"Plymouth Argyle Ladies Football Club are an amateur association football club located in the city of Plymouth in the county of Devon in the South-West of England.
PALFC are also known as 'The pilgrims' and compete in the South West Combination Women's Football League. They are based at Home Park, Plymouth, UK also the home of The Coca-Cola Football League Championship Men's Team Plymouth Argyle F.C..
The Home ground of Plymouth Argyle Ladies FC First Team is Bolitho Park, also home to Plymouth Parkway F.C., situated in Manadon Development Centre, Plymouth, UK.
The club was formed in 1975 as a result of a 5-a-side league at the Mayflower Leisure Centre. 2 teams merged in order to enter an 11-a-side football tournament in Newquay, Cornwall with the team creating the name of 'Plymouth Pilgrims'. Following the success of the tournament, Plymouth Pilgrims played in numerous competitions throughout the 70's and 80's with the most notable achievement being reaching the quarter-finals of the Women's FA Cup in both 1976 and 1977. The club saw a name change to 'Saltash Pilgrims' in the late 90's and the early part of the year 2000 to reflect their home ground at the time - Saltash United's Kimberly Stadium in Cornwall. It was not until the 2001/02 season that the club, now competing in the SW Combination League, were invited to compete under the umbrella of Plymouth Argyle F.C., and Plymouth Argyle Ladies were formed. In recent years, the club has progressed both on and off the pitch which is evident in an improved financial position, an increased media profile which reflects the growing interest in women's football in the UK, and improved results on the pitch.
The club held the Devon Women's County Cup for a record number of years from 2002-2006 and enjoyed a highly respectable 2nd placed finish in the SW Combination league (2 steps below the National Premier League) in the 2006/07 season.
At the heart of every Amateur sport is the need for adequate funding. Since the beginning of 2006/2007 season Palfc's main sponsor has been Manning & Co, Plymouth.
However, despite the welcome sponsorship, Plymouth Argyle Ladies need to continue with relentless fundraising to support club needs & activities. A weekly half time draw, Weekly match day programs advertising local businesses and individuals, Match day sponsors, Individual player sponsors all provide much needed funds. The Ladies also produced a fundraising calendar for 2008 with funds going to the club and also £1 from each sale being donated to local charity St. Luke's Hospice. The calendar was made by a local company You Look Gorgeous and it gives a tongue n' cheek depiction how the girls might look if they were paid the same as their male counterparts.
For an amateur female football club, Plymouth Argyle Ladies have a fast growing media profile. Not only do the local press and football websites carry regular features - The Herald (Plymouth Evening Herald), The Plymouth Sunday Independent, Vanquish Magazine, Plymouth Magazine; websites such as Plymouth Argyle Ladies, Plymouth Argyle F.C. - Pafc.co.uk, Plymouth vitalfootball.co.uk 1, thisisplymouth.co.uk2 - but they have also received national exposure on aolshowme.co.uk3 and also on sky TV show Soccer AM.
Plymouth Argyle F.C. FA Licenced Centre of Excellence started to operate on a full-time basis from the start of the 2007/08 season which would give Plymouth Argyle Ladies enhanced opportunities to develop and progress in order to bring Premier League football to the city.
The FA's Statement and Criteria for Centre's Of Excellence from TheFA.com. Retrieved 30 August 2007
Past and Present
4 Jemma Rose - England U17
5 Chloe Roberts - England U15
6 Chynna Evans - England U15
1 Argyle Ladies Win First Game Plymouth Vitalfootball.co.uk, Writer: Paul Williams, Date: Monday August 27 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007
2 Argyle Ladies Sign Former West Ham Star Aherne' Thisisplymouth.co.uk, 26 July 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007
3 The offside rule: explained aolshowme.co.uk, 20 Apr 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007
4 'Youth Squads Named' Thefa.com, 05 February 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007
'Nice Finn-ish For Jess' Thefa.com, 22 May 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007
5 'Chipchase Makes Changes Thefa.com, 03 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2007
6 'Youth Squads Named' Thefa.com, 05 February 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007
'U15's Training Squad' Thefa.com, 20 July 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2007