2006–07 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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League Championship
win-loss-draw
Goal for-against
points (%)
Position
Top Scorer
17–13–16
63–62
67 (49%)
11
Barry Hayles (14)
FA Cup Quarter finals vs Watford 0–1
League Cup 1st Round vs. Walsall 0–1
Manager Ian Holloway

Summary of the 2006–07 season[edit]

After only eight months as manager, during which he was credited with saving Argyle from relegation, Tony Pulis returned to Stoke in mid-June. Two weeks later, former QPR manager Ian Holloway, was appointed manager.

Holloway quickly added the team's only striker, Nick Chadwick, with veteran Barry Hayles from Millwall and 20 year-old Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from Man United who became the leading scorers of the season with 14 and 10 goals respectively. The addition of Dutch defender Marcel Seip, ultimately displaced Aljofree in central defence. In goal, Luke McCormick got first team action with Romain Larrieu out sick and kept his place.

Several young players established themselves in the first team especially Gary Sawyer who became a regular on the left of defense, especially after Tony Capaldi appeared set to leave at the end of the season. Luke Summerfield and Dan Gosling also impressed.

The first third of the season saw a fairly good start, where Holloway's signings, enthusiasm and more attacking style appeared to be lifting team performances from the previous season and to 6th place after 15 games. The possibility play-off and even promotion began to be talked about. However, the lack of depth showed mid-season as the accumulation of suspensions and injuries (including Paul Wotton out for the season with a knee injury) forced Holloway to draw ever deeper into reserves, and with a slide in results and position.

Holloway moved aggressively during the January transfer window, bringing in loanees Kevin Gallen (striker, QPR), Hungarians Péter Halmosi (midfield) and Krisztián Timár (defense), and 17-year old Scott Sinclair (left wing, Chelsea) and permanent signing Rory Fallon (Halmosi and Timár became permanent signings at the end of the season). Settling the new players in took time and though performances improved, it was not sufficiently to boost Argyle far up the table.

However, Argyle had an excellent FA Cup run making it into the Quarter Finals before losing 0–1 against Watford, the farthest any non-premiership team made it. It was, however, a game that they should have won and the lack of killer instinct showed in this game and others. The team seemed to go into a funk after the Watford loss with a string of mediocre results which saw them drifting in mid-table. However, the team rallied at the end of the season with five successive wins and its best finish in 50 years.

In its third season in the Championship, Argyle had become an established team, with a solid and stable line up of players, highly regarded management, and optimism for the next season.

Season Wins Losses Draws Points Position
2006–07 17 13 16 67 11
2005–06 13 16 17 56 14
2004–05 14 21 11 53 17

Midfielder Lilian Nalis was voted player of the year and defender Gary Sawyer young player of the year.

While Argyle ended the season with no financial troubles, a big question remains over the ability of the team to attract the investment likely needed to lift the team to the Premiership with investments in players, stadium, and training facilities.

Team[edit]

The 2006–07 Plymouth Argyle first-team squad: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Romain Larrieu
2 England DF Anthony Barness
4 France MF Lilian Nalis
5 Hungary DF Krisztián Timár (on loan from Ferencvárosi TC)
6 England DF Hasney Aljofree
7 England MF David Norris
8 Hungary MF Ákos Buzsáky
9 England FW Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
10 Jamaica FW Barry Hayles
11 England FW Nick Chadwick
12 Green Army
13 France DF Mathias Doumbe
14 Northern Ireland DF Tony Capaldi
15 England DF Paul Wotton (captain)
16 Hungary MF Péter Halmosi (on loan from Debreceni VSC)
17 England FW Kevin Gallen (on loan from QPR)
No. Position Player
18 England DF Gary Sawyer
19 Netherlands DF Marcel Seip
20 England MF Lee Hodges
21 England FW Cherno Samba
22 England DF Paul Connolly
23 England GK Luke McCormick
24 England GK Josh Clapham
27 England FW Reuben Reid
28 Scotland DF Scott Laird
29 England MF Luke Summerfield
30 England MF Dan Gosling
31 Republic of Ireland FW Anthony Mason
32 Sweden MF Bojan Djordjic
33 New Zealand FW Rory Fallon
34 England FW Ashley Barnes

12 Green Army is not a real player, but was registered by the club as a tribute to the supporters. The idea behind assigning the number 12 was that the great support from fans gives Argyle a similar advantage to having an extra (twelfth) player.

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

Date Player Transfer To Fee
18 August 2006 Chris Zebroski Released Free Agent Released after being found guilty of gross misconduct
18 May 2007 Josh Clapham Released Free Agent
25 May 2007 Tony Capaldi Contract Expired Free Agent Signed for Cardiff

In[edit]

Date Player Transfer From Fee
14 July 2006 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Buy Manchester United £200,000 + £100,000 if plays enough matches
19 July 2006 Barry Hayles Buy Millwall £100,000
4 August 2006 Josh Clapham Free Trial N/A
30 August 2006 Marcel Seip Free Heerenveen N/A
30 August 2006 Cherno Samba Free Cádiz N/A
11 January 2007 Kevin Gallen Loan QPR N/A
11 January 2007 Péter Halmosi Loan Debreceni VSC N/A
11 January 2007 Krisztián Timár Loan Ferencvaros N/A
17 January 2007 Scott Sinclair Loan Chelsea F.C. N/A
19 January 2007 Rory Fallon Buy Swansea City F.C. £300,000
16 March 2007 Ashley Barnes Free Paulton Rovers N/A
16 May 2007 Péter Halmosi Buy Debreceni VSC £400,000
16 May 2007 Krisztián Timár Buy Ferencvaros £75,000

Results[edit]

All Championship League games, except for(1) = League Cup, and (2) = FA Cup

Date Opposition Venue Result Scorers (for Plymouth Argyle in bold) Attend. Pos.
5 Aug Wolves Home Draw (1–1) Hayles 35, Doumbe 47 (og) 15,964 9
8 Aug Colchester Away Win (1–0) Summerfield 30 4,627 7
12 Aug Sunderland Away Win (2–3) Murphy 1, Norris 8, Hayles 39, Elliott 67, Chadwick 82 24,377 2
19 Aug Sheff. Weds. Home Loss (1–2) Wotton 43, McAllister 52, O'Brien 83 14,507 9
22 Aug Walsall (1) Home Loss (0–1) Dann 85 6,407 -
26 Aug Stoke Away Draw (1–1) Sidibe 39, Hayles 78 11,626 8
9 Sept QPR Home Draw (1–1) Blackstock 17, Ebanks-Blake 31 12,138 9
12 Sept Cardiff Home Draw (3–3) Thompson 8, Chopra 29, 49, McNaughton (og) 69,Hayles 74, Purse (og) 88 11,655 11
16 Sept Southampton Away Loss (0–1) Rasiak 52 22,514 15
23 Sept Norwich Home Win (3–1) Doherty 14 (og), Seip 47, Norris 74, Earnshaw 94 11,813 9
30 Sept Coventry Away Win (1–0) Samba 82 19,545 8
14 Oct Derby Home Win (3–1) Wotton 45 (pen), Lupoli 45+2, Wotton 63 (pen), Seip 79 13,622 5
17 Oct Barnsley Away Draw (2–2) Kay 2, Ebanks-Blake 29, Hayles 34, Richards 50 9,479 6
21 Oct Burnley Home Draw (0–0) - 12,817 7
28 Oct Crystal Palace Away Win (1–0) Chadwick 39 17,084 5
31 Oct Ipswich Home Draw (1–1) Legwinski 1, Wotton 22 12,210 6
4 Nov Birmingham Home Loss (0–1) Jaidi 75, 17,008 7
11 Nov Leicester Away Draw (2–2) Hume 29, Nalis 31, Porter 75, Hayles 90 21,703 7
18 Nov Southend Away Draw (1–1) Djordjic 5, Gower 59, 9,469 9
25 Nov Leeds Home Loss (1–2) Blake 3, Djordjic 40, Lewis 61 17,088 12
28 Nov Luton Home Win (1–0) Djordjic 61 9,965 9
2 Dec Birmingham Away Loss (0–3) Bendtner 21, Upson 30, McSheffrey 41 22,592 11
9 Dec Hull Home Win (1–0) Ebanks-Blake 71 12,101 10
16 Dec Preston Away Loss (0–3) Pugh 12, Omerod 41, Alexander 56 13,171 12
23 Dec West Brom Home Draw (2–2) Hayles 23, Nalis 40, Phillips 45+1, 45+3 15,172 12
26 Dec Cardiff Away Draw(2–2) Norris 34, Thompson 47, 52, Norris 59 17,289 13
30 Dec Derby Away Loss (0–1) Bisgaard 81 25,775 13
1 Jan Southampton Home Draw (1–1) Rasiak 5, Hayles 66 15,377 13
6 Jan Peterborough (2) Away Draw (1–1) Aljofree 74, Mclean 78 6,255 -
13 Jan Norwich Away Win (3–1) Safri 45+1, Hayles 59, Buzsaky 63, 57 23,523 12
16 Jan Peterborough (2) Home Win (2–1) Mclean 13, Hayles 18, Norris 27 9,973 -
22 Jan Coventry Home Win (3–2) Gallen 18, Birchall 22, Buzsaky 32, Hayles 48, Mifsud 70 9,841 11
27 Jan Barnet (2) Away Win (2–0) Aljofree 67 (pen), Sinclair 83 5,204 -
30 Jan West Brom Away Loss (1–2) Kamara 41(pen), 50, Fallon 70 19,894 11
3 Feb Wolves Away Draw (2–2) Sinclair 27, Ward 33, Timar 36, Olofinjana 69 19,082 11
10 Feb Sunderland Home Loss (0–2) Stokes 69, Connolly 71 15,247 11
17 Feb Derby (2) Home Win (2–0) Gallen 14 (pen), Sinclair 83 18,026 -
20 Feb Colchester Home Win (3–0) Norris 12, Ebanks-Blake 59 (pen), Gosling 67 12,895 11
24 Feb QPR Away Draw (1–1) Nalis 32, Cook 59, 13,757 12
3 Mar Stoke Home Draw (1–1) Ebanks-Blake 40 (pen), Russell 55 12,539 12
5 Mar Sheff. Wed. Away Draw (1–1) MacClean 21, Gosling, 56 19,449 12
11 Mar Watford (2) Home Loss (0–1) Bouazza 21 20,652 -
14 Mar Barnsley Home Loss (2–4) Nalis 15, Nyatanga 20, Devaney 31, Ebanks-Blake, Devaney 61, Ferenczi 93 10,265 13
17 Mar Crystal Palace Home Win (1–0) Sinclair 48 11,239 13
31 Mar Ipswich Away Loss (0–3) Garvan 9, Lee 15, Haynes 90 21,078 13
3 Apr Burnley Away Loss (0–4) Duff 13, McVeigh 20, Jones 38, Elliot 61 9,793 13
7 Apr Leeds Away Loss (1–2) Halmosi 36, Healy 45, Michalik 87 30,034 15
9 Apr Leicester Home Win (3–0) Halmosi 15, Ebanks-Blake 46, Hayles 62 10,900 13
14 Apr Luton Away Win (2–1) Norris 4, Halmosi 40, O'Leary 51 7,601 13
21 Apr Southend Home Win (2–1) Ebanks-Blake 6, Clarke 25, Hayles 89 11,097 12
28 Apr Preston Home Win (2–0) Ebanks-Blake 77, Hayles 85 13,813 12
6 May Hull Away Win (2–1) Halmosi 45+1, Ebanks-Blake 59 Elliot 61 20,661 11

Results Summary[edit]

Month Wins Losses Draws Points/Possible Percentage
August 2 1 2 8/15 53%
September 2 1 2 8/15 53%
October 2 0 3 9/15 60%
November 1 2 2 5/15 33%
December 1 3 2 5/18 28%
January 2 1 1 7/12 58%
February 1 1 2 5/12 42%
March 1 2 2 5/15 33%
April 4 2 0 12/18 67%
May 1 0 0 3/3 100%

Pre Season Results[edit]

The pre-season saw wins over Tiverton (4–0), Grays Athletic (3–0), FC Gratkorn (5–1), and Yeovil (2–0) and losses to Real Madrid (0–1) and Bristol Rovers (0–1). A pre-season altercation between first-year Chris Zebroski and team captain, mid-fielder Paul Wotton in an Austrian bar resulted in 100 stitches to Wotton's head and the sacking of Zebroski. Wotton recovered for the first game of the season.