Pilgrims at the Fireworks

ARGYLE have made an explosive start to life under Ryan Lowe. On Wednesday night, they took the opportunity to sit back and relax as it was somebody else’s turn to put on a show.

A good proportion of the Pilgrims’ first-team squad, alongside coaches and their respective partners and families, went down to FUEL Catering on Sutton Harbour to enjoy a meal and the first night of the British Firework Championships which take place on the Hoe.

“At FUEL down in the Barbican, they’re providing some food for the lads on away trips. A lot of the new lads have been going down there for meals and they invited us down last night [Wednesday] for the fireworks,” said Lowe.

“I think there was 23 or 24 of us there, coaching staff, players, wives, girlfriends. Really good, they’re the things we want – being a group. There were some lads who were unfortunate not to come, because their babies were younger. It was nice of them to put some food on for the lads and the kids were all there running around watching the fireworks.”

Lowe has talked a lot about his motivation to build everyone connected with the club into one big ‘family’, and he feels that his group of players have bought into his philosophy, with team spirit improving all the time.

“We’re all a family, aren’t we? When you become a big family, stuff like this is worthwhile. If you get one or two where their heart’s not in it, then they have to move on, but we haven’t got any of them,” said Lowe.

“We’ve got a solid group that’s all pulling in the right direction. Some lads are going to be disappointed when you name the team before games and that’s fine, be disappointed, but, the next day, get your disappointment out of the way and push lads on and help each other.

“We’ve got a squad of not only good lads and good characters, but good footballers too.”