Friday, April 13, 2012

How Big A Club Is Plymouth Argyle?

How do you judge the success, or otherwise, of a team or a manager? It's easy, for most teams, if you win something or get promoted then you are successful but is Liverpool FC currently successful? Is a League Cup good enough for them? It'd be an absolute triumph for Argyle that's for sure! It's still the same trophy though.

For Argyle, right now, the reverse logic applies. Sitting near the foot of the Football League is failure for Argyle but, at the same time, not getting relegated would be a triumph. It's a funny old and entirely subjective business and it all depends on who and what you are. Well judging how we are perceived by others is notoriously difficult so this is how I see Argyle, and in context everybody else too...

The League clubs are effectively split into an unwritten, until now that is, hierarchy. The relative place in that hierarchy is determined partly by history, partly by form and current league position and partly by whether I like them or not. In some cases I have used ground capacity to order teams that I really can't split. And it goes something like this:

Mega Clubs

To my mind these clubs are the nation's giants. It is these that should always be jostling for the major trophies. None of these should ever be outside the top division. Obviously it doesn't necessarily work out that way in practice.

Manchester United
Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa
Newcastle United
Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday
West Ham United
Part Timers

The next batch desperately want to be a Mega Club but they just aren't. Not quite. They rarely win a major trophy, and hark on about it relentlessly when they do, but they are occasionally in with a shout until the near inevitable heartbreak is visited upon them (usually by a Mega Club).

Derby County
Sheffield United
Coventry City
Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest
Ipswich Town
Blackburn Rovers
Birmingham City
Bolton Wanderers
Stoke City
Charlton Athletic
Norwich City
Cardiff City
West Bromwich Albion


These are the middling clubs. Football's true mediocrities with very little recent history of success, or extravagant failure, but perhaps there is some glory lurking there in the distant past. To misquote John Lennon for them "a part-timer is something to be".
Hull City
Queens Park Rangers
Bradford City
Preston North End
Brighton & Hove Albion
Crystal Palace
Bristol City
Wigan Athletic
Huddersfield Town
Swansea City
Notts County
Port Vale
Carlisle United
Milton Keynes Dons


I think you can tell what I mean by that. They aspire to be Wannabes!

Milton Keynes Dons
Tranmere Rovers
Swindon Town
Peterborough United
Oxford United
Southend United
Bristol Rovers
Doncaster Rovers
Crewe Alexandra

No Hopers

This next batch might seem to be rather cruelly named. Once you see who they are you'll see why I've chosen them:

Oldham Athletic
Northampton Town
Stockport County
Colchester United
Rotherham United
Wycombe Wanderers
Shrewsbury Town
AFC Bournemouth
Leyton Orient
Scunthorpe United
Exeter City
Hartlepool United


The next lot? For them just being in the Football League is a triumph. They exist to struggle relentlessly against the odds. For them relegation out of the Football League is not an unthinkable disaster but a very realistic prospect that they need to be ready for.

Yeovil Town
Cheltenham Town
Burton Albion
Aldershot Town
Dagenham & Redbridge
Macclesfield Town
Torquay United
Hereford United
AFC Wimbledon
Crawley Town

You might have noticed that I have not included Argyle! Where would you put them?


At 1:47 pm, Blogger Andy said...

As a bit of an authority on the subject Rog, I'd have to say that despite current circumstances Argyle are (or should be) Wanabes ... or yeah, maybe Sub-Wanabes, but lets not go there.

Also despite current circumstances I'd have to petition for Derby County to be kicked right out of the Part Timers category and dropped from your lists altogether, although I may be biased.

At 2:14 pm, Blogger Babararacucudada said...

You could be any one of about 6 "Andy"s that I can think of...

At 12:25 pm, Anonymous Rauf Arshad - England Football Fan said...

They are a good football club i sawy them playing when last time i visit England big fan of football teams they have a good Carling cup match i looked to their squad they need some good defensive players


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