Writer: Ian De-Lar
Date:Friday June 28 2013
The start of a new season is always an exciting time for football fans and the supporters of Plymouth Argyle will hope that season 2013-2014 will bring some success because, by God, we are certainly due some!
We've had to suffer five horrible seasons in succession, fighting against relegation each time and failing twice, our spectacular and painful fall from grace has only been matched by our Dockyard rivals Portsmouth who now join us in the bottom league.
We also went through seven months of sheer hell while in administration after racking up debts of £17 million. Well not us exactly, it was the poor management from the previous board of directors that set us on the highway to hell.
With that harrowing background will the Green Army welcome a safe mid-table finish in League Two or dare we hope for more than that?
We obviously don't want another campaign fighting against relegation; we've had enough of those thank you very much!
Some fans will settle for a cosy and uneventful season where Argyle end up in 15th place next May, while others will want some success which means flirting with the play-off places and, fingers crossed, winning promotion!
It's fair to say that PAFC are one of the bigger clubs in League Two so we should be challenging for the end-of-season honours, our natural and historic place is higher League One/lower Championship with home attendances figures and Home Park stadium more suited to those levels.
The bookmakers rank Argyle at 7-1 for promotion and 33-1 to win the title; this forecast has more to do with our poor league performances over the last few years than the size of the club.
However, with John Sheridan as manager many fans are optimistic for the new season.
Sheridan arrived in January and hasn't put a foot wrong, he achieved his aim of saving Argyle from relegation to the Conference and has slowly and surely rebuilt the Pilgrims' squad, his signings so far during this summer have been greeted with nods of approval from the fans. Sheridan himself has said he would like to sign another two or three players before the season starts.
Sheridan named his backroom staff this week and once again the decisions were well received by the Green Army.
The news coming out of the club over the last few weeks has also been positive with new replica shirts on sale, a new pitch being laid and the promise of a new £10 million grandstand at no cost to the club, subject to planning permission.
After the misery of the last five years it's now a good time to be an Argyle fan because things can only get better. Dare we hope for a successful season? Are we all now finally due some happier times?
Date:Friday June 28 2013
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