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Chemical Ali



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PostSubject: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyFri Mar 27, 2020 4:29 pm

I HOPE you are all managing as well as can be hoped in this stressful time.

I realise that not all of you will be able to follow the advice to stay indoors, away from people and get some exercise, as you are working in essential jobs that must continue. We thank you for continuing to provide the goods and services the area needs.

Above all, we owe our thanks to those of you working in the NHS, putting yourselves at risk for the sake of all. At Argyle, we are pleased that we can do something to help, by handing over the Mayflower Grandstand to the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for use for routine services during the COVID-19 response period. This will free up valuable capacity at Derriford Hospital to enable staff better to cope with what is, sadly, likely to be a flood of virus-stricken patients.


Argyle is a community asset, and it is only right that our resources be handed over to wherever the community has most need. In this case, the need is obvious. I thank our CEO, Andrew Parkinson, and Dr Jonathan Cope at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for making the arrangements for the handover so quickly and effectively.

As part of our Crowdfunding campaign, we will donate a match ticket to NHS staff for every £100 we raise.

We launched that campaign, most obviously, to raise cash to help the club to continue operating while there is no football. It also gives an opportunity to those supporters who had asked how they could help, to do so, by paying in advance for sponsorship and other opportunities. We realise that not everyone will be in a position to contribute, so, please remember we are always grateful for the support of the Green Army, whether it comes with a cheque or not.

With your help, Argyle financial resources will remain enough for us to continue paying our bills. We will continue to do our best to ensure that those small, local businesses, no doubt also suffering, will get their money paid on time.

Elsewhere, our Community Trust, while it has had many of its school-based activities put on hold, is as active as ever. You can read a full list of the work they are doing here.

They are using their resources as best they can to distribute food, staff foodbanks, support online learning, keep vulnerable older people in contact…..the list goes on. Please read it and take pride in the work your club does in the community. I’m always proud of Mark Lovell and his team at the Argyle Community Trust, but never more so than now, when normal life is disrupted, and Trust resources are available to help keep people safe, healthy, and in contact.

While there is no real football to enjoy, we have stepped up our levels of engagement with all fans, particularly our younger ones, by starting a FIFA eSports Team, under player-manager Ben Taylor, which will be playing several evenings a week in the Virtual Pro Gaming League, streamed live on Facebook and, soon, on our own Twitch channel. If that seems a foreign language to you…. ask your grandchildren!

Thousands of people tuned in to the initial couple of matches played on Facebook (Plymouth Argyle eSports), and we will follow up in future with a more complete “Matchday Experience” with pre-and post-match interviews with Ben, and players, and all the buildup you expect to a real football match.

We have opened up the archives on iFollow and made available classic games from the past, been active playing Connect 4 on Twitter (handily beating Exeter City) and, generally tried to provide some football related entertainment for those of you suffering from withdrawal symptoms. There will be more to come in future weeks—keep an eye on social media channels for announcements.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone at Argyle for continuing to work so well. I said last time I wrote to you that the club would emerge stronger from this awful crisis. We are already seeing people sitting far apart, but working together more than ever before. We don’t know what will happen in coming weeks, but when football resumes, you can be sure that we will be better run than ever.

Anyone who thought Bill Shankly was right—that football is more serious than life and death—is surely learning now that he was wrong. We can help you have some football-related fun, and the resources of the Argyle family are being deployed to help keep you safe. But you are each also responsible for the health of the community—again, I urge you to take care of yourselves, get some exercise, stay away from people, and, of course, wash your hands!

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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyFri Mar 27, 2020 5:03 pm

why do i get the hidden message in this that season ticket holders wont get squat back or taken into account for next seasons prices.
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptySat Mar 28, 2020 7:55 am

You gotta hand it to Hallett blokes a diamond. I know some still think he has an ulterior motive at Argyle but I cant see it.
He just happens to be the multi millionaire that many other clubs have and now we've got our own finally
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptySat Mar 28, 2020 9:24 am

I don't hink he has any ulterior motive Harve It just winds me up that he has continued the upstairs/downstairs vibe at the club. When he actually takes action to address the queuing and shite food for the majority of the fanbase I will be one hundred per cent satisfied with him in control. Until then I will continue to bring it up.
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sufferedsince 68

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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptySat Mar 28, 2020 11:44 am

We have gone from the worst owner the club has ever had to the best. Uncle Si is a top bloke.
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RegGreen



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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptySun Mar 29, 2020 12:22 pm

His the bestest super sigh nearly got a semi on 🙄
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyMon Mar 30, 2020 8:18 am

'Anyone who thought Bill Shankly was right—that football is more serious than life and death—is surely learning now that he was wrong. We can help you have some football-related fun, and the resources of the Argyle family are being deployed to help keep you safe. But you are each also responsible for the health of the community—again, I urge you to take care of yourselves, get some exercise, stay away from people, and, of course, wash your hands!'

Bill Shankly knew how to make a club and fans great. That tongue in cheek comment of his was part of the inspiration.
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyWed Apr 01, 2020 10:56 am

I think we can safely say that this season has gone. Not sure about next season though, no idea when the lockdown will finally end. They say September at the earliest.

I know the football authorities are going to make a decision soon on what they intend to do.
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyWed Apr 01, 2020 11:39 am

Sky sports are null and void.
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyWed Apr 01, 2020 12:23 pm

Earwegoagain wrote:
Sky sports are null and void.


If the Prem does not restart/conclude then clubs will have to pay back monies given to them by the various broadcasters, so I read yesterday.
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PostSubject: Re: Chairman's Chat   Chairman's Chat EmptyWed Apr 01, 2020 12:48 pm

VillageGreen wrote:
Earwegoagain wrote:
Sky sports are null and void.


If the Prem does not restart/conclude then clubs will have to pay back monies given to them by the various broadcasters, so I read yesterday.

Lol, release the lawyers.
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