AS we prepare for the visit of Bristol Rovers on Saturday, HADEN TYE takes a look to why we ought to be optimistic...
At home, Argyle haven't lost to Bristol Rovers since August 2000 - playing out six fixtures in all competitions since then, with three Argyle wins and three draws at Home Park since the Pirates beat the Pilgrims at the Theatre Of Greens. Rovers' last victory at Home Park, was inspired by goals from Marcus Bignot and Martin Cameron. Paul McGregor scored Argyle's only goal as the Pirates ran out 2-1 winners.
Argyle's best ever home victory against Bristol Rovers was a 5-0 thumping in 1961. The Pilgrims had three scorers that day; Peter Anderson scored once, with George Kirby and Wilf Carter both scoring twice in front of just over 14,000 at Home Park.
With seven games played, Argyle are enjoying their seventh best ever start to a season. Argyle have had 15 points this early into a campaign twice before; they finished 15th in their 1978-79 campaign and in the season of 1998-1999, the Pilgrims finished 13th after having 15 points at this stage. The good news is Argyle have been promoted six times after having the equivalent of 15 points or fewer at this juncture. One more promotion would make an impressive streak of coincidences for 'seven heaven'...
Argyle have not played a home game on September 19 since a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in 1962, with Johnny Williams and Alex Jackson scoring the goals for the Pilgrims on that day. Argyle have played nine away fixtures on that date since 1962, including trips to play Arsenal at Highbury in 1989, Fulham at Craven Cottage in 1992, and more recently, Newcastle at St.James' Park in 2009. The outcomes of those trips, weren't quite reasons to be cheerful though. In total Argyle have played four home fixtures on September 19, winning three, and losing one, to Rotherham in 1953.