The last time The Imps faced today’s opponents Plymouth Argyle at Home Park was on Wednesday 20th November 2013 in the First Round of The FA Cup (replay), following a 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank. Argyle were in League Two at the time, while The Imps were in the Conference, and the hosts won comfortably 5-0 that night, thanks to goals from Reuben Reid (4′, 24′ PEN), 35′), Lewis Alessandra (5′) and an own goal by Andrew Boyce (65′).
Ahead of today’s match, we have done a Q&A with a Plymouth Argyle supporter, so thank you to Lewis for answering our questions.
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How long have you supported Plymouth Argyle?
My first match was at home to Oldham in April 1972.
Where did you finish last season?
3rd following the curtailed season. Promoted based on points per game.
What do you think of your Manager?
Ryan Lowe has been a breath of fresh air after the previous incumbent Derek Adams had lost the dressing room in the end. However, he does appear tactically naïve especially away from home where we don’t seem to have a plan B.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2020/21 season?
I would be happy with a mid-table finish, however, the bar was raised higher with our start but our away form is definitely a cause for concern.
One(s) to watch?
Danny Mayor (divides opinion amongst our fans with lack of end result but frightens the life out of opposition as he frees up space for other players in our team) Luke Jephcott (returned from a loan spell from Truro City last season and has been hitting the target on a regular basis ever since).
Which teams you think will finish in the top six in League One?
Portsmouth, Fleetwood, Sunderland, Hull City, Lincoln and Peterborough.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom four in League One?
Rochdale, Wigan, Northampton and MK Dons.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
I have been impressed by the way Lincoln have revitalised themselves since their recent non-league days under the Cowley brothers
My main memory of Lincoln is attending a Lincoln V Argyle match back in the ’80s where some home fans were attacking Gilbert Blades your chairman at the time. I was sat in the main stand that day (very hostile atmosphere).
What do you think the score will be?
1-1 (Lincoln to win 5-4 on penalties).
Random fact about your Club?
The biggest city in England never to play in the top league.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Not your actual player but it would be Alex Palmer (excelled for us last season).
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as a Plymouth Argyle supporter?
The proudest moment would probably be reaching FA Cup semi-final v Watford 83/84 season and unluckily losing 1-0.
The most embarrassing moment would have to be a 2-0 defeat to non-league Stourbridge in the FA Cup.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Joe Edwards (100% effort guaranteed) no matter what level of performance.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
We do have a supporter’s trust but I would say they are nowhere near as influential as a lot of other clubs.
Which was your favourite match involving Plymouth Argyle?
A 2-1 win at Chesterfield (dubbed the battle of Saltergate where we only had 8 players on the pitch, Chesterfield 9, at the end.
Which was your least favourite match involving Plymouth Argyle?
Losing 4-3 at Elm Park Reading after leading 3-0 with 25 minutes left 85/86 season (top of the table clash).
Do you have a Former Players Association at Plymouth Argyle?
We have an Argyle legends team who play occasional games and somebody who organises occasional ex-Argyle players reunions.
What is the best thing about Plymouth?
I would say the Barbican & The Hoe.
Was your relegation a couple of seasons ago a blessing in disguise? Out of the four who came up from League Two you seem at the moment to be by far the best suited to League One. If you hadn’t have gone down, would that improvement have been likely?
Nobody saw the relegation coming 2018/2019 season, as with a month to go were reasonably safe (did not pick up a point In April).
The manager (Derek Adams) had to go as he had completely lost the plot and we have made what seems at present to be a good appointment in Ryan Lowe.
The club was (unplanned) a beneficiary of the Bury collapse. Are Plymouth finances or governance a worry at this time?
Obviously, we are struggling like most other clubs during lockdowns no fans, but we currently have a fantastic chairman in Simon Hallett but who has really backed the club through COVID. However, he says he will not loan the club any more money during this pandemic.
Is geography a factor why Torquay, Exeter and Yeovil have all spent time outside the EFL and should this worry you?
Geography does not help in attracting quality players down hear and some players struggle to settle. We recently nearly went out of the league relying on other teams results on the final day to stay in League Two so we should never take Football League membership for granted.
Apart from the obvious travelling issues how else do you account for the disparity between your home and away results?
At home, we currently seem to have a game plan which works, but away from home, we are too easy to beat. I don’t think travelling can be blamed for this, as since Ryan Lowe came he has completely changed the preparation for away games.
Have a go at our Lincoln City v Plymouth Argyle Quiz below:
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— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln1) November 28, 2020