11 Things About...Bideford

HERE are some titbits about our destination this Saturday afternoon...

1. Bideford was home to the author Charles Kinglsey, and is where he based his novel Westward Ho!
2. By the 16th century Bideford had become Britain's third largest port.
3. The last witches to be hanged in Britain were three women from Bideford.
4. The city of Biddeford, Maine in the United States was named after the English town, using the original old English spelling. Also, the town of Bideford in the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada, is named after the English town.
5. In 1974-75 Bideford set an all time FA Cup record playing 15 FA Cup game in one season - a result of playing numerous replays in qualifying rounds including needing five games to beat Falmouth Town and four more to beat Trowbridge Town in the next round. With the abandonment of second and further replays, this record will never be beaten again.
6. Their nickname is The Robins because of their all red kit.
7. Several players from the club have progressed to Football League status, the most recent of them being Tony Dennis and Shaun Taylor.
8. 2013-14 saw Bideford end the season in 10th place, and were never out of the top 10 all season.
9. Bideford manager Sean Joyce is an ex-professional footballer, who played for Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City and Torquay United.
10. Bideford's centre-back Matt Villis is an ex-Argyle player.
11. The last time the two sides met Argyle beat the Robins 5-4 on penalties thanks to a Jason Banton spot kick in the St Luke's cup final.

Exclusive commentary of Argyle v Bideford is available on Argyle Player HD