I’m off to the Devon Derby today, Torquay United v Plymouth Argyle. It’s the first one for quite a few years, which is a sign of Plymouth’s rapid decline from respectable positions in the Champi0nship to the bottom of League Two.
Plymouth have been through the ringer recently, with horrendous mismanagement, terrible debts, administration, players and staff being unpaid. It looks as though they have turned the corner, with a new owner, but need to stay in the Football League this year to consolidate their salvation.
There will be some Torquay fans today making light of Argyle’s situation, and wishing their decline to continue. As Devon’s biggest club, it would be devastating to the county’s football scene if Argyle were relegated to the Blue Square Premier. In the past a successful Argyle has benefited Torquay in terms of securing loan players and quality South West players not quite making the grade at the higher levels but perfect for clubs the level of Torquay.
Despite being county rivals, it is better overall for all three professional clubs to stick together and support each other through bad times. I seriously hope they can pull themselves out of their league position and stay safe in League Two.
Of course, I hope that their resurgence starts next weekend.