ARGYLE’S regular match announcer Andy Ballantyne will be making his Wembley debut in Monday’s Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final.
The life-long Pilgrims’ fan will update the club's fans on any late news for the promotion-or-bust encounter with AFC Wimbledon, go through the Argyle team line-up, and offer some final words of encouragement for Derek Adams’ men.
The six-minute segment is a way of building the atmosphere ahead of kick-off for Argyle’s big day out and hopefully the familiar local link with the Pilgrims will get the Green Army and Wembley Stadium rocking.
The Heart South West news presenter admitted he was nervous to be appearing in front of more than 50,000 fans, nearly 35,000 of who will be supporting the Pilgrims. He said: “This has to be the highlight of my career. From standing on the terraces and even watching Argyle get promoted twice in three years, nothing comes close to seeing your side at Wembley.
“There has been so much interest from across the globe, with people coming from Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Bermuda – I hope my voice works and I don’t stumble!”
An Argyle spokesman said: “With Andy on duty as normal, it will take another little bit of Home Park to Wembley. We know the fans and – importantly – Derek and the players will enjoy hearing a recognisable voice performing a familiar routine before the game.”