TODAY’S meeting with AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One represents league game number 150 under the tenure of Derek Adams as manager of Plymouth Argyle.
In a case of fitting symmetry, Wimbledon were also the first league opponent of the Adams reign and the boss is also just a week away from becoming the sixth longest-serving manager in Home Park history.
“I’ve been here for just over three years and I would like to stay for a long time,” said Derek. “I’m the seventh longest-serving manager in Plymouth Argyle’s history and the seventh highest winning percentage, so we want to improve on that. I need to stay another week to become number six [on the list].”
While it is a proud day for Derek and the club, there is some modesty in his analysis of the history books, as a closer scrutiny of his stewardship suggests he is actually the second most successful manager in the Plymouth Argyle records.
A fantastic piece in today’s match-day programme, ‘The Pilgrim’, unveils the full picture, as our intrepid columnist, ‘Statso’, adds in some very relevant parameters to his study.
Taking out those in charge for less than 20 matches in total and only include EFL fixtures, ‘Statso’ has Derek as second only to the legendary Robert Jack in the list of managerial win-rates. Get your copy of ‘The Pilgrim’ today for the whole story.
Derek is now number 12 in the list of longest-serving managers across all four divisions, while Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley is at number three, behind Morecambe’s Jim Bentley and Gareth Ainsworth of Wycombe Wanderers.
MATCH-DAY REMINDERS 2018-19
THE grandstand side of Home Park is closed for the entirety of the 2018-19 season.
TURNSTILES to the Devonport end, Lyndhurst Road side and Barn Park end all open at 1.30pm.
ADMISSION to the match is by ticket only. Supporters of both sides can pay on the day, but home fans will need to buy a ticket from the Ticket Office; away fans can pay for and collect tickets from the away Barn Park end.
PLEASE make sure you sit in the seat that corresponds to the number on your ticket. Anyone found in a seat or an area where they should not be could be ejected from the ground.
RECEPTION at Home Park is now based in the Argyle Superstore and will be open from 9am on match-day.
THE mobile retail unit will be outside the ground and retail outlets in the Devonport and Lyndhurst will open when the ground does.
THE award-winning Pilgrim match-day programme, costing £3, will be on sale from sellers and from the stadium catering kiosks.
HOSPITALITY and Match-Day Sponsorship activities are now based in the Life Centre for the majority of matches. For further information, please contact the Commercial Operations team.
IT is a criminal offence to enter a sports ground whilst drunk and to bring alcohol into the ground.
THE following articles must not be brought into the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Anyone found to be in possession of any of these articles inside the ground could face a criminal prosecution and will receive an immediate and indefinite banning order from Home Park.