Plymouth Argyle 'dream team' reunite to help Liskeard Athletic
PLYMOUTH Argyle’s ‘dream team’ are looking forward to reviving memories and raising much-needed funds to help another local side survive.
A majority of the members of the Pilgrims side which lifted the 2001/02 Third Division (now League Two) title, with a record 102 points will be introduced to the fans at Home Park during half-time of Argyle side’s home game with Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
That title-winning Argyle squad, which is by common consent the best ‘team of players’ in the club’s recent history, went on to win promotion to the Championship two seasons later.
The players have, or tried their level best to, gathered in Plymouth in order to play in a benefit match for ailing Peninsula League club Liskeard Athletic.
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The early noughties’ players will complete a lap of honour during the interval and on Saturday evening will be guests of honour at a hotel in Liskeard before pulling on their boots for a charity match for the Blues at Lux Park on Sunday (2pm).
Argyle’s then manager Paul Sturrock said ‘a team like that comes along once in a blue moon’.
Sturrock who has been the catalyst behind staging the event, added: “Having said that it proves that it can be done.”
Striker Michael Evans, one of the heroes of 2001/02, said the very fact that the team were ‘coming from all over and so keen to play a part’ demonstrates what ‘spirit combined with skill and belief can achieve’.
Evans said: “This is the group of players which kicked off the whole successful period at the turn of the century.
“Seeing the lads all again, or those who can make it, will be great and bring back memories for me of better days and for the Argyle fans’ too.
“We came together and gelled pretty much straight away and although we had real individual ability, it was as a team that we were most potent.
“We all got along with one another and that includes the back-room staff, coaches, scouts, physio and those on reception duty. They are all included and can share in the accolades that we all had.
“It was a magical time and a golden period for Argyle.”
Sturrock, who left Home Park in 2004 to manage Premier League Southampton, said: “If only all teams could be like that one, it was a dream team to manage.
“I’m proud and humbled by the fact the lads think so much of the cause and one another that they are making such an effort to come back here.
“David Worrall is coming over from Ireland and although he hasn’t been very well, is insisting he will play on Sunday.”
Goalkeeper Romain Larrieu will also be at Home Park on Saturday and said: “It will be great to catch up with the lads and hopefully, we can emulate or recapture our best times in Liskeard on Sunday.”