THE Far Post Club is returning to Home Park.
Argyle and the Green Taverners have joined forces to return the fabled and much-loved supporters' social club to its former glory.
Work has already begun on restoring the Far Post, which is situated at the Barn Park end of Argyle's home, with the aim of reopening before the end of the season.
Then, as in the past, the Green Army will be able to enjoy a drink and food before games, as well during the week.
It had earlier been proposed to replace the Far Post with a bar situated on the Higher Home Park Car-park, alongside the Argyle Superstore and Ticket Office.
However, since that idea, the club has re-purchased Home Park from Plymouth City Council and looked at things with fresh eyes.
It was felt that, with demand for tickets on the increase and the Superstore doing brisk business, not to mention the interests of fans who hold the Far Post dear to their hearts, aims and objectives should be reassessed.
The upshot of that was that a dear and valued part of Home Park will be back soon.
We will keep you (far) posted.
1-11 FAR POST FACTS
1 The original Far Post Club - "luxurious in its appointment and complete in facilities" - was opened at Home Park in 1975. The price of membership was initially 10p a week.
2The club's name was coined by Bill Pearce, Argyle’s commercial manager who found the portable building which became the Far Post in Exeter - it was an overflow unit in the car-park of Exeter Hospital, with consulting rooms and offices.
3 Watney’s Brewery provided Argyle with a £25,000 loan to buy the building, which was repaid within two years.
4The Far Post was brought down the A38 on a lorry and re-sited at the Barn Park end of Home Park.
5 Club chairman at the time, Robert Daniel, indicated that the lifespan of the ‘temporary’ building would be five years. It lasted nearly 40.
6The first pint pulled at the Far Post was drawn by legendary Liverpool manager Bob Paisley, in town for John Hore’s testimonial game.
7 The club’s first licence was an occasional licence, and held by a big Argyle fan Charlie ‘Ginger’ Casterton who ran the Edgecombe Hotel in Millbridge. Gordon Ward was the first steward.
8In the early days of the Far Post, the first team and apprentices ate their lunch there.
9 The Far Post fielded teams in local football, pool and darts leagues. The football team played in green and black stripes.
10Cabaret nights, talent shows, whist and bingo all featured at the Far Post.
11 The Far Post was run by a committee until 2005, when it was taken over by the football club.