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Plymouth were on the brink

Argyle came close to going out of business than any other Football League club in the last 20 years according to insiders. The club's fight to preserve their League status goes on with the club four points adrift at the bottom of League Two.

James Brent's rescue of Plymouth Argyle prevented the city from not having a League club, Plymouth is the biggest conurbation south-west of Bristol (at 256,000 the population is more than double that of Exeter) and the club has huge potential support.

The season Plymouth were relegated from League One last season, only Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Huddersfield averaged bigger crowds in the division. However that counted for nothing when deepening financial problems resulted in the club going into administration eight months ago, when debts were said to exceed £17m.

Brent had no particular interest in football but knew what Argyle meant to the city and was hugely impressed by the passion and commitment of the supporters to step in.

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