The New Boys
ARGYLE will renew acquaintances with Luton Town once again when the Pilgrims visit Kenilworth Road on September 6.The return game, at Home Park, will be contested on January 17.
Luton cruised to the Skrill Premier title last season, amassing 101 points and finishing 19 points clear of the field.
It has been eight seasons since Argyle and Town last met in the league, with Argyle completing the double over the Bedfordshire side in 2006-07. We have met since, with Luton winning 2-0 in a League Cup tie in 2008.
Minds are easily cast back to 2001-02, though, and the last time the two sides both resided in their current division. Argyle ultimately prevailed as the two teams tussled throughout the season for top spot, with the Pilgrims running out champions by three points.
The season was notable for the barbs thrust in Argyle’s direction by outspoken Luton boss Joe Kinnear. Argyle would win 2-1 at Home Park that season, following Michael Evans’ controversial dismissal, although Luton would later extract a modicum of revenge by winning 2-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Luton were joined in achieving promotion into the Football League by Cambridge United, who face Argyle on the opening day of the season at the Abbey Stadium, and then at home on February 14. These will be the first meetings between the sides since 1998-99.
Argyle will be trying to beat Cambridge for the first time since 1996, when Chris Billy, Richard Logan and Ian Baird scored in a 3-2 away win, just two months before Argyle won promotion at Wembley.
Cambridge and Argyle have met 20 times in all competitions, with United shading it, having won 8 of those meetings. Argyle have won 6, while there have been 6 draws.
Between Luton and Cambridge lies Broadhall Way, Stevenage, to which Argyle will soon pay their first ever visit. The clubs have never met in their histories, but will do in Plymouth on Tuesday, August 19 and at Stevenage on March 3.
Stevenage were relegated from Sky Bet League 1 last season, along with Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rover - a trio that comprise Argyle's final three fixtures. We will meet the Shrews on the final day of the season at Greenhous Meadow and on October 4 at Home Park; Carlisle visit us on October 18, with the reverse fixture taking place on April 18; Tranmere is the destination on October 11, with Rovers our final home game of the campaign.
All fixtures are subject to confirmation.