Plymouth Payday For Imps?

Portsmouth FC aside Plymouth Argyle at Sincil Bank is the best possible prize if Lincoln beat Worcester City in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday.  Only Portsmouth FC, Scunthorpe or Notts County would have been a better draw with the Pilgrims set to bring between 500 and a thousand fans to the cash-strapped Imps. Lucky Stevenage host Pompey in what will be a sell-out.

The initials "P.A.F.C" underneath a shield featuring a ship called the Mayflower in full sail.

Notts County who have sacked yet another manager, face The Monkeyhangers of Harlepool away and Scunthorpe will contest a Lincolnshire Derby at the Fishy foe of Grimsby Town.

But the Imps have a massive opportunity to face a side who will bring plenty of fans and could well be beaten if we are at our best. Over 2,000 Pilgrims travelled to Rochdale to witness the club dramatically avoid going into the Conference last season with an average take of 729 during the season.  Their home support was 7095 last season in a season of struggle, up to 7,171 this. Despite being 18th in League 2  The Pilgrims are the second best supported side in the division compared to Portsmouth’s who have an incredible average of 15,861.

Worcester City will of course be thinking exactly the same thing. With the £12,500 prize money plus the two 4th qualifying Round ties this could boost the cup run for both sides to north of £40-50,000. So every Imp needs to be at Sincil Bank on Tuesday to help ensure a much needed pay-day is ours.  Of course a replay against the Pilgrims would be most welcome, its a fabulous stadium and a 7,000 crowd there would be big money for the Imps.


Posted on October 27, 2013, in FA Cup, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Worcester beat Plymouth at home in the first round in 1978, when Malcolm Allison (fedora and all) managed Argyle, and at the time they were top of the old Division Three. 8,500+ turned up at the Lane, and Worcester sent Plymouth packing with a 2-0 defeat with goals from Malcolm Phelps and Jimmy Williams. Worcester went on to draw 0-0 away at Division 4 Newport County, and were leading the home replay 1-0 in the 89th minute in front of 10,000+, with West Ham awaiting the winners. A heart-breaking injury time equaliser and a Newport winner in extra time saw Worcester bow out, with Newport going on to humble West Ham in the third round.

    Plymouth now have Guy Branston in their side, who scored Huddersfield Town’s winning goal in the 1-0 defeat of Worcester in the live televised Match of the Day game in 2005. Huddersfield went on to be drawn against Chelsea away in the third round.

  2. I apologise – I’m mistaken. It was Chris Brandon at Huddersfield, not Guy Branston.

    I just remember some corny headlines from the time, about Brandon putting Worcester’s sauce in a pickle – or some nonsense like that. So inevitably got mixed up with Branston!

    Should have checked my sauces. I’ll get my coat …

    • Must admit this site has made a few errors over the last few days. Whichever side wins they will enjoy a much needed payday. The FA Cup can turn a season with this one perhaps even a candidate for a live slot.

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