Stanley’s second home game this week sees Plymouth Argyle make the long trip north to the Store First Stadium.

As kick off approaches, the official website takes a look at all the things you need to know.


Plymouth Argyle were founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club. The club then adopted its current name when they became fully professional in 1903, joining the Southern League.

Argyle won the Southern League in 1913, before entering the Football League Third Division South as a founder member in 1920. Between 1921 and 1926 Argyle finished in second place for six seasons running before finally gaining promotion to Division Two in the 1929-30 season.

After 20 seasons in Division Two Argyle were relegated back to the Third Division South, before a series of promotions and relegations saw the club reach the Second Division in 1959.

In 1965 Argyle reached the Football League Cup semi final for the first time in their history, where they lost to Leicester City, before the club were again relegated to Division Three in 1968. Argyle finally returned to Division Two in 1975, before once again being relegated just two seasons later, before the club reached the FA Cup semi final as a Third Division side in 1984.

In 1995 the club were relegated to the Third Division, which was now the fourth tier of English football and in doing so reached the lowest point in the clubs history. In the 2001-02 season the club won the Third Division title, achieving a league record of 102 points.

Argyle then won promotion to the newly re-branded Championship in 2004. The club spent six years in the Championship, before suffering consecutive relegations and ending up in League Two at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Something You Might Not Know About Them…

In 1973 Argyle hosted Brazilian giants Santos FC in a friendly match. Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pele appeared for Santos but could not prevent his side from losing 3-2 to Argyle.

John Sheridan

The former Republic of Ireland international took over at Argyle in January of last year, after previously leaving Chesterfield. The 48 year old also has previous managerial experience at Oldham Athletic, initially joining the club as caretaker manager before taking on the role on a permanent basis.

Sheridan had a successful playing career, making over 600 appearances at clubs including Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham Athletic.

Reuben Reid

Reid has been in red-hot form and his two goals against Chesterfield on Tuesday night saw him take his tally to 18 for the season.

Bristol born Reid, actually signed for Plymouth as a youngster having turned down the chance to sign professional terms as a cricketer with Gloucestershire.

He’s currently on loan at Home Park from Yeovil after a career that has seen him make temporary switches to clubs including Walsall, Peterborough and Brentford.

There have been seven previous meetings between Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle and victories have been hard to come by in the fixture – in fact, the sides have only managed one win each with the five others ending in draws.

Stanley’s only win came in March 1959 at Home Park when goals from Scott, McNichol, Garrity and Mulkerrin gave them a 4-2 victory.

The Pilgrims took three points for the only time in February 2012 when they spoiled Paul Cook’s first game at the helm of the Reds with a 4-0 win at the Store First Stadium.

Since then there have been three successive draws with the last two meetings ending 0-0.

Stanley are unbeaten in four games at the Store First Stadium and put five past Morecambe last time out on Tuesday night.

James Beattie’s men sit 15th in the League Two table, six points outside the relegation places and could climb as high as 13th with a win.

Plymouth are seventh in League Two, two points ahead of Southend and eleven behind Scunthorpe United who occupy the third automatic promotion spot.

They’ve won three of their last five games and four of their last five away from Home Park.

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Laurence Wilson is a doubt for the game after picking up a groin injury in the midweek win over Morecambe.

Fellow left back Michael Liddle has returned to training and could be in contention for a return to the match day 18.

Stanley Top Scorers

Peter Murphy 9
Kal Naismith 9
Lee Molyneux 6
Kayode Odejayi 5
James Gray 4
Danny Webber 3
George Bowerman 3

Plymouth Top Scorers

Reuben Reid 18
Lewis Alessandra 11
Conor Hourihane 5
Luke Young 4
Andres Guerrieri 3

The Man in the Middle

Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

So Far This Season: 26 games, 93 yellow cards, three reds
Last Stanley Game:  08/09/2012 – ASFC 1 Bradford City 1





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