Yesterday's Blues

IT has been great to read all your hugely positive comments on the new Puma 2013-14 strips, especially our baby-blue away kit.

Further delving into the archives suggests that, as well as wearing light blue in a one game against Newcastle in 1991, the Pilgrims also wore blue for a short time in the 1960s.

Pilgrims’ fan Neil Pitcher, a supporter since 1960, remembers: "They wore this [blue] strip in the FA Cup third round at home, beating Derby 4-2. I think this was 1965 or so."

The match was indeed 1965, Neil, and the blue kit that night was certainly a good omen. Nicky Jennings, Mike Trebilcock and a Barrie Jones brace helped the Pilgrims to a fourth-round tie with Leicester City.

Neil also recalls the aforementioned game at St James' Park 25 years later.

That season, back in the day when sides did not necessarily wear change colours for every away game, the Pilgrims took their home kit to Newcastle United for a midweek evening Barclay's League Division Two game.

Argyle wore green and white stripes in the 1991-92 campaign which, unsurprisingly, was deemeed to be too close for comfort to the Magpies' black and white stripes.

The Pilgrims' kit man had not packed the yellow change kit, so club officials were despatched to Newcastle city centre to buy an off-the-shelf kit.

"In the Newcastle away game, Argyle were 1-0 up at half-time," he said.

"Then we went 2-0 up but Newcastle scored two late goals. I was at this game and remember it very well."

Argyle donned a dark blue number - with green trimming - for the 1999-2000 Nationwide Division Three campaign.

That season, they finished mid-table in the English game's fourth tier - the club's lowest ever league position until the recent troubles of the past two seasons.