No disrespect but Plymouth are one of those teams that sneak under the radar, that is until you have to lock horns with them.
The last time we played the Pilgrims was back on Boxing Day 2017 when we fell to a disappointing home defeat 1-0. That defeat meant we were winless in 7 games and just three points above the relegation zone, and as we know it all went downhill from there on in as we were relegated three games before the end of the season. We huffed and puffed that day but for the record we managed just one shot on target.
THE STORY SO FAR – Plymouth are currently sitting in 19th place and have recently been on a terrible run, falling to their 6th straight defeat at the hands of Paul Tisdale’s Bristol Rovers on Saturday and Crewe on Tuesday night. Their record stands at PLAYED 17, WON 5, DRAWN 4, LOST 8, GF 22 & GA 32, giving them 19 POINTS.
HOME LEAGUE RECORD 2020/21
PLYMOUTH 1 IPSWICH 2
PLYMOUTH 0 ROCHDALE 4
PLYMOUTH 2 PORTSMOUTH 2
PLYMOUTH 4 SWINDON 2
PLYMOUTH 2 DONCASTER 1
PLYMOUTH 2 NORTHAMPTON 1
PLYMOUTH 2 BURTON ALBION 0
PLYMOUTH 1 SHREWSBURY 1
PLYMOUTH 1 BLACKPOOL 0
CURRENT FORM – LLLLLL
HOME GROUND – Home Park (17,904)
NICKNAME – The Pilgrims
YEAR OF FORMATION – 1886
THE MANAGER – Former Dons favourite probably in some part for the song, its Ryan Thomas Lowe born in Liverpool aged 42.
As a player he kicked off his League career at Shrewsbury, with further clubs being, Chester City, Crewe, Stockport, Chester City again, Bury, Sheff Wednesday, MK Dons, Tranmere, Bury again, Crewe again, and finally back to Bury for the third time.
In total he played 703 games scoring 214 goals, for the Dons he played 51 games scoring 12 goals.
Lowe signed for us in the 2012/13 season on a two-year deal, although that contract was cancelled after 1 season, and I think I’m right in saying he commuted daily from Liverpool and that was probably the reason he left us on amicable terms.
He has overseen Bury before as a Caretaker, Interim, and then the full-on Boss, but has been in charge at Argyle since June 2019 guiding them to promotion in his first season.
His managerial record stands at GAMES 150, WON 66, DRAWN 37, LOST 47, giving him a well above average WIN RATIO of 44%.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Jason Banton, Dominic Blizzard, Jermaine Easter, Tom Flanagan, Kevin Gallen, Tom Hitchcock, Matty Kennedy, Jamie Mackie, Bondz N’Gala, Jason Puncheon and Scotty Taylor.
Ryan Lowe is the 41st manager at Plymouth, and follows some famous names including, John Sheridan, Peter Reid, Paul Mariner, Paul Sturrock, Ian Holloway, Tony Pullis, Mick Jones, Neil Warnock, Peter Shilton, Bobby Moncur, Malcolm Allison, and Billy Bingham.
A disturbing looking character called Pilgrim Pete with rather large face hair.
Comedian Josh Widdecombe, former MP’s and now deceased Michael Foot and Clement Freud, Olympic rower Greg Searle, comedians Paul “Green Army” Whitehouse and Dawn French.
CURRENT MATCH ODDS
Plymouth 23/12 Draw 5/2 MK Dons 16/11
SHOOTERS BOOTS – Luke Jephcott with 10 goals in 15 games.
LAST TIME ROUND
26th December 2017 – MK Dons 0 Plymouth 1
Team – Nicholls, Walsh, Ebanks-Landell, Aneke, Ariyibi, Gilbey, McGrandles (Cisse), Pawlett, Agard, Sow (Upson).
Unused Subs– Sietsma, Wootton, Muirhead, Nombe, Seager.
Goal – Sawyer 16’
Referee – John Busby (1 Yellow)
Attendance – 9,268
HEAD 2 HEAD
2017/18 – MK Dons 0 Plymouth 1
2017/18 – Plymouth 0 MK Dons 1 (Nesbitt)
2010/11 – Plymouth 1 MK Dons 0
2010/11 – MK Dons 1 Plymouth 3 (Own Goal)