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Stat Attack: Plymouth Argyle vs. Notts County, Tuesday 28 February 2017

Joe Jones

 Notts County and Plymouth Argyle have met a total of 45 times over the years, with the Magpies winning 23 times; the Pilgrims have triumphed 13 times, and nine draws have taken place.

The first meeting took place on 13 Jan 1923, a FA Cup clash in Plymouth which ended as a goalless draw.

The last meeting was at the start of the season, on 16 August last year, and the Pilgrims won 2-1 at Meadow Lane.

Argyle takes its nickname from an English religious group that left Plymouth for the New World in 1620. The club crest features the Mayflower, the ship that carried the pilgrims to Massachusetts.

The city of Plymouth is the largest in England never to have hosted top-flight football. They are also the most southerly and westerly League club in England.

The club was founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club, the first match taking place on 16 October 1886 against Caxton, a team from Cornwall, and saw the Pilgrims lose 2–0.

Poor performances on the pitch led to the club going out of existence in 1894 before being resurrected in 1897 as one part of a general sports club, the Argyle Athletic Club.

Much speculation surrounds the origin of the name Argyle. One explanation is that they were named after the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, an army regiment with a strong football side of its own.

Another theory is given the respective geographical placements–suggests the name comes either from the nearby public house, The Argyle Tavern, where the founder members may have met, or the local street named Argyle Terrace.

An alternative suggestion is that their initial kit was decorated in the famous Argyle diamond pattern.

The club adopted its current name when it became fully professional in 1903 joining the Southern League, under the management of Bob Jack.

Since becoming professional in 1903, the club has won five Football League titles (one Division Two and two Division Three), five Southern League titles and one Western League title.

The team set the record for most championships won in the third tier, having finished first in the Third Division South twice, the Third Division once and the Second Division once.

In March 1973, Plymouth played a friendly against Brazilian giants Santos - who had a player by the name of Pele in their ranks. You may have heard of him.

The Devon club shocked the crowd of over 37,000 people at Home Park by cruising to a 3-0 lead and going on to win the game 3-2.

Team news

Plymouth will check on David Fox ahead of their League Two game with Notts County at Home Park on Tuesday after limping off before half-time in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Luton Town.

Fox was the victim of a heavy challenge which angered Pilgrims boss Derek Adams and Jakub Sokolik could deputise.

Graham Carey should be fine after taking a knock in the same game, and Antoni Sarcevic is also available after coming through the Luton draw unscathed after ankle trouble.

Notts are nursing a few bumps and bruises following their goalless home draw against Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Kevin Nolan will give those players affected as long as possible to prove their fitness as they prepare to face the League Two title chasers.

Defender Richard Duffy remains unavailable as he completes a two-match ban while midfielder Michael O'Connor is still on nine yellow cards and one more away from an enforced two-game absence of his own.

Thierry Audel is fit again after a groin problem but had to settle for a place on the bench at the weekend.

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