Carl Fletcher appeals for Plymouth Argyle fans to turn out in force tomorrow
PLYMOUTH Argyle boss Carl Fletcher has appealed for fans to turn out in force for tomorrow's crunch match with Dagenham and Redbridge – and has used an iconic image from 96 years ago to help him do it.
During the First World War, Lord Kitchener appealed for young men to join up and fight for Britain against Kaiser Wilhelm II's Germany.
Now we've got 'Lord Fletchener', thanks to the technical wizardry of Plymouth Argyle's public relations department – and he wants fans to turn out en masse to get behind the Greens tomorrow.
Lord Fletchener, also known as Argyle manager Carl Fletcher, is convincingly dressed, thanks to today's computer technology, in a similar fashion to the original secretary of state for war.
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Kitchener's appeal for volunteers to fight in France was answered by hundreds of thousands of men.
While Fletcher is not expecting quite that number of Argyle fans to turn out tomorrow, he is calling for as much support as possible to encourage the team in their relegation dogfight against Dagenham.
Dagenham are at the foot of League Two, while Argyle are fourth bottom, thanks to an inspiring 4-0 win at Accrington Stanley last weekend.
An Argyle win could put a significant cushion between the Pilgrims and the division's bottom two.
Fletcher, who is expected to be more conventionally dressed in his dugout tomorrow, agreed that his team will be confident about Saturday, while the Daggers, who were hammered 5-0 by leaders Cheltenham on their own ground last Saturday, may not be.
But he added: "You can't count on that – we've got to keep working hard and keep possession.
"We know it's going to be a really tough game tomorrow.
"Both teams are fighting for their lives; it's probably going to be wet and windy; and it may be a scrappy game with bodies on the line in tin hats.
"We know it's going to be one of those days, so we've got to stick in there and fight for everything."
Fletcher was full of praise for Argyle's fans, the Green Army – and pointed out that their support could be pivotal tomorrow.
He said: "The fans have been great for us and they've been so good, especially when games aren't going so well for us.
"Football's a 90-minute game and you aren't going to win it in the first 10 minutes, so they (the fans) are a massive part of what we are trying to achieve here.
"They've got a massive role to play tomorrow and hopefully they're going to come out in their numbers and stick behind the lads, like they've done in the past when it's not going great.
"It may be a little sticky situation in the game, or a five to 10-minute period you get in any game.
"If they can stick behind us and keep behind us, as they have done this season, it really benefits everyone on the pitch."