Best League Two Programme 2016-17

Winner – Plymouth Argyle

‘The Pilgrim’ packs a massive amount in to its compact design, filling the pages and utilising a relatively small font. ‘That’ll Be The Day’ is a nice intro page on events – both Argyle-related and general on the date of the game in history, before ‘On The Road Again’ is a two pager by the media team on the story of a recent away trip. ‘Strength In Numbers’ recalls players that wore a particular shirt number, and ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ gives the tale behind a photo on a vintage programme cover. ‘Spanish Eyes’ is an entertaining two page column by a Pilgrim exiled in Spain, whilst another column is provided by the club chaplain. ‘The Letter’ is another retro page taking a letter as its starting point to discuss aspects and players of the club’s past, before the featured player interview is four pages followed by a centre spread poster.

‘More Questions Than Answers’ is another column on a general football talking point, before the visitors get five pages mixing past and present, although profiles of only four of the current players. Later on, ‘When The Crowds Have Gone’ is an excellent two pager on a former home ground of the opposition with evocative images. ‘Seasons In the Sun’ is a very imaginative article predicting a future season at the club before ‘Sleeve Notes’ concludes things with an explanation of the vintage club shirt which forms the front cover design. Overall, an absolutely cracking issue with plenty of fascinating reading, continuing a long-running trend of the club producing a strong, value for money programme.

A5, £3, standout article/feature – ‘Remember When’: Two pages of programme covers from Plymouth’s away fixtures in a particular past season.

22nd February 2017