We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Plymouth Argyle -
Nickname : The Pilgrims, Green Army.
Stadium : Home Park
Capacity : 12,800
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 532.0 miles
Last Season : 21st (Sky Bet League One)
The Pilgrims could well have considered themselves as unlucky to face the drop from League One last season - as mere goal average saw them plummet into the fourth tier, despite accumulating fifty points.
The summer has understandably been one of upheaval for the Devon outfit, with Derek Adams being replaced by Ryan Lowe in the managerial hot-seat.
Further to this, the new supremo has brought in an array of his promotion-winning squad from Bury to bolster the ranks and as such, it is easy to see why Plymouth are amongst the favourites to secure an immediate return to League One.
With a passionate fan-base and a proven manager, there is no doubt that the Green Army are going to be one of the sides to watch this time around.
The Gaffer - Ryan Lowe
Plymouth moved quickly to secure the services of former Bury manager Ryan Lowe back in June, after Derek Adams was dismissed following their relegation from League One.
Lowe scored 184 league goals in his playing career, with 28 more goals coming in other competitions. He was undoubtedly a natural goal-scorer.
Ryan started his career with Burscough, but he was quickly picked up by Shrewsbury Town in 2000, where he went on to have a five year stay with the club before he moved to Chester City.
He left the Deva Stadium after just one year but not for long. He joined Crewe on a two-year deal but after his time in Cheshire came to an end, he re-joined The Seals for another year in 2008.
He finished as the club’s top goal scorer with eighteen goals and won the Player of the Season Award but despite his good performances, he couldn’t save Chester from relegation.
In 2009 he made the move to Bury and Lowe wasted no time in writing his name into The Shakers’ history books.
Scoring the winner against your arch-rivals can’t do your legend status much harm and Lowe did exactly that - scoring the winner against Rochdale in his first season, as well as going on to score his hundredth league goal with Bury.
Lowe continued his red-hot form for the club, breaking a fifty-three year old club record by scoring in eight consecutive games. However, his crowning moment at Bury came on the 25th April at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, when Lowe scored an 87th minute winner to seal Bury's promotion to League One.
His form didn’t go unnoticed. Despite promotion, Bury accepted a six-figure bid from League One side Sheffield Wednesday for the striker and once again he achieved promotion as The Owls bounced back to the Championship in 2012.
After a solitary year at Hillsborough he joined MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers on one-year deals respectively before he moved back to Gigg Lane for a second-spell with Bury.
The games and goals followed him and once again and Lowe won a second promotion with the club. A last day of the season win over former club Tranmere Rovers settled it this time and at the age of 37 Ryan was still going strong.
After another stint at Crewe, Lowe joined Bury for the third time - this time in a player-coach role with then Shakers manager Lee Clark.
Clark was sacked in October 2017 and Lowe had his first taste of management, albeit in caretaker charge for six matches before Chris Lucketti took over the reins.
However, in January Lucketti was relieved of his duty’s and Lowe took charge of the team again, impressing in his second-stint to get the job on a full-time basis.
That proved to be an inspired decision, as Lowe lead Bury into League One with a breathtaking promotion against all the odds.
Shortly after their ascension was secured, Lowe left the club that he created so many unforgettable memories with and was unveiled as Derek Adams' successor at Home Park.
Out - Graham Carey, David Fox, Yann Songo'o, Lionel Ainsworth, Alex Battle, Harry Hodges, Jamie Ness, Dan Rooney, Ruben Lameiras, Freddie Ladapo, Kyle Letheren
In - Joe Edwards, Danny Mayor, Will Aimson, Dom Telford, Callum McFadzean, Alex Palmer, Byron Moore, Jose Baxter
Our Last Meeting.
The two sides last met at the Moss Rose back in February 2012, where George Donnelly handed Macc a vital point as he converted Marcus Marshall's cross with virtually the last kick of the game.
Conor Hourihane had given the visitors a 71st minute lead, yet with both sides desperately needing the points, the match ended all-square.
Our Next Meetings.
Home - Saturday 21st December
Away - Saturday 7th March