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Plymouth v Newcastle United – An away fan’s guide.

Posted on April 18th, 2010 | 96 Comments |

Home Park: One point to win the title, will it be here?
Home Park: One point to win the title, will it be here?
A solitary point will be enough to be crowned champions on Monday evening as Newcastle attempt to travel all the way down to Plymouth in a game that is surrounded by doubt and animosity, although the scant consolation of TV coverage should make those that aren’t travelling much happier.

Doubt reins as to just how the team will get there as the current ban on flights from UK airports remains in place and makes it increasingly likely that the team will either have to travel by train or coach rather than the charter flight originally planned. It also leaves many fans who are hoping of jumping on a domestic flight to limit the impact on their week in limbo and face the possibilty of not having enough time to arrange alternative plans and animosity should be aimed towards Sky TV and the football league for making the shocking and downright awful decision to move the longest away trip of our season to a Monday night. You may be able to tell that I am less than happy about the treatment our fans that have filled away ends up and down the country have recieved.

With the journey from Newcastle weighing in at over 400 miles, it is sure to be a very very long day stuck on a coach or in a car should the flight ban remain in place. If your lucky and the dust does settle enough to catch a domestic flight, then i’m sure you’ll be the envy of many! Taking into account the distance, combined with some notoriously busy roads and weekday traffic hotspots, I would estimate at least an 8 hour journey from start to finish.

We’ll start of heading out of the Toon down the A1 then onto the M1 at Leeds. Follow the M1 down past Nottingham and leave at J23a (A42/M42). It will turn into the M42 after a while and you’ll need to be aware that around Birmingham airport can be pretty sticky for traffic. Follow the M42 all the way to the end where you will pick up signs for the M5 south. Follow the M5 south for around 140 miles – it really is a long journey! When you reach the end of the M5 at Exeter you will merge with the A38 and start seeing signs for Plymouth. On entering Plymouth, turn left onto the A386 (towards Plymouth). When this road splits into two, keep on the left hand side (still sign posted Plymouth) and after about a mile you will see the ground on your left. The ground is well signposted ‘Plymouth Argyle Home Park’ on the way into Plymouth.

There is a farly decent sized car park at the ground which is free to use. It does however use a first-in, first-out system and is usually full around 30 minutes before kick-off. I expect it to be full earlier than this as coaches will usually take priority. If that car park is full, there is some street parking to be had if you head away from the city centre.

If your looking for a drink and something to eat, and chances are that you will need it by the time you get there, then options are quite limited. If you manage to park in the car park, then a left-turn out of there and a 10 minute walk will bring you to a Wetherspoons called The Britannia. It is away fan friendly although singing football songs is not tolerated and it can be very busy. It must be a theme for Wetherspoons as I got barred from one of their outlets for singing England songs a while ago! Failing that, alcohol, soft drinks and snacks (quite possibly a good ol’ pasty) should be available from inside the ground.

If this game wasn’t moved then I would have gone, and that could be a reason for part of my bitterness. It shouldn’t detract from that god awful decision though and I am sure those that do manage to make the trip, or those that live a bit more locally, will have a great time and make enough noise to compensate for us that aren’t lucky enough to be there.

Howay the Lads!

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96 Responses

  1. SJT – To be fair, that picture is of the old side of the ground. I could have put one up of the 3 newer sides but then nobody would be able to tell what ground it was as they all look the same.

  2. At Plymouth? Cider country isn’t it?

    Ban on flights until 1:00am tomorrow now. Wonder how late the team are going to leave it?

  3. Am I right in thinking that the trophy isnt making the journey down ? and being put on ice till SJP

  4. icedog says:
    April 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    “saying its a 608 mile round trip,gather they are comeing back that way”

    Sky talk crap man. It’s just over 400 mile one way.

  5. Looking forward to the game, managed to snag 2 home tickets from a friend! Should be a good do apart from not being able to stand up and go mental when we score!

    On a side note, this blog is fantastic! To the point, great articles and writing! Eds just seems to have dropped to the depths of spewing out every rumour going! Well done to all involved!

  6. Mikey26 – Keep walking towards the light! Join us, join us :D

    Dave – Are you asking what icedog is getting up to in bed? Pervert! ;)

  7. BIG DAVE,bit pain m8 double hernia,(carrying people on back)ha ha,get opp in private hos this friday so should soon be back causeing trouble again like toonsy ;)

  8. We plymouth fans had great time at newcastle, everyone was fantastic. An excellent welcome i dont know if any of our 2600 support that day thought otherwise. Its lovely and warm here 20*c shame not saturday but sky have put 2 fingers up at the toon army, I know a lot of Newcastle fans wanted to come.

  9. Ice I allways liked Beattie but what age is he now ? as for Hernia I know before I got mine done it used to kill me with pain it was even worse when I coughed :( .
    Toonsy you must think we all have a dirty mind like yerself “Big Gun” and do ye know if the Trophey is travelling

  10. john pafc,your welcome you hve a good guy in j.carver,good luck to yous after mon like you fans put some miles in good on yous

  11. john pafc – I agree, it’s a big 2 fingers to us from Sky. If it hadn’t have been moved I would have been down there for definate.

    My mrs comes from Portsmouth but she is daft as a brush bless her, so I reckon I could have got her down there before she twigged that I said Portsmouth but meant Plymouth ;)

  12. Toonsy if she ever comes on here I will tell her you said she is as daft as a brush. I have even saved yer comment so ye cant back track ;) like you have just tried :)

  13. Thats his contribution for the season then. I believe he now has his holida…. er I mean treatment table booked already :D

  14. Ed’s blog is amazing. He links us with a new player every thirty minutes. Complete crap
    What is the story with the trophy? is it going to be presented tomorrow night if we get the right result

  15. Off topic but who was it that said the Puma strip could be revealed on Thursday? Seems early given the fact we’re still contracted with Adidas but then again it could be possible. It can be revealed without the lads actually wearing it at all this season and it just gives everyone plenty of notice for it going on sale.

  16. Anyone know where the term “Gaffer” originated.
    There`s a gaff usually attached to an after mainsail,from which the gaffsail is set
    There`s a rod with a hook at the end used to land fish.
    But gaffer ?
    Probably like many English slang words began as maritime term ?

  17. budalovesapatsy says:
    April 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    “Ed’s blog is amazing. He links us with a new player every thirty minutes. Complete crap”

    Thing that did me in with Ed is that he blogs about everything. According to NewsNow he has even written a blog about the players having to take the coach to Plymouth!

    He over-does it in my opinion.

  18. Good to hear from Argyle fans on this blog – there were some near me in the stand for the game at St James’s and they were decent blokes who are tremendously loyal to their team as people say.
    On another note – toonsy – got a bad feeling about this one. I believe the pitch is virtually a ploughed field – and they will be fighting like mad.
    I would be ecstatic with a point.

  19. Also, it’d be a real downer if we lost, they brought the trophy for the Ipswich game – and we lost again!
    Yes – I know. I’m ever the cheerful optimist.

  20. magpie6699 says:
    April 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    “Also, it’d be a real downer if we lost, they brought the trophy for the Ipswich game – and we lost again!
    Yes – I know. I’m ever the cheerful optimist.”

    Feck me, thats even worse than what I say :lol:

  21. Ross @31……I mentioned it yesterday,it was because I got an email from club asking for 300 season ticket holders if they wanted to be involved in the launch of the new kit.If you did you had to email them back and be free from 14.30 next thursday.They will email the ‘chosen ones’ with more details.

  22. magpie6699 yeah cant knock yer optimism ;)
    Toonsy ye eventually answered the question @ 36 I asked ye @ 19 ;) thats was a quick reply :lol:
    Ice where are ye and whats yer prediction, im going for a 0-2 win Howay the Lads

  23. big dave,made a small comment early on saying has dave chickened out with getting half wrong last time (forcast) ;) toonsy must have took it off does”nt like trouble lol,1-2 for me best to get one this time

  24. richietoon-Good times mate. I’m looking forward to seeing it like. In saying that I will be sad to see Adidas go. Puma are very hit and miss. Their shirts seem to go through stages. This seasons Spurs kit is rank to be honest. Their sizing chart also seems a bit strange. They either fit like a tent or a wetsuit depending on how they feel, lol.

  25. BIG DAVE have i missed something!,is this pick on dave day,i”ll not pick on you kidda,which you would change your photo like ;),if best plays he will score

  26. Ice I cant mate this is the missus PC I stole and its a pic of a staff we had for 15 yrs its on as her screen saver. my computer blew so it is in getting fixed and I have all my Pics on it so yer stuck with this or the Ranger ;)

  27. Big Dave says:
    April 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    “my computer blew so it is in getting fixed and I have all my Pics on it”

    Could it not handle the porn being downloaded? ;)

  28. icedog says:
    April 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    “toonsy nah it was those pictures of JB in action”

    Must be Man City pics then, he aint seen much action for us eh ;)

  29. Ross……prefer the tent look for me,I havn’t been able to buy an England rugby shirt since players got fit and rugby tops got tight.Bring back the Bill Beaumont look,that’s what I say.

  30. Toonsy > porn ?? im well past that mate, I would rather have a sausage supper with peas and gravy mate :). I thought at 1st it was you that sent me a virus :( but it ended up being the main board, and I just pray that it will be fixed for tomoro as there is no way I could stream the match on this sad excuse for a pc.
    ice I did have the cctv footage of JB ;)

  31. dave could you not shift virus yourself,had bad one myself but my son got rid of it in a crack

  32. Richie-I personally didnt understand the whole lycra esque thing either, lol. Obviously I understand how it can have a positive effect for the players themselves (Rugby, I mean), but the fans maybe dont want to prance around in a skintight suit, lol. Especially if you’re not built like a 20 something year old fullback, which not many are.

    In saying that, i do like the new england footie home and especially away kits. Enjoy the old school look

  33. BIG DAVE can give you the anti-virus,i use if you want it,which i use every couple of days dont seem to get any probs

  34. Icedog yeah but after 2 days of pissing about with it I knew it wasnt a virus, so had to leave it in for them to test it and now fit the new parts as I couldn’t be bothered f-ing about with them anymore.

  35. icedog – Is it free? I use Avast which is free. Seems to do the trick. I still have my millions in the bank anyway so nobody has nabbed my details.

  36. my best shirt to toonsy,being trying to get some for the lads in malta but cannot they love them too

  37. Toonsy……..agree,the grandad collar was class………..If Ashley still wore the shirt he wouldn’t let them design a skin tight one.lol

  38. Toonsy Lad that was my Fav and my lucky one that I will be wearing tomorrow night I still have 2 one I wear and a signed one of Keith Gillespie’s

  39. Well I’m glad to see everythings calmed down on here now. Jeez I thought I was the only one to boil peoples p1ss…

    Noticed ‘mr humility’ himself has reappeared. Shame his boycott didn’t last as long as boycott use to bat!

    I’m going for a 0-1 result tomorrow.

  40. TOONSY i its free theres a lot on “file hippo”,my son has 3 comp,uses one to send virus to other then gets great joy getting it out again,sad or what,says it learns him to shift them in case one trys to get into his “good” comp, gans over my head like

  41. Stuart lol did you not feel left out mate. Funny enough sometimes you say things that I dont agree with but it very rarely annoys me as I know its just yer opinion, and at the end of the day we all want the same thing.

  42. Dave, not if you listen to toonsy. According to him I only ever want Nufc to lose and fail spectacularly! Which of course is bull.

  43. icedog – I’m on there :(

    One golden rule is that I never buy any charging things off there, especially after I nearly got killed by a Nintendo DS charger!

  44. toonsy says:
    April 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    icedog – I’m on there

    what i said @72 is true then :)

  45. I used to spend a fortune on ebay my missus sold loads of stuff on there then I would go on and spend all her papal balance on stuff that I wanted for the car or fishtank stuff and an odd time Tattoo machines but I have tonnes of sh1t that I have never used. So im trying to get her back to selling stuff ;). She sold about 10 or so Toon tops I had old ones like the Asics, McEwans lager etc

  46. now i know why big dave put a new fence up,stops his lass getting her computer back,a hard man :)

  47. My mrs sold my entire record collection that I built up whilst DJ’in. £5000 worth of music, gone :(

    Sold at a car boot sale she did :(

  48. Aye some bugger did. If I ever track him down I will kill him :lol:

    I very nearly killed the mrs in fact after that. She tokk the case of records I wanted to keep rather than the ones I sorted for her to sell.

  49. Ice :lol: I will only be to glad to give her it back but NOT untill I get mine back 1st. I do quite a bit of work on my computer so need it badly ;)

  50. Toonsy-How much they go for? A tenner or something? Sick that like. Did you see the lass who put her husbands Ferrari on ebay for 50p after she found out he’d been going behind her back? Hilarious.

  51. BIG DAVE,told you it seemed to be pick on dave day,stick with me ill keep you right ;)
    time for mutts to take me out too, later lads

  52. Ross says:
    April 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    “Toonsy-How much they go for? A tenner or something? Sick that like. Did you see the lass who put her husbands Ferrari on ebay for 50p after she found out he’d been going behind her back? Hilarious.”

    She got the grand total of £15 mate, that was for all the records and the flight case they were contained in.

  53. Ross, your question re the new strip, previously when the new home strip was changed it was always worn on the last home game of the season by the team and then put on general sale after that.
    The design is normally leaked but they have obviously got this one tightly under wraps, probably because it is being made in Vietnam or Laos.

  54. Toonsy-Thats rotten mate. I hope all of the pathetic 15 pounds went into your pocket so you could drown your sorrows with a few jars!? lol.

    bbb-Aye I wondered whether we’d see the strip on the final day of the season, but assumed we are probably still contracted to Adidas and that the first time we’d see the lads in the Puma gear would be opening day of next season. I’ve had a wee browse looking at potential templates for the Puma 10/11 kits, but havent found owt confirmed yet. Hopefully somebody might be involved with the “launch” on Thursday and can provide some sort of insight. I’m sure someone somewhere involved will make it known-The internet is a wonderful thing, haha.

  55. bigbadbob says:
    April 19, 2010 at 8:25 am

    “Ross, your question re the new strip, previously when the new home strip was changed it was always worn on the last home game of the season by the team and then put on general sale after that.
    The design is normally leaked but they have obviously got this one tightly under wraps, probably because it is being made in Vietnam or Laos.”

    That wasn’t a problem before as the supplier was always the same, ie Adidas, so it wouldn’t impact sales or publicity.

    Now because we are changing suppliers, I belive it is contractual that the new kit cant be available whilst the old kit suppliers still have their one on show. Or something like that.

  56. Ross says:
    April 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

    “Toonsy-Thats rotten mate. I hope all of the pathetic 15 pounds went into your pocket so you could drown your sorrows with a few jars!? lol.”

    Nah it went to the wedding fund :(

    Of course, my wedding day was worth it and all that blah blah blah. I’m glad my years of hard work could contribute to it lol

    Who am I kidding? Laugh it up wife, bitch :lol:

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