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 2017–18 season.[31]
Season Level[A] Player[B] Position[C] Nationality Apps[D] Goals[D] Caps[E] Notes
1965–66 Div 2 Johnny Newman Defender  England 328 11 0 [F]
1966–67 Div 2 Norman Piper Midfielder  England 233 37 0 [G]
1967–68 Div 2 Pat Dunne Goalkeeper  Ireland 164 0 5[32]
1968–69 Div 3¤ David Burnside Midfielder  England 113 17 0 [H]
1969–70 Div 3 Derek Rickard Forward  England 121 42 0
1970–71 Div 3 Jim Furnell* Goalkeeper  England 207 0 0
1971–72 Div 3 David Provan Defender  Scotland 139 10 5[33]
1972–73 Div 3 Neil Hague Defender  England 113 17 0
1973–74 Div 3 Ernie Machin* Midfielder  England 70 7 0
1974–75 Div 3 Paul Mariner* Forward  England 155 61 35[34]
1975–76 Div 2¤ Paul Mariner* (2) Forward  England 155 61 35[34] [I][J]
1976–77 Div 2 Neil Ramsbottom Goalkeeper  England 41 0 0
1977–78 Div 3¤ George Foster Defender  England 248 6 0
1978–79 Div 3 Fred Binney Forward  England 81 42 0
1979–80 Div 3 George Foster (2) Defender  England 248 6 0 [J]
1980–81 Div 3 David Kemp Forward  England 95 45 0
1981–82 Div 3 John Sims Forward  England 185 49 0
1982–83 Div 3 Gordon Nisbet* Defender  England 334 17 0
1983–84 Div 3 Gordon Staniforth Forward  England 114 25 0
1984–85 Div 3 Tommy Tynan* Forward  England 310 145 0
1985–86 Div 3 Kevin Hodges* Midfielder  England 620 87 0 [K]
1986–87 Div 2¤ Tommy Tynan* (2) Forward  England 310 145 0
1987–88 Div 2 Steve Cherry Goalkeeper  England 102 0 0
1988–89 Div 2 Tommy Tynan* (3) Forward  England 310 145 0 [L]
1989–90 Div 2 Nicky Marker Defender  England 237 18 0
1990–91 Div 2 Kenny Brown Defender  England 144 4 0
1991–92 Div 2 Dwight Marshall Forward  Jamaica 155 48 0
1992–93 Div 3¤ Steve McCall Midfielder  England 160 6 0 [J]
1993–94 Div 3 Steve McCall (2) Midfielder  England 160 6 0
1994–95 Div 3 Marc Edworthy Defender  England 87 1 0
1995–96 Div 4¤ Michael Heathcote Defender  England 235 17 0
1996–97 Div 3¤ Chris Billy Midfielder  England 137 9 0
1997–98 Div 3 Martin Barlow Midfielder  England 377 26 0 [M]
1997–98 Div 3 Carlo Corazzin Forward  Canada 85 24 59[35] [M]
1998–99 Div 4¤ Michael Heathcote (2) Defender  England 235 17 0 [J]
1999–00 Div 4 Paul McGregor Forward  England 90 24 0
2000–01 Div 4 Wayne O'Sullivan Midfielder  Ireland 97 3 0
2001–02 Div 4 Graham Coughlan* Defender  Ireland 193 26 0 [N]
2002–03 Div 3¤ Paul Wotton* Defender  England 476 66 0 [O]
2003–04 Div 3 Mickey Evans* Forward  Ireland 432 81 1[36] [P]
2004–05 Div 2¤ Paul Wotton* (2) Midfielder  England 476 66 0 [J]
2005–06 Div 2 David Norris Midfielder  England 243 28 0
2006–07 Div 2 Lilian Nalis Midfielder  France 111 6 0
2007–08 Div 2 Krisztián Timár Defender  Hungary 91 5 4[37]
2008–09 Div 2 Romain Larrieu Goalkeeper  France 318 0 0
2009–10 Div 2 Carl Fletcher Midfielder  Wales 107 9 36[38]
2010–11 Div 3¤ Carl Fletcher (2) Midfielder  Wales 107 9 36[38] [J]
2011–12 Div 4¤ Maxime Blanchard Defender  France 115 4 &
&
2012–13 Div 4 Onismor Bhasera Defender  Zimbabwe 114 4 19 &
2013–14 Div 4 Reuben Reid Forward  England 89 24 &
&
2014–15 Div 4 Luke McCormick Goalkeeper  England 227 0 &
&
2015–16 Div 4 Graham Carey Midfielder  Ireland 39 11 &
&
2017–18 Div 3¤ Graham Carey (2) Midfielder  Ireland 47 15 &
[J]

By player[edit]

Player Total Years
England Tommy Tynan 3 1985, 1987, 1989
England Paul Mariner 2 1975, 1976
England George Foster 2 1978, 1980
England Steve McCall 2 1993, 1994
England Michael Heathcote 2 1996, 1999
England Paul Wotton 2 2003, 2005
Wales Carl Fletcher 2 2010, 2011
Republic of Ireland Graham Carey 2 2016, 2018

By country[edit]

Country Players Total
 England 29 36
 Ireland 4 5
 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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