ARGYLE’S 5,000th competitive game will take place on Tuesday night, and both Derek Adams and Peter Hartley are expecting a special atmosphere at Home Park against Exeter City.
The Pilgrims’ 101st meeting with Exeter will be commemorated by a special, one-off programme, recalling the players, staff and moments that shaped the club’s previous 4,999 fixtures. Everything is set for the midweek clash of old rivals to be a special moment in Argyle’s history, and Adams is thrilled to be in charge of the team for their milestone moment.
“It’s a lot of games, and it’s ironic that we’re playing in a derby match against Exeter,” said Derek.
“It’s a terrific occasion for the football club. It’ll be great for the fans as well; they can say that they’ve been at Argyle’s 5,000th game, against Exeter, and I’m sure that’ll put more on the gate tomorrow night.
“It’s not a game that you want to miss; it’s a game that football fans want to come and see. I’m sure they’ll get a good spectacle tomorrow.
“There’ve been a lot of highs along the way, and it’s just nice to have this game tomorrow night.”
Hartley, meanwhile, is full of praise for the entire football club in its preparation for game 5,000 against the Grecians, and is dead set on providing the club and the Green Army with another memorable moment to savour.
“The guys have worked really hard on the programme, and the club make a lot of effort with things like this, which I’ve never seen anywhere I’ve been,” said Peter.
“It’s a really special environment to be in. It’s the 5,000th game and it’s against Exeter; what are the chances? We’ve got to go out and get the win, and get our name in the hat now.
“We’re top of the league, got a Devon Derby, it’s the club’s 5,000th ever game tomorrow, the boys have put an amazing programme on, so everything’s positive.
“After everything people have been through here in the past who are still at the club, it’s great to replay them with sitting at the top of league table, instead of at the other end.”
Tonight's game against Exeter kicks off at 7.45pm. Tickets are £17 for adults, £12 for concessions, £7 for under-18s. See you there!