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Plymouth Argyle's team of the century
Tommy Tynan and Paul Mariner
Your chosen strike partnership - Tommy Tynan and Paul Mariner
To mark Plymouth Argyle's 100th year as a professional club, fans were asked to vote for their best players of all time. Here's the team YOU voted for.
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Established: 1886
Turned professional:1903
Nickname: The Pilgrims
Ground:Home Park
Capacity: 20,134
Chairman: Paul Stapleton
Manager: Bobby Williamson
Best Moment: Division 2 Champions in 2003-04.

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IN GOAL...
Jim Furnell
arrived with a wealth of experience, and was considered to be too old for Argyle in December 1970, but his £2,500 transfer fee not only provided The Pilgrims with a superb shot-stopper for six years, but a future coach and reserve team manager.

From 29 nominations for goalkeeper, Big Jim received 29% of the vote.

IN DEFENCE...
At right-back, Gordon Nisbet takes the honours following his 281 appearances in which he scored 14 goals.

When he did venture forward, 'Nissie' displayed what a ferocious right foot can do with the ball.

Graham Coughlan
Graham Coughlan

Like Furnell, Gordon coached at Home Park in various capacities later in his career. He beat off 17 other nominations with 49%.

There were a total of 30 nominations for the central defence pairing.

Leading the pack is Graham Coughlan with 49%. Surely, this is a fitting finale to the season in which he won his fourth career championship medal.

He was selected in the PFA divisional side and chosen as the divisional player of the year.

Alongside 'Cocko', you went for the legend that is 'Jumbo' Jack Chisholm. Arriving in Plymouth in 1949, Chisholm had - like Coughlan - a never-say-die attitude on the field with his hard but fair style of play. 'Jumbo' received 31% of your otes.

Jack Chisholm
Jack Chisholm

Getting the vote at left-back is Saltash-born Colin Sullivan with 26% of the 28 nominees.

After 230 appearances, he went to Norwich City for £70,000 and proved what we knew in Plymouth - he could cut the mustard with Norwich in the top flight of English football.

IN MIDFIELD...

There were 23 nominations for right midfielder. But coming out on top with 24% is Kevin Hodges.

A player whose attitude was never questioned, a record number of appearances and a manager of the club, 'Hodgie' will always be a legend to those of us who have had the fortune of watching him play.

With no fewer than 50 nominations for the two central midfielders, this was the most closely contested area of the field.

Kevin Hodges
Kevin Hodges in 1991

Ernie Machin with 25% and Johny Williams with 29% made it into the Centenary Team, but the number of contenders shows just how strong Plymouth Argyle has been in midfield over the generations.

At left-midfield, you selected two players as it was a tie between Sammy Black and Garry Nelson.

Both won promotion with the club and played over half-a-century apart.

However, fans' appreciation of the most famous player in Argyle's dynamic side of the late 20's and early 30's has been matched by the glorious memories that Nelson provided.

IN ATTACK...
That leaves the front two. With 22 names thrown into the hat, one man was head-and-shoulders abover all others.

Paul Mariner polled a massive 80% of the vote, with Tommy Tynan (46%) selected to partner him. If only we could have seen them play together.

AND IN CHARGE OF THE TEAM...
As for the manager, nine nominations were received. The overwhelming choice, with 45%, is 'Luggy' himself, Paul Sturrock.

One championship, another that he all but sealed before his departure, and the recent plaudit of divisional manager of the season says it all.

Now, he gets the official fans' vote in addition.


Article published: May 2004



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