2011–12 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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Plymouth Argyle
2011–12 season
Chairman James Brent
Manager Peter Reid (sacked 18 September 2011)
Carl Fletcher
Stadium Home Park
League Two 21st
FA Cup First round
League Cup First round
League Trophy First round
Top goalscorer League: Simon Walton (9)
All: Simon Walton (9)
Highest home attendance League: 12,386 vs Torquay United (2 January 2012)
All: 12,386 vs Torquay United (2 January 2012)
Lowest home attendance League: 5,018 vs Port Vale (10 September 2011)
All: 4,781 vs Millwall (9 August 2011)
Average home league attendance 6,915
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 season was Plymouth Argyle's 100th as a professional football club, their 87th as a member of the Football League and their sixth in Football League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system.

Background[edit]

The 2010–11 season was the club's 39th in the third tier of the English football league system, having been relegated from the Football League Championship the previous season.[1] It was their first campaign at that level for six years and Peter Reid's first season in charge since becoming the club's manager.[2] Argyle began the season by picking up four points from their opening two matches, but they struggled for consistency over the next two months, winning four of their next 15 league matches.[1] The club was firmly established in mid-table when they received a winding-up petition from HM Revenue & Customs over unpaid taxes in November, the third in the space of a year.[3] A number of players were sold in January to raise funds, including top goalscorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, midfielder Craig Noone and defender Réda Johnson for six-figure fees.[4] As a result, the team's form dipped and they lost nine of their next ten matches.[1] The club was docked ten points by the Football League in February for issuing a notice of intention to appoint an administrator, which left Argyle bottom of the table.[5]

Two weeks later, the club's directors put the club into administration.[6] The team won six of their next 11 matches, but relegation to League Two was confirmed at the start of May in their penultimate match of the season.[7] Argyle finished 23rd in the league table, having taken 42 points from 46 matches. They finished above Swindon Town, but were six points below Walsall, who stayed up on the last day of the season.[1] Having been in negotiations over a takeover with interested parties,[8] nine first team players out of contract at the end of June were released by the club.[9] They included defenders Marcel Seip and Krisztián Timár, Scottish players Chris Clark, Steve MacLean and Jim Paterson, midfielders Anton Peterlin and Luke Summerfield, forward Rory Fallon and Karl Duguid.[10] The only player to be offered a new contract was Frenchman Stéphane Zubar,[9] while captain Carl Fletcher agreed to stay by taking up the option of a further 12 months on his deal.[11] First year professional Ryan Leonard was also released,[12] and among the apprentices that were allowed to leave was Matt Rickard, who made one appearance for the first team in 2010–11.[13] In June, Yannick Bolasie was transferred to Bristol City,[14] and Kári Árnason was released after refusing to sign a wage deferral.[12]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

The 2011–12 season was Peter Reid's second as the club's manager.

The squad returned for pre-season training on 4 July.[15][16] They were joined by defenders Durrell Berry and Robbie Williams, who agreed to join the club having been released by Aston Villa and Rochdale respectively at the end of last season, and two trialists; former Oldham Athletic forward Andy Crompton and Norwich City player Luke Daley.[17] Later that day, defender Bondz N'Gala completed a transfer to Yeovil Town.[18] Liam Dickinson, a former Barnsley striker, joined the squad on 5 July after agreeing to join the club on a free transfer.[19] On 10 July, forward Joe Mason joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.[20] Two more trialists took part in training the next day; goalkeeper Jake Cole and French defender Ladjie Soukouna,[21] while youngsters Jamie Richards and Luke Young signed their first professional contracts.[22] Reid chose against pursuing his interest in Crompton.[21] Argyle began their schedule of nine pre-season friendlies by defeating South West Peninsula League side Torpoint Athletic by two goals to one on 12 July. Winger Jed Harper-Penman scored both goals for a young Argyle team.[23]

The contract of Dickinson was cancelled the next day for personal reasons.[24] Argyle faced Championship club Bristol City at Home Park on 15 July. Included in the team were three more trialists; former Millwall player Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Rochdale forward Anthony Elding and Blackburn Rovers striker Tom Hitchcock. The visitors won 3–2, with Hughes-Mason and Hitchcock scoring for Argyle.[25] A team made up solely of the club's youth system played Western League side Barnstaple Town the next day. A brace from Matt Lecointe and further goals from Tyler Harvey and Ben Clarvis earned a 4–4 draw for the away side.[26] Northern Irish forward Rory Patterson left the club later in the day to join Linfield on loan until the end of the season.[27] Four new trialists joined the squad on 18 July; Argentine winger Andrés Gurrieri, former Everton and Birmingham City youngsters Gerard Kinsella and Shane Williams, and former Preston North End player Simon Whaley,[28] while Hughes-Mason was allowed to leave.[29] Stéphane Zubar returned to the club on 19 July after accepting the offer of a new contract.[30]

Terms were agreed with trialists Daley and Soukouna,[31] and an agreement was reached with Blackburn Rovers to sign Hitchcock on loan for three months.[29] Midfielder Damien Johnson completed a return to Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan,[32] while former Barnet player Cole agreed to sign.[33] Romain Larrieu's testimonial match took place on 20 July 2011 against Premier League club Queens Park Rangers. Argyle lost 1–0 in an even contest at Home Park.[34] Two days later, a young team defeated local South West Peninsula League side Elburton Villa 3–1 at Haye Road, with LeCointe, Isaac Vassell and Harvey scoring for Argyle.[35] Three trialists joined the squad on 25 July: French striker Joseph Mendes, and midfielders Joe Holt and Conor Hourihane, while Elding, Whaley and Shane Williams departed.[36] A hat-trick from LeCointe earned a youthful Argyle side a 3–3 draw at Western League club Bridport on 26 July.[37]

The next day, Conference South side Truro City were defeated 2–1 at Home Park, with Fletcher and Hourihane scoring the goals for the hosts.[38] Goals from Mendes and youth team player Colin Watson helped Argyle defeat Tavistock of the South West Peninsula League by three goals to one at Langsford Park on 29 July; the third was an own goal.[39] Hourihane joined the club permanently the next day, signing from Ipswich Town on a free transfer.[40] Holt, Mendes and Nikolaj Misiuk, a Lithuanian striker who had played against Tavistock, were informed that they would not be offered contracts.[41] Kinsella's trial was ended due to a knee injury that required surgery.[40] Argyle defeated South West Peninsula League side Saltash United 1–0 in their final pre-season friendly at Kimberly Stadium on 1 August. The only goal of the game was scored by Hitchcock.[42] Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson joined the club on loan for three months.[43] Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney joined the club on a free transfer on 4 August after being released by Oldham Athletic.[44]

August[edit]

Argyle began the season with a 1–1 draw at Shrewsbury Town on 6 August. A late goal from Carl Fletcher cancelled out James Collins' opener for the home side.[45] Three days later, the club took on Millwall in the first round of the League Cup at Home Park. Dany N'Guessan scored the only goal of the game to eliminate Argyle from the competition.[46] Hull City midfielder Will Atkinson joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.[47] He scored the opening goal in a 4–1 defeat against Rotherham United on 13 August. Gareth Evans and Adam Le Fondre both scored twice for Rotherham.[48] A third consecutive defeat followed as Argyle lost 2–0 at home to AFC Wimbledon. Two second half goals from Jack Midson was the difference between the teams.[49] Gillingham scored three late goals at Priestfield Stadium on 20 August after Gibson was sent off for two bookable offences. Danny Kedwell converted two penalties and Luke Rooney added the other.[50]

Zubar's contract was cancelled on 25 August after he asked to leave the club for personal reasons.[51] Two days later, Argyle replaced Crewe Alexandra at the bottom of the league table after a 1–0 home defeat. Shaun Miller scored the winning goal for Crewe just before half time.[52] Argyle were eliminated from the Football League Trophy in the first round by Exeter City after losing a penalty shoot-out. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with a goal from Daley cancelling out James Dunne's effort for Exeter, before the home side won 3–0 in the shoot-out.[53] Defender Simon King and midfielder Jamie Griffiths joined the club on loan for one month from Gillingham and Ipswich Town respectively.[54][55] Richards was loaned out to Barnstaple Town for a month.[56]

September[edit]

Warren Feeney joined the club on a free transfer from Oldham Athletic.

Having threatened to strike in protest about money owed to staff days beforehand, Argyle lost 2–1 at Burton Albion on 3 September. Justin Richards and Calvin Zola gave Burton a two-goal lead before Atkinson's injury-time consolation.[57] A brace from Gary Roberts consigned Argyle to a sixth consecutive defeat as Port Vale won 2–0 at Home Park.[58] Both sides finished the match with ten men after Marc Richards and Soukouna were sent off. The club's losing streak was extended at Barnet after a 2–0 defeat at Underhill Stadium on 13 September.[59] Izale McLeod and Daniel Leach scored either side of half time for Barnet. The club lost again four days later at Southend United.[60] Fletcher was sent off in the 2–0 defeat and two former players scored Southend's goals – Liam Dickinson and Peter Gilbert. The next day, manager Peter Reid was relieved of his duties after 15 months in charge.[61] The next day, Carl Fletcher was appointed as caretaker manager with Romain Larrieu as his assistant.[62]

The loan deals of Simon King and Jamie Richards were extended until 7 November and 1 December respectively.[63] A first victory of the campaign was secured on 24 September against Macclesfield Town.[64] Warren Feeney and Robbie Williams scored either side of half time to give Argyle a 2–0 win at Home Park.

October[edit]

October began with a 2–0 defeat at Crawley Town. Striker Matt Tubbs scored both goals for the home side.[65] Jamie Griffiths' loan from Ipswich Town was extended for a further month.[66] The team threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2–2 with ten-man Accrington Stanley on 8 October. Simon Walton and Ladjie Soukouna scored before half-time after Sean Hessey was sent-off. Despite that, Accrington came back to earn a point thanks to goals from Kevin Long and Pádraig Amond.[67] Argyle claimed their first away win of the season a week later at Dagenham & Redbridge. Matt Lecointe and Conor Hourihane gave the club a two-goal lead before Scott Doe and Jon Nurse scored for Dagenham. Simon Walton converted a stoppage time penalty to give Argyle a 3–2 victory.[68] A late goal from Raffaele De Vita gave Swindon Town a 1–0 win at Home Park on 22 October.[69] A 5–1 defeat at Oxford United three days later was their eleventh of the season. Robert Hall and James Constable both scored twice, with Peter Leven scoring Oxford's third. Argyle were briefly level in the second half after Simon Walton converted a penalty.[70] Jamie Griffiths was sent off as Argyle lost 2–1 at Cheltenham Town on 29 October. An effort on goal by Jared Sims was turned in by Cheltenham defender Steve Elliott and Argyle retained the lead for an hour before Darryl Duffy scored from the penalty spot. Griffiths was sent off two minutes later and then Duffy scored the winner in stoppage time.[71]

November[edit]

Having guided Argyle to two wins and a draw since the departure of Peter Reid, new owner James Brent appointed Carl Fletcher as the club's player-manager on a full-time basis.[72][73] Defender Ben Gibson's loan from Middlesbrough was extended until 29 January.[74] Blackpool defender Paul Bignot joined the club on loan for three months on 4 November.[75] An injury-time equaliser from Nick Fenton denied Argyle their third league win of the season as they drew 1–1 with Morecambe. Simon Walton gave the home side the lead in the first half and looked like picking up three much-needed points before Fenton's equaliser in the 94th minute.[76] The club were held to a 3–3 draw by Stourbridge of the Southern League Premier Division in the first round of the FA Cup. Warren Feeney gave Argyle an early lead before Aaron Drake and Ryan Rowe scored either side of half-time for the visitors. Carl Fletcher equalised for Argyle, who then conceded a penalty and had Robbie Williams sent-off. Sean Geddes converted the penalty before a goal from Onismor Bhasera meant a replay was required. Argyle were reduced to nine-men in stoppage time when Connor Hourihane was sent-off for two bookable offences.[77] Striker Craig Sutherland became the second Blackpool player to join the club in November when he signed a two-month loan deal.[78]

French player Maxime Blanchard joined the club on a short-term contract having impressed manager Carl Fletcher while on trial.[79] A brace from Eunan O'Kane helped Torquay United defeat Argyle 3–1 and claim their first league win against them since 1972. After a goalless first half, O'Kane scored twice in quick succession and Danny Stevens gave them a three-goal lead. Will Atkinson's third of the season for Argyle was merely a consolation.[80] Three days later, Argyle lost their FA Cup first round play at Stourbridge. Paul Bignot was sent off in the first half while the game was goalless for kicking Sean Evans. The home side made their numerical advantage count after the break, with Paul McCone and Evans making it 2–0 to the Southern League side.[81] Millwall defender Darren Purse was the first of three players to join the club on loan on 24 November.[82] Former Argyle forward Nick Chadwick arrived from Stockport County, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers player Ashley Hemmings.[83] Argyle moved within three points of safety after defeating Northampton Town 4–1 at Home Park. A Simon Walton gave them the lead and a minute later Nick Chadwick scored his 11th goal for the club. Will Atkinson made it 3–0 and fellow debutant Ashley Hemmings scored a fourth before half-time. Northampton scored a late consolation through Adebayo Akinfenwa.[84]

December[edit]

Argyle resumed their league campaign on 10 December after a two-week break, having failed to reach the second round of the FA Cup. The team gained a point at Bradford City after a 1–1 draw to move above Dagenham & Redbridge at the bottom of the table. Simon Walton scored his sixth goal of the season after 59 minutes before Bradford equalised thanks to James Hanson late in the game. Onismor Bhasera was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.[85] Argyle were held to a 1–1 draw by Hereford United on 17 December. Thomas Barkhuizen gave the visitors the lead midway through the second-half before Nick Chadwick equalised from the penalty spot after 81 minutes. Both sides finished the game with ten-men after Hereford's Michael Townsend received a second yellow card and Argyle's Darren Purse was given a straight red card.[86] The team came from two goals behind to win 3–2 at Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day. The home side went ahead when Matt Harrold converted a penalty, and he added a second two minutes later before Warren Feeney scored for Argyle. Nick Chadwick's third goal in four games brought the scores level and Ashley Hemmings scored the decisive goal in the 93rd minute.[87] A penalty save from Jake Cole earned Argyle a point in a 0–0 draw at Aldershot Town which lifted the club off the foot of the table as the year came to a close.[88]

Match results[edit]

Football League Two[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

League table[edit]

Team
Pld W D L F A GD Pts
C Swindon Town 46 29 6 11 75 32 +43 93
P Shrewsbury Town 46 26 10 10 66 41 +25 88
P Crawley Town 46 23 15 8 76 54 +22 84
4 Southend United 46 25 8 13 77 48 +29 83
5 Torquay United 46 23 12 11 63 50 +13 81
6 Cheltenham Town 46 23 8 15 66 50 +16 77
P Crewe Alexandra 46 20 12 14 67 59 +8 72
8 Gillingham 46 20 10 16 79 62 +17 70
9 Oxford United 46 17 17 12 59 48 +11 68
10 Rotherham United 46 18 13 15 67 63 +4 67
11 Aldershot Town 46 19 9 18 54 52 +2 66
12 Port Vale* 46 20 9 17 68 60 +8 59
13 Bristol Rovers 46 15 12 19 60 70 -10 57
14 Accrington Stanley 46 14 15 17 54 66 -12 57
15 Morecambe 46 14 14 18 63 57 +6 56
16 AFC Wimbledon 46 15 9 22 62 78 -16 54
17 Burton Albion 46 14 12 20 54 81 -27 54
18 Bradford City 46 12 14 20 54 59 -5 50
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 14 8 24 50 72 -22 50
20 Northampton Town 46 12 12 22 56 79 -23 48
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 10 16 20 47 64 -17 46
22 Barnet 46 12 10 24 52 79 -27 46
R Hereford United 46 10 14 22 50 70 -20 44
R Macclesfield Town 46 8 13 25 39 64 -25 37

* – Port Vale deducted ten points

Promotion to League One
Qualification to League Two playoffs
Relegation to Conference National
Last updated: 15:59, 5 May 2012 (UTC)


Player details[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Romain Larrieu 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 0 1 0
2 DF Durrell Berry 35 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 0 8 0
3 DF Robbie Williams 27 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 30 2 5 1
4 MF Carl Fletcher 9 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 12 2 5 1
5 DF Simon King 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0
5 DF Darren Purse 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 2 2 1
5 DF Stéphane Zubar 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 2 0
6 DF Curtis Nelson 17 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 21 0 2 0
7 MF Luke Daley 18 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 21 2 0 0
8 MF Simon Walton 41 9 2 0 1 0 1 0 45 9 7 0
9 FW Juvhel Tsoumou 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 2 0
10 FW Steve Fletcher 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
10 FW Tom Hitchcock 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0 2 0
10 FW Craig Sutherland 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
11 FW Warren Feeney 28 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 30 3 5 0
13 DF Ladjie Soukouna 20 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 22 1 4 1
14 DF Onismor Bhasera 27 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 29 2 6 1
15 MF Luke Young 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 2 1 0
17 FW Jared Sims 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
18 MF Jordan Copp 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
19 DF Ben Gibson 13 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 16 0 5 1
19 MF Paul Wotton 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1 4 0
20 MF Conor Hourihane 38 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 42 2 9 2
21 MF Will Atkinson 22 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 25 4 6 0
21 MF Joe Lennox 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
22 DF Maxime Blanchard 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 2 5 0
22 MF Jamie Griffiths 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 1
23 GK Jake Cole 37 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 0 0 0
24 FW Isaac Vassell 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
27 FW Matt Lecointe 19 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 2 0 0
28 DF Paul Bignot 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 1 1
29 FW Nick Chadwick 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 5 4 0
31 MF Ashley Hemmings 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2 1 0
32 FW Alex MacDonald 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 4 4 0
33 GK Ollie Chenoweth 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Updated to game played on 5 May 2012
Source: Soccerbase
No. = Squad number; Pos. = Playing position; Apps = Appearances made.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
4 July 2011 DF Durrell Berry Aston Villa Free transfer[17]
4 July 2011 DF Robbie Williams Rochdale Free transfer[17]
5 July 2011 FW Liam Dickinson Barnsley Free transfer[19]
19 July 2011 MF Luke Daley Norwich City Free transfer[31]
19 July 2011 DF Ladjie Soukouna Créteil Free transfer[31]
20 July 2011 GK Jake Cole Barnet Free transfer[33]
30 July 2011 MF Conor Hourihane Ipswich Town Free transfer[40]
4 August 2011 FW Warren Feeney Oldham Athletic Free transfer[44]
18 November 2011 DF Maxime Blanchard Tranmere Rovers Free transfer[79]
4 January 2012 FW Nick Chadwick Stockport County Free transfer[112]
5 January 2012 DF Darren Purse Millwall Free transfer[113]
12 January 2012 MF Paul Wotton Yeovil Town Free transfer[114]
12 January 2012 MF Joe Lennox Bristol City Free transfer[115]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
6 June 2011 MF Yannick Bolasie Bristol City Undisclosed[14]
24 June 2011 MF Kári Árnason Aberdeen Released[12]
1 July 2011 MF Chris Clark Aberdeen Released[10]
1 July 2011 DF Karl Duguid Colchester United Released[10]
1 July 2011 FW Rory Fallon Yeovil Town Released[10]
1 July 2011 DF Ryan Leonard Southend United Released[12]
1 July 2011 FW Steve MacLean Yeovil Town Released[10]
1 July 2011 MF Jim Paterson Shamrock Rovers Released[10]
1 July 2011 MF Anton Peterlin Walsall Released[10]
1 July 2011 FW Matt Rickard Michigan Wolverines Released[13]
1 July 2011 DF Marcel Seip Bradford City Released[10]
1 July 2011 MF Luke Summerfield Cheltenham Town Released[10]
1 July 2011 DF Krisztián Timár SHB Da Nang Released[10]
4 July 2011 DF Bondz N'Gala Yeovil Town Free transfer[18]
10 July 2011 FW Joe Mason Cardiff City Undisclosed[20]
13 July 2011 FW Liam Dickinson Southend United Released[24]
25 August 2011 DF Stéphane Zubar Bournemouth Released[51]
January 2012 FW Rory Patterson Derry City Undisclosed[116]

Loans in[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Name From
19 July 2011 19 October 2011 FW Tom Hitchcock Blackburn Rovers[29]
2 August 2011 December 2012 DF Ben Gibson Middlesbrough[43]
12 August 2011 January 2012 MF Will Atkinson Hull City[47]
31 August 2011 7 November 2011 DF Simon King Gillingham[54]
31 August 2011 5 November 2011 MF Jamie Griffiths Ipswich Town[55]
4 November 2011 4 February 2012 DF Paul Bignot Blackpool[75]
16 November 2011 28 January 2012 FW Craig Sutherland Blackpool[78]
24 November 2011 January 2012 DF Darren Purse Millwall[82]
24 November 2011 January 2012 FW Nick Chadwick Stockport County[83]
24 November 2011 June 2012 MF Ashley Hemmings Wolverhampton Wanderers[83]
31 January 2012 May 2012 FW Alex MacDonald Burnley[117]
31 January 2012 May 2012 FW Juvhel Tsoumou Preston North End[118]
22 March 2012 May 2012 FW Steve Fletcher Bournemouth[119]

Loans out[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Name To
16 July 2011 January 2012 FW Rory Patterson Linfield[27]
20 July 2011 30 June 2012 MF Damien Johnson Huddersfield Town[32]
31 August 2011 1 December 2011 DF Jamie Richards Barnstaple Town[56]
28 January 2012 June 2012 GK Ollie Chenoweth Truro City[120]
13 March 2012 June 2012 FW Isaac Vassell Truro City[121]

Awards[edit]

End of Season Awards Winner[122]
Player of the Season Maxime Blanchard
Young Player of the Season Luke Young

See also[edit]

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