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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Home Park

5 March 2020

Macclesfield Town have made the long journey to face Plymouth Argyle on four previous occasions and ahead of Saturday's fifth visit to Home Park, we take a look back at each of these.
 
The first time that we made the 266 mile trek was back on 3rd January 2000, amidst rumours that manager Sammy McIlroy was on the brink of securing his dream job with his beloved Northern Ireland.
 
With the benefit of hindsight, this did prove to be the former Manchester United midfielder's last away match in charge of The Silkmen and he would see his side edged out of a five-goal thriller.
 
Goals from John Askey and Steve Wood either side of half-time proved to be in vain as an Ian Stonebridge brace and Craig Taylor strike handed The Pilgrims maximum points.
 
Our next visit to Home Park came on 2nd September 2000, as Peter Davenport's side claimed our one and only victory when making the journey down to Plymouth.
 
Richie Barker's 84th minute strike proved to be decisive that day, as Macc ended a run of three consecutive league draws.
 
Argyle would return to the third tier at the end of the 2001/02 season and they would pick up maximum points against Kevin Keen's side during our third visit to Home Park on 22nd September 2001.
 
Lee Hodges opened the scoring for the hosts right on the stroke of half-time and they would seal victory in the 65th minute when David Friio's clinical strike condemned Macc to a 2 - 0 defeat.
 
The last time that we travelled down to Home Park was on 24th September 2011, as Gary Simpson's men suffered the same fate as we had endured almost exactly ten years earlier.
 
The Pilgrims claimed their first win of the season that day and opened the scoring when Warren Feeney converted Connor Hourihane's pinpoint cross.
 
Argyle doubled their lead in emphatic style, as Robbie Williams fired an unstoppable twenty-five yard free-kick into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar.
 
All this means that our complete record at Home Park is as follows -
 
Played 4. Won 1. Drawn 0. Lost 3.

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