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1 August 2023

Town’s first Sky Bet Championship fixture of the 2023/24 season

- Plymouth Argyle vs Huddersfield Town
- 3pm kick-off on Saturday 5 August 2023
- Listen along to the game via iFollow

The first game of the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship campaign for the Terriers, Plymouth Argyle awaits Town at Home Park as we travel back to Devon on Saturday 5 August, with the fixture kicking off at 3pm.

Our first Sky Bet Championship game of the 2023/24 season is finally in sight as we prepare to make the trip down south to play newly promoted Plymouth Argyle for the first league meeting since 2011, with the game taking place on Saturday 5 August at 3pm.


Plymouth Argyle were promoted to the Sky Bet Championship at the end of the 2022/23 season as champions and joined England’s second division for the first time since they were relegated at the end of the 2009/10 season.

The Pilgrims finished last season on 101 points, having won 31 games, drawn eight and lost seven – finishing three points ahead of Sky Bet League One runners-up Ipswich Town.

In 2019, Steven Schumacher was brought to Home Park as Assistant Manager to Ryan Lowe and helped contribute to the immediate return to Sky Bet League One after Plymouth were relegated to Sky Bet League Two the season before.

Following the departure of Lowe in December 2021, Schumacher was quickly appointed manager of Plymouth Argyle and seen them achieve their second promotion in four years.


Joe Edwards

Edwards joined Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2019, after a year with Colchester followed by three years at Walsall, and has since been a part of two promotions, being named captain and was named Player of the Season for the 2020/21 campaign. Initially joining Argyle as part of their central midfield, Edwards has established himself as a wing-back over time. By the end of the 2022/23 season, Joe had made 186 appearances in all competitions for the Pilgrims and scored 17 goals.

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Matt Butcher

After two seasons with Accrington Stanley, Matt Butcher arrived at Home Park in the summer ahead of the 2022/23 season and in his first season was part of the side that were promoted to the Sky Bet Championship as champions. Going through the ranks with AFC Bournemouth, Butcher has experienced loan spells with the likes of Gosport Town, Poole Town, Woking, and St Johnstone, as well as a season long loan with Yeovil Town before moving to Accrington Stanley. In his first season, the central midfielder made 48 appearances and scored three goals.

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Ryan Hardie

Plymouth Argyle’s top goal scorer for their promotion season, Ryan Hardie signed a three-year-deal this summer to extend his career with the Pilgrims. The forward first joined Argyle on loan from Blackpool in January 2020 for the rest of the season and then joined again on loan the following the season before signing permanently in January 2021. Overall, Hardie has made 163 appearances for Plymouth, 108 of these starts, and has scored 49 times – 17 of these goals came last season as they achieved promotion.

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Neil Warnock will provide the latest update on team news, discuss pre-season and look ahead to our game against Plymouth Argyle in his first press conference of the 2023/24 campaign on Thursday 3 August 2023.


Town will be wearing their blue and white home kit for our first fixture of the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship season on Saturday 5 August 2023.

CLICK HERE to get your 2023/24 replica home kit now!

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Limited tickets remain for this fixture, and can only be purchased directly from our Ticket Office in person or over the phone.

Adults - £26
Over 65s - £21
Under 23s - £16
Under 18s - £10
Under 12s* - £7
Under 8s* - £2

*Under 12s and Under 8s tickets need to be accompanied by a paying adult, over 65 or under 23.


Disabled supporters are now able to purchase accessible tickets online, with prices as follows:

Adult (Wheelchair) - £17
Over 65s (Wheelchair) - £14
Under 23s (Wheelchair) - £11
Under 18s (Wheelchair) - £6

Ambulant Disabled supporters should pay their relevant aged price class.


Pay on the Day will not be available at Home Park on match day, Saturday 5 August 2023.


Saturday’s match will be available to listen to on iFollow HTAFC.

Town fans will be able to listen to Saturday’s game through our live audio commentary by purchasing either a Season, Monthly or Audio Match Pass to tune in. You can purchase a Season Pass for £45, an Monthly Pass for £4.49 or an Audio Match Pass for £2.50.

CLICK HERE to sign up to iFollow HTAFC!

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Match Reports


5 August 2023

Two second half goals for home side undo Town after Helik equaliser

- Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Huddersfield Town
- Michał Helik scores the Town goal
- Wasteful finishing and defensive errors costs Town

Town started the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship season with defeat at newly promoted Plymouth Argyle in a game that could have easily gone the other way if it wasn’t for some poor finishing.

Having fallen behind early after a moment of defensive hesitation put them, Neil Warnock’s side deservedly got back in it through Michał Helik to draw level at the interval. However, it could – and should – have been more, with Josh Koroma and Jack Rudoni missing very presentable chances.

Brahima Diarra couldn’t capitalise on another big moment before the hosts scored a quickfire brace to put the game beyond date, albeit with the third having more of a hint of offside.

Neil Warnock set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation for the season opener, with new loan signing Tom Edwards being handed an immediate debut at right back in front of more than 1,600 vocal Town fans.

Unfortunately, a moment of indecision cost Town only six minutes in as the hosts took the lead. Bali Mumba’s cross from our right was headed into the air and two of our best, Lee Nicholls and Michał Helik, left the ball for each other. Eventually the Pole reacted and headed it partially clear, but a Plymouth man knocked it back into the six-yard box where winger Morgan Whittaker bundled it home.

Buoyed, the newly promoted team in green tried to push on and went close to a second. Callum Wright turned Rarmani Edmonds-Green too easily in midfield and advanced before playing the ball into the box for Whittaker, who forced Nicholls into a low save by his near post.

Town got a foothold in the game on the quarter hour and started to create at the other end. On two occasions Josh Koroma seized upon passes from goalkeeper Conor Hazard, but we couldn’t take advantage. On the first occasion he found Danny Ward in the area, who rolled a shot from a narrow angle well wide. On the second, he trued to shoot himself and smashed the ball wildly high and wide.

The men in blue and white continued forward and Edmonds-Green soon supplied Koroma again down the left. He cut inside in trademark fashion and took aim, but midfielder Jordan Houghton bravely took the powerful effort full in the face.

JK was the main threat on the pitch at this point and should have done much better in the 23rd minute when Sorba Thomas’ deep cross fell to him in space at the back post. He tried to bluff the ‘keeper and fire inside the near post but dragged his effort wide from around 15 yards out.

Warnock was forced into a change as the game continued, as Matty Pearson was unable to recover from what looked like a dead leg sustained in an aerial challenge with the Plymouth ‘keeper. That accelerated club captain Jonathan Hogg’s return from injury, as he came off the bench and REG dropped into centre back.

Jack Rudoni had the next effort but could only send a header from Edwards’ excellent cross miles wide in the swirling wind at Home Park.

With first half added time ticking down, Town managed to find the equaliser that they deserved. A corner was initially cleared out of the area by Argyle, but Town kept it alive and worked it to Sorba on the right. His left footed cross wasn’t properly cleared at the near post and Brahima Diarra outmuscled a defender to seize the ball before hitting a snapshot that cannoned off the near post, with the ball flying straight to Helik, who stroked it home!

Town took that momentum into the second 45 minutes and, with the wind at their backs, looked the more likely side to go ahead. Diarra’s swirling cross had to be tipped over by Hazard early on and then, shortly afterwards, the same player forced the Plymouth ‘keeper into an error in possession. Brahima picked up the ball in the area and span to shoot, and should have done better; in the end, Hazard managed to push his shot wide.

In the end, however, a loss of two individual battles cost Town. Plymouth retook the lead in the 73rd minute when Mumba got past Thomas on the wing and then drove straight through the heart of the Town defence before beating Nicholls inside the area.

Diarra half volleyed just wide from 20 yards after good work from Ward and Rudoni right after the restart, but then Plymouth scored a third as striker Ryan Hardie went clear and beat Nicholls. There was more than a hint of offside about the goal, when looking at the replay, but it stood.

Substitute Pat Jones tried to get his side back in it upon the restart, skinning his full back before finding Ward at the near post. However, this time Hazard did well – sticking out a hand to deflect his deft near post effort over the crossbar.

Town couldn’t create another clear-cut chance as Argyle saw the game out, meaning defeat on the road for the Terriers.

Town’s team vs Plymouth Argyle (4-3-3)
Lee Nicholls; Tom Edwards, Matty Pearson (Jonathan Hogg, 42’), Michał Helik (c), Josh Ruffels; Jack Rudoni, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Brahima Diarra (Pat Jones, 77’); Sorba Thomas (Ben Jackson, 77’), Danny Ward, Josh Koroma (Kian Harratt, 84’)

Unused substitutes
Chris Maxwell; Jaheim Headley, Brodie Spencer, Kyle Hudlin, Yuta Nakayama

Town booking
Michał Helik (45+8’)

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