I Know It’s Over

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

My name is Lloyd, and I’m a Plymouth Argyle supporter. And I can feel the soil falling over our six season Championship stint.

Last night witnessed a truly abject performance at QPR’s Loftus Road, the most humdrum of 2-0 defeats leaving us stranded where no one else, expect maybe Peterborough, wants to be. Oh, it was terrible. Taribo West terrible.

It was one of those games where you’re not quite sure whether your team even mustered a shot on goal. I think R’s ‘keeper Carl Ikeme put his pipe and slippers to one side in order to collect a wayward free-kick or two, but that was about it.

That the Super Hoops could only manage two goals spoke volumes about how far they have fallen since their Autumn zenith. Adel Taarbat has all the skillz, but his obvious talent was undermined by an understandably disjointed team performance and were QPR not awarded the soft first-half penalty that opened the scoring then the game might well have ended goalless. Like their Loftus Road home, spruced up this season with a new coat of paint, the new management team is attractive on the surface of things, but there’s a ton of issues that will need to be addressed upon securing another term in the second tier. Which they will, of course.

The return train journey was a sombre one. Thoughts of Watford, Reading and Wednesday fans (et al) routinely clenching their fists at the sight of another defeat for the Pilgrims passed through my mind, in amongst my attempts to avoid eye contact with Home Counties-bound Gunners at Paddington Station. They probably wouldn’t have noticed me if I was wearing colours.

Disappointment is slightly tempered by the anticipation of potential trips to some old foes, but I really will miss the semi-glamour of the Championship. As a consequence of our impending demise, this blog’s subject will expand to become a Football League-wide meeting place at the end of the season. We better get our Rothmans out…

is co-editor of The Two Unfortunates. He's 31, supports Plymouth Argyle and takes a particular interest in the fortunes of those Football League clubs west of Bristol. He tweets @lloydlangman.


  1. gerschenkron
    March 10, 2010

    It ain't over 'til it's over boy! Great post nonetheless.

  2. James
    March 10, 2010

    Don't think those Smiths references have gone unnoticed.

  3. Liz
    March 10, 2010

    :( Much as I hate to say it, I think you've left yourselves a lot of work to do.

    But there's 11 games left – it ain't over yet. And several teams are making a bloody good go of becoming mired in a releagtion battle.

    And you've a home game against Blackpool to come – we do NOT travel well.

  4. Lloyd
    March 11, 2010

    In times of strife, who better to turn to than the Smiths, ey?

    This was no cry for help or reverse psychology. We're neither good enough or adequately experienced. So frustrating as it could well have been avoided had we moved Sturrock aside at the end of last season.

  5. Frank Heaven
    March 11, 2010

    I fear it is over for you.

    Did it ever really begin?

    But I bet in your heart it was so real.

    Frankly, I think you may need a Mr Shankly to come back next season.

    But a rush and a push and promotion could be yours.

    Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.

  6. scarf
    March 11, 2010

    I see the cemetary gates approaching on Plymouth's season, I must say, and unless you can get a decent goalscorer in next season you'll be going nowhere fast. Still, you shouldn't panic because your club continues to be run on a sound foot off the field, and, if Mariner can continue the reasonably good job he seems to have done so far, one must wonder, in terms of promotion aspirations next season, is it really so strange?

    But for now, you want the one you can't have, and, like us (Stockport), you're going down.

  7. Lanterne Rouge
    March 11, 2010

    I am trying to work out a way of getting “Vicar in a Tutu” into a witty pun

  8. Jack Mayflower
    March 26, 2010

    7 days is a long time in football. Not only are Mariner's team coming up on the shoulder of Wednesday and Palace, Argyle have discovered a forward line … a good one … and it was under their noses all the time. The fastest man in the world, Yala Bolasie, has burst onto the scenes, Bradley Wtight Phillips has decided to get off his sick bed, and in the young lad Joe Mason, they suddenly have a star in the making.
    It maybe just a tad too late, but this trio, along with an in form Jamie Mackie, make an exciting prospect for us Home Parkers. Oh ! and we've got a new car park.

  9. Lloyd
    March 27, 2010

    Point taken. Things do seem to have taken a turn for the better, with the usual suspects dropping to the bench and beyond. We play Blackpool in a few hours and our side will be completely changed from the one that lost so feebly up at Bloomfield Road. That day we had five full backs on the pitch. Today, for a number of reasons, we'll only have one…


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