Plymouth Argyle F.C. Player of the Year

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Paul Mariner, winner of the Player of the Year award in 1975 and 1976.[1]

Plymouth Argyle Football Club is an English association football club based in Plymouth, Devon. Founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club,[2] they became a professional club in January 1903,[3] and were elected to the Southern League ahead of the 1903–04 season. The club won the Southern League championship in 1913 and finished as runners-up on two occasions,[4] before being elected to the Football League in 1920, where they compete to this day,[5] as a founder member of the Third Division.[6] Argyle won their first Football League championship, and promotion to the Second Division for the first time, ten years later in 1930.[7] As of 2010, the club has won five championships in the Football League, gained promotion on eight occasions, and been relegated eight times.[8] Four of those league championships were won in the third tier, which is a divisional record.[9] Argyle have made one appearance at Wembley Stadium, in which they won the 1996 Third Division play-off final.[10] The club has also achieved moderate success in domestic cup competitions; they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1984,[11][12] and the quarter-finals in 2007.[13][14] Argyle have also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup twice, in 1965 and 1974.[15][16]

The Plymouth Argyle Player of the Year award is voted for annually by the club's supporters.[17] It recognises the best overall performance by an individual player through the course of the season.[18] Each year, the winner is presented with the trophy on the pitch at Home Park before the club's last home game of the season. This is the more prestigious of the two awards made by Plymouth Argyle itself,[19] with the other being the Young Player of the Year accolade.[20] Since its inception in 1966, thirty-nine different players have won the award. Six of these players have lifted the award for a second time, the most recent being Welsh international Carl Fletcher. As of the 2010–11 season, only striker Tommy Tynan has received the award for a third time.[21] Three players have lifted the trophy in consecutive seasons; the first was Paul Mariner in 1976.[1] Steve McCall matched that feat in the 1994,[22] and Carl Fletcher became the third in 2011.[23] Seven winners of the award have represented their country at international level. Six winners have gone on to become the club's manager. The 2012–13 winner was Onismor Bhasera, who made 46 appearances in all competitions during the campaign.[24][25] Top goalscorer Reuben Reid won the award the following season, becoming the first forward to win the award since Mickey Evans.[26]

Table key[edit]

Winners[edit]

A man wearing a black, red and white football shirt during a game.
Graham Coughlan was the club's top league scorer in 2001–02.[27]
A man wearing a red and white football shirt after a game; with his arms raised triumphantly.
Paul Wotton captained the club to league titles in 2002 and 2004.[28]
A man wearing a black football kit before a game.
Romain Larrieu won the award in his ninth season with the club.[29]
A man wearing a yellow and green football shirt during a game.
Carl Fletcher was the first Welsh player to win the award in 2010.[30]
As of end of 2013–14 season.[31]
Season Level[A] Player[B] Position[C] Nationality Apps[D] Goals[D] Caps[E] Notes
1965–66 Div 2 Newman, JohnnyJohnny Newman Defender  England 328 11 0 [F]
1966–67 Div 2 Piper, NormanNorman Piper Midfielder  England 233 37 0 [G]
1967–68 Div 2 Dunne, PatPat Dunne Goalkeeper  Ireland 164 0 5[32]
1968–69 Div 3¤ Burnside, DavidDavid Burnside Midfielder  England 113 17 0 [H]
1969–70 Div 3 Rickard, DerekDerek Rickard Forward  England 121 42 0
1970–71 Div 3 Furnell, JimJim Furnell* Goalkeeper  England 207 0 0
1971–72 Div 3 Provan, DavidDavid Provan Defender  Scotland 139 10 5[33]
1972–73 Div 3 Hague, NeilNeil Hague Defender  England 113 17 0
1973–74 Div 3 Machin, ErnieErnie Machin* Midfielder  England 70 7 0
1974–75 Div 3 Mariner, PaulPaul Mariner* Forward  England 155 61 35[34]
1975–76 Div 2¤ Mariner, PaulPaul Mariner* (2) Forward  England 155 61 35[34] [I][J]
1976–77 Div 2 Ramsbottom, NeilNeil Ramsbottom Goalkeeper  England 41 0 0
1977–78 Div 3¤ Foster, GeorgeGeorge Foster Defender  England 248 6 0
1978–79 Div 3 Binney, FredFred Binney Forward  England 81 42 0
1979–80 Div 3 Foster, GeorgeGeorge Foster (2) Defender  England 248 6 0 [J]
1980–81 Div 3 Kemp, DavidDavid Kemp Forward  England 95 45 0
1981–82 Div 3 Sims, JohnJohn Sims Forward  England 185 49 0
1982–83 Div 3 Nisbet, GordonGordon Nisbet* Defender  England 334 17 0
1983–84 Div 3 Staniforth, GordonGordon Staniforth Forward  England 114 25 0
1984–85 Div 3 Tynan, TommyTommy Tynan* Forward  England 310 145 0
1985–86 Div 3 Hodges, KevinKevin Hodges* Midfielder  England 620 87 0 [K]
1986–87 Div 2¤ Tynan, TommyTommy Tynan* (2) Forward  England 310 145 0
1987–88 Div 2 Cherry, SteveSteve Cherry Goalkeeper  England 102 0 0
1988–89 Div 2 Tynan, TommyTommy Tynan* (3) Forward  England 310 145 0 [L]
1989–90 Div 2 Marker, NickyNicky Marker Defender  England 237 18 0
1990–91 Div 2 Brown, KennyKenny Brown Defender  England 144 4 0
1991–92 Div 2 Marshall, DwightDwight Marshall Forward  Jamaica 155 48 0
1992–93 Div 3¤ McCall, SteveSteve McCall Midfielder  England 160 6 0 [J]
1993–94 Div 3 McCall, SteveSteve McCall (2) Midfielder  England 160 6 0
1994–95 Div 3 Edworthy, MarcMarc Edworthy Defender  England 87 1 0
1995–96 Div 4¤ Heathcote, MichaelMichael Heathcote Defender  England 235 17 0
1996–97 Div 3¤ Billy, ChrisChris Billy Midfielder  England 137 9 0
1997–98 Div 3 Barlow, MartinMartin Barlow Midfielder  England 377 26 0 [M]
1997–98 Div 3 Corazzin, CarloCarlo Corazzin Forward  Canada 85 24 59[35] [M]
1998–99 Div 4¤ Heathcote, MichaelMichael Heathcote (2) Defender  England 235 17 0 [J]
1999–00 Div 4 McGregor, PaulPaul McGregor Forward  England 90 24 0
2000–01 Div 4 O'Sullivan, WayneWayne O'Sullivan Midfielder  Ireland 97 3 0
2001–02 Div 4 Coughlan, GrahamGraham Coughlan* Defender  Ireland 193 26 0 [N]
2002–03 Div 3¤ Wotton, PaulPaul Wotton* Defender  England 476 66 0 [O]
2003–04 Div 3 Evans, MickeyMickey Evans* Forward  Ireland 432 81 1[36] [P]
2004–05 Div 2¤ Wotton, PaulPaul Wotton* (2) Midfielder  England 476 66 0 [J]
2005–06 Div 2 Norris, DavidDavid Norris Midfielder  England 243 28 0
2006–07 Div 2 Nalis, LilianLilian Nalis Midfielder  France 111 6 0
2007–08 Div 2 Timár, KrisztiánKrisztián Timár Defender  Hungary 91 5 4[37]
2008–09 Div 2 Larrieu, RomainRomain Larrieu Goalkeeper  France 318 0 0
2009–10 Div 2 Fletcher, CarlCarl Fletcher Midfielder  Wales 107 9 36[38]
2010–11 Div 3¤ Fletcher, CarlCarl Fletcher (2) Midfielder  Wales 107 9 36[38] [J]
2011–12 Div 4¤ Blanchard, MaximeMaxime Blanchard Defender  France 115 4 &
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2012–13 Div 4 Bhasera, OnismorOnismor Bhasera Defender  Zimbabwe 114 4 19 &
2013–14 Div 4 Reid, ReubenReuben Reid Forward  England 89 24 &
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By player[edit]

Player Total Years
England Tynan, TommyTommy Tynan 3 1985, 1987, 1989
England Mariner, PaulPaul Mariner 2 1975, 1976
England Foster, GeorgeGeorge Foster 2 1978, 1980
England McCall, SteveSteve McCall 2 1993, 1994
England Heathcote, MichaelMichael Heathcote 2 1996, 1999
England Wotton, PaulPaul Wotton 2 2003, 2005
Wales Fletcher, CarlCarl Fletcher 2 2010, 2011

By country[edit]

Country Players Total
 England 29 36
 Ireland 4 4
 France 3 3
 Wales 1 2
 Canada 1 1
 Hungary 1 1
 Jamaica 1 1
 Scotland 1 1
 Zimbabwe 1 1

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

General
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  • Riddle, Andy (2002). Plymouth Argyle: 101 Golden Greats. Westcliff-on-Sea: Desert Island. ISBN 1-874287-47-3. 
  • Cowdery, Rick; Curno, Mike (2009). Plymouth Argyle: Miscellany. Plymouth: Pitch Publishing. ISBN 1-905411-40-5. 
  • Danes, Ryan (2009). Plymouth Argyle: The Complete Record. Plymouth: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-710-7. 
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