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Monday, 2 November 2015


  I was a fan of Plymouth Argyle as a teenager, and visited Home Park with my father between 1960 and 1966, I saw them beating Aston Villa 3 to 0 in the last game of Villa's promotion season (1959-60), and losing to Villa, including Gerry Hitchens, 3 to 5 a year later in the League Cup, Then, during 1962, I was in a crowd of over 40000 which saw them losing 1 to 5 against Spurs while Johnny Williams left Jimmy Greaves unmarked in the FA Cup, after beating West Ham 3 to 0 in the previous round. I was to see many great players at Home Park, including Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Bobby Moore, and Danny Blanchflower,

                                                    MATCH RECORDS 1961-62

                                 Their most mercurial season in the old Division Two


                                           Ellis Stuttard, manager, who once encouraged me while I was playing football in the playground at Sutton High School for Boys,

         Argyle currently lead Football League 2 by FIVE points after several years in the doldrums !                  








                                                             FIXTURE LIST


                                                               BBC SPORT



                                                             PAUL MARINER
                                                    Later played for Ipswich and England


                                                             JIMMY GAULD
                         Maybe, for a season (1958-9), Argyle's greatest ever player. The stuff of legends


                                                              GEORGE KIRBY
                                         The centre forward with the very tough head


                                                                  DAVE MACLAREN
                                                                 Very brave goalkeeper


                                                               JOHNNY NEWMAN

                                                                   Fine captain


                                                                 NICKY JENNINGS
                                  Brilliant, diminutive winger, who danced along the touchline

                                                                    JIM McANEARNY
                                                   An aggressive forward of first class quality


                                                                     RAY BOWDEN
         Ray ran a sports shop in the City Centre into his old age, and I once bought a snorkel from him,


                                                                BARRIE JONES
                                            A player of finer quality I've never seen


                                                             PETER MCPARLAND
Famous Irish international, who scored a brilliant goal when Plymouth beat Chelsea 2 to 1 during Chelsea's promotion season (1962-3). Famously collided with goalkeeper and scored two goals for Aston Villa during 1957 Cup Final against Manchester United, Mercurial career.    Guardian article


                                                             MIKE TREBILCOCK
                                         Later scored two goals for Everton in 1966 Cup Final


                                                              Pele at Home Park in 1973

                                                       PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 3  SANTOS 2


                                                   Pele pulls one back from penalty spot



  1. Sorry to say My father Jim McAnearney passed away yesterday at 81 years of age, he always said his time at Plymouth was the best of his footballing career.