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Plymouth Argyle F.C. was founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club. The name is connected with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, an army regiment who were once stationed in Plymouth and whose football team had impressed the founding members of the club. The team is nicknamed 'The Pilgrims' in connection with the English Separatists that left from Plymouth for Massachusetts. The club badge includes The Mayflower, the ship which carried the pilgrims to Massachusetts. On joining the Southern League in 1903, the club changed its name to Plymouth Argyle F.C. In 1920 they joined the Football League Division Three in its inaugural year. Between 1921 and 1927 Plymouth hold the unique record of coming second in the division for six consecutive years (not enough to earn promotion in those days!). The club spent most of its early life in the third tier. It was not until 1987 that the club, now in the second tier, came close to reaching the top flight, finishing seventh and missing out on the newly introduced play-off structure. Paul Sturrock became manager in 2000, bringing with him a new era of success, with the club establishing themselves in the second tier and starting to challenge for a top tier place.


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