Yes, you’ve read it.
Plymouth Argyle, that team that plays in Green and White have finally made it out of League 2 and into League 1. After years of hurt, something has finally come of good and it felt bloody lovely. Tears of happiness and cries of relief among all Argyle fans across the globe, but what a way to do it.. 6-1! In all fairness it could have been more than that, poor old Newport County. It has been a roller coaster of a season, but the boys finally got over the line this time and went out in style with some superb passing and wonderfully taken goals. The pre-match atmosphere was very lively from as early as midday in the city of Plymouth, we all knew today we’d go up. Only needing a point from relegation fighting Newport County, who came into the game on good form themselves. They weren’t here to just make up the numbers, they kept Argyle from scoring until late first half when Argyle broke the deadlock thanks to Matty Kennedy, soon followed by Jake Jervis for 2-0 after catching onto a poor pass which he took around and dispatched into the net to send the stadium wild. Argyle made it 3-0 in the 52′ minute with a lovely curled finished into the near post from no other than star man Graham Carey, really taking a foot hold in the game at this point but no no, there was more to come as Argyle made it 4-0 as Ryan Taylor back heeled into the net, a really classy finish. Matty Kennedy had left Newport’s defenders trailing throughout the game and he made it 5-0 with another great finish coming off the left hand side facing barn park end, his second of the game. Jake Jervis also helped himself to a 2nd with a great strike on his left foot, nothing the Newport keeper could do. Newport did score eventually after knocking on the door a couple of times during the match, albeit a goal that wouldn’t change the game.
Argyle had warned fans not to go onto the pitch at any point pre-match and during, but was that going to stop the fans who have suffered through years of hurt, administration, relegation’s? Not a chance. The whole stadium packed onto the field when the referee blew for full time, confirming Argyle’s promotion to League 1. What a feeling it was as well, running onto the pitch to let all the emotions out, celebrating with the players and other fans, singing songs and celebrating the fact that this lovely football team had finally got out of League 2. This club has achieved something brilliant under Derek Adams and the support from the board to go out and get the players DA wants, it hasn’t been easy but there is some real depth in the squad and a lot of talent.
Portsmouth were also promoted to League 1 today after winning at Notts County, great to see both Plymouth and Pompey higher up the division where they belong. Two massive fan bases finally had something to shout about when the final whistles blew. The games with Pompey have always been entertaining and I’m glad we’ll be playing them again. So all three automatic places have been confirmed with Doncaster currently leading the pack but after losing to Blackpool today, the title isn’t completely theirs yet. All that matters is that we’re all going up!
Although the season still has some games to go yet, it should be very interesting to see who makes it up via the play-offs. There will be some fantastic away games for Argyle fans to go to next season, very looking forward to it. In other news Brighton & Hove Albion were also promoted, congratulations to them in their promotion to the Premier League. I’ll never forget what they did for us when we were in financial trouble, just as much as we helped them when they needed it. I’ll very much be looking out for their results next season! As for Argyle, we still need to see off the rest of the games we have remaining. I am off to Colchester on Saturday, the atmosphere after sealing promotion back to League 1 will be insane and it’ll be very interesting to see what happens in terms of the League 2 title. I’ll be reporting back once the play off teams have been confirmed, who Argyle will and could play next season.
It has been a wonderful day for South Coast football, one to remember.
Until then, take care.