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Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle

The man in the middle
Will Finnie  
64 yellow  one red in 16 games.
Assisted by Dean Treleaven and Mike Desborough
Fourth official is Ravel Cheosiaua.

The game will feature on the Final Score on BBC1 at 1.50pm where there will be live reports from the Memorial Ground, each club will receive £12,500 in TV fees.

Highlights of all games 1800 hrs on BBC 2

The winner of the tie will receive £54,000 in prize money

Bristol Rovers view on the game

Having reached the FA Cup Second Round  Bristol Rovers are excited to face the prospect of entertaining Plymouth Argyle in what is certain to be a full-blooded encounter. Games between the Gas and the Pilgrims are always fought with passion by both teams.
After struggling at the start of the season under new Manager Ryan Lowe, who produced his own miracle in getting Bury promoted against all the odds, the Greens have found some form and climbed to 8th in the table. They have won four and drawn three of their last eight games, the one defeat being their 4-0 Devon derby mauling at Exeter City.

Their latest game was a 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Bradford City.

Interviewed after the game, Boss Lowe said, “Every single one of them, to a man, was different class. The willingness and desire to press, and close people down, do everything we ask, was brilliant. You feel comfortable in games and that comes from putting the work in, feeling confident in the boys that they’re going to perform and withstand any pressure, which they did
“We are on a good run of form and we have to continue that. You can’t win every game because the league is so inconsistent but if you get a run together, you can start looking forward.”

There is a rich history of games, 102 in total, between the clubs. Like Rovers, Argyle were founder members of the Third Division in 1920-21 season. They finished one spot below Rovers at the end of that season in 11th place. The first ever League meeting took place on 23rd April 1921 when goals by Ellis Crompton and Billy Palmer secured a 2-0 victory in front of a 14,000 Eastville crowd. The return match saw Plymouth win 2-1 a week later, Crompton scoring for Rovers again and Jimmy Logan notching two for Argyle. It was the first of 10 games in which Argyle remained undefeated against Rovers.

It’s also worth remembering that “Goodnight Irene” was first heard on 4 November 1950 in a game between Rovers and Argyle. Rovers came back from being 1-0 down at half time to score 3 goals. The Rovers fans changed the words of the current hit by the Weavers to ‘Goodnight Argyle”
Prior to that game The Mem had been a happy hunting ground for the Pilgrims; they had collected maximum points in the previous three League encounters, the last two of which had seen the Devon team record 3-2 wins. In 2015-16 both fixtures ended up 1-1 as Rovers late assault on the top of the table saw them gain automatic promotion.

Bristol Rovers’ Liam Sercombe hopes to get one over on his old rivals Plymouth Argyle when the Pilgrims visit the Mem on Sunday.
Sercombe’s Exeter City links have always made him a target for Argyle fans, and the 29-year-old admits the FA Cup second round tie holds added importance for him.

Bristol Rovers hope to make the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2013 on Sunday,
Argyle arrive in Horfield with a ‘very confident’ manager at the helm who has his

Plymouth Argyle News

OUR FA Cup hosts this weekend, Bristol Rovers, have enjoyed a promising start to the season, especially in the comfort of their own home.
Having begun their season with a 2-0 loss away to Blackpool, Rovers have since pushed their way up the table and are now sitting in ninth position with 28 points.

Following their disappointing start, they went on to draw 0-0 with current top-of-the-table side Wycombe Wanderers, won 3-0 against Cheltenham Town in the first round of the Carabao Cup with two of those goals from top goal-scorer, Tyler Smith, and a couple weeks later they secured a 3-1 win over Oxford United.

Overall, the Pirates have bagged themselves eight wins, drawn four times and lost a total of five games.
Throughout the campaign so far, Rovers have only been beaten at home once, when they hosted Bolton Wanderers, where Luke Murphy and Daryl Murphy both got one over home ‘keeper Anssi Jaakkola.

Fifteen-year-old Brandon Pursall was taken out of school because many of the Pilgrims’ young professionals and apprentices were away from Home Park at the end of this week, they were travelling to Argyle’s Premier League Under-23 Cup group game away to Fulham. Ryan brought him in so he could train with the first team squad.

Defender Mike Peck has returned to his parent club Plymouth Argyle following the end of his one-month loan spell with the club.
Argyle squad is set to include three former Rovers players in it – skipper Gary Sawyer, plus strikers Byron Moore and Dom Telford.

There looks like there is no injuries worry for Argyle, so a full squad to pick from

Argyle is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Dewsnip as Director of Football.

A former Everton and England youth coach, Neil initially joined the club as Technical Consultant in August, tasked with providing experienced consultancy to first-team manager Ryan Lowe and his assistant Steven Schumacher, with whom he worked at youth level.
In his role as Director of Football, Neil will continue to oversee the club’s footballing operations; serve as a conduit between the Argyle Board of Directors and the football staff; pursue recruitment opportunities; and oversee the club’s Academy

Taken from online media
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