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Just over a year ago, Plymouth Argyle played Newcastle United in the Championship at Home Park. It was an emotional night all round, as Newcastle were promoted but, at the same time, Plymouth were relegated. Newcastle’s supporters could have been forgiven a little catharsis as their team returned to the Premier League after a year in exile, while Plymouth were facing an uncertain future after dropping from the league that they had been in since 2004. A and a week on, Plymouth Argyle are in adminstration and facing next season in League Two, whilst Newcastle are comfortable in the Premier League with games to spare. The memories of that evening in Devon, however, have died hard with some Newcastle supporters, who have produced this video, urging their fellow supporters to donate money to The Argyle Fans Trust, who are desperately raising money to try and buy a stake in their club.
Much has been written over the last few weeks about the nature of football support, fanaticism and some of the less salubrious aspects of the behaviour of some – perhaps many – of us. However, as a group, football supporters are more than capable of acts of kindness towards their fellow supporters. We have suggested on this site before that the rivalries and mutual loathings that have long been part of our game but have, in recent years, become something far toxic, are mere distractions, and that we perhaps should, as supporters, focus our energy towards a more common enemy – those that are selectively asset-stripping our game. We’ll be returning to Plymouth Argyle’s proposed CVA over the next couple of weeks or so – for now, though, it is perhaps worth taking a moment to reflect that, for all the sheer white noise that we hear on a daily basis, football supporters are still capable of behaviour that lifts, rather than sinks, the heart.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.
Was there that night to see Newcastle get promoted. Everyone associated with Plymouth Argyle were a credit to their club. They showed real class. Here’s what appeared on our site the next day:
20th April 2010 – Plymouth Celebrations –
Whilst the Newcastle management team, players and supporters celebrated on the pitch at Home Park last night, spare a thought for our hosts who were relegated after a six year stay in the Championship.
The sporting behaviour of Plymouth Argyle Football Club and their fans should not be forgotten. Prior to kick-off a banner was paraded on the pitch congratulating Newcastle on winning promotion. Following the final whistle with home fans coming to terms with relegation to League One and our support celebrating on the pitch the announcer played ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Blaydon Races’ and ‘Local Hero’ over the loudspeaker system. A terrific gesture. We wish our friends at Plymouth the best of luck for next season.
Newcastle fans, absolute LEGENDS! Football needs fans like yours and ours and for the makers of this video lets hope it makes an impact. Real football fans don’t want to see what is happening to us at Argyle happen to anyone! Cheers!
Come on You Greens!!!!!
Just watched the video and I have to admit to having a lump in my throat. At this moment, I still don’t know if I will have a team to support next season but I sure as hell will never forget the thoughts and comments from you guys.
Like Craig said – you are all true legends and a credit to the game. Thank you one and all. Lets hope we can meet you again on the pitch some day.
Thanks for the video and thanks for the support – its greatly appreciated.
Its good to know that although the minority grab the headlines with their drunken behaviour, the vast majority of fans are friendly and respect how much all fans love and cherish their clubs.
Thank you Guys for your interest and support in Argyle, it is very much appreciated, look forward to meeting you in the fa cup maybe or pre season friendly next season, GOOD LUCK.
Keep the faith…thank you.
Words can’t say how much myself and all involved with argyle appreciate this kind gesture. It’s been a long sad season with possibly some light at the end of the tunnel. A massive thankyou to the toon army your a credit to your club and to football. Totally choked thank you