Club Profile

Plymouth Argyle

Way out in the west, a famous old port city with serious American connections is the largest city in England to have never had top-flight football.

LOCATION: Plymouth, in Devon, just over three hours west of London by train.

CONTACT:, 01752 907700, #pafc

NICKNAMES: The Pilgrims, which comes from the religious group that left Plymouth for the New World in the 1600s—you know, as in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.


The club was founded in 1886 as the Argyle Football Club, but it lasted less than 10 years before it went under. It was revived in 1897 as part of the Argyle Athletic Club, and six years later the current name was adopted when they joined the Southern League. There are a number of theories surrounding the origin of the “Argyle” in the club’s…


If you ask any Plymouth Argyle fan who their biggest rival is, they will definitely say fellow Devon club Exeter City. The two clubs have been playing each other since 1908, and it is one of the top rivalries in English football. Both clubs went professional in the early 1900s, and within a year of Exeter going professional, they had played their…

Women's Team

Plymouth Argyle Women Football Club was founded in 1975 under the name Plymouth Pilgrims. The club had decent success in the 1970s and ’80s, and even made it to the FA Cup Final in 1976 and 1977. Prior to the 2001–02 season, the club was invited to join the Plymouth Argyle organization, and the name was then changed to the Plymouth Argyle Ladies….


The official club anthem is “The Janner Song” by a local band called The Saggy Bottom Boys—janner being the unofficial nickname of Plymouth residents. When I was there, the teams walked out to John Philip Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis.” Here’s the official Janner Song video from the…


Plymouth Argyle play their home games at Home Park, which dates back to the 1930s. It was destroyed in the German bombing of Plymouth during WWII and was rebuilt following the war. It was updated in the early 2000s as part of an extensive renovation project. There have been a number of renovation projects tossed around over the years, but due to…

Going to a Game at Plymouth Argyle

GETTING THERE: It’s about a 20-minute, largely uphill walk from the train station, or a five-minute taxi ride. PUBS: There is a Wetherspoon nearby called The Britannia, but much better options are in town around the old Barbican port area, especially The Fisherman’s Arms and The Navy Inn. The Treasury gets high marks for food, and both the…

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