The Hot Seat

WHEN Argyle take to the field for their vital home-game against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, Geoff Cole will be watching from a very familiar position.

Geoff will be seated in the Grandstand and is the third generation of the Cole family to occupy the same seat: N78. First held by his grandfather, the seat had been occupied by Geoff’s father Brian Cole, who sadly passed away in February, for approximately 35 years. The Cole family have four or five generations that come from Plymouth and are Argyle through and through.

Geoff said: “My father was a reasonable amateur footballer, who played for Devon and signed for Torquay United as an amateur. In the ‘50’s, Torquay played Argyle, on Boxing Day I think, and my father and his parents all watched the match in the Torquay director’s box…but all three of them cheered for Argyle!”

As a youngster, Geoff was taken along to an Argyle match by his father and was eventually given his own season ticket, meaning that from the mid ‘80’s, Geoff’s father occupied the N78 seat, whilst he sat in the seat O79. 

However last year, when renewing their season tickets, an error occurred which swapped Geoff’s seat with his father’s, ensuring that he became the third generation of his family to occupy the seat N78.

Geoff said: “It was meant to be that I had that ticket, and when it came to renewing this year’s season ticket I had to have N78.”

As Argyle prepare for their crucial Sky Bet League 2 clash against Tranmere at Home Park this Saturday, searching for a vital three points towards their play-off push, Geoff will be there to support his team.

He said: “You know where I’ll be sitting, and I’ll definitely be there on Saturday and away at Shrewsbury too.

“I do think we’ll make the play-offs and hopefully we’ll get the three points on Saturday.”