New season, New Team takes a look at the six new teams to join Sky Bet League Two for the 2019/20 season.
The next team that we profile is Plymouth Argyle, as the Devon derby returns to League Two following the Pilgrims’ relegation at the end of the 2018/19 season.
About Plymouth Argyle:
Stadium: Home Park
Nickname: The Pilgrims
Argyle turned professional in 1903 and won the Southern League in 1913 and then 1921. They won promotion to Football League Division Two in 1930. Over the course of the 20th century, the club has consistently featured in the second and third tiers of English football. The club won promotion from Sky Bet League Two in the 2016/17 season when they finished second, and after spending two seasons back in League One, they were relegated on goal difference at the end of the 2018/19 season.
The manager: Ryan Lowe
Fresh from a promotion winning campaign with Bury last year, Ryan Lowe has arrived at Home Park looking to guide the Pilgrims back into the third tier. The 40-year-old had a successful playing career in the Football League but spent his early days with non-league side Burscough. He then joined Shrewsbury Town in 2000 and spent five years with the Shropshire side before going on to make the short move to Chester City. He would then spend time with Crewe Alexandra before his first spell with Bury in 2009 and the striker would play there for there for two years before spending time on the books with Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers. He then spent more time at both Bury and then Crewe before returning to Gigg Lane for the third time in the 2017/18 season which preceded him taking the management job. Last season Lowe guided Bury to second place as they won automatic promotion to Sky Bet League One with 79 points.
The dangerman: Danny Mayor
Danny Mayor joined the Pilgrims after departing Bury following their promotion from League Two last season. Mayor had an impressive season with the club but opted to join manager Ryan Lowe in the west country with the aim of making it two promotions in two years. Mayor came through the ranks with Preston North End before making his debut in 2008. He went on to join Sheffield Wednesday in 2012 and had short loan spells with Southend United and Bury before joining the Shakers permanently in 2014. The attacking midfielder spent five years with Bury and netted 12 times in 44 appearances for the club last year as he helped them into League One.
2018/19 season in review
Average attendance: 9,584
Top scorer: Freddie Ladapo
A tough season for Argyle saw them fail to prevent relegation and their fate was sealed back in League Two courtesy of goal difference. Manager Derek Adams departed the club towards the end of the season following a heavy defeat to Accrington Stanley and the Pilgrims will be looking to get straight back into League One at the first time of asking.
Plymouth Argyle 2 City 2: October 3, 2017
The sides last met in the Checkatrade Trophy in 2017 and a young Grecians side held their Devon counterparts. The Grecians netted after 13 minutes when Matt Jay played in Liam McAlinden who finished well. Ryan Edwards pulled a goal back six minutes later, but City went ahead on 70 minutes when loanee Kyle Edwards cut inside and finished well. But just five minutes later the home side were level again when Nathan Blissett’s goal took the game to penalties. The Pilgrims then managed to come out on top with a 5-3 penalty shootout win.
Plymouth Argyle 3 Exeter City 0: February 11, 2017
A tough day for the Grecians saw them lose 3-0 at Home Park with goals from Matt Kennedy, Ryan Taylor and Jake Jervis netting for the hosts on the day.
Exeter City 0 Plymouth Argyle 2: September 17, 2016
Graham Carey netted the opener for the away side with a sixth minute finish. Paul-Arnold Garita then took the game away from the Grecians with a 26th minute finish and City were unable to get back into it.
Head to head
Exeter City wins: 28
Plymouth Argyle wins: 36
Plymouth Argyle kick-off their Sky Bet League Two season with a trip to Crewe Alexandra on August 3.
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