Plymouth Argyle and Scunthorpe United both aiming for brighter futures after recent struggles
A LOT has happened to Argyle and Scunthorpe United since they last played each other, and not much of it has been positive.
Their most recent meeting was in the Championship in March 2010, when Paul Mariner's Pilgrims lost 2-1 at Glanford Park despite taking the lead through striker Jamie Mackie in the 28th minute.
Argyle were relegated at the end of that season, finishing in 23rd position, while Scunthorpe ended up 20th.
Peter Reid replaced Mariner that summer but the Pilgrims' financial collapse led to them being forced into administration and being hit by a 10-point penalty.
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Argyle were relegated from League One at the end of 2010/11, while Scunthorpe finished bottom of the Championship after manager Nigel Adkins – so influential in their success – quit for Southampton.
The Iron finished 18th in League One in 2011/12 and a poor start to last season saw Brian Laws take over as their boss for the third time as he replaced Alan Knill – now at Torquay United.
Laws could not save Scunthorpe from dropping into League Two, though, as they finished in 21st position.
Argyle have also chopped and changes their managers over recent times, and twice come close to being relegated out of the Football League.
Carl Fletcher took over when Reid was dismissed and he was then succeeded by current incumbent John Sheridan at the start of January.
Players have come and gone at Home Park with great regularity over the past few years and there are no survivors from the squad which was on duty at Glanford Park in March 2010.
However, two of those who played for Scunthorpe in that 2-1 win are still with the north Lincolnshire club. They are centre-back David Mirfin and midfielder Matt Sparrow.
After both experiencing some turbulent times of late, Argyle and Scunthorpe will be hoping they can start to make some progress this season.
Sheridan told Herald Sport: "That's all in the past. This is the future. We are both in League Two now and fighting to get out of it.
"I don't look to three years ago. I'm looking to the present and just concentrating on what we are going to do."
CHRIS HARGREAVES and Mark Saunders will be among those in action for Argyle Legends when they play the North Devon Greens at Mill Road, the home ground of Barnstaple Town, on Sunday (2pm).
Hargreaves, 41, is now part of the coaching staff at Championship club AFC Bournemouth.
The Legends top the bill on a charity football day to raise money for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer.
Gates open at 11am and admission is £2. Children are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
Legends (from): Ryan Draper, Spencer Cooper, Darren Tallon, Paul Edwards, David Byrne, Martin Barlow, Paul Smith, Mark Rowe, Damien Davey, Leigh Cooper, Owen Pickard, Ryan Cross, Bradley Swiggs, Mark Saunders, Mark Damerell, Chris Hargreaves, Kevin Nancekivell