I think we can all agree that the club is in a great position on and off the pitch right now, led by an outstanding chairman. The Jack Leslie campaign is doing a fantastic job of highlighting the role of Argyle in combating discrimination. Maybe now is also the time for us to start thinking about ending our association with the Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers.
I won’t repeat the arguments in detail. Many of us have heard them and have a view. In short, while there is much to admire about the Pilgrim Fathers story, it was not a peaceful mission. It contributed to disease, suffering, slavery and death for thousands of native peoples the Pilgrims and their descendants encountered.
To be perfectly honest, I think many fans will not even care if we dropped the association. It is the Green Army, the Theatre of Greens, Argyle – nobody really calls us the Pilgrims do they? Nobody except for the odd out of town sports journalist. The crest and Pilgrim Pete, and the odd description like the programme, are the only real evidence of the link.
So I guess the question is, if we dropped this association, would you care? If we dropped the link, what alternative, if any, would you have?
Arguably we could maintain a varied version of our crest with seafaring links (much as the Green Taverners logo does), heck even keep the ship (it can become a generic ship of Plymouth's seafaring past). We can simply be known as ‘the Greens’. Or we could think wider?