Plymouth Argyle

Home Park

Capacity: 16,388 (all seated)
Address: Plymouth, PL2 3DQ
Telephone: 01752 562 561
Fax: 01752 606 167
Ticket Office: 01752 907700
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Pilgrims
Year Ground Opened: 1901*
Shirt Sponsors: Ginsters
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Green and White Stripes
Away Kit: White and Green

Lyndhurst Stand and Devonport End
Lyndhurst Stand and Devonport End
Looking Towards The Barn Park End
Looking Towards The Barn Park End
External View
External View
Grandstand and Devonport End
Grandstand and Devonport End
Entrance Turnstiles
Entrance Turnstiles

During 2001 Home Park was transformed, with three sides of the ground being completely re-built. This included both ends and one side of the ground. They were replaced by single tiered, covered all seated stands, that are of the same design and height. The corners between these stands were also filled with seating so that the ground is totally enclosed on those sides, making an impressive sight. There is a gap between the roof and the back of these stands, which is filled with a perspex strip to allow more light to get to the pitch.

The Grandstand at one side of the pitch is the only remnant of the old Home Park. This classic looking stand dates back to 1952, although its appearance makes it look much older. Although it is much older than the other sides, it is still taller than the other stands and is still the focal point at Home Park. It is a two-tiered stand, with an upper tier of seating and a lower tier of terracing, most of which is uncovered by the stand’s roof. This roof is supported by four large pillars that run across the front of upper tier. For a couple of seasons, whilst the Club was in the Championship League, the terrace was filled with temporary seating to comply with League regulations. Although the seating has since been removed this area is unused by spectators on matchdays. There are a couple of modern floodlight pylons situated on either side of the Grandstand.

In keeping with the naval tradition of the area the teams emerge to the Marines tune of Semper Fidelis. Home Park is the most westerly and southerly League Ground in England.

The Club are still intending to redevelop the Grandstand side of the ground with a new stand being constructed. The Club are now hopeful of having a new stand in place by 2020, which will coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower leaving Plymouth for the New World. It is expected that the new stand will have a capacity of around 5,000.

Away fans are housed in the Barn Park End, which is all seated and covered. As you would expect from a modern stand the facilities and views of the playing action are both good. The normal allocation for visiting supporters in this area is 1,300 seats, although this can be increased to 2,022, if demand requires it. The atmosphere is normally good and even though I have received a number of reports of the stewarding being somewhat over zealous in the away end, on my last visit it was fine. No problems were encountered outside the ground and on the whole it was a good day out. The only down side was that the concourse was a bit cramped and if there is a good away support then it can get uncomfortably crowded.

Probably the best bet is the Britannia which is a sizeable Wetherspoons outlet and around a 10 minute walk away from the ground (from the car park outside the football ground, turn left and the pub is down the road on the right hand corner). For most matches the pub which is busy normally, has a queue of fans waiting to get in outside, but this is controlled by the security staff, so you don't normally have to wait too long to gain entrance. Although away fan friendly, the pub doesn't tolerate away supporters singing their clubs songs and any who do are quickly ejected from the premises, so you have been warned. Near to the pub is normally a van selling pasties, which looked to be doing a roaring trade on my last visit. Opposite the Britannia is the Embassy Club which is best avoided by away fans. Otherwise alcohol is available within the ground.

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Take the M5 to the South West and at the end of the motorway continue onto the A38 (The ground is well signposted from the outskirts of Plymouth on the A38). On entering Plymouth, turn left onto the A386 (towards Plymouth). When this road splits into two, keep on the left hand side (again signposted Plymouth) and after about a mile you will see the ground on your left. The ground is well signposted 'Plymouth Argyle Home Park' on the way into Plymouth. 

There is quite a large car park at the ground, which is free. It is operated on a 'first in before the game, first out after the game basis'. If you are last in, then on average it takes around half an hour to clear. The car park is normally full by 2.30pm on matchdays. There is some street parking if you drive past the ground, heading away from the city centre.

Post Code for SAT NAV: PL2 3DQ

Plymouth railway station is about one and a half miles away, so either grab a taxi or embark on the 20 minute walk. As you come out of the station turn right and down the hill and under the railway bridge. Just keep walking straight along this road (A386) and you will eventually reach the ground on your right.  Alternatively (except for night games) then Andrew Chapman suggests a more picturesque route: 'Finally I would recommend turning right into Central Park Avenue, at the roundabout just downhill from the station on the A386. Then take the second left into Holdsworth Street, which will lead you up a steep hill into Central Park, where you'll see the ground as soon as you reach the top of the hill. It is a lot nicer route than following the roads - after all (apart from Aldershot) there are no other league clubs situated in a public park!' Chris Bennett adds; ' It's a much nicer walk than going up Alma Road and quicker as well'.

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All areas of the stadium*
Adults £20
Over 65's and Students £15
Under 18's £7
Family Ticket 1 Adult + 1 Under 18 £25. Additional Under 18 £5**

* These ticket prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more.

** Family tickets are only available in the Family Enclosure and away stand. Family tickets bought on the day of the game cost £4 more (an additional Under 18 ticket rises to £7).

Official Programme: £3
Rub Of The Greens Fanzine: £1

Plymouth Argyle FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Exeter City & Torquay United. And from a little further a field Bristol City.

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Record Attendance

43,596 v Aston Villa, Division Two, October 10th, 1936.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

17,511 v Watford,  Championship League, March 22nd 2008.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 8,798 (League Two)
2014-2015: 7,412 (League Two)
2013-2014: 7.305 (League Two)

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Plymouth Argyle v Portsmouth
Football League Two
Saturday 15th October 2016, 3pm
Dan Frostick (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Home Park?

After the heartbreak of the play offs and knowing a number of Plymouth fans, I couldn't waste the opportunity to visit Home Park seeing as this was the biggest game of the season so far for both sides.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I picked up my friend Gemma from Fratton Park and departed at 8.15am. We went the coastal route (M27, A31, A35, A30, M5 & A38) arriving at Home Park at 12:45pm after a stop at Bridport. We parked in the car park opposite the Home Park ground, which was free of charge, but was already about 80% full.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We met up with my cousin Lee who travelled down with his wife the day before and went to the nearby Britannia Inn. The pub was heaving with barely room to move and ordering food wasn't an option! We mixed well with the Plymouth fans who were in the pub all friendly and every one had a sing song, much to the unamused management who was trying to tell us to quieten down. But the noise just louder and he left with his tail well and truly between his legs! Walking to the ground there were some outlets selling pasties, but due the heavy rain decided to have something in the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Home Park?

Plymouth have redeveloped three sides of Home Park to the "modern" all the same height look which is sad seeing the old school stands disappear. The Grandstand has a lot of character to it and dates back to 1935. I hope Plymouth one day can make a new Grandstand that is something different to the rest of the ground, rather than the same look all the way round, perhaps put a two tiered stand there. Speaking to a family of friendly Plymouth fans after the game the club have repurchased Home Park and are looking the raise funds to redevelop the Grandstand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I had a cheeseburger and drink with came to £6 from a van outside the ground itself. The stewards are very quick to clamp down on anyone who brings beer or alcohol into the ground and were swiftly removed! The game was a big game for both sides and had excellent atmosphere. Plymouth went 1-0 up but Pompey equalised through Kyle Bennett. Second half was one of close chances. Plymouth hit the bar and Gary Roberts was close to putting Pompey ahead, then Danny Rose scored with five minutes to go, but Pompey couldn't hold on for the victory Plymouth scored 2 minutes to go. So a 2-2 draw and an entertaining game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Gemma and myself decided to wait for the traffic to die down before going back to our car. We hung around and saw some of the players and had a chat with Paul Cook. We then departed at 6.15pm and was back on the A38 within five minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out at Plymouth and after the game chatting with the family of Plymouth fans, we both agreed that football won the day and we were both looking forward to the return game later in the season. I would love to go back to Plymouth when they complete their Home Park ground.

Plymouth Argyle v West Bromwich Albion
Pre-Season Friendly
Thursday 28th July 2016, 5.30pm
Kev and Jean Edwards (West Bromwich Albion fans)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Home Park Ground?

Thought we would tie a weekend break away with watching the match.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We were already in Plymouth but used this guide to get directions to the stadium. as some body mentioned earlier you can walk through the park up from the train station to the ground.(please be advised it is very steep until you get on the flat).

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We were in the Barbican area so did a bit of sight seeing and had a drink in a Wetherspoons near there called the 'Gog and Magog.'.Please note this pub is not near the Plymouth ground or railway station.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Home Park?

Home Park is quite impressive apart from the Main Stand which looks like it maybe getting a bit of a face lift. All the pastry type food is supplied by Ginsters so no problems there.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Plenty of youthful shouts of 'Green Army' from the home sections as it was a 'kids for a quid' game. The game itself was mostly forgeable. I think each team only had maybe one shot each on target, in the bright sunshine. It was no surprise that the game ended goalless.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problem just a quick right and your heading back through the park towards the railway station and city centre.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great support from the locals and plenty of good bars to head back to in town..

Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage 
Football League Two 
Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Home Park ground?

Back when the fixtures came out last June, the date I was looking for first was 16th/17th January as this is my birthday weekend. This weekend has also seen me enjoy some very memorable days out watching the football so I was excited. The fact this was a new ground for me and the fact Plymouth have never beaten us before gave me more reason for optimism. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the supporters coach for the game with my friends and a 9am departure saw us get off the coach at Home Park just after 2pm. We parked right outside the ground so we didn't have to worry about finding it. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As is the protocol for my away days, it was straight to the club shop for a badge (£3.50) and a programme (£3) as well as a chat with some locals, followed by a long walk round the whole ground to the away end. All the locals I spoke to were very friendly. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Home Park?

The parts of the stadium you can see on the TV is a very nice green bowl, but is a lot smaller than it seems. However the one stand you can't see is the very old-style Grandstand, and is almost like a three tiered stand. Supporters were sitting at the top of the stand and at the bottom was a bit open terrace that was just being used for flags and some advertising goals. In the middle of these is a small stand that I'm guessing holds the VIPs and the fans with more money than sense, although I could be completely wrong with that. 

View From The Away End

View From The Away End At Home Park

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half for us was a disaster as we couldn't defend or close Plymouth down to save our lives. The only question was how we had managed to keep them to just 3 goals. The second half was a lot better for us though as we gave Plymouth more of a contest and scored within 5 minutes of the restart to halve the deficit, but desire more chances that was the end of the scoring. The pies (£3.60) here were good and went down a treat after the long journey. I tried the sausage rolls (£3.00) and they were equally as good as the pies. The stewards were an absolute pleasure to talk to. They all seemed very friendly and helpful, although I thought it was absolutely pointless of them to wait until the 85th minute to tell me that I'm not allowed to take photographs of the game in progress.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy. We came out of he away end, walked around to the other end of Home Park and our coach was there waiting for us. A long trip home followed, as we got back to Stevenage for just after 10pm. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite being confident pre-match and fearing the worst at half time, we came out of it with a very creditable loss and have proven to ourselves that we can in fact give the league leaders a good scare on their own turf.

Half Time Score: Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Stevenage
Full Time Result: Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Stevenage
Attendance: 9,546 (92 away fans)
My Ground Number: 66 of the 92 

Plymouth Argyle v Carlisle United
League Two
Tuesday 18th August 2015, 7.45pm
James Whitfield (Carlisle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to Home Park?

As a fan trying to complete the 92, the decision was made to come to this game and tick Plymouth off. This was also the longest trip in the football league in the 2015/2016 season (A 780 mile round trip)

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I travelled on the official club supporters coach, which left Carlisle at 10.30am. Some 8 hours later we arrived at Home Park. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Went to the Britannia pub which was recommended from this site, home fans were very friendly (mostly due to the distance travelled on a Tuesday night).

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Home Park?    

Was an interesting looking ground, having three newish built stands, while the old Grandstand is still half seated and half terraced. The away end was one of the best away ends in this League. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game started well with Carlisle dominating the early stages before falling away badly conceding four goals. Carlisle got a consolation goal at the end to make the final score 4-1. Although the facilities were fine for our visit, I can see the concourse getting packed when a big following is in town, but have two of the nicest stewards in the Football League!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had a Police escort out of the stadium grounds, before getting on to the road north for the long journey home. I could see that it was quite busy getting out of the car park, so it might have been a long wait if we had not been on the official supporters coach. Eventually arrived back in Carlisle at 5.30am.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an entertaining day out, just a shame about the result after an 8 hour coach journey. It was good for the travelling fans to gett a round of applause from the players before leaving. I would definitely come back to see Carlisle play at Home Park again.

Plymouth Argyle v Southend United
League Two
Saturday, January 11th, 2014, 3pm
John and Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

We had not been to this ground before, plus both teams were in good form having not lost in the last four games, so it would be an interesting contest.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

My son and I travel to games from North Wales as exiled fans so it was about 285 miles each way and over 5 hours along M6, M5, A38, and A386 but easier than many of our away travels as over 200 miles of the journey were on motorways. We used trusted satnav, but could have done without as the ground is clearly signposted. The weather was cold but sunny and roads were free of any delays. We arrived early and parked in the free car park at the ground.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We ensured a top up of fuel for the long journey home and decided to visit Plymouth Hoe a few miles away after following signs for the town centre and then the Hoe. It was well worth visiting the broad esplanade which has great views of Plymouth Sound and various statues dedicated to Francis Drake and the Air Force. The light house was being used for a wedding service so we were unable to climb for even better views. A Royal Navy gun boat was at anchor in The Sound too. It was bright and sunny so plenty of youngsters using their Christmas bikes and scooters made for a pleasant atmosphere. We took up conversation with a few locals who were happy to discuss football. We then returned to the football ground and had a pre packed picnic in car whilst reading the match programme.

Home Park External View


4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground came into sight on our left as we arrived and appears smaller than it actually is. There is a steel structure to the outside of one stand which at first glance appears to be scaffolding but it may be modern architecture. On entering the ground it is quite impressive in size. The Main Stand is old and has a terrace in front which is out of use giving a somewhat lop-sided appearance as a new stand sweeps continuously from the home end of the pitch down the side and round to the away end covering three sides of the ground with mostly green coloured seating. The view from the away end is superb and seating was comfortable. The Southend fans were confined to a section from the corner flag to the goal which was ample for the 200+ and you could sit in any seat. The pitch looked good considering the floods that had affected so much of the country during December and January, and particularly the Plymouth region.

View From The Away End

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was always going to be a tight affair with both teams keen to stay unbeaten. It was 0-0 at half-time and Plymouth took the lead after 65 minutes but within 3 minutes Southend drew level and it stayed that way with few clear shots on goal. Home Park provides for a good atmosphere and both sets of fans could be heard cheering their sides on. I found the stewards helpful and friendly, although they did take exception to a youngster verbally teasing the Plymouth goalkeeper. They marched him out of the stand but within 10 minutes he was allowed to resume his seat. The food on offer was varied and not too expensive and I can vouch for the pasties at £2.60 which were delicious. The match program of 60+ pages cost £3 and was okay. The food area was interesting as Plymouth had A4 sheets of paper thanking us for making the long journey and showing how many miles from Roots Hall our fans had travelled. Another feature not seen before by me was small ice cream cartons with the Southend United logo. They cost £2 and apparently they do this for all clubs visiting Home Park. They are a little expensive, but a welcome innovation. The sunny weather at the start of the game justified an ice cream but by half-time with the sun behind the stands, the pasty was more welcome.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The only delay in getting away was from the car park, which was a mad scramble for the one exit, no stewards to direct traffic. Plenty of horn blasting and 2 cars did manage to collide which added to the congestion but after 10 to 15 minutes we exited via traffic lights on to the main road and away for our long journey northwards. The roads were clear, well signposted to the Motorways.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The result usually determines our thoughts so a hard earned draw was satisfactory, but the glorious sunny weather despite being cold and the visit to Plymouth Hoe ensured a memorable day. Plymouth is a long way from most clubs, I guess, and work commitments prevented an overnight stay, but Plymouth is well worth visiting.  

Attendance: 7,088 (249 away fans)

Plymouth Argyle v Rotherham United
League Two
Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 3pm
Tim Sansom (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Whilst living in the South West of England, I have wanted to visit all of the football grounds in the region, and a trip to Home Park and, at the time of writing, the furthest South West outpost in English league football had alluded me for too long. Something had stopped me from making the journey. This club has been in crisis for most of the time that I have been down in the peninsula, and it just had not felt right to visit a club that seemed to need some time to sort its own house in to order before visitors could be invited to any football match.

Plymouth versus Rotherham could be broken down into these simple facts. If Plymouth won, league football could be guaranteed for the Pilgrims for another year. If Rotherham won, then the dream of League One football in this part of Yorkshire was virtually in this town’s grasp. Wanting to drink in a bit of this excitement, which you cannot really get from a Saturday night TV reality show, I took the plunge and went to a game with the hope that big issues could be decided on the strength of ninety minutes of football.

I wanted the tears, and the cheers like you get during those ‘grand slam’ matches on the TV. However, when you are a neutral, you can go to a game without such an irrational regard for the big decisions, the dodgy tackles, the shirt pulling, the stamping, the arm biting, the red cards and the yellow cards. Life would have been totally different if my own team had been playing and I guessed that my irrationality would annoy the Plymouth faithful.  

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

In these days of satellite navigation and internet, it is not impossible to find most football stadia in the UK, but if you have not done the research, like I did on this Saturday morning, you will find yourself at the bottom of the Saltash Road at a roundabout thinking that you are miles away from getting to this stadium. I arrived at Plymouth Station and took a right along Saltash Road under the railway bridge and to this roundabout in a suburb intriguingly called Pennycomequick. After stopping a bemused student who seemed alarmed at my sudden entry into his life, I carried on across the roundabout up the hill (Alma Road,) past endless Saturday morning buses heading into Plymouth, and obeyed the sign and took my directions across Central Park towards the football ground.

The ground appears from behind the trees and sits slightly embarrassed next to the grand complex of the Plymouth Life Centre. The Life Centre is not a self-help clinic, or therapy practice, but is the home of South West diving and the Centre dominates the skyline. This is where Tom Daley practices the art of stylishly throwing himself off a board for the sake of Olympic medals. There is a fairly large car park near to the Life Centre and some evidence of a Park and Ride facility near to the ground but at the time of writing, traffic was being frustrated by roadworks along the nearby Outland Road. From personal knowledge, Home Park is well signposted from the self-styled Devon Expressway (the A38,) and should not be a struggle to find even for the most directionally challenged fan. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

To tee yourself up for the game, you can have a game of pitch and putt, or have an ice-cream from the park café, but I had a look inside the Plymouth Life Centre to pass the time, because I had never seen an Olympic diving facility before. I was watching children bounce off the diving boards like ping pong balls off a tennis table, splashing into the pool to the cheers of their mothers and fathers. These young divers seemed to have endless energy to crash into the water, bounce out of the plunge pool, and then head back to the diving board without a care in the world. It was captivating to watch. I ate in the small Life Centre café which serves a range of sandwiches, and snacks which include some items that are not especially healthy considering that this centre was encouraging you to do thirty minutes of exercise per day.

There is a large pub beside the crossroads of Outland Road and New North Road, which sells a range of drinks and meals. At around 1pm, there were queues outside the pub with hungry fans from Yorkshire and Devon, waiting for a table, but if pub food is not quite your thing, there is the option of buying things from a small supermarket, and various local pasty firms, who make enterprising pitches with suitable meal deals to fill your stomach, but there is not much else. However, on this particular Saturday, the weather was beautifully sunny and you could sit out in the park to catch some early sunny spring rays and minutes will quickly tick by before you can take in your football.

From what I could see, the home fans were extremely friendly and there was a good cross section of people who had turned up to cheer on their team. It was obvious that I did not know where to find my seat, and the fans were very happy to guide me to the right stand. I had heard some bad reports about the Plymouth faithful but I saw no justification for those rumours on this Saturday afternoon. In fact, for the first time for a while, I saw parallels between the fans of my home town team and Plymouth Argyle followers. I began to wonder what could happen if my beloved club was close to crashing into the conference or close to financial oblivion. Tears would not be the start of my emotions.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I was sitting right next to the Director’s Box on a wooden seat in, what I believed to be described as, the main Grandstand. There have always been complaints from Premier League supporting fans that Goodison Park cannot shine a candle against some of the more sleek modern stadia. I disagree because I like stadiums with a bit of character and not just a concrete bowl with as much atmosphere as a hypermarket on a Sunday afternoon. However, it has been a while since I have sat on a wooden seat to catch the action, and there seemed to be some talk that the Grandstand will be knocked down during the 2013/2014 season and a new stand will match the other three sides of Home Park which are decked out in emerald green seats, but the overall design is standard fare for most league grounds in the county but had a very smart experience on this sunny Saturday afternoon.

After beginning to realise that this match was more than just down to cheers and tears, I began to feel more attached to the home fans as the pre-match music blared out of the understated PA system. With a man in a grey suit by the two dugouts announcing the teams from a lecturn, I decided that I did not want relegation to be imposed on this group of fans. Relegation from the Conference was something that would take Plymouth Argyle Football Club into an unknown area. The announcer urged people not to run onto the pitch at the end of the game because the club would get a fine that they could ill afford. What would relegation to the conference do to this fine club as well as the lives of these devout fans?

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

I enjoyed the game, because with so much at stake for both clubs, chances had to be made and the forty five minutes of each half shot by. The atmosphere was fervent on both sides and when Rotherham scored, the Yorkshire fans went delirious. One young fan got particularly excited, ran onto the pitch, and was invited to spend the rest of the game away from the ground. The home fans became more and more anxious about other results around the country, as the minutes ticked by to the final whistle.

When you are at home, in the comfort of your sofa, watching those pictures of anxious fans peering at the watches or trying to catch some words of comfort from their crackling radios, is a comforting cliché. It is a nice contrast between the cold corporate face of modern day football, and the passionate fans of days gone by. When you are sitting amongst the anxious faithful, the clichés become nothing more than pointless vacuous statements. I like to think that I am a football fan and I would be distraught if my home town team was teetering on the brink of relegation out of the football league.

When I looked around the Grandstand, and saw the faces of those fans who were steeped in Argyle’s history and heritage, and had dedicated too many Saturday afternoons, which they could dare to remember, to their beloved Pilgrims, and were now watching their hopes disappear down the league plughole, I began to earnestly feel for them. Relegation is not a cliché and could really hit Plymouth in a way that Home Park has never quite seen in the past.

With talk about the Grandstand being replaced in the 2013-2014 it is probable that you will not come into contact with the toilets that have a certain character about them. Only one of the fast food bars was in operation within the Grandstand selling usual football ground food and drink at a usual football ground price. Cheery programme sellers were flogging the match day brochure and you can buy a raffle draw ticket too, and you do feel that you need to buy something from one of the operatives for the sake of the club’s financial future.

6. Getting Away From The Ground:

After Rotherham had scored, the atmosphere abruptly changed. The club had been asking their fans to maintain order in readiness for the player of the season awards and the lap of honour that would celebrate the final home game of the season. I am not too sure that there was much need to worry, but I felt that it would not be right for a fan of another club to intrude on another club’s end of season celebrations, especially in these particular circumstances that had greeted me that Saturday afternoon.

I left at the final whistle and made my way across the park towards the railway station. The park gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the railway station and most probably your train that is waiting for you to return north. It is about a fifteen minute walk towards the railway station and the city centre. After this game, the walk took on the mood of a slightly apprehensive route march but is a simple exit. If Plymouth are playing your team, who are a known rival for the Pilgrims, it is possible that you will be taken a different way back towards the city or your transport home.

7. Overall Comments on the Day Out:

The train back home was full of Plymouth fans wondering whether if this team scored and that team lost, could Argyle still be playing football in the Football League when the 2013-2014 season begins. Most of the fan decamped from the train at Totnes and Newton Abbot and as I descended along the sea well through Dawlish, along probably the most picturesque stretch of railway line in the UK, I was left to think about a game that had been fun to watch but left me slightly uneasy in the sense that I had spent Saturday afternoon with a group of fans who were supporting a club on the brink. It certainly put the struggle into context, which my home town has faced in the Championship this season.

Despite the problems, it was a pleasant trip to Plymouth. It had been suggested to me that there would be a range of issues associated with a visit to Home Park. None of these issues were thankfully realised and I enjoyed my time with the Argyle fans. Whether you are just going to Home Park because at this present time, it is the furthest South West output of league football in the UK, or your team are actually due to play Argyle, it is an enjoyable place to go. However, it will be interesting to file a match day report on 20th April 2014 because Argyle fans are enjoying the football that they see on a day by day basis.  

Plymouth Argyle v Oxford United
League Two
Saturday, February 16th 2013, 3pm
Chris Hayter (Oxford United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I have seen the Home Park stadium exterior many times, as I have passed when travelling through Plymouth, but I've never been inside. I don't live far from Plymouth and I wanted to see my team play away from home for the first time ever!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled in a car. My mate is a Plymouth fan and regularly goes to the games. There wasn't much traffic on the road and we arrived in Plymouth at 1pm. Finding the ground was easy as it is signposted as you come into Plymouth. The car park at the ground is free however getting out of the car park after the game apparently takes a long time and my friend did not want the hassle so we parked in a multi storey Car park in the city centre.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I met up with my Uncle and his best friend in a pub called "The Britannia Inn". They had travelled down from Oxford that morning. It is one of the first pubs your see as you come into Plymouth. This pub has door security and ID may be required (I was asked for proof of age and I'm 24)!
This pub is very welcoming to away fans although I did feel intimidated by the sheer number of home fans there. Home fans seemed okay. Waiters were about serving food which looked nice as they were being brought out, and after a quick look at the menu the prices were not bad either.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon walking to the ground, it was hard not to notice scaffolding along one side of the stadium. I think some exterior repair work might be going on. We found the away end after walking half way round the stadium. Upon entering the away end, despite a large number of fellow away supporters there was plenty of seats which were comfortable and not cramped.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game sprang to life after the quarter hour mark when James Constable scored a tap in after good quick passing by us. Plymouth looked nervous throughout and regularly gave the ball away - twice they gave the ball away to our strikers that should of put it away. The game finished 1-0. The atmosphere was electric, we were louder than the home team who were mostly quiet throughout. Stewards seemed okay and there was no trouble. Toilets were in good condition. I can't comment on the pies/pasties as I ate before I came to the ground.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy after a short walk into the City Centre.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would thoroughly recommend going to Home Park. A nice stadium inside and out. I will definitely go again.

Plymouth Argyle v Southampton
League One
Monday, May 2nd, 2011 3pm
Paul Bartlett (Southampton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was really looking forward to visiting Plymouth, I have always wanted to visit Home Park, especially in this case as one more win from Saints last two games would seal promotion!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I woke up to a text from my good friend saying he was unwell and unable to take us to the game, so what to do? Well I got the map out and decided to drive, no way I was I going to miss this game. So with my brother with the map and me driving we set off. I have to say the easiest away journey I have ever done. Living in the New Forest, we headed down the A35, A30, and then the M5 and A38. Plus the ground was handily signposted going in to Plymouth! easy! Although the bank holiday traffic was horrendous! Luckily it was all heading the opposite way to us, and best of all there is a large FREE car park at the ground although if you want a space get there early we arrived at 1.15pm and there were few spaces were left!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Me and brother took food with us, as food inside grounds is normally expensive. Home fans were okay, apart from a few dirty looks.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is very pleasant, similar in some ways to St Mary's. Three of the sides are the same size and one of the stand is old but has the character feel. The away concourses were particularly crowded, due to over 2000 Saints fans in attendance.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game went to plan for Saints. Lambert trademark header just before half time, then Dickson scrambled home just after the break, then Lambert penalty sent the Saints fans wild! The atmosphere was electric for the entire game. There were a few scuffles, inside the home ends of the ground, either Plymouth fighting among themselves or Saints fans in home end (the away allocation was sold out). Plymouth did get a late goal to make it 3-1. This ruined my and brothers bet of 3-0! needless to say I now dislike Bolasie!

The win all bit sealed promotion back to the Championship! 3 points ahead of Huddersfield and 18 more on goal difference! Policing was very heavy handed at the end, police dogs on pitch, all lined up in front us.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were held outside the ground for about 15 minutes, the Police were escorting some fans to the station, but others slipped down a side path, which is what we did, although we did have a run in with some Plymouth fans verbals. I did see a lot of scuffles when sat back in the car. I can only assume that is not normally like this at Plymouth, they were probably just frustrated at what's happening at their club (threat of liquidation). Had a bit of a wait at the car park to leave which is to be expected, and a little bit of traffic on way out but once on way home no traffic at all! It took us just over 2 hours to get home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Best day so far as a Saints fan, and not a bad first away day for my brother, Plymouth is definitely worth a visit, nice ground and the fans I would imagine would be more friendly just circumstances on this day. Would go back but might be a while before Saints play there again!

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* The ground was originally built in 1893, the Club took it over in 1901.

Updated 2nd November 2016