ARGYLE have been handed a gruelling start and conclusion to the 2016-17 Sky Bet League Two campaign.
The Pilgrims visit both Carlisle United – the longest road-trip in the EFL – and Blackpool in the opening month of the campaign, as well as making a midweek trip to Notts County.
At the end of the season, Derek Adams and his men will play four of their last six fixtures away from Home Park, with the final game being the marathon 700-mile round-trip to Cleethorpes to play Grimsby Town on Saturday, May 6.
The run-in also includes March trips to Mansfield Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers before visits to Crawley, Portsmouth and Colchester on three consecutive April weekends.
The penultimate game of the season – and final home fixture – is against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, April 29, before the final day jaunt to the east coast to meet the Mariners.
Closer to home, the first Devon Expressway Derby with Exeter City is on Saturday, September 17, at St James’ Park, with the Home Park return on Saturday, February 11.
Argyle and Yeovil face each other on Saturday, October 1 at Home Park, before the second meeting at Huish Park on Saturday, January 7, while Cheltenham Town host Argyle on Saturday, January 21, and are our guests on Saturday, September 3.
The Pilgrims are at home for both Christmas holiday fixtures – against Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, and Crawley Town on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, while their first match of 2017 is away to Barnet on Monday, January 2.
The Easter holiday period sees a possible Good Friday game at Portsmouth on April 14, followed by a home match against Warren Feeney’s Newport County on Easter Monday, April 17. The Pilgrims travel to Wales on Saturday, October 22, and host Pompey on Saturday, October 15.
There are six midweek Tuesday games scheduled, kicking off with a visit to John Sheridan’s Notts County on August 16. The return is at Home Park on February 28. The Pilgrims will also avoid playing Leyton Orient on a Saturday for the second consecutive season; they are in London on September 27, with the return at Home Park on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Barnet are the first Tuesday visitors to Home Park, on November 22.
Back on the road, the Pilgrims are at Morecambe on Saturday, November 26, immediately followed by a trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday, December 17. The long-haul to Hartlepool United takes place on Saturday, February 18,
All fixtures are subject to confirmation.