HOME Park is getting itself ready to feel the noise.
Work is going on to ensure that Derek Adams and his promotion chasing Pilgrims are encouraged by the noisiest incarnation of the Green Army yet as Argyle meet Dagenham & Redbridge this Saturday.
We have all witnessed what impact a galvanised Green Army has on the Theatre of Greens, and with two of Argyle’s three vital games remaining to be staged at home, raising the decibel level could help to achieve our ultimate goal: promotion.
A group of supporters on social networking sites are rousing the Green Army into creating a 90-minute ‘Wall of Noise’ on Saturday as the club seeks to unite as one and drive Derek and the lads over the line to promotion, while we are delighted to welcome the Sturminster Newton High School Samba Band to the fixture.
The band was formed around 15 years ago and are led by Argyle fan Andy Clarke, the school's head of music. Many children at the school have performed with the band.
The music department at the school is very strong and runs many extracurricular activities, including one of the largest school choirs in the south with more than 85 members.
Manager Derek Adams is a well-known champion of the support given to him and the lads by the Green Army, home and away, and is content knowing they will be squarely behind them on Saturday.
A crowd in excess of 10,000 is anticipated against Dagenham, and it follows 2,400 Pilgrims travelling to Portsmouth last weekend, and over 1,000 at Leyton Orient on Tuesday – two games both won by Argyle.
Derek said: “We’ve been very good, home and away. Our records are nearly identical home and away. We’ve been able to put in impressive away form. When I came here as manager I did say we had to improve our away form, we’ve been able to do that. Now we’re at home and we’ll have 10,000+ on Saturday that will give their full backing to the team.
“At home the fans are very vocal; that will help us on Saturday. When they are vocal – singing and chanting the players’ names – then that can help us.
“They’ve helped us throughout the season. They’ve traveled in big numbers of the season away from where we’ve had an average of over 1,000 fans. They’ve been terrific.
“The last time we went to Leyton Orient there were 400 away fans. That was a good number of years ago. The fans are really supportive on our travels. It was a great turnout on a Tuesday night. They haven’t got back until the early hours of the morning and were very vocal during the game.”
Argyle midfielder Graham Carey was wowed by the following that backed Argyle to victory last week, and is confident that he and the players can do what it takes to reward everyone in green and white.
Regarding the 1,000+ average on the road, Graham said: “It sounds like 2-3,000 at times. It just shows the size the club, and shows that we are doing well – the fans want to come out and enjoy seeing us play.
“It is down to us now to repay the faith they have shown us this season by finishing the job off.
“We know it is going to be tough but if the fans stick with us, as they have over the last two games, especially, we can push on together. Hopefully, that will be the case.”