We take a look at some new stadiums and places we haven’t visited for a while ahead of the 2017-18 Sky Bet League One fixture release on Wednesday 21 June.
- Wigan Athletic Away Days: Plymouth Argyle.
- Latics to head to Home Park for the first time in 13 years in the 2017-18 campaign.
- Wins on two previous visits to Plymouth for Latics, having won once in first seven.
Latics will head to Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park Stadium for the first time in 13 years in the 2017-18 season, after the Pilgrims won promotion from Sky Bet League Two alongside Paul Cook’s Portsmouth last season.
After suffering considerable damage during the Second World War, Home Park was rebuilt ahead of the resumption of the Football League in 1945. Until 2001, the ground remained relatively unchanged, when construction of three new all-seater stands commenced. The work was completed in February 2002, and then became all-seater in the summer of 2007 at a capacity of 16,388.
The Grandstand at one side of the pitch is the only remnant of the old Home Park. This classic looking stand dates back to 1952, although its appearance makes it look much older. Although it is much older than the other sides, it is still taller than the other stands and is still the focal point at Home Park.
Home Park is the most westerly and southerly League Ground in England.
Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park.
The highest attendance recorded at Home Park is 43,596 for a Football League Second Division match between Plymouth Argyle and Aston Villa on 10 October 1936.
That was before the ground was converted to an all-seater stadium, Home Park's record attendance as an all-seater stadium currently stands at 17,511, set at a Championship match between Argyle and Watford on 22 March 2008.
Away fans are housed in the Barn Park End, which is all seated and covered.
LATICS AT PLYMOUTH…
Our record at Home Park is interesting as we won on our first visit and have also tasted success on our last two matches in Devon. However, the six matches in between returned just one point from six games.
We first met in Plymouth towards the end of the 1982-83 season in our first year in the third tier. Having beaten the Pilgrims 3-0 at Springfield Park thanks to a double from Les Bradd and an Eamonn O’Keefe strike, Latics won 2-0 at Home Park as Sir Bobby Charlton’s brief spell as Larry Lloyd’s replacement returned a first away win thanks to another O’Keefe goal and an effort from John Butler.
Latics drew 0-0 early in the 1983-84 season but then lost on their next five visits to Plymouth before halting the run in 1997 with a win in October 2002 in our 100-point season after the Pilgrims won promotion from Division Three in the previous campaign. Ian Stonebridge gave Plymouth the lead, but Tony Dinning scored twice and Nathan Ellington added a third in a 3-1 win for Paul Jewell’s side.
Nathan Ellington scores at Plymouth in 2002.
Our last meeting came in the Championship when Latics beat the recently promoted Argyle – managed by Bobby Williamson after Paul Sturrock had left for Southampton – 2-1 thanks to a double from Jason Roberts.
Jimmy Bullard in action at Plymouth on our last visit to Home Park in 2004.