Tuesday October 17 2017 7.45pm
It’s probably about time I did this preview. Or rather I’d rather it wasn’t if you know what I mean. Argyle, you see, have been below us (OK, occasionally on a par with us – read on) for as long as I can remember, in fact longer than I can remember, and possibly just before that as well. That’s just the way it’s been, no disrespect to them here.
So we’ve ended up in Division 3 and we get to play them after they were promoted last year and we… well we all know about us, we did the opposite.
There have been some fairly significant games between the clubs over the years. The first that I’m aware of goes down in folklore I think it’s safe to say…
Saturday 15 February 1975. Blackburn Rovers 5 Plymouth Argyle 2
I was five. I wasn’t there. Chances are, neither were many of you (prepare to be proven wrong bob!).
In case you haven’t seen it before this is a great read…
The Argyle keeper clearly had one eye on the future and chucked five in.
Saturday 12 October 1991. Blackburn Rovers 5 Plymouth Argyle 2
Let’s fast forward 16 years to this game. Could it be true? Was it really happening? Kenny Dalglish?!??
Yes, yes it could. I couldn’t believe it and neither could you I expect.
(Good result for Hearts there by the way).
Goal scorers: Moran, Garner x2 and Speedie x2.
Saturday 02 May 1992. Plymouth Argyle 1 Blackburn Rovers 3
Fast forward again. The wheels were coming off in spectacular fashion. We needed to win this one to get into the play offs after at one stage looking like running away with it. Unfortunately for Argyle I seem to recall they needed to win as well to avoid relegation.
Speedie got a hat trick. What a player he was.
This was when inflatables were all the rage. A few bananas, and a massive crocodile. Funny what you remember 25 years on.
One guy next to us on the terraces, having made the long trip that morning presumably, simply couldn’t bear to watch. He decided to sit on the terracing for the entire second half and missed the lot. That’s where we were at the time though – we wanted promotion so, so, much. And of course we finally did it that season, and in some style, at Wembley after those two absolutely epic games against Derby County. Here’s the 3-1 win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-olyk5XCIg
The coach took hours to get back, we ended up back in Blackburn at something like midnight. Mr G’s nightclub emporium just wasn’t the same sober let me assure you.
Saturday 02 January 2016 - Carlisle United 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 – Ewood Park
Then of course there was this game. Carlisle was flooded so they moved it to Ewood you’ll recall. I went in the away end – i.e. Nuttall Street enclosure, Darren End side. This was Argyle’s last visit. They won with two goals from Ryan Brunt, who now plays for Argyle’s arch rivals exeter. They can just pack that winning at Ewood in right now.
And so on to next week’s game. First and foremost fair play to any Argyle fan making the long journey. A 9 to 10 hour round trip if their lucky I’d imagine.
What of the teams and form?
Well we know about Rovers of course. And do bear in mind that this has been posted before the win / draw / loss / postponement at Oldham.
Argyle aren’t doing very well. They took a single point in League 1 in September and also lost their last league game before Saturday (11th). They did however beat exeter on penalties a couple of weeks ago. But one win all season means they are surely due another soon. As is the BRFCS way, my advice is to get your money on their main striker to end his goal drought on Tuesday. That’s Jake Jervis by the way. He has two goals to date.
Prediction? 5-2 to us of course. Although I don’t see how Argyle will get two. Or us five for that matter. So, while not inevitable it’s just bound to happen