Plymouth Argyle Football Club is an English football club based in the city of Plymouth.
Plymouth was founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club and is the most southern and western league club in the whole of England. But in 1884 the club was disbanded but was restored in 1897. In 1898 the club became Argyle Athletic Club.
The club adopted its current name, Plymouth Argyle, in 1903 when it turned professional and joined the Southern League. In 1920 the club joined the Football League Third Division as a founding member.
In recent times Plymouth Argyle has enjoyed good times as well as endured bitter days. In 1984, they reached the FA Cup semi-final although at the time they were in the Third Division. They stayed there for quite some time and things improved at the turn of the century when Paul Sturrock was appointed as the manager of the club in November 2000.
Paul Sturrock rescued Plymouth Argyle from relegation from the Football League altogether and led them to Division Two in 2002. In 2004 they moved a tier higher.
Plymouth Argyle play their home matches at Home Park in Plymouth. The stadium can hold a crowd of 19,500. The club bears the nicknames the Pilgrims, the Greens, Argyle and the club’s fans are known as the Green Army.
The club’s nickname, the Pilgrims, is supposed to be taken from a group of English separatist who left the town for the New World in 1620. The club’s crest also features the Mayflower ship that carried the pilgrims.