Category Archives: Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth should look to sign this former Premier League star

Plymouth Argyle have struggled to adjust to life in League One, winning just 1 of their opening 6 matches. After finishing second and getting promoted last season, manager Derek Adams strengthened his squad by bringing in no fewer than 13 new players to the club.

One player that the club were linked but in recent days look to set to miss out on is free agent Josh Wright. After leaving Gillingham, the midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Southend but that move is still up in the air, with ‘Shrimps’ manager Phil Brown waiting for the good ahead that the necessary funds are available to sign the player.

According to The Herald, Plymouth are still interested in Josh Wright but with his future up in the air, the club should turn their attentions to other free agent and former Premier League player Jay Spearing.

Jay Spearing – The midfielder left Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season after failing to agree terms on a new contract, leaving him looking for a new club.

Having started his professional career at Liverpool, Spearing made his competitive first team debut in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven, before making loan moves to Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers respectively in the 2010 and 2012-2013 seasons.

Following his loan move to Bolton he made his move permanent in 2013 and stayed at the club 4 years.

With plenty of experience under his belt and having played at the highest level of club football the Champions League, Spearing could bring experience to the Plymouth ranks which could help the club move up the League One table.

Plymouth Argyle fans would you like to see Jay Spearing at your club? Let us know in the comments section…

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Is football for the fans anymore?

It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)

 

With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.

 

So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?

 

The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.

 

Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.

 

On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.

 

I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.

 

Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”

 

Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…