Plymouth Argyle

FL125 VOTE

 

  Who is Plymouth Argyle's best ever captain?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Paul Wotton 73%
2 Mick Heathcote 12%
3 Jack Chisholm 11%
4 Carl Fletcher 2%
4 Leigh Cooper 2%
     

The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.

The nominees were:

Paul Wotton - When asked ‘who was Argyles greatest captain?’ the name on most people’s lips was Paul Wotton. Wotton has been ever present in the recent glory days, making 477 appearances for the Greens, scoring 66 times. The fan-favourite captained the side through the 2001/02 Division 3 and 2002/03 Division 2 promotion seasons, being voted in the PFA Division Three team of the year. The versatile Wotton has been voted Player of the Year on two occasions in the 2002/03 and 2004/05 season, the latter he was Argyle’s top goal-scorer. After spells at Southampton, Oxford United and Yeovil Town, Wotton returned to Argyle where he remains a regular in John Sheridan’s team.

Mick Heathcote - Mick Heathcote was the rock at the back who guided Argyle to Play-Off victory over Darlington in the 1995-96 season. ‘Hoof,’ as he was known, made 235 appearances for the Pilgrims scoring 17 goals from defence. He was named the club’s Player of the Season for the 1995/96 and 1998/99 seasons. After being offered a new contract by Paul Sturrock, he decided to go back to Shrewsbury Town where he had previously spent two seasons.

Jack Chisholm - Jack Chisholm captained Argyle to the Division Three Championship in the 1951/52 season following a move from Sheffield United. Chisholm was a strong, powerful defender who lead by example in defence and was an integral part of the team the following season which finished, a then joint club record, fourth in Division 2. He made 88 appearances for the greens scoring twice throughout his six years at the club between 1949 and 1954.

Carl Fletcher - Carl Fletcher may come as a surprise to some as one of the best Argyle’s best captain. However the Green Army must remember how he stuck by the club through the ‘dark’ days of relegation and administration before taking over as manager in 2011. Fletch, who made 107 appearances for the greens, scoring nine times, moved to Argyle on loan from Crystal Palace before making the move permanent. He took over as team captain in 2009/10 season and was overwhelmingly voted player of the season the same year.

Leigh Cooper - Leigh Cooper became one of the youngest captains in The Football League when he was appointed at the age of just 22. Cooper guided Argyle to the famous 1984 FA Cup semi-final season against Watford at Villa Park. Cooper played 387 times for Argyle, scoring 18 times before moving to Aldershot.  Although he possibly wasn’t a fan favourite the FA Cup run is something that will live down in the memory of the Green Army.

 

  Who is Plymouth Argyle's greatest ever player?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Michael Evans 39%
2 Kevin Hodges 33%
3 Sammy Black 19%
4 Jack Leslie 6%
5 Jack Cock 3%
     

The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Kevin Hodges - Club appearance record-holder, setting a mark (620) that is unlikely to ever be bettered; later managed the club; and now heads the Argyle Academy.

Sammy Black - Club record goalscorer, with 182 at nigh on a goal every three games between 1924-38. Also second in the all-time appearance list.

Michael Evans - Top-tenner in both club appearances (432) and goalscoring (81) lists. Local boy and Ireland international despite only setting foot outside Devon to play away matches.

Jack Leslie - More than 400 appearances and fifth on the all-time scoring list with 137 goals. Selected to play for England in 1932, but formal confirmation of his call-up was never received.

Jack Cock - The best goals per game ratio in Argyle history, 74 from 92 starts in less than three explosive seasons, 1925-27.

 

  When was Plymouth Argyle's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 2003/04 51%
2 2001/02 26%
3 1974/75 18%
4 1995/96 3%
5 1929/30 2%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

2003/04 – Argyle won Division Two, two years after winning Division Three, to get back to the Championship after an 11-year absence.

2001/02 – The club won Division Three with a record points total and after a season-long acrimonious battle with Luton, following three long years at the lowest level for only the second time in the club's history.

1995/96 – Plymouth won promotion from Division Three in what was then the only time they had been in the lowest league, beating Darlington in the Play-Off Final in the club's only appearance at Wembley.

1929/30 – The club won Division Three (South), 10 years after having joined The Football League, and having finished runners-up six times in the previous eight years in the days when only one team was promoted.

1974/75 - Won promotion to Division Two, led by an iconic attack of Paul Mariner and Billy, Billy, Billy, Billy Rafferty.

 

  Who is Plymouth Argyle's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Paul Sturrock 67%
2 Neil Warnock 15%
3 Dave Smith 11%
4 Bob Jack 7%
5 Jimmy Rae 0%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were: 

Bob Jack - One of the longest serving managers in Football League history who helped build the very foundation of the club. Jack's first honour with Argyle was the Southern League title of 1912/1913. Then, in 1920, he became the club's first Football League manager, starting out in Division Three (South). Argyle then went on to finish second for a record six years in a row, starting in 1921/1922, at a time when only the champions were promoted. Eventually, in 1929/1930, they won the championship and were promoted to the Second Division, where they consolidated their position throughout the 1930s.

Jimmy Rae - Having played for the club in the mid-war years, Rae took over as manager early in the 1947/1948 season and held the position for eight years. The club was relegated in 1949/1950, but Rae led them to promotion to Division Two in 1951/1952, and to their highest finishing position of fourth in that Division in 1952/1953.

Dave Smith - Dave Smith, the manager who led Plymouth Argyle to promotion in 1986, brought a wealth of experience as both player and manager to Home Park. He arrived at Argyle in December 1984, taking over from John Hore, and led the Pilgrims to the runners-up spot at the end of 1985/1986, thus achieving promotion to the Second Division.

Paul Sturrock - Paul Sturrock was appointed manager of Plymouth Argyle in October 2000. He inherited a club that was deep in trouble at the bottom of the Third Division. By the end of the season, however, he had turned things round to such an extent that, at one stage, it looked as if a Play-Off place might be possible. In the end, Argyle finished 12th. Then, in 2001/2002, everything came together: with the new stadium growing around them, the Pilgrims surged up the table to win the Third Division Championship and, in an echo of Sturrock's Dundee United days, score the second highest number of points in the history of the Football League with 102 out of a possible 138. 

2002/2003 was, in comparison, a fairly quiet season, with Argyle finishing a very comfortable eighth. That proved to be the calm before the storm, though, as, following a slightly shaky start to 2003/2004, Argyle once again stormed up the table. In March 2004, Sturrock left for Premier League Southampton but his legacy held strong, and the Pilgrims celebrated their second Championship in three years.

Neil Warnock - Neil Warnock led the Pilgrims to their one and only Wembley appearance in 1996, where a 1-0 win over Darlington saw them promoted to the Second Division.