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TORQUAY UNITED V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Tuesday 19th July 2022
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE FACTFILE
Year founded: 1886
Nickname: The Pilgrims
Last season’s league finish: 7th in League One
Division Two champions: 2003-04
Division Three South champions: 1929-30, 1951-52 & 1958-59
Division Three champions: 2001-02
MANAGER: STEVEN SCHUMACHER
Steven Schumacher will be embarking on his first full season as Plymouth Argyle manager after replacing the Preston North End bound Ryan Lowe in December 2021.
A graduate of the Everton youth academy, where he was coached by current Pilgrims’ Director of Football Neil Dewsnip, Schumacher didn’t quite make the final step required to break into the Toffees’ first team. However, he did manage to carve out a successful career in the lower leagues with the likes of Bradford City, Crewe Alexandra, Bury and Fleetwood Town amongst others.
It was with Everton’s academy that he started his coaching career and he has also had a spell as interim manager with Southport in National League North before he first linked up with Lowe at Bury in 2018 and later followed him to Home Park in 2019.
PLAYER TO WATCH: DANNY MAYOR
One of a number of players who followed Ryan Lowe from Gigg Lane to Home Park when he was appointed as Pilgrims’ manager, Danny Mayor has established himself as a firm favourite amongst the Argyle faithful. Mayor also won promotion from League Two with Bury under Lowe in the 2018-19 season and won the League Two player of the year award for the 2014-15 season.
Torquay: Ollie Tomlinson
Plymouth: Adam Randell, Ryan Law
PREVIOUS LEAGUE HEAD TO HEAD
Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Torquay United
1st January 2014
Plymouth Argyle scored two second half goals to defeat Alan Knill’s Torquay United in League Two.
On-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery fired the home side ahead with a superbly-taken first-time strike on the hour mark, and Lewis Alessandra chested in skipper Conor Hourihane’s 85th-minute cross from the left for Plymouth’s second.
United’s best chance fell to Jordan Chapell, who saw his 30-yard effort saved by Luke McCormick.
With Torquay struggling in the relegation places, this game ending up being Knill’s last as manager, as he was sacked the very next day.
TUFC Line-Up: Poke, Tonge, Cruise, Downes, O’Connor, Mansell, Mozika (Benyon), Bodin, Chapell (Stockley), McCourt, Hawley
Subs Not Used: Cameron, Craig, Sullivan, Pearce, Rice
GOALKEEPERS: Mark Halstead, Rhys Lovett
DEFENCE: Dylan Crowe, Ross Marshall, Dan Martin, Dean Moxey, Ali Omar, Ollie Tomlinson
MIDFIELD: Shaun Donnellan, Kieron Evans, Asa Hall, Ryan Hanson, Tom Lapslie, Brett McGavin, Alex Moyse, Keelan O’Connell, Gabby Rogers, Jack Winsor
STRIKERS: Corie Andrews, Lewis Brooks, Olaf Koszela, Aaron Jarvis