Ten years is a long time in football, especially if you’re a Plymouth Argyle player, coach or fan.
Back in the 2006-07 season, they had finished 11th in the second tier and the best was yet to come as they ended up 10th the year after.
However, an over reliance on England winning the 2018 World Cup host bid in their ground redevelopment and general finances left them struggling with money when the eventual vote went in favour of Russia, and they plummeted through the divisions to League Two.
They were minutes from going out of business for good, which would have meant the city of Plymouth would have been the biggest in Europe to not have a professional football club.
That would have been disastrous, before local businessman James Brent bought out the club. There’s mixed emotions about him in Britain’s Ocean City, but no one can deny he saved the football club.
Under the management of Derek Adams, he’s guided Argyle back to Wembley and they are currently sat top of League Two, five points clear. Because of the financial crisis, the club have had to rely on free transfers for most of the last ten years.
Here, in the opinion of FLW’s Ryan Evans, are THREE of the best Plymouth bargain buys of the last ten years…