Gary Sawyer set to join list of Plymouth Argyle legends

Plymouth Argyle captain Gary Sawyer is closing in on a place in the top forty all-time appearance list for the West Country club.

The experienced left-back is three more matches away from joining the list of Argyle legends.

The thirty-three-year-old has made an impressive two hundred and forty-two starts and twelve substitute appearances in all competitions over two spells at the club.

His total of two hundred and fifty-four matches leaves him two behind Jack Vidler, a forward who played for Argyle between 1929 and 1939 and three behind Harry Raymond, Harry Roberts, Bobby Saxton and Colin Sullivan who all made two hundred and fifty-seven appearances for the Pilgrims.

After being sidelined for three months by a broken foot he picked up in the 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic in September, Sawyer has been a mainstay since his return to action in December, helping the Pilgrims climb the League One table.

Manager Derek Adams will undoubtedly need all Sawyer’s experience in the coming weeks with Plymouth one of thirteen teams still not safe from relegation in the closest battle for League One safety in many years.

Sawyer was Adams first signing when he became the manager in June 2015 bringing him back to the club for a second time, and with seven games remaining of the campaign, it seems inevitable that Sawyer will clock up enough appearances to make the elevated list.


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Sawyer is not one of those players who is going to hit the headlines all that often, certainly not for his goalscoring, having scored just six goals across his two stints at the club.

While the left-back may not often stand out, he is noted for his consistency and for always giving his all for the Pilgrims cause.

The lower leagues are full of such unsung heroes, and Sawyer deserves all the credit and a few headlines when he does indeed break into the top forty appearance list for Plymouth.

 

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