Photos: Plymouth 0-2 Newcastle – Argyle Relegated, Toon Champions

Ollie Irish

20th, April 2010


By Ollie Irish

After six middling years in the Championship, Plymouth Argyle have slipped back into the third tier of English football. Paul Mariner did a half-decent job in very difficult circumstances, and whilst I’m not yet convinced of his quality, he deserves the chance to steer the Green Army (oh do shut up) up and out of League One next season.

Plymouth played pretty well in spells last night, but Newcastle’s superior quality shone through. Goals by Andy Carroll (a nice looping header) and Wayne Routledge (a very smart, Theo Walcott-esque finish) did the job.

So Newcastle go up as champions and I look forward to having them back in the Premier League. As a club, NUFC probably deserved the chastening experience of relegation – a spell outside the top flight is not necessarily bad medicine. The fact is, Newcastle is a big club and as such its natural home is in the first tier of English football. Can Chris Hughton keep them? It will be tough, but if the club makes a couple more shrewd purchases in the mould of Kevin Nolan in the off-season then yes, I think relegation can be avoided.

The best photos from Home Park (WARNING: Features topless Geordies):


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A Plymouth Argyle fan outside Home Park before the game

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  1. Terry says:

    A great night for newcastle united, but have to mention the pilgrims fans, they were gracious in defeat, despite relegation. They are a credit to real fans everywhere, well done and thanks for contributing to a cracking night. Hope you have a great season next year and a swift return to the championship. Good luck.

  2. Ollie says:

    Yeah, a bit TOO gracious, I thought! We even played “We are the Champions” for you afterwards! Congrats though, you deserve it.

  3. Terry says:

    We are the champions, the blaydon races and the theme from local hero. Three geordie anthems. Once again good luck for next year.

  4. Toonser says:

    Thanks to the Green Army , the Pilgrims, Plymouth Argyle! Your gracious good wishes and attitutes as hosts to Newcastle did you proud last night. I, for one, will be following your results from now on and hoping you get promotion. Good on you and all the best for the future!

  5. Davy says:

    I think it is mint to see that kind of attitude in football…..if only there was a bit more of it!!!

  6. steve says:

    Yeah – hats off to Plymouth and thier fans, can’t have been easy but they put on a great night – hope you guys romp league 1 next season, good luck

  7. Steve D says:

    Thanks again for a fantastic show of hospitality, your gestures were magnificent, like many other toon fans I will be seeking out the Pilgrims results next year and will certainly if I get a chance be going along to watch them in London when they play there, go on you janners!!!! Also ordered my official Plymouth Shirt to sit proudly alongside my pride and joy toon shirts. Cheers and all the best for next year.

  8. Geordie Daz says:

    Hodgy you are famous son, very sweetcheeks!!!

  9. orangina says:

    Hopefully you’ll keep Mr Smith, okay he’s not as quick or as skillful as he used to be but he’s a damned great character to have around and will give everything to the cause. Failing that, post him off to Leeds United via my place, I’ll find a use for him, no worries!!! (Not sure the supposed Newcastle based girlfriend would approve but hell..ha hah)

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