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Plymouth Crest


Plymouth Argyle

Ground Name: Home Park 
Capacity: 19,500 (all seated)
Address: Plymouth, PL2 3DQ
Main Telephone No: 01752-562-561
Fax No: 01752-606-167
Ticket Office: 0845-338-7232
Team Nickname: The Pilgrims
Year Ground Opened: 1901*
Shirt Sponsors: Ginsters
Home Kit Colours: Green & White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow & Green
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Official Web Site: www.pafc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites: Greens On Screen,
Supporters Club - London Branch,
Rub Of The Greens (Rivals)

Map
Contents
What's The Ground Like?
Future Developments
Lyndhurst Stand & Barn Park End (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters
Where To Drink?
The Grandstand & Devon Port End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
The Grandstand Entrance (photo)
Admission Prices
 
Fixtures 2007-2008
What Do The Plymouth Fans Sing?
Local Rivals
Programme & Fanzine

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Other Places Of Interest
Feedback

 

What's The Ground Like?
During 2001 Home Park was transformed, with three sides of the ground being completely re-built. Both the ends and one side of the ground has been replaced, by single tiered, covered all seated stands. Most impressively the corners between these stands have been filled so that the ground is totally enclosed on those sides. This just leaves just the Grandstand at one side of the pitch, as the only remnant of the old Home Park. This classic looking stand dates back to the late 1940's and is partly covered to the rear. For the 2007/08 season the original terrace at the front of the stand has been made all seated to comply with government & league regulations. Home Park is the most westerly and southerly League Ground in England.

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Future Developments

The Club for the 2007/08 season have been told that they are no longer able to use the Mayflower Terrace in front of the Grandstand. Football grounds in the Premier & Championship Leagues must be all seated. Those clubs that have been promoted into these leagues with existing terraces are given three years grace, before having to make them all seated. Plymouth were promoted in 2004, so this grace period has now expired.

The Club were hoping to get a further extension to this grace period, but this has been refused. The closing of the terrace may spur the Club to now re-develop the Grandstand with a new multi-tiered stand with a capacity of 6,000 seats. Or the Club could instead bolt seats onto the existing terrace, to make it comply with legislation. Or if the finances are not there, then for the 2007/08 season they will have to leave the terrace unused.

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Lyndhurst Stand & Barn Park End


Lyndhurst Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the Barn Park End, which is now all seated and covered. As you would expect from a new stand the facilities and views of the playing action are both good. The normal allocation for this end 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 with a sell out away end it was rather crowded. The delicious 'Football's Famous Chicken Balti Pie' 2.30), is available inside the ground, along with pasties (£2.30) and Cheeseburgers (£2.80).

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Where To Drink?
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.

Terry from Plymouth also recommends the Pennycomequick (great name!) if you are walking to the ground from the railway station, as does Bob Rees a visiting West Ham United fan, who also commented on their home made pasties. Otherwise alcohol is available within the ground.

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The Grandstand & Devonport End


The Grandstand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
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 sign posted 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.

For a map showing the location of Home Park click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

To go to a simplified page, containing the directions and pub info, which you can print out click here.

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By Train
Plymouth railway station is about one and a half miles away, so either grab a cab (£3) 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 and you will soon see the floodlights of the ground in the distance.

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The Grandstand Entrance


Devonport End

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Admission Prices 
All Fans*
Tickets purchased prior to matchday:
Adults £22, Concessions £15, Children £6

Matchday Prices:
Adults £24, Concessions £17, Children £6

* Home fans wanting to sit in the Grandstand lower tier, will be charged £18 for an adult ticket whenever purchased.

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Fixtures 2007-2008
For the Plymouth fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Ground Layout


Layout

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What Do The Plymouth Fans Sing?
In Plymouth my City, where girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone...
She wheels her wheelbarrow, through streets broad and narrow singing,
(clap, clap, clap) Argyle!

You are my Argyle, my Plymouth Argyle,
You make me happy, when skies are grey,
You never notice, how much I love you,
Please don't take my Argyle away....

We love you Argyle, we do,
We love you Argyle, we do,
We love you Argyle, we do,
Oh Argyle we love you!

Hello, hello,
We are the Argyle boys,
Hello, hello,
We are the Argyle boys,
If you are a City fan, surrender or you'll die,
We all follow the Argyle!

Ooo arr, it's ambrosia, Ooo arr, it's ambrosia...

West country, la la la, West Country la la la...

Green and White, Barmy Army....

Thanks to Stuart House, Thomas Edwards & Andy Seed for providing the song information.

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

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: £2.50.
Rub Of The Greens Fanzine: £1.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities at the ground please visit the relevant page on the National Association Of Disabled Supporters (NADS) website.

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Record & Average Attendance
43,596 v Aston Villa,
Division Two, October 10th, 1936.

Average Attendance:
2006-2007: 12,577 (Championship League)
2005-2006: 13,776 (Championship League)
2004-2005: 16,420 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Home Park
Phillip Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 5/8/06
Tom Noble (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 18/9/04

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Football Hotels who are powered by Activehotels, who specialise in locating accommodation near or within a short travelling distance of the football ground. They also have the added advantage over some other hotel booking services that you pay on departure. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. To access their Plymouth page click here. Alternatively there is a similar service provided by Superbreak in conjunction with Harvey World Travel. To access their service click here.

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Other Places Of Interest
Considering you will have probably spent hours getting there, I suggest you make a weekend of it in Devon. If you go into the centre of Plymouth, make sure you walk down the front to the 'Hoe' (where Drake was playing bowls when he heard about the arrival of the Spanish Armada). The views of Plymouth Sound from here are superb.

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.

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


 

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Last Updated: 06 April, 2007