield upfront, but he can also do a job for me on the left wing too. I’m hopeful he carries last season’s form into the upcoming season for us. 1st Team Squad With the transfer window still open for another 10 days, there may be a few more comings and goings in that time. My next update will preview the upcoming season, by looking at our pre-season form , the League One pre-season odds, the competition expectations set by the board, and our fixture list for August 2023.
  7. The 2022/23 Season Round-Up Plymouth Argyle F.C Awards Our big number 9, Jamie Proctor was again awarded the fans player of the season, at the Plymouth Argyle End of Season Awards. Our veteran midfielder, Jimmy Ryan won goal of the season for his strike against Wycombe Wanderers on the 30th of August. And Thomas McGill, our No.1 ‘keeper, was voted as the signing of the season, after he picked up 18 clean sheets this season. The young player of the season award was given to Dougie Nyaupembe, after he assisted in 12 goals this season. The board have informed me, that they won’t be going ahead with the planned training and youth facilities upgrade, due to a lack of finance. It’s disappointing, although I kinda knew it wasn’t going to happen, as it was too good to be true. English Football Premier League Liverpool, now managed by Pep Guardiola, ended their 33 year wait for a League Title this season. They finished 2 points ahead of rivals Manchester United, to claim their 1st ever title in the Premier League era. Chelsea and Manchester City claimed the remaining Champions League spots, by finishing 3rd and 4th. For the 2nd successive season, Brighton have qualified for Europe by finishing in 7th place, while both Arsenal and Tottenham, missed out on Champions League football again. Ipswich Town only spent 1 season in the Premier League, before being relegated. The other 2 clubs to join them in next season's Championship are Crystal Palace and Swansea City. English Championship Leeds United are back in the Premier League, after they finished top of the Championship table this season. Watford will join Leeds in next season’s Premier League, after finishing 6 points behind them in 2nd place. Leicester City had to settle for the playoff route, after they finished 3rd in the table. They were eventually promoted though, as they went on to beat Derby County 3-2, in the playoff Final in Wembley. At the other end of the Championship table, Wimbledon, Preston North End, and Hull City were relegated to next season’s League One. League One Playoffs Reading were promoted to next season’s Championship, after they beat Salford City in the League One playoff final in Wembley. League Two Shrewsbury Town were crowned Champions of League Two, after they finished 1st, 4 points ahead of Lincoln City in 2nd place. Notts County were also promoted to next season’s League One, after they finished the season in 3rd place. For the 2nd consecutive season, Barnet missed out on promotion, by losing in the League Two playoff Final. Wycombe Wanderers beat them 3-1 in Wembley, to book their place in next season’s League One. Both Scunthorpe United and Accrington Stanley were relegated from the Football League this season. National League Southend United will be back in the Football League next season, after they were crowned National League Champions. Torquay United will join them, after they gained promotion via the playoffs. At the other end of the National League table, Dulwich Hamlet, Eastleigh, Gateshead, and Boston United were the 4 relegated clubs this season. National League North and South Telford United and Southport were promoted to the National League, from the National League North, while in the National League South, Boreham Wood and Woking were promoted into next season’s National League. At the bottom of the National League North, Scarborough, South Shields, and Warrington were relegated. While Hemel Hempstead Town, Hornchurch, and Concord Rangers were relegated from the National League South. F.A Cup Guardiola has guided Liverpool to a double in his 1st season in charge, after the Merseyside club lifted the 2023 FA Cup. European Football Champions League Atletico de Madrid lifted the Champions League Trophy, after beating Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Europa League Tottenham Hotspurs missed out on a chance to qualify for next season's Champions League, when they lost the Europa League final to RB Leipzig in Stade de France. Manager Movement Despite only losing the Champions League final in a penalty shoot-out, Jose Mourinho has been sacked from Manchester United. Only 1 year after lifting the Premier League title, Mourinho leaves, having spent 7 years at Manchester United. Two years after he was sacked as Manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp returns to English Football, as Manchester City boss. The German has spent the interim two seasons as Manager of Bayern Munich, where he won the Bundesliga in both 2022 and 2023. He takes over a Manchester City side, that has the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Kylian Mbappe amongst its playing staff.
  8. April 2023 15th of April 2023 Mason Bloomfield and Adam Lewis both scored twice, as we came out as winners in a 7 goal thriller in Kenilworth Road. This win has earned us our 61st point of the season but were officially out of the running for the playoffs. 22nd of April 2023 Even though there’s nothing much to play for now, I still wanted to win the last home match of the season against top of the table, Fleetwood Town. Two goals by loanee, Tyler Forbes, helped us to beat a Fleetwood side, who only needed a draw to be crowned Champions. This win guarantees us a top-half finish in League One this season. Heading into the final game of the season, there’s 5 teams battling for the remaining 3 playoff places. At the bottom end of the table, my old club Newport County is just 1 point away from safety, going into the final day. 29th of April 2023 In our final match of the season, we lost 2-0 to MK Dons. It means we have finished the season in 11th place in the table, after amassing a total of 64 points from the 46 matches. Fleetwood were crowned League One Champions for 2023, winning the title ahead of our local rivals Exeter City, but only on goal difference. The playoffs will be contested by Reading, Salford City, Bristol City and Wrexham. And at the bottom of the table, Walsall, Rochdale, Peterborough, and my old club, Newport County, were all relegated to League Two. 2022/23 Season Review Finishing 11th isn’t a bad season for freshly promoted side. Still though, I can’t help but regret that dodgy 2 months in February and March. If it wasn’t for those results we’d be in the playoffs now. Getting promoted next season is extremely important, if I want to reach the aim of having Plymouth Argyle in the Premier League by August 2026. With that in mind, the next transfer window is crucial. I’ll be looking to add a bit of depth in both defence and attack in the Summer, and I’ve already decided not to renew the contracts of 4 players in the 1st team squad. Liam Nolan, Matthew Platt, James O’Reilly and Jack Rhodes Hamilton will leave Plymouth Argyle. I hope to be able to bring in, at most, 6 or 7 players on permanent deals. We need 2 new additions upfront, to add a bit of squad depth for our push for promotion. Another 2 or 3 defenders need to brought in too, as we lack a bit of cover there. And maybe a defensive midfielder would be a good idea too, if the right type of player becomes available. I also hope to be able to sign Tyler Forbes on a free, once his contract with Bolton Wanderers expires. All of that would mean I’d have about 25 players available at the beginning of next season. Below is some of the team stats for the season just finished. We're at the bottom of the average possession stats table, and even more unsurprisingly, we top both tables in heading. We’re also bottom of the pass completion table as usual, while we’ve the best tackling success in the league, along with fouls made, which shows you we’re not afraid to get stuck in. My next update will be a round-up of both the English and European Competitions.
  9. Easter 2023 1st of April 2023 We went 2 down after the first 15 minutes but a 2nd half comeback earned us a point in the Valley. Charlton’s first arrived after 11 minutes, when Sam Dalby finished a cross to the far post, by young right full-back, Garry Troke. Only 4 minutes later, we were already 2 down, when a bad headed clearance by Tyler Forbes, allowed Arsenal loanee, Trae Coyle to capitalise. In the 2nd half, Jamie Proctor scored from the penalty spot in the 50th minute, after Charlie Wakefield was deemed to have been fouled in the box. Fifteen minutes from full-time, Chris Parkin nodded in the equaliser at the far post, his 1st ever goal for Plymouth Argyle, after a cross from the right by Forbes. That goal has earned us our 54th point of the season and we’re nestled safely in 12th position. Good Friday 2023 In our traditional Good Friday fixture, we drew our 3rd consecutive match in a scoreless draw against Burton Albion away. With only 4 matches left now, we’re only 1 win away from guaranteeing safety. And with us 11 points behind the playoff places, it’s looking increasingly unlikely we’ll make the top 6. Easter Monday 2023 Only 2 days later, our 20 year-old Target Man, Chris Parkin scored twice in our 4-2 victory over Peterborough in Home Park. After a scoreless 1st half, Chris Parkin scored the 1st goal in the 47th minute, when he headed in a cross from the left flank by Adam Lewis. About halfway through the 2nd half, Parkin was the provider, when Mason Bloomfield nodded in his cross from the byline. With just under 20 minutes remaining, we went 3-0 up, when Adam Lewis fired in a shot. Peterborough refused to go away however, and scored twice in the final ten minutes, to put them back in with a shout of earning a draw. As the match neared the 90th minute, Chris Parkin rose highest on an Adam Lewis corner, to put us 4-2 up, and ease the nerves. The win has made us mathematically safe from relegation with 3 matches left in our season. We’re also now 8 points behind the playoffs and it looks unlikely still. Review We’ve collected 5 points from the last 3 matches, to insure we achieved our target of avoiding relegation, with 3 matches left in our season. We still have a chance, although it’s very slim, of making the playoffs, and we’ll need nothing less than 3 wins from next 3 matches. Even at that, it might not be enough. The 1st of those final 3 matches, sees us travel to Kenilworth Road on the 15th of April, to take on a Luton Town side, who also have hopes of sneaking into the playoffs. A week after that, we’ll play our final home match of the season, when we face table toppers Fleetwood Town in Home Park. Fleetwood are already promoted, but will want to end their season as League One Champions. Our final match of the season takes place in Milton Keynes on the 29th of April.
  10. Yeah, the 2nd half of the season has seen us drop down a bit to mid-table. Hopefully we can strengthen in the Summer transfer window, and go again next season.
  11. March 2023 2nd of March 2023 Two days before we are set to play Exeter City away in the West Country Derby, our top goalscorer, Mason Bloomfield is ruled out for up to 4-5 weeks, after picking up a hernia injury. Our youngster, Chris Parkin will get his opportunity to play 1st team football in Bloomfields absence. 4th of March 2023 Local rivals Exeter City beat us 1-0 in St.James Park to continue their march towards automatic promotion. An unfortunate own goal our right wing-back, Tyler Forbes, in the 47th minute was the decisive moment of this local derby match. PNG: Unbeaten Run Ends This defeat ends our unbeaten run of 5 matches and leaves us in 12th place, 7 points adrift of the playoff places with only 10 matches remaining in our season. 7th of March 2023 In my 100th match in charge of Plymouth Argyle, Tom Bayliss struck twice for Salford City in our worst defeat of the season, 3-0 the final scoreline. Salford scored their 1st goal in the 35th minute, when Bayliss was in the right place at the right time to tap in, after a corner for Salford caused panic in our defence. In the 2nd half, with about 20 minutes left, Paul Smyth thumped in a header at the far post to Salford 2 goals up. As the match approached the 90th minute, Bayliss scored his 2nd goal, a fine team goal that involved several passes in the build-up, to finish the match with Salford as deserved 3-0 winners. Our 2nd defeat in 4 days leaves us in 12th place, now 10 points behind the playoff teams. With only 9 matches left in our season, it’s looking increasingly unlikely we’ll make those playoffs. 8th of March 2023 With the club safely tucked into mid-table mediocrity, I began to prepare myself for next season. The new board have allowed me to study for a Continental C license. This will take around 4 months to gain, which means I should have it ready for the beginning of pre-season in the Summer. 9th of March 2023 This new board at Plymouth Argyle seem to like me so much, that they’re granting every wish I make. They’ve also agreed to extend my contract, which ran out in June 2024, for another year, which will bring it up to June 2025. Considering we’ve only won 1 in the last 11 matches, I’m surprised and delighted to be given greater job security. 11th of March 2023 Two days after extending my contract, we ended our 6 match winless streak by beating Crewe 1-0 in Home Park. Alex Whitmore headed in the only goal in the 13th minute, when the Centre-half got on the end of Charlie Wakefield’s in-swinging corner. The win has given me some sort of renewed hope that we can sneak into the playoffs. With us now 7 points behind 6th placed Oxford, however we’d need to go on a serious run of good form, in the remaining 8 matches, to stand any chance. For those that care about this sort of stuff, I checked the German squad list again, and it looks like the fix I downloaded worked. 18th of March 2023 Two substitutes for Bradford City, both scored 2 late goals to win all 3 points. Only 7 minutes after coming on, right winger Nathan Tella, scored the first goal of the match in the 79th minute. Twenty year-old attacking midfielder, Steven Finn wrapped up the win for Bradford City in the 4th minute of added time. After this defeat, we’re in 12th place now, 8 points behind the playoff teams, with 7 matches left until the end of the season. 25th of March 2023 Leyton Orient were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute, but we still couldn’t find the winning goal in Home Park. After a dangerous two-footed lunge at Flynn Downes, midfielder Ruben Sammut was shown the red card. A minute later, we brought on Mason Bloomfield, who had just recently returned from injury, and went all out attack. We had 10 shots on goal throughout the 90 minutes, but only 2 of those shots hit the target. This scoreless draw has effectively ended our hopes of reaching the top 6. We’re still 12th in the table, 10 points behind 6th place, with only 6 matches left in our season. 26th of March 2023 Oxford United won the 2023 EFL Trophy, beating Doncaster Rovers 3-1 in the final in Wembley. Review After his injury earlier in March, we really missed Mason Bloomfield upfront, as we only scored once in the 5 matches in March. It’s at times like these, that I regret allowing Okenabihrie go to Oxford in January. Four points from a possible fifteen, sees us 10 points adrift of making the playoffs, with only 6 matches remaining. Looking at the positive side of things, we’re 13 points clear of relegation and we’ll more than likely be mathamathicilly safe within the next 3 fixtures. April begins with an away trip to take on Charlton Athletic in the Valley. Charlton are only 4 points above the drop zone, so they’ll surely be giving it everything to avoid relegation. We’ve another away match on Good Friday, when we travel to take on another relegation threatened side, Burton Albion. Then on Easter Monday, we face Peterborough United, who are currently 3rd from bottom, in Home Park.
  12. February 2023 4th of February 2023 We had a chance of moving of moving into top 6 with a win, but a 2nd half equaliser by Northampton Town, sees us drop one place in the table to 10th. After about half an hour, Jamie Proctor put us ahead from the penalty spot, when Tyler Forbes was tripped inside the box. Northampton equalised about ten minutes into the 2nd half, when their 24 year-old centre-midfielder, Lewis Hardcastle fired a shot from just outside the box, that flew into the top corner. We’re on 46 points now, 2 behind Northampton Town in 6th place. 8th of February 2023 After several failed attempts, we finally got Dougie Nyaupembe to agree on a 1 year extension of his contract. The 23 year-old right wing-back, has assisted in 10 goals in his 25 appearances this season, so it’s good news to get him to agree to extend his deal. 11th of February 2023 We drew our 2nd consecutive match, when we travelled to play 2nd from bottom, Rochdale in the Crown Oil Arena. Mason Bloomfield put us 1 up in the 27th minute, when he ran on to a long pass and took it around the ‘keeper, who had come off his line, and scored from a very narrow angle. We were about to get ready to take the 1-0 lead into the halftime break, until Tommy Maja, the young 19 year-old striker on loan from Arsenal, scored from a direct free-kick in the 44th minute. Chris Parkin made his 1st start for Plymouth Argyle in this match, because Jamie Proctor was serving the 1st of his 2 match suspension, for collecting too many yellow cards this season. This point away from home sees us in 9th place in the table, 4 points behind 6th place. 18th of February 2023 Our Number 1 Goalkeeper, Thomas McGill was our best player in our 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town away. Mansfield had 9 attempts on target in this one, but couldn’t find a way past our 6’2” ‘keeper, who has now recorded 11 clean sheets this season. We could have nicked it late on, when Bloomfield put the ball in the net in the 84th minute, but the linesman raised his flag to cancel. Our 3rd consecutive drawn match, has seen us drop 2 places in the table to 11th, 5 points behind our rivals Bristol City, in 6th placed. 19th of February 2023 Chelsea won the 2023 League Cup Final, by beating Manchester United in Wembley. Lewis Cook struck the winner for Chelsea in Extra-time, to prevent the final being decided on penalties. 25th of February 2023 For the 3rd time this month, we squandered a 1-0 lead and ended up drawing 1-1, when we faced my former club, Newport County in Home Park. We were 1-0 up at halftime, thanks to a goal by our Centre-half, Alex Whitmore, shortly after the half hour mark. Whitmore poked the ball home after Charlie Wakefield’s free-kick delivery, caused a goalmouth scramble inside the Newport County box. Newport equalised in the 86th minute, when 19 year-old Sheffield United loanee, Richie Rowett was at the far post to put a cross from the left, past our No.1 ‘keeper McGill. We’ve gone 5 without defeat now, and there’s only 4 points separating us from 6th place, but I can’t help feeling like we’ll regret turning at least some of these drawn matches into wins, come the season’s end. Review February has been a frustrating month. Four draws in the four matches this month, has seen us drop to 12th in the table. And this has been made worse by the fact we took the lead in 3 of those 4 drawn matches, only to see it pulled back. It’s not all bad though, as we’re only 4 points away from the playoffs, with 11 matches left in our season. We’ve 5 league matches in March. The first match of the month is the West Country Derby against Exeter City. They are 2nd in the table, after winning 3 games on the trot, but I’m hopeful we can gain revenge for their win earlier in the season. Three nights after that, we take on Salford City in Home Park in a midweek fixture. Salford City sit 4th in the table, after a bad run of form saw them drop away from the automatic places. On Saturday the 11th, we face Crewe at home, who are not yet safe from relegation. A week after that, on the 18th, we travel up North to face Bradford City. Then we face Leyton Orient on the 25th of March in Home Park, in our final match of the month of March.
  13. January 2023 10th of January 2023 After we took an early lead in the 10th minute, Reading equalised in the 2nd half, to come away with a point from Home Park. Mason Bloomfield opened the scoring for us, when his strike partner, Jamie Proctor hit a glorious pass in behind the Reading defence, for Bloomfield to use his pace and score. An error by Nyaupembe, while clearing the ball down the pitch, let 20 year-old Tottenham loanee, Bryan Barton in on goal to finish in the 63rd minute. The point moves us onto 42 points now, 8 more points and we’ll have reached the mysterious target of 50 points, the supposed number needed to avoid relegation. 11th of January 2023 The night after our 1-1 draw with Reading, there were 2 matches of potential significance for us. Bradford City moved to within a point of us, after beating Mansfield Town 1-0 at home. And in the other nights match, Bristol Rovers drew 0-0 with Oxford United. We once again remain 8th in the table, 3 points behind the top 6. 12th of January 2023 After failing to agree terms with Wrexham, Joe Quigley has decided to go on loan for the rest of the season. The target man, who hasn’t scored this season, will travel across the Irish Sea to play for Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. They’ll pay all his wages, 1.3K a week, for the duration of the loan and we get him off our books, for the time being. 14th of January 2023 We ended our 5 match unbeaten run of form, when we faced Oxford United in Kassam Stadium. Attacking midfielder, Conor McAleny got the only goal of the match in the 28th minute, when he was at the far post to get on the end of a cross from the right flank. It was a disappointing performance where we never managed a shot on target, although Mason Bloomfield had the ball in the net, in the 40th minute, but it was ruled out for offside. We still remain in 8th place however, 4 points behind the 6th in the table, Northampton Town. 18th of January 2023 We lost for the 2nd consecutive time, when we got beaten 3-1 by Bristol Rovers in the Memorial Stadium. Jamie Proctor gave us an early lead after 3 minutes, lashing the ball to net, after their Centre-half, Sonny Bradley failed to clear the danger effectively. One-nil up at half-time, away from home, I was happy and optimistic about our chances of holding onto the slender lead. All of that optimism disappeared in the 47th minute, when a long ball played in behind the defence by Man of the Match Reece Cole, allowed Antoine Semenyo to finish, first time to the back of the net. About a minute after Bristol Rovers had equalised, Proctor thought he had a 2nd goal, but it was ruled out for offside. In the 57th minute, centre-midfielder Reece Cole found the back of our net, with a strike from outside the box, that put Bristol Rovers 2-1 up. As the match edged towards the full-time whistle, the 20 year old attacking midfielder, David Noble scored a direct free-kick, to seal the 3 points for Bristol Rovers. The defeat means we drop one place in the table to 9th, with 16 matches left. 21st of January 2023 The day before our 4th Round Cup tie against Stoke City, there were 8 League One matches played. Bradford City jumped ahead of us in the table, by beating Crewe 3-2 at home. Oxford United had a surprising defeat at home against bottom club Rotherham United, while there were also wins for Luton Town, Salford City, MK Dons, and Burton Albion. Northampton Town drew 0-0 at home against leaders Fleetwood Town, which keeps them in 6th place, five points ahead of us in 10th place. 22nd of January 2023 Stoke City beat us 3-2 in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, in front of a packed Home Park. It was raining goals in the 1st half of this one, as all 5 goals came in a frantic first 45 minutes. Stoke burst out of the traps early and scored their 1st after only 5 minutes, when Yakou Meite finished a fine move that involved several intricate passes on the edge of our box. Jamie Proctor equalised after only 12 minutes, by drilling a low shot from outside the box, to the corner of the net. Two minutes after that Stoke City equalised, when young Manchester City loanee, Declan Roberts-Smith got his head on an in-direct free-kick. Stoke City appeared to be pulling away from us, when they got a 3rd goal in the 36th minute. Cameron Sangster deflecting in Benik Afobe’s header to make it 3-1 to the visitors. Just before half-time, we got back in it, when Mason Bloomfield scored to make it 3-2. It calmed down in the 2nd half, although we had the best chance of the half, when Okenabirhie raced in on goal, only to be denied by Stoke City goalkeeper, Joe Bursik. We exit in the 4th Round stage, after losing our 3rd consecutive match but we can be proud of our performance, despite defeat. After the match, it was announced that the club took in a record 400k in gate receipts. I also completed the loan deal to bring Tyler Forbes for the rest of the season. Forbes, who I sold to Bolton Wanderers while I managed Newport County, is a right wing-back, who can also be just as effective on the right side of midfield. His contract runs out in the Summer, and I’m hopeful my Director of Football can convince him to make his stay in Devon, a more permanent one soon. 24th of January 2023 Tyler Forbes arrival in Devon, has meant Zak Mills, our now 3rd choice right wing-back, has moved to Rochdale for 10K. The 30 year-old, who only made 2 appearances this season, has slipped down the pecking order since Nyaupembe arrived last season. 27th of January 2023 Dan Butler has been sold to rivals Bristol City, for an initial fee of 46,500K, that could rise to 56K. The 28 year-old left wing-back, was in the final 6 months of his contract, so when the bid from Bristol City came in, it made sense for me to sell. Since Adam Lewis arrived at the club, we have 3 players who can play at left wing-back, so that was another reason to sell. On the same day, I loaned veteran midfielder Jimmy Ryan to Shamrock Rovers. He’ll link up with Joe Quigley for the rest of the season. And with his contract expiring in the Summer, it’s highly likely we’ve seen the last of him in a Plymouth Argyle jersey. 28th of January 2023 We got back to winning ways, when we faced a Walsall team, managed by former Irish International Shane Long, in January’s final fixture. After 8 minutes, Alex Whitmore leapt highest to nod a corner situation in from close range. Mason Bloomfield scored our 2nd goal in the 42nd minute. Bloomfield ran onto a ball played down the left channel, beat his man while turning inside onto his favoured right foot and curled a shot, past the ‘keeper and in at the far corner. We were 3 up by the half-time whistle, thanks to a goal by left wing-back, Cameron Pring, only a minute later. Five minutes after the restart of the 2nd half, Bloomfield scored his 2nd to put us 4-0 up and out of sight. Our biggest win of the season sees us reach 45 points, only 2 points behind 6th place Bradford City. With Jimmy Ryan loaned to Shamrock Rovers, I decided to recall 19 year-old midfielder, Loric Manga, from his loan spell with Cheltenham Town, and move him into the 1st team squad. Manga has scored 4 goals in his 22 appearances for the National League side this season, and I feel it’s time we gave him a chance. Although he was born in Plymouth, he already has 6 international caps for the Democratic Republic of Congo. 31st of January 2023 Just before the window closed, I agreed a deal with Oxford United to sell Fejiri Okenabirhie. He joined from Shrewsbury Town in January 2022, for 205K, and went on to score 9 goals in 39 appearances. Since he was entering the final 6 months in his contract and his agent had indicated his preference for a move to Kassam Stadium, I accepted the bid of 62K. Another late deal to go through, was Birmingham City snapping up the highly rated youngster, Michael Bennett, from our U-18 side. Since I’ve given control of all youth transfers to my Head of Youth Development, this came out of the blue to me. The 17 year-old, who was rated as our hottest prospect, moves for an initial fee of 49K, that may rise to 110K. Maybe we could have got more but at least we have 40% of profit included, should he move again. The Squad Five players have left the club and the 1st team squad in this transfer window. And I now have a few new additions added to the 23 man squad, for the rest of the 15 remaining matches. Review The win in the last match against Walsall, has taken the bad look off of our recent form, moving into February. We’re two points behind the playoff places, going into the final third of this season, and I’m optimistic we can recover from those 3 consecutive defeats. Looking ahead, we’ve 4 matches in February, beginning on the 4th in Home Park, when 7th place Northampton Town visit. It’s a big match against another club trying to make the playoffs. A week after that match, we travel to Yorkshire, to take on relegation troubled Rochdale. On the 18th of February, we’ll play another club who are fighting relegation this season, Mansfield Town. Our 4th and final fixture of February, takes place on the 25th, when my old club Newport County visit Home Park.
  14. Christmas and New Year 2022/2023 17th of December 2022 Wrexham beat us for the 2nd time this season, scoring 2 goals by the half hour mark. Their 19 year-old Centre-forward, Kieran Wynne gave them the early lead after only 2 minutes, when his direct free-kick beat McGill at the near post. And they went 2 up after 30 minutes, when Tobias Hayles-Docherty got in behind our defence and pulled it back from the byline, for the 17 year-old forward, Jason Walker to finish. A minute later, the ball was in the back of our net for the 3rd time, but it got ruled out, as Wynne was adjudged to be offside. Chris Parkin and Adam Lewis made their debuts for Plymouth Argyle in this match, when they came off the bench in the 2nd half. Unfortunately, they were unable to turn the scoreline around for us, and we left The Racecourse Ground empty handed. This defeat sees us drop 1 place in the League One table, back down to 8th place, but still 4 points behind 6th place Northampton Town. 18th of December 2022 World Cup Final 2022 Paulo Dybala lifted the World Cup trophy for Argentina in Qatar, after Cristian Pavon scored the games only goal in extra time. Boxing Day 2022 After a bad 1st half display by us, Jamie Proctor poked home the only goal of the match, 6 minutes into the 2nd half. Nyaupembe swung in high floating cross to the far post, Bloomfield got his head on it, knocking towards goal, and Proctor was there to prod it home. These 3 points gives 37 points in the table, after 25 matches. We remain in 8th place, 4 away from the playoff spots. 28th of December 2022 Alex Whitmore has agreed to sign a new contract. His new deal expires in June 2025 and he’ll earn 2.7K a week. Both Okenabirhie and young defender, James O’Reilly have rejected a chance to extend their contracts beyond June 2023. Hopefully, we can get them to sign during the course of the rest of the season. New Years Eve 2022 We ended 2022 on a high, as we beat Portsmouth 1-0 in Fratton Park, to enter the 4th Round Draw for the FA Cup! Mason Bloomfield scored the all important goal in the 57th minute, from the penalty spot, after Cameron Sangster was fouled on the edge box. We’ll play another Championship club in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, as we were drawn to play Stoke City at home. Stoke are currently 6th in the Championship table, so they’ll be the favourites but with nothing to lose and a great record in Home Park, I’m hopeful of another upset, when we face them on the 21st of January 2023. After the win in Fratton Park, the board decided to grant my wish and upgrade both the training and youth facilities at the club. Although they were reluctant at first, they granted my request when they considered the great season we’re having. In total, they’re investing 3.4 Million to upgrade the facilities. I believe it’s a wise investment, as we need to start producing our quality players to take us onto another level. 3rd of January 2023 In our 1st match of 2023, 19 year-old Bristol City Striker, Jack Robinson struck a late volley at the death to equalise. Earlier in the 2nd half, we scored twice in 2 minutes, to give us a 2 goal lead. Cameron Sangster nodded in Proctor’s flick-on at the back post in the 52nd minute. And only seconds later, Okenabirhie fired home to put us 2-0 up against our rivals, Bristol City. Jack Robinson, on loan from Everton, began a comeback in the 77th minute, when he ran onto Ryan Leonards through ball to score. And just when we thought we’d done enough to secure all 3 points, Robinson popped up again as the match entered added time, with a volley into the top corner. It was a devastating late strike, that prevented us from reaching the 40 point mark. We remain in 8th place in the table however, with 38 points from 26 matches, 5 points behind the play-offs, and 11 clear of relegation. 7th of January 2023 We won our 1st away match in the league, since winning in Crewe on the 8th of October, when we traveled up North to beat Rotherham United 3-0. Making his very 1st starting appearance for Plymouth Argyle, Adam Lewis fired us in front after a quarter of an hour had gone, with a thunderous strike from just outside the box, deflecting up into the top corner. Jamie Proctor doubled our lead in the 24th minute, when he poked a Cameron Pring cross from the left into the bottom corner. In the 2nd half, just before the 60th minute, Mason Bloomfield completed a perfect away day, when he volleyed in Nyaupembe’s cross from the right flank. There’s still no change in our position in the table, however, we’re now only 3 points behind 6th place Oxford United. Review Both on and off the pitch, we’ve had a good Christmas and beginning to the New Year. The planned facilities upgrade and the 1-0 win in Fratton Park, along with collecting a further 7 points in the 4 matches in League One, has given me a lot of optimism for the rest of 2023. Looking ahead to the rest of January, the standout match is 4th Round Cup tie against Stoke City on the 21st. Before that however, we have 3 League One matches to play. The first of these is on the 10th, when 4th place Reading visit Home Park looking for revenge for their defeat earlier in the season. Then after that, we have 2 consecutive away matches, when we visit Oxford United on the 14th, followed by another away match against Bristol Rovers on Wednesday the 18th of January. A week after the Cup match against Stoke, we complete the month, when Walsall visit Home Park on the 28th of January. With the transfer window still open, there may be a few comings and goings at Plymouth to report on, in the next few weeks too. And maybe we can continue our FA Cup adventure, while maintaining our push to sneak into the League One playoffs too?
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