Plymouth Argyle F.C.

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Plymouth Argyle Football Club (pronounced /ˈplɪməθ ˈɑrɡaɪl/), commonly known as Argyle, or by their nickname, The Pilgrims, are an English professional football club based in Central Park, Plymouth. They play in Football League One, the third division of the English football league system, having joined the Football League in 1920. Since becoming professional in 1903 the club has won six Football League titles, one Southern League title and one Western League title, with their most recent success coming in 2004 when they were crowned Second Division champions. The 2009–10 season is the club's 41st in the second tier of English football. In the 2009–2010 season they were relegated to the third tier of English football. Plymouth holds the record for most third tier championships won (4; 2 under the Football League Third Division South, one in the Football League Third Division before 1992, and one in the Football League Second Division between 1992 and 2004).

The club takes its nickname from an English religious group that left Plymouth for the New World in 1620. The club crest features the Mayflower, the London-based ship, which carried the pilgrims to Massachusetts. Former League club Boston United are also known as the Pilgrims and feature the Mayflower on its badge; Boston was the starting point on the Pilgrims journey. Plymouth Argyle were the only club to play in a principally green home strip until 2003 when Yeovil Town gained promotion to the Football League. After Hull City earned promotion to the Premier League, the city of Plymouth is now the largest in England never to have hosted top-flight football. They are the most southern and western League club in England.


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