Southward Ho! Plymouth’s Narrow Escape

The story of Plymouth Argyle’s financial difficulties and collapse into administration certainly had a cast of rum characters, including the former Leeds United Peter Ridsdale, who ended up chairman for a while as a result of a walking holiday in that part of the world. Yes. Us, neither.

Plymouth Argyle: James Brent’s “Five Year Plan”

Football club takeover and ownership tales often have common elements such as financial disarray, incompetent and/or egomaniacal former owners…and, all-too-often, Peter bloody Ridsdale. Plymouth Argyle came through all that. And yet… I last covered Plymouth in...

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Plymouth Argyle: James Brent – Licensed To… Do As He Wishes

Whatever Plymouth Argyle chairman and owner James Brent is, and opinions vary passionately among Pilgrims fans on that, he is no “football man.” Nor is he a “philanthropist,” “benefactor” or “particularly nice.” Brent regularly admits to mistakes in his running of the...

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The Revisionism Of Ridsdale

I knew it wouldn’t take long. Peter Ridsdale remains far better at taking credit than earning it. So he was always going to consider himself pivotal to Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League. It was just a pity that, last night, the BBC fell in with (for?)...

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Plymouth Argyle Remain A Work In Progress

With many English and Scottish League titles already won or all-but-won, tight season-finishes have had to be sought elsewhere, such as the bottom of League Two. Wimbledon took only nine years to get back their Football League place but it might only take them two to...

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That Was The Easter Weekend That Was

The Easter Weekend traditionally has a cleansing feel about it in as far as the football calendar is concerned but, much as the weather has continued to give off the feel of this new month being an extended hangover from the winter, so it is that Easter has come and...

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Plymouth Argyle And The Devil They Know

It looks as if the battle to avoid relegation from League Two is going to go to the wire. With eleven games of the season still to play, just six points separate Dagenham & Redbridge in sixteenth place in the table at Wimbledon, who sit at its foot, and in such a...

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Truro Citys Unexpected £700,000 Headache

The end of last summer didn't work out too well for Kevin Heaney, the property-developing owner of Blue Square Bet South side Truro City, when his attempts to by Plymouth Argyle out of administration failed after repeated promises to come good with the money for the...

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Truro vs The Taxman: A Happy Ending?

Shortly before 12.30pm today @TruroCityTweet declared 'ALL CLEAR FOR CITY -TAX BILL PAID IN FULL' (their capitals not mine but worthy of shouting nonetheless) and it seemed in light of the current cloud of doom hanging over parts of non-league that the sun has broken...

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This Week In Plymouth: The Final Chapter & A New Beginning

Clever man, that James Brent, the (drum roll)… new owner of Plymouth Argyle. In the past week he has revealed himself to be far from the philanthropic ‘saviour’ many fans have keenly labelled him, while displaying a sure political touch, to protect his financial...

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Plymouth’s Administration: More Questions Than Answers

It is never helpful if, while writing about a situation, one of its main protagonists pipes up just before the proof-reading stage to issue a statement claiming the equivalent of “the earth is flat, the moon is made of cheese, and I’m taking my ball home if anyone...

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Yesterday In Plymouth: A Tale Of Morals And Legalities

Yesterday in Plymouth, some people with lots of money demanded more money, some people with much less money were told they were getting no more money, until the people with lots of money got more money. This was morally indefensible. Doubtless, there will be people on...

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Happy Birthday, Argyle!

Organisation is the key to many of life’s success, and this has been ably demonstrated than by Plymouth Argyle fans over recent days, in dealing with two potential obstacles to the club’s exit from administration. The starkest issue was highlighted by Ian King on this...

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Plymouth’s Takeover Takes A Worrying Twist

So near, yet so far. The future of Plymouth Argyle seems likely to be thrown into fresh turmoil if rumours that started circulating late yesterday afternoon regarding an attempt on the part of three former directors of the club to buy the mortgage held over its Home...

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Yesterday In Plymouth: Peter Ridsdale – In Or Out?

Yesterday in Plymouth, shortly before noon, the BBC 'understood' that, Peter Ridsdale “is to step down from involvement with Plymouth Argyle.” I smiled. The statement seemed to explain an odd occurrence earlier that morning. A Plymouth article on the BBC website at...

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Peter Reid Pays The Price At Plymouth

They lost again yesterday, of course, a two-nil reverse at Southend United which left them anchored to the bottom of the entire Football League and this morning, in an act entirely at odds with the slow, long, drawn out procedure of the take-over of Plymouth Argyle,...

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Yesterday In Plymouth… Nearly There?

Yesterday in Plymouth, 'Cornish-based property developer' Kevin Heaney appeared to finally disappear from contention as the part-saviour of the Argyle Football Club, as he should have done months ago in Plymouth. And, it would seem, 'Devon-based entrepreneur' James...

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Yesterday In Plymouth: Heaney’s ‘Last’ Hurrah?

Yesterday in Plymouth, 'Cornish-based property developer' Kevin Heaney appeared to have a bluff called, 'Devon- based entrepreneur' James Brent appeared to be a favourite once again to buy Argyle Football Club, and the Football League, on whose board most attention...

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Fan’s Re-United Day: Home Park, 24.09.11

Regular readers of this site will be all too aware of the recent problems that have beset Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Plymouth's supporters, in conjunction with whose of Brighton & Hove Albion, are now planning a protest on the twenty-fourth of September to...

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Yesterday In Plymouth… Strike Averted, But Club Not Saved

Yesterday in Plymouth, it nearly all kicked off, or rather it nearly didn't. Lead administrator Brendan Guilfoyle “all-but-vanished” and somebody paid for acting chairman Peter Ridsdale to jet to the South of France, while staff at Home Park remained resolutely...

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Yesterday In Plymouth: Background To Insurgam

Earlier this evening, we wrote on the extraordinary impromptu press briefing given by two Plymouth Argyle players and their manager, Peter Reid. This evening, in the second part of a double-bill, a little more background about why professional footballers should be...

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Insurgam! A Players Strike At Plymouth?

Sometimes, help can come from the most unexpected of sources. Last Friday, it was announced to a mixture of joy and relief - probably more of the latter than the former, considering the shenanigans of the last few months - that Plymouth Argyle Football Club had been...

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Yesterday In Plymouth: The Final -Or Penultimate? – Chapter

Yesterday in Plymouth, Argyle Football Club was saved from extinction's brink. Lead administrator Brendan Guilfoyle said he was “satisfied that Bishop International Limited has secured the necessary funding and everything is agreed between the numerous parties.” And...

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Yesterday In Plymouth, Part… Umm…

Yesterday in Plymouth, Argyle's lead administrator Brendan Guilfoyle said an incredible thing… no, wait, I know he's been saying incredible things since the start of Argyle's spell in administration in March (and some Luton and Crystal Palace fans might be prepared to...

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Pilgrim’s Regress, Part Two: Five Minutes With Sparks

What better way to continue a mini-series of articles on Plymouth Argyle than to miss a deadline. Today's words of distinctly finite wisdom from the South-West were actually spoken four days ago and published the day before the day before yesterday. So I'm late...

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The Continuing Take-Over Woes Of Plymouth Argyle

One takeover has happened. One is due to happen by the end of the month. One is on-and-on-going. And one might not now happen at all. But however far down the takeover line Plymouth Argyle, Stockport County and Port Vale are – and even Rangers, who have nominally...

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Peter Ridsdale Reluctantly Takes Over At Plymouth

This is not a transaction that I sought or contemplated but, if it is the only route to guarantee a future for Plymouth Argyle Football Club, it is a route that I am prepared to take. After seven months of claiming that he was a mere consultant to Plymouth Argyle...

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Plymouth Argyle: The Club With The Unknown Owners

Brendan Ambrose Guilfoyle has a ‘complex’ track record in football club administrations - a reputation to which he is living down as ‘lead’ administrator at Plymouth Argyle, it appears. Argyle’s current situation was neatly, if inadvertently, summed up by adjacent...

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Newcastle Fans United For Plymouth Argyle

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...

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Business, Ethics And Abusive Owners

We are blessed to have been contacted by some terrific writers over the last few weeks, and here's another of them. Please give a warm welcome to S J Maskell, who can only liken the relationship between football clubs and supporters these days as being akin to an...

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Plymouth Argyle Are Dying, And Nobody Seems To Care.

In this morning's edition of The Guardian, the unsurpassable David Conn brought the wider world of football up to date with the latest situation from Plymouth Argyle, a club that have featured on the pages of this website several times over the last few months. The...

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Plymouth Argyle: The Song Remains The Same

It has taken until nearly March, but the first ten point deduction of the season in the Football League is now finally upon us with the news that Plymouth Argyle have lodged a "notice of intention" to enter into administration. The notice of intention - the date of...

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Plymouth Argyle Supporters Demonstrate Their Solidarity

If there is one way in which football shows its contempt for anything that isn't football in the starkest possible terms, it is in its relationship with the outside world. Every time a club enters into administration and is forced down the route of a CVA, the most...

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Westward Ho! Are There Choppy Waters Ahead For Plymouth Argyle?

If you believed the hype which surrounded the club over the previous two close seasons, the big surprise about Japan’s relatively successful World Cup squad was the lack of Plymouth Argyle players in it. If you believe the hype now, Plymouth’s Home Park ground – or at...

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