WE are dreaming of a Green Christmas - Argyle will renew acquaintances with Somerset side Yeovil Town on Boxing Day.
The two Green-clad South West sides have not squared off in a competitive fixture since the 2011-12 season, and will meet for the first time this season at Home Park on December 26. We travel to Huish Park on Saturday, February 6.
It is a fixture between the teams eleven years ago that many fans remember the most vividly.
In a League Cup clash at Huish Park that Yeovil won 3-2 after extra time, Lee Johnson’s attempt at respectfully passing a drop ball back to Argyle’s penalty area ended up sailing over Luke McCormick’s head and into the net. Upon the restart, Gary Johnson’s side opted to let the Greens, more specifically Stevie Crawford, jog through their defences and tap into an empty net.
The Glovers finished bottom of Sky Bet League 1 last season, suffering their second straight relegation, and were joined in the drop zone by Leyton Orient, Notts County and Crawley Town. The Pilgrims pay a visit to the O’s on Tuesday, April 19, having last clashed horns in the first round of the Capital One Cup last season, drawing 3-3 before Orient edged through on penalties. Our home fixture is on a Tuesday, too, being played on November 24.
Crawley are unbeaten in their two meetings with the Greens, which took place in the 2011-12 season. We play them on Saturday, October 3 at Home Park, before travelling to Sussex on Saturday, February 20.
Argyle and Notts County have a slightly more storied history, facing off nine times in the past two decades. The Pilgrims have not recorded a victory over county since 2003, when a brace from Michael Evans and a Nathan Lowndes strike secured a comfortable 3-0 win at Home Park. We meet County on Saturday, October 10 at Meadow Lane, and the Magpies come to us on Saturday, February 27.
The new Sky Bet League 2 contenders promoted from the Conference also includes an old adversary, as Bristol Rovers return to the league after a one-season absence. The Gas defeated Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby Town to earn promotion via the play-offs, and will visit Plymouth on Saturday, September 19. Our trip to Bristol is on Saturday, January 23.
Barnet were crowned Conference champions last season, and will join us on Tuesday, January 29. We make our visit to The Hive on Tuesday, March 1. Last time we played Barnet on Edgar Davids Day - this time it is St David's Day.
All fixtures are subject to confirmation.