Rovers In Pink To Take On Pilgrims

January 1, 2000

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This Friday we welcome Ian Holloway and his Plymouth team to the Mem for our final home pre-season friendly this year. Ollie has only been in the hot seat at Plymouth for a matter of weeks, but he has already been active in the transfer market capturing the services of Barry Hayles from Millwall and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from Manchester United.

Barry will need no introduction to most Gasheads, after playing at the highest level for a number of years he is considering his options when his playing days come to an end and is planning a future in a coaching role. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake may not be a name familiar to all of us, but he did make a few first team appearances for the Old Trafford outfit and attracted a 6 figure fee, so definitely a player to watch out for. Plymouth will be bringing a full squad and as of Wednesday evening their only injury worries being their long serving captain and inspirational midfielder Paul Wotton with a facial injury and Akos Buzsaky with a groin problem.
Plymouth have already had a very active pre-season which started with victories over Tiverton and Grays by 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. They then went to Austria where they played 2nd division outfit FC Gratkorn, Argyle ran out comfortable 5-1 winners, this result is put into context by Gratkorn’s 2 previous matches where they lost by a narrow 2-1 margin to Derby and beat Stoke by the same 2-1 scoreline.

Next came the little matter of playing Real Madrid; although Real had non of their World cup players on duty, the strength in depth of their squad still meant that they fielded a formidable team which included Jonathon Woodgate, Baptista, Guti and a number of other household names. Real prevailed 1-0, but only due to a 75th minute Baptista penalty. They then played Yeovil and came away with a 2-0 victory.

All of this suggests that Argyle will provide a stiff test for Rovers. But the form shown at Clevedon last Tuesday with Craig Disley and Sammy Igoe both turning in outstanding performances suggests that Plymouth wont be in for an easy ride either. 

Our main worry ahead of the game is that with Plymouth’s main kit sponsor now being Ginsters, there is a very real possibility of our match day microphone maestro Nick Day putting in a transfer request and defecting! 

Friday’s game also sees the long awaited wearing of our now infamous Pink kit. The Pilgrims have been marketing their own Pink T-shirts for the occasion, so it sounds as if they are ready for some friendly banter! Please wear your pink and lets have an evening to remember. There will be collectors around the ground asking for your support to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Please dig deep and find some spare coins for a very worthy cause. 

There are still a very limited number of Pink items available from Pirate Leisure to help you get into the right mood, these include Bronx hats at £6.95, baseball caps at £7.95 and scarves (invaluable in the present heat wave as they also double as fans if waved hard enough) at only £6.50. These are the last of our pink merchandise, dont miss out, when they are gone they are gone!

There are also plenty of other bargains to be had including Blue-Arab shirts now a gift at only £5 along with a selection of last seasons leisure and training wear all at reduced prices.

Kick off is at 7-45 and admission prices are as follows;

Terrace Adults £10
Concessions £5
Seated areas Adults £12
Concessions £7

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