Match Preview | v Plymouth Argyle

The Mariners welcome the League One leaders Plymouth Argyle to Blundell Park tomorrow in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup, kick off 3pm.

Town will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing defeats to Barrow and Hartlepool United last week and book a place in the second round of the competition for the first time since 2018.

The Pilgrims come to Cleethorpes in red-hot form, unbeaten in their last 16 games and fresh from a 4-2 victory against Exeter City on Monday night.

We have created this match preview to bring you all the key information you need to know, heading into tomorrow’s big match.

Team News

Paul Hurst should have Anthony Glennon, Danilo Orsi and Brendan Kiernan available for selection again after missing last weekend’s trip to Hartlepool.

Jordan Maguire-Drew is edging closer to a return after training this week, but Saturday is likely to come too soon for the winger.

Despite John McAtee featuring for Luton Town’s Development team during the week, the forward is still some way off a return to first team action.

Watch the full interview with the Town boss from yesterday on Mariners TV, click here.

Previous Meetings

Tomorrow will be the 35th meeting between the two clubs, with the Pilgrims winning 11 of those encounters, the Mariners 9 and 14 games ending in a draw.

Town last tasted victory back in November 2016 with a fine 3-0 victory at Home Park in one of Marcus Bignot’s first games in charge.

The last time the two clubs played each other was on 3rd March 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic, when the Pilgrims ran out 3-0 winners on their way to securing promotion from League Two.

Ticket News

Over 4,000 tickets have already been issued for tomorrow game, including 400 tickets sold to the visitors who will be making the 700-mile round trip from Devon.

At the moment, all of our stands still have good availability, but supporters are urged to secure their tickets early to guarantee their preferred seats, especially in the Main Stand.

Tickets for the game are available online up until 2.30pm tomorrow and via the Ticket Office at Blundell Park until 4pm today, and from 10am on the morning of the game.

Match Coverage

As the FA hold the rights to the FA Cup, the game won’t be available for a live stream via Mariners TV to international supporters. However, extended highlights of the game will be available on Mariners TV from Sunday afternoon.

Live commentary of the game will be provided as usual by BBC Radio Humberside and supporters will be able to tune in from 2pm for pre-match build up. Humberside’s commentary will be available to Mariners TV subscribers.


Thomas Parsons will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon – his last appearance at Blundell Park being the Northampton Town game back in August.

He will be accompanied by assistants Conor Brown and Paul Stonier and the Four Official will be Jamie O’Connor.


Purchase your tickets for tomorrow’s clash online by clicking here. Thank you for your brilliant support – see you back at Blundell Park tomorrow!



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