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Fans called on to show solidarity with Argyle

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Football fans from across the UK are being asked to send a scarf to show their support for Plymouth Argyle’s fans. The Pilgrims are the latest Football League club to find themselves in dire financial straits having gone into administration on 4th March.

While Argyle have already been deducted 10 points and are believed to require an investment of £3m to stay afloat until the end of the season the club’s supporters have no intention of giving up the fight. Argyle Fans’ Trust has launched a new initiative to highlight the increasingly desperate situation at Home Park and to increase attendance at home games.

Supporters of all 92 football league teams – and non-league sides – are invited to send a scarf to Argyle to show solidarity with Pilgrims supporters. These will then be laid around the outside of the pitch before the club’s match at Home Park against Rochdale on Saturday 19th March.

The event has been titled Rally for Resurgam and takes its name from the carving of the word “resurgam” around the doorway of the local St Andrew’s church. The motto means “I will rise again” and has become synonymous with the spirit of the city of Plymouth and Argyle as a club

“We are asking fans of every club to send a scarf which can be carried in the rally and then laid in a chain around the perimeter of the Home Park pitch before our game against Rochdale,” said Celia Ellacott of Argyle Fans’ Trust. “It’s a variant on the Fans United day which was done to help Brighton 15 years ago – initiated, as it happens, by a 14-year-old Argyle fan, Richard Vaughan.”

The Argyle Fans’ Trust was formally established on 15th January 2011 to be the voice of the ordinary fan at Home Park. Backed by Supporters Direct, it currently has more than 650 members. The Trust’s interim steering committee has held meetings with the former board and is actively working with the existing administrator to try to find a positive and sustainable future for the club.

  • Send scarves: c/o Rick Cowdery, PAFC, Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ.

To contact Argyle Fans’ Trust or send messages of support visit the Trust’s Facebook page, Twitter feed @TheArgyleTrust, or email Celia Ellacott.

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  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
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