NEARLY 5,500 supporters have travelled to watch our Sky Bet League Two games so far this season: 1,500-plus at Crewe; 800 on a Tuesday night in Crawley; more than 1,000 a game on average.
That incredible backing is so appreciated by Ryan Lowe and the team, who are proud to walk out to be greeted by a sea of green and to experience the passion of the Green Army from kick-off to full-time.
Sometimes, though, that passion spills over into unacceptable areas. Sometimes, the behaviour of a tiny minority tarnishes the great reputation, built up over many years, of the majority.
We have said it before, but to be absolutely clear, let us repeat – 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 desire and a duty to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimization based on age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; marriage and civil partnership; race; religion and belief; gender; and sexual orientation.
Therefore, we will take the strongest possible action against anyone behaving discriminatorily, including Home Park banning orders and liaising with the Police to ensure that the law is upheld. That could result is criminal prosecution under the Football (Offences) Act 1991 or Criminal Justice Act 2003, which specifically cover discriminatory behaviour.
This week, we received a formal warning from the Football Association following their investigation into the behaviour of a very small number who travelled to our game at Northampton Town.
If further such reports at other matches are substantiated, the FA will consider disciplinary action.
We do not want that. Much more importantly, we do not want the good name of Plymouth Argyle to be dragged down by those claiming to support the club.
The Green Army will again be out in force for Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town, and we thank you for that support.
Be loud. Be proud. Be the 12th man.