Sunday, 6 May 2012

Merci, Romain

Yesterday marked the end of an era for Plymouth Argyle.  Much has happened during the past eleven and a half years at Home Park; three sides of the ground redeveloped, two championships, two relegations, seven months in administration, seven different full time managers, numerous players and directors in and out of the door. And through it all one goalkeeper - Romain Larrieu - has been at the club, an ever-present in constantly changing times.

There are few one club men in football, especially in the modern era; it’s quite possible that there will never be another Argyle player who spends more than eleven seasons with the club.  Of course, the chances are that ‘Le Keeper’ will remain at Home Park next season as Carl Fletcher’s number two but, for many, it’ll be an odd feeling to see an Argyle teamsheet without the name ‘Romain Larrieu’ listed amongst the starters or the substitutes.

There’s a nice tribute piece by Rick Cowdery on the official site, along with some pictures from Ro’s time at the club.  And the image that accompanies this article about yesterday's match is oddly touching.

Romain Larrieu In Numbers
  • 4,169 days between first appearance (vs Bristol City in the LDV Vans Trophy, 5th December 2000) and last appearance (vs Cheltenham Town in Football League Two, 5th May 2012) 
  • One month - the length of Romain's initial trial contract
  • 314 starts and four substitute appearances
  • 86 clean sheets
  • Two championship medals (Division 3 champions 2001-02, Division 2 champions 2003-04)
  • Two loan spells away from the club, at Yeovil Town (2006-07) and Gillingham (2007-08)
  • 161 different Argyle teammates
  • One Player of the Season award (2008-09)

Romain Larrieu at the Greens on Screen database

Le Testimonial

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