SATURDAY’S game against Bradford City is our ninth home league Sky Bet League Two match of the 2019-20 season; we are unbeaten in our three previous games at Home Park.
The Fan Zone will still be open from 11am to allow supporters to meet under Devonport end, soak up the pre-match vibe, and enjoy each other’s company. They will be able get a soft drink and something to eat at half match-day prices and enjoy pre-match entertainment provided by Jeff ‘the Horse’ Horsey. There is also face-painting, and the early Premier League TV game – West Ham United against Tottenham Hotspur – will be screened. Admission is free to all.
THE game kicks off at 3pm.
MATCH-DAY admission prices are £25 for adults; £20 for over 65s and under 23s; £11 for under 18s; £8 for under 12s; and £3 for under 8s.
RECEPTION at Home Park is in the Ticket Office and will be open from 9am on match-day.
THE Home Park Superstore is also open from 9am. Saturday’s Match-Day Mania special is £12 off adult 2019-20 home shirts; £7 off junior sizes; and £10 off Mini-Kits.
THE ground will be open for the match from 1.30pm. Turnstile 16 will stay open until 3.30pm and Turnstile 6 will remain open until five minutes after the second half kicks off.
AWAY fans will be able to pay on the day (cash or card) on Gate 22 at the Barn Park end of Home Park; this will also be a late gate.
THERE is free car-parking in the Outland Road Park & Ride Car-Park adjacent to Home Park, but this will fill up early. Street parking in the area is available, but please take care to note local restrictions. Our advice is to use public transport whenever possible.
THE official Pilgrim Match-Day programme will be on sale from the Argyle Superstore and around the ground for the price of £3 from the usual vendors, kiosks, the Home Park Superstore and the family fan zone. There is also our new-for-2019-20, a special children’s programme, which costs just 50p.
BEFORE the game, we will be holding the latest instalment of our regular Crossbar Challenge, with someone selected from the crowd at this time at every home game to step on to the pitch and attempt to kick the ball onto the crossbar. A £600 prize awaits a successful challenger. In the event that the crossbar is not hit, the £600 rolls over to the prize fund for the next home game, making the pot £650. The prize fund will roll over by £50 week on week, until somebody is able to strike the crossbar. We only select from seats that are clearly occupied at 1.55pm – so to be in with a chance of playing the Crossbar Challenge, supporters need to be seated before then.
THE Match Sponsor is Bidfood, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers who share their customers’ passion for great food. But their passion does not stop there. They are 100% dedicated to delivering service excellence, making life easier and helping their customers grow.
IU Energy are Match-Programme Sponsors. They are Argyle’s official energy partner, supplying us with 100% green power, and no doubt you will have noticed them adding to their green credentials with 58.85kW of solar panels, spelling out ‘PAFC’ on the wonderful new Mayflower Grandstand.
THE food and drink kiosks inside Home Park will be offering Meal Deals throughout the day.
THERE will be a 50-50 Lottery half-time prize draw, with tickets available from the usual sellers. Former Pilgrim Ian Stonebrudge will make the draw.
ALSO at half-time, Dobwalls Under-10s and Charlestown Giants Under-8s are taking part in a small-sided game organized by the Argyle Community Trust. This is part of a full package which includes match tickets, a stadium tour, lunch, shop discount, discounted Community Trust roadshow courses and a signed football from the first-team squad. There is also an American-style shoot-out with Goonhavern Under-9s.
THERE are a couple of presentations at half-time. Disability Darts World Cup winner, and big Argyle fan, Snowy Dyson represented England in the sport’s first-ever World Cup in Belgium in February and threw the winning double as the team brought the trophy back across the English Channel. Nicknamed ‘The Apache,’ double-amputee Snowy kept his cool to dispatch the winning dart against local rivals Wales in the final.
THE friends of Matt Powell, who died in June this year, will present a cheque for £700 to the Argyle Community Trust’s It’s A Goal project. Matt’s friends got together to stage a game in his memory for the first time in 18 years recently - Dom Burnett’s Ivy All Stars took on Matt Skelley’s Western Beacon and Erme Pilgrims to rekindle the age-old rivalry. The Pilgrims won 6-2.
ALSO at half-time, children from Chaddlewood Primary School will be singing a song that they have written and produced called ‘Together’. The track was released on November 15 to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and, so far, the track has received hugely positive comments and reviews, including from the highest level within the NSPCC; featured in a very large number of Press articles; and been tweeted about by celebrities such as Brian Blessed.
PLYMOUTH Argyle is a community-focused, values-driven organisation, whose stated aim is to make attending football matches as inclusive and enjoyable as possible for all members of society. We have a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to bully, intimidate or discriminate against a fellow supporter, player or member of club staff. We encourage supporters to report any instance of inappropriate comments, chanting or behaviour – you can do this to the nearest steward, or to the club, or via our match-day reporting service: text ARGYLE and your message to 66777.
SUPPORTERS are reminded that they will be banned from attending any football match in this country for at least three years if they use, or even attempt to use, a pyrotechnic device at Home Park. It is not fun; it is not acceptable; it is not legal.
ACCESS to seating in many areas of the ground has become something of an increasing problem, especially for our disabled supporters, so it is essential to keep the walkways clear. Thank you for your understanding.
AT Argyle, we have a duty of care to everyone who visits Home Park and, in keeping with our Vision and Values, we take that duty very seriously. That is why we ask all supporters to respect our requests to refrain from persistent standing. Thank you.
IT is a criminal offence to enter a sports ground whilst drunk and to bring alcohol into the ground. Anyone trying to enter Home Park whilst drunk will be refused entry and anyone found attempting to bring alcohol into the ground will be handed to the police. There is a three-year football banning order linked to these offences.
IT is also a criminal offence to enter the field of play. Pitch incursions pose a threat to the safety of players, officials and spectators and will result in the Pilgrims being disciplined by the Football Association. Such incidents have resulted in clubs being charged and subsequently fined up to £200,000 by Regulatory Commissions.
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.