Simply the Best
WE have just enjoyed the best February in Argyle history - five out of five wins.
We have won all of our EFL games in February three times previously – 1947, when only two games were played; and 1953 and 1969, when four were played).
We have only once before won five games in a February – in 2002, but we also lost to Luton in that month.
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bradford City was our sixth EFL win on the bounce – the 16th time that we have achieved this, the last time being just over a year ago in September 2016.
On five of those 16 occasions, we have gone to record seven wins in a row – the last time was in 2003-04; ironically, the 7-0 win at home to Chesterfield being the seventh win.
On one of the five occasions, we have won eight games in a row – 1951-52. On another two occasions, we have won a club-record nine in a row – in 1929-30 and 1985-86.
Our other seven-game winning run was across two seasons – 1926-27 and 1927-28. So whenever we have won seven games or more in a single season, we have gone on to be automatically promoted.
In the last 15 EFL games, we have picked up 36 points (W11 D3 L1), but this is not a club record.
For that, you have to go back to 1929-30, where we picked up 40 points (adjusting for three points for a win) with 13 victories and one draw in a 15-game spell, or to 1985-86, when we had the same record.
Funnily enough, the only team to beat us in the ’85-6 run was Wigan Athletic, who are also the only club to beat us in the current run.
In fact, the current run is not even a record under Derek Adams, as, last season, we picked up 38 points in a 15-game spell before Christmas, with 12 wins and two draws.