Plymouth Argyle At Home Park, Jan 1974

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 26th February 2009

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WMN/2/3/3610/2 Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, 23 January 1974

"It looks like it belongs to a different era altogether, and for the younger supporters perhaps it does, but for those who were at Home Park on January 23, 1974, it won't seem like that long ago.

Pre-dating the all-seater stadium by a generation or so, here we see one of the biggest Argyle crowds of the last 50 years, as more than 30,000 people squeezed themselves on to the terraces to witness the visit of high-flying Manchester City in the semi-final of the Football League Cup.

Third-division Plymouth Argyle had already disposed of Torquay United, Portsmouth, Burnley, Queen's Park Rangers and Birmingham City to get this far, with Steve Davey scoring against all of them except Burnley, and here they were, just one more scalp away from Wembley.

As it turned out, Davey scored again, but so did City, and the Pilgrims faced the daunting task of battering City at Maine Road a week later: and there it was they faltered and the Wembley dream evaporated. However, when the 30,000 here left Home Park on that grey day in January, that dream was still alive. Thus many will look back on this scene - where the crowd was largely exposed to the elements and the pitch was looking very much the worse for wear - with a war glow.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: WMN/2/3/3610/2."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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