Fans' Guide | Accrington Stanley (H)
Table-topping Argyle's flawless home record in Sky Bet League One will undergo another stress test on Saturday, as John Coleman's Accrington Stanley visit Home Park.
The Lancastrians make the lengthy trip to Devon on the back of three successive league wins, propelling them up to 9th in the table. Meanwhile, Argyle's dramatic late win over Sheffield Wednesday sees them retain top spot, one point ahead of Ipswich Town.
Another large crowd is expected - with many home areas of the stadium already sold out. If you are planning on attending and don't yet have a ticket, we urge you to buy swiftly or risk disappointment.
As always, we encourage fans to arrive early to risk large queues forming at the turnstiles, and to sample pre-match entertainment in the build up to the big game. Large numbers of supporters arriving late cannot have an expectation of making into the stadium before kick off.
Joining us at Home Park? Read on for your fans' guide.
Fans' Guide for Accrington Stanley
We are once again urging supporters not to cross the line in their support of Argyle.
There can be no doubting the commitment, noise, and incredible levels of support from the Green Army towards Steven Schumacher and his table-topping side this season, and we thank you – it once again made a huge difference on Tuesday night, as Sam Cosgrove powered a header home in stoppage time to overcome Sheffield Wednesday at a sold-out Home Park.
The fans have played a huge part in the club’s incredibly strong start to the season, but an extremely small minority of supporters’ behaviour threatens our progress – on and off the field.
The club has written to supporters following previous reports of anti-social behaviour at away fixtures this season, and so we were extremely disappointed to learn that the referee’s report on Tuesday night that coins were thrown towards opposition goalkeeper David Stockdale from the Devonport End in the second half, as well as bottles thrown onto the pitch during the celebrations of Cosgrove’s winner.
The club takes no joy in producing these types of communications to supporters, and we have no desire to continue doing so. However, we must also acknowledge the seriousness of the situation, with Argyle subject to unlimited fines or a potential capacity reduction if the FA considers the club’s response to such behaviour unsatisfactory.
Argyle’s ambition is to become a sustainable Championship club, respected in the South West and beyond. Careless behaviour from overzealous supporters places that mission at risk.
The implications of receiving a fine impact upon our ability to fund a competitive first team, or invest in further improvements to the supporter experience at Home Park. Perhaps more significant is the prospect of a reduction in capacity at Home Park – particularly while attendances are regularly reaching close to capacity – which could have huge ramifications for both the match-day atmosphere and the club’s finances.
Argyle manager Steven Schumacher knows how vital the support is for the team this season, and is under no illusion of the potential consequences for the club. Speaking during Thursday’s press conference ahead of the Sky Bet League One visit of Accrington Stanley, he said: “I spoke to Zac [Newton, Club Secretary] and he made me aware that we’ve had a couple of warnings about our fan behaviour. I just feel it’s important that we get that balance right where it’s not an easy place to come – we want to make it hard for teams – but we can’t step over the line with fan behaviour.
“What that can result in is reduced stadium capacity, which we don’t want, and potentially a big fine, affects the playing budget. Everyone just needs to be mindful of that situation as well.”
If supporters see anything unusual during their visit to Home Park, we encourage you to make use of our anonymous reporting service.
Text ARGYLE to 66777 followed by your message and a member of the team will investigate.
The statue of pioneering Argyle footballer Jack Leslie was unveiled earlier on Friday, and supporters will note on matchday that a small area surrounding the statue has been temporarily surrounded by barriers in preparation for final remedial work.
Unfortunately, as a result, we are unable to offer our Argyle Community Trust free activity zone outside of the Devonport End for this fixture.
Of course, we encourage supporters to enjoy their first look at the new statue, which enshrines the legacy of an Argyle great at Home Park - but ask that you co-operate with stewards and do not disturb the barriers surrounding Leslie's statue.
We thank supporters for their understanding, and apologise for inconvenience caused.
Following Tuesday night's unsuccessful attempt, this weekend's crossbar challenge - which will take place at half time - provides the opportunity for one lucky fan to win £150 cash if they can strike the crossbar.
To be in with a chance to win prizes on the Home Park pitch, simply look out for our Here to Help team and hope you're picked to step on the hallowed turf!
Alongside the half time challenge, in the countdown to kick off, one lucky young fan will go head to head against Pilgrim Pete from the penalty spot.
We have a Here to Help team stationed around Home Park on to ensure that all supporters get the answers and help they need to make the most of matchday.
Our Here to Help team are stationed outside Home Park from 1.30pm, staffing posts including the information booth in the Park and Ride car park, outside the Home Park Ticket Office and Argyle Superstore, the Family Zone, the top of the steps approaching the Lyndhurst Road Stand and outside of the away end.
Members of the Here to Help team can be identified by their striking purple high-visibility jackets.
Tickets remain available to purchase online at argyletickets.com, but the Home Park Ticket Office will also be open up until kick-off for supporters wishing to purchase on the day of the fixture. Please note that remaining tickets are now limited, and supporters should act swiftly to secure their seat for the game.
Turnstiles will open two hours before kick-off, from 1.00pm. Supporters are advised to enter through the turnstile identified on their match ticket. However, if neighbouring turnstiles have shorter queues, supporters are permitted to enter these to speed up access to the stadium.
Supporters seated in blocks 5, 6 or 7 (the Devonport End and Lyndhurst Road Stand corner) are now permitted to enter turnstiles at either the Devonport End or Lyndhurst Road Stand.
As always, we encourage supporters to make use of digital tickets wherever possible, reducing queuing times at the Ticket Office, as well as the impact of ticket production. Click here to read more about digital tickets.
Should supporters arrive late for the fixture, there will be one late turnstile open in the Devonport End stand, and it will remain open until half-time.
Accrington Stanley supporters can purchase from the away turnstiles in the Barn Park End, subject to availability.
From 1pm, the popular Mayflower Grandstand Fan Zone is once again open for this fixture, offering supporters access to delicious food and drink.
Located within the gated area behind the Lower Mayflower, the Fan Zone aims to provide the best-ever match-day experience for the Green Army seated on that side of the stadium.
The new catering vendors located within the Mayflower Fan Zone will serve a range of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, as well as offering fresh and delicious food – including hot dogs, fries, pasties, pulled pork baps and baguettes.
This weekend's match programme is a special Jack Leslie dedicated edition, with a cover dedicated to the Argyle pioneer, and much of the content featuring his important story.
Copies are available around the stadium for purchase at £3, while a limited number will also be available to purchase from the Argyle Superstore.
The Superstore will be open until 30 minutes after full-time, selling a range of Argyle memorabilia, replica kits, and souvenirs - including the freshly released, limited edition 22/23 third kit.
For any accessibility or match-day support queries, our dedicated Disability Liaison Officer can be contacted on email@example.com.
Sensory packs, which include a drawstring bag, ear defenders, fidget spinners, a sensory ball, an awareness card and lanyard, as well as further match-day information, are now available for children who need them – free of charge. Click here to find out more.
Concession kiosks will be open, serving a range of food and beverages.
There will be a discount of 25% on all products purchased from food and beverage kiosks inside the stadium between 1pm-1.45pm.
Meanwhile, toilet facilities will continue to operate with a one-way system. In order to avoid large queues at peak times (e.g half-time), we advise supporters to plan ahead for toilet breaks, using facilities when they are likely to be less busy.
We encourage fans to pay using contactless methods wherever possible to reduce queuing times. Supporters are advised that the concessions in the Upper Mayflower Grandstand operate on a cashless basis.
Outside the stadium
On your approach to Home Park, you will notice a number of external catering venues offering hot food and refreshments. Please note that prices and menus at these outlets are not controlled by the club, and are subject to change. There is also a food court inside the Mayflower Grandstand Fan Zone, offering a range of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, as well as offering fresh and delicious food – including hot dogs, fries, pasties, pulled pork baps and baguettes. As above, these kiosks are not operated by the club, and prices are subject to change.
Inside the stadium
Our food and beverage kiosks throughout the stadium serve a range of food, beverages, and alcoholic drinks, stadium-wide. Please see an indicative menu and pricing below.
|Proper Cornish steak pasty||£3.95|
|Proper Cornish cheese and onion pasty||£3.95|
|Proper Cornish sausage roll||£3.65|
|Proper Cornish vegan roll||£3.65|
|Add cheese||£1 extra|
|Add coleslaw||£1.50 extra|
|Add onions||50p extra|
|Pizza twist (margherita or pepperoni)||£3.80|
|Kit Kat Chunky/Lion Bar/Yorkie||£1.50|
|Buttermilk Chocolate Bar||£2.00|
|Sharing bags: Tangfastics/Munchies/Aero Chocolate||£3.50|
|Carlsberg Lager 500ml||£4.95|
|Thatchers Gold 500ml||£4.95|
|Thatchers Haze 500ml||£4.95|
|Tribute Pale Ale 500ml||£4.95|
|Vodka & Coke 250ml||£5.00|
|Gin & Tonic 250ml||£5.00|
Draught alcohol (half pint/full pint)
|Green Army: Pasty and Drink (soft/hot/Carlsberg)||£8.00|
|Theatre of Greens: Pizza twist, chocolate, soft drink||£7.00|
|Pilgrims: Sausage roll, crisps, soft drink||£6.50|
It's not just team news and ticket information available on the official Argyle App, there are lots of fun ways to enhance your match day and prove your football knowledge to the rest of your family!
Take our pre-match quiz to see how much you really know about the opposition, and don't forget to vote for your Man of the Match from our shortlist of four contenders straight after the final whistle.
Not got the App yet? Click here to download free on Android devices, and here for Apple.
Supporters should be prepared to be searched by our security team as they enter the stadium.
Wherever possible, we will ensure that 'wand' searches are also undertaken by members of the same gender. If that is not the case upon entry, and you feel at all uncomfortable, please raise this with a member of the security team - who will make the necessary arrangements.
As with all major sporting events, bringing bags to the stadium is actively discouraged. However, fans arriving at Home Park with a small personal bag (for example, medical bags or handbags) capable of being stowed under seats is permitted. Please note, supporters should expect this to be searched before entry.
We ask that supporters arrive in plenty of time to avoid queues forming as kick-off approaches.
A reminder that supporters can tune in to our free pre-match show live!
Whether you are in the stands at Home Park, on the way to the game, or watching from home, simply go to our YouTube channel from 2pm to enjoy live build-up featuring Argyle TV's Charlie Price, as well as promotion-winning former striker Ian Stonebridge.
Live video streaming is available for overseas subscribers to Argyle TV, while audio match passes are available domestically for £2.50. Click here to see what's available in your region.
The Argyle Superstore, located next to the Home Park Ticket Office by the main entrance to the Mayflower Grandstand, is open until 30 minutes after full-time.
In addition to the Superstore, there is a large pop-up retail outlet located on the corner of the Devonport End, stocking all supporter favourites - this is open until kick-off.
An additional retail kiosk is available inside the stadium, in the concourse of the Lyndhurst Road Stand.
Outland Road Car Park, adjacent to Home Park is a very large – and free! – car park. It is council-run, and is typically a park-and-ride car park into the city. It is free to use on match-days, but will obviously begin to fill up very early for many fixtures, especially local derbies, Bank Holiday fixtures, etc.
Additional street parking is available surrounding Home Park, but please be mindful of local residents, park sensibly, and be aware of any parking restrictions and permit areas.
There are also several large pay and display car parks in the city centre, which is within walking distance of Home Park, but not advised for those who struggle to walk beyond short distances.