Yesterday there was a very special moment before a match in England’s League One, the third tier of the English pyramid.
Before the match at Home Park in Plymouth, the hosts Plymouth Argyle and visitors Ipswich Town took a moment to remember former club legend and #9 striker for both sides, Paul Mariner. Mariner is a member of the Ipswich Town Hall of Fame and a member of Plymouth’s Team of the Century.
Mariner also coached Plymouth for a spell after leaving the New England Revolution in 2009. Mariner passed away earlier this year in July after battling brain cancer.
Between 1973-76, Mariner played 135 league games for Plymouth notching 56 goals during a stretch that saw Argyle promoted to the second division before a move to Ipswich Town under then head coach Bobby Robson. With Ipswich in the top flight, Mariner lead the team in scoring three times in a row from 77/78 to 79/80 helping Ipswich claim an FA Cup and a UEFA Cup (now the Europa Leauge) as well as league runner ups in both 80/81 and 81/82. Mariner totaled 96 goals for Ipswich across 260 league games.
The testimonial featured green, white, and blue banners held aloft to spell out Mariner’s name in the main stand and the number 9 in the supporter’s ends, the number he wore at both clubs. We thank the supporters of Argyle and Ipswich as well as the clubs for this moment for a man beloved and missed by many.