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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Hodges in 1991
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
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.
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
Now, he gets the official fans' vote in addition.
published: May 2004