UNLIKE high-flying Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle have found it harder to adjust after relegation to League Two but an improved run of form has pushed them up to 11th ahead of the Bantams' visit to Home Park tomorrow.

It was an agonising end to last season for Plymouth, who won 3-2 at home to already relegated Scunthorpe United on the final day to put themselves on 50 points, and in with a chance of survival.

That meant they were relying on the Bantams to beat AFC Wimbledon, who would have gone down with a defeat.

But the Londoners managed to earn themselves a 0-0 draw at Valley Parade to stay up by the skin of their teeth. They finished on 50 points too, but with a goal difference of -21, compared to Plymouth's -24.

For anyone heading down to watch the Bantams tomorrow, here is all you need to know:


Venue: Home Park

Capacity: 12,800

Address: Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Home Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3DQ


If you haven't already purchased your ticket, you can pay on the gate at Home Park with prices as follows:

Adults- £25

Concessions- £20

Under-18s- £11

Under-12s- £8

Under-8s- £5


The main concern for the big day is how to get there, how long it will take to get there, and where on earth you’re going to park.

Train: This is the Bantams fans' longest trip of the season with over a six hour journey ahead.

Starting at Bradford Interchange, take a direct Northern train to Leeds, which should take around 20 minutes.

Hop on a CrossCountry service directly to Plymouth, which takes about five and a half hours, Home Park is a 25-minute walk from the station.

Car: It is 650-mile plus round trip for those planning to take the mammoth drive down.

Head down the M1 before taking the A42 exit towards Birmingham for 14 miles, keep right to continue to the M42, which will bring you out on the M5 after 39 miles.

The longest part of the trip is now on the M5 for 146 miles, continuing until you take the 2nd exit at the Manadon Roundabout.

Once there get on Mayflower Dive and you're a couple of hundred feet away from the ground.

Plane: The fastest mode of transport to the game would be in the air. You can travel from Manchester Airport to London Heathrow for under £100 with a combined distance of just over two hours.


Home Park has a very large – and free – car park just outside the ground. It is council-run, and is typically a park-and-ride car park into the city.

It is free to use on match-days, but will obviously begin to fill up early for many fixtures, especially local derbies.

Be very wary of parking on streets in the nearby area. Some require parking permits, some do not.

There is some street parking on roads off Segrave Road (opposite Home Park), or on side roads off the main Outland Road (A386), heading away from the city centre towards the A38.

Be extra aware of parking restrictions in the Life Centre next to the ground, as there are frequently enforcement officers on hand to clamp down on illegal parking there.


Probably the best bet is the Britannia which is a sizeable Wetherspoons outlet and around a 10 minute walk away from the ground (from the car park outside the football ground, turn left and the pub is down the road on the right hand corner).

For most matches the pub has a queue of fans waiting to get in outside, but this is controlled by the security staff, so you don't normally have to wait too long to gain entrance.

Although away fan friendly, the pub doesn't tolerate away supporters singing their clubs songs and any who do are quickly ejected from the premises. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Near to the pub is normally a van selling pasties too if you're looking for some pre-match grub.

Opposite the Britannia is the Embassy Club which is best avoided by away fans.

Around a 15 minute walk away from Home Park (going back in the direction of the A38) is the Cherry Tree pub on Ham Drive.

A similar distance away (but going in the opposite direction across the Park) is the Hyde Park Social Club, which welcomes visiting supporters.

The social club welcomes visiting fans for Saturday matches from 11am and after the game as well and also shows Sky and BT Sports.

The club has a range of draught beer, cider and lager on sale such as Carling, Worthington, Thatchers, Guinness, Wolfrock, Carling Dark Fruits Cider and Offshore Pilsner.

In addition, a range of hot food is available too. For coach parties, cooked breakfasts can be supplied at a reasonable price, but must be booked in advance on 01752 662947 or by contacting Steve Lavis on s.lavis297@btinternet.com

The club also has a pool table and is family-friendly. Limited free parking is available at the club itself, or alternatively, there is on-street parking in the local area.

The club charges £2 for a weekend pass to enter, including on matchdays (kids accompanied by an adult are admitted free).

TEASER (Shrewsbury away)

Q: Which Premier League team did a then Third Division Shrewsbury beat in the FA Cup Third Round in 2003, courtesy of a Nigel Jemson double?

A: Everton


Q: Plymouth Argyle are the only side in the Premier League or Football League to have a team name that begins with four consecutive consonants. But which of the 92 clubs starts with FIVE consecutive consonants?