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Preview: Plymouth Argyle (H)

26 September 2014

After an incredible first game back for John Coleman at Northampton last weekend the Reds return home to take on Plymouth Argyle.

Ahead of kick off, the official website has all the information you might need:John Coleman takes charge of Stanley at the Store First Stadium for the first time since January 2012 as Plymouth Argyle make the long trip north.

Stanley come into the game with last week's astonishing 5-4 win at Northampton fresh in their minds and hoping for a fourth consecutive weekend victory.

The Pilgrims head to Lancashire 12th in League Two after a 2-0 win over Hartlepool and looking to spoil Coleman's homecoming.[/vc_tab]Stanley could hand a debut to goalkeeper Aaron Chapman who joined on loan from Chesterfield this week.

Adam Buxton is an injury doubt and fellow full back Michael Liddle remains sidelined with a knee problem.

Striker James Gray serves the second game of his three match suspension.

Argyle's top scorer Reuben Reid faces a fitness test on a hip injury and defender Peter Hartley is also a doubt.

Loan signing Bobby Reid, who has joined from Bristol City, is available for selection.[/vc_tab]Plymouth Argyle were founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club. The club then adopted its current name when they became fully professional in 1903, joining the Southern League.

Argyle won the Southern League in 1913, before entering the Football League Third Division South as a founder member in 1920. Between 1921 and 1926 Argyle finished in second place for six seasons running before finally gaining promotion to Division Two in the 1929-30 season.

After 20 seasons in Division Two Argyle were relegated back to the Third Division South, before a series of promotions and relegations saw the club reach the Second Division in 1959.

In 1965 Argyle reached the Football League Cup semi final for the first time in their history, where they lost to Leicester City, before the club were again relegated to Division Three in 1968. Argyle finally returned to Division Two in 1975, before once again being relegated just two seasons later, before the club reached the FA Cup semi final as a Third Division side in 1984.

In 1995 the club were relegated to the Third Division, which was now the fourth tier of English football and in doing so reached the lowest point in the clubs history. In the 2001-02 season the club won the Third Division title, achieving a league record of 102 points.

Argyle then won promotion to the newly re-branded Championship in 2004. The club spent six years in the Championship, before suffering consecutive relegations and ending up in League Two at the end of the 2010-11 season.[/vc_tab]

John Sheridan

The former Republic of Ireland international took over at Argyle in January of last year, after previously leaving Chesterfield. The 48 year old also has previous managerial experience at Oldham Athletic, initially joining the club as caretaker manager before taking on the role on a permanent basis.

Sheridan had a successful playing career, making over 600 appearances at clubs including Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham Athletic.

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Reuben Reid

By putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with Argyle at the end of the 2013-14 season, Reid signed for the Pilgrims for the fourth time in his career.

Reuben's football career really took off after he signed Rotherham United in 2008 and he went on to score 19 goals in all competitions, earning a move to then Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

Reid failed to nail down a first-team berth at the Hawthorns and was sent on loan spells to Peterborough and Walsall.

[/vc_tab]There have been eight previous meetings between Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle and victories have been hard to come by in the fixture – in fact, the sides have only managed one win each with the six others ending in draws.

Stanley's only win came in March 1959 at Home Park when goals from Scott, McNichol, Garrity and Mulkerrin gave them a 4-2 victory.

The Pilgrims took three points for the only time in February 2012 when they spoiled Paul Cook's first game at the helm of the Reds with a 4-0 win at the Store First Stadium.

Since then there have been four successive draws - there's never been a home win in the fixture!

[/vc_tab]Stanley have won three of their last four matches, with the last two games at the Store First Stadium ending in home wins.

The remarkable win at Sixfields last weekend saw John Coleman's side climb to within touching distance of the top half of the League Two table.

Argyle returned to winning ways against Hartlepool last weekend. They'd lost their previous two games, to Wycombe and Morecambe, but did win against Luton before that.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

Gray 5

Naismith 3

O'Sullivan 2

Atkinson 2

Carver 2

Joyce 1

Maguire 1

Plymouth

Reid 5

Alessandra 1

Blizzard 1

Hartley 1

Harvey 1

McHugh 1

Morgan 1

Nelson 1

Smalley 1

Thomas 1[/vc_tab]

Nigel Miller (County Durham)

Mr Miller is in his eleventh season refereeing at Football League level and is one of the most experienced refs you will come across.

His last visit to the Store First Stadium was in March when he took charge of the 5-1 win over Morecambe.

This season: 6 games, 15 yellow cards, 0 red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

For more information on Southend United, why not visit their official website www.pafc.co.uk or their Twitter feed @only1argyle[/vc_tab]


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