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Welcome to Spotlight on a big night so it's goodbye from me,

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for one of the South West's leading football clubs.

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Plymouth Argyle get another crack at Liverpool in the FA Cup

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And we're going to be live at home Park as 17,500 fans pour into the

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stadium. We'll also be hearing from members

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of the Green Army who'll be watching Also tonight - alarm over

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an early morning wake up call. Fireman were stood there wearing

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their suits with their helmets and gas masks.

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Residents were forced to leave their homes,

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following an arson attack in Newquay.

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The settlement that is being proposed for Devon schools is

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Furious MPs condemn funding plans which could leave

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many of the region's schools worse off.

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And back with the family of a much loved Somerset nurse -

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the World War One autograph book signed by the patients

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Final preparations are underway at Home Park ahead of Plymouth Argyle's

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third round FA Cup replay match against Liverpool tonight.

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It's a sell out match - Argyle's Chief Executive telling us

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that he could have sold double the number of tickets

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But this is much more than just a football match.

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The game is also providing a major boost for Plymouth's economy.

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In a moment we'll be live at Home Park but first

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John Henderson reports on how the city has been

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Anyone for today's big match scarf? Today's souvenir match scarf. Game

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on! The football match that's a great shop window for Plymouth. With

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my binoculars down at the front, looking at the two warships sailing

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out this morning. Beautiful. Travelling fans have packed the

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city's hotels and began thes. -- Bed city's hotels and began thes. -- Bed

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Breakfasts. A lot of money coming in, a lot of new blood. People

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coming back for their summer holidays. They say Plymouth is a

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hidden jewel and I think it is. Good advertising for the town and it has

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filled up all my rooms. For one business, the icing on the cake. A

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sugar rush for the boys, giving them the energy to score that goal

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tonight. Tickets were hard to come by but just as sweet. These are my

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initials, 08 is for Steven Gerrard, my favourite player. And obviously,

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everybody knows the Kop. No price for guessing which team this

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Plymouth taxi driver is supporting. I've been getting a lot of grief.

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There's a lot of the full support is in Plymouth. Even those that aren't

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going are excited. It's nice. But little buzz going on. The Reds are

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here but Plymouth is united in green.

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Well the excitement is building at Home Park.

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And we'll be back with her later in the programme.

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Seven people were forced to leave their homes in Newquay

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early this morning after an arson attack on their building.

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A fire had been lit against the front door with police

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saying if the flames hadn't been spotted by a neighbour,

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the consequences for those living inside could have been far worse.

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The seven people who live in this building divided into two flats

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were given just minutes to leave after the fire brigade arrived

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that had been started against the front door.

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The Fire and Rescue Service had attended after being alerted by a

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resident who saw flames outside the front door. They put out the fire

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promptly and evacuated to seven persons. Police are treating this as

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suspicious. The police say the fire was lit on the outside of the door

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but the flames quickly made their way through the door and there is a

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strong smell of an accelerant such as petrol.

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This couple live in the ground floor flat.

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They then say their first thoughts were for their new kitten.

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There were fireman with their suits and their gas mass, they said we had

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to get out and get our stuff. And is there anyone else in the house. It

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was very much a panic. It could have been a lot worse. I think it was

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Lynn upstairs who found out what was going on. We were lucky that she got

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up at 6am. If it had started earlier, it could have been more

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dangerous. The police believe the fire

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was started between five o'clock They want anyone who saw

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anything suspicious in St Thomas' Road

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at this time to contact them. MPs are warning they'll vote

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against the government's education plans unless more funding

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is provided for Devon's schools. The county has always received

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one of the lowest amounts of cash per pupil and schools had hoped

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things would improve in proposals But analysis obtained by the BBC

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shows more than a third of Devon Okehampton College is one of those

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which stand to lose out. It will have a detrimental effect to

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everything we try to do. Whether that's extracurricular

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opportunities, potentially class sizes will be affected, staff

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allocations will be affected. There is no good news in this.

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Devon's MPs debated the issue at Westminster today.

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Conservative Gary Streeter was one of those with a stark

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If this educational funding settlement does not change,

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in relation to have in schools, if there is no significant uplift,

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whatever format it comes, whether in six months,

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nine months, 12 months' time, I will vote against it.

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Because the settlement that is being proposed

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for Devon schools is simply illogical and unfair.

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All this week we're shedding some light on the pressures on the health

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service to find out what effect they're having

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So-called bed blocking is one of the main sources

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It's when patients remain in a hospital bed even though

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It cost south west hospitals more than 15,000 days

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Most of the patients were waiting for care to be

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arranged for them elsewhere, but providing that care

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is increasing the demands on our local councils.

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They're warning they don't have enough funding to pay for it.

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Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond has been investigating.

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When social care works well, the need to use other health

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Chris Head from Connor Downs has motor neurone disease

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and says his care package enables his wife Jacqui to care

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They are widening every door in the bungalow so I can get the wheelchair

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through without colliding with the doors which I have been doing for

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the last few months. Know that people in their own homes with the

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right equipment is helpful to everybody in the longer term.

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But not everyone has such a good experience.

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The main cause of so-called "bed blocking"

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in our hospitals is the wait some people face

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getting social care packages arranged to enable them

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And that has an impact throughout the hospital.

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Nigel Charles has non-Hodgkins lymphoma and spent 13 hours

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on a trolley in Derriford hospital's emergency department

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after experiencing a pulmonary embolism.

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He says he was told a shortage of social care

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It makes you really cross. It's not the fault of the hospital but the

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broader social care system which has inadequate funding. Thinking, I

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could be properly taken care of. In particular, I have observed, there

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are lot of old people around me. That is what really upset me. Older

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people stuck on trolleys for hours on end.

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Derriford hospital says its emergency department is seeing

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unprecedented demand and that staff try to make patients as comfortable

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And problems arranging social care can means patients

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at the Royal Cornwall Hospital's emergency department

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also sometimes spend 12 hours or more waiting for a bed.

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We know that most days over the winter, we've had over 100 patients

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who been medically fit for discharge just awaiting additional social

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care. That has a knock-on effect for patients in A who need to be

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admitted to hospital. It's easy to see the impact that a lack of social

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care has. But authorities warned that they don't have money to pay

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for it. Many authorities are not confident they have the funding to

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fulfil their legal responsibilities this financial year. Even more are

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not confident about the next financial year. While the government

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says it is giving more money for social care, it is difficult to see

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the problem going away any time soon.

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On tomorrow night's Spotlight some of the key decision makers

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in the health service in the South West

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will be here for a special debate which we'll continue

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after the programme live on our Facebook page.

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You don't have to have a Facebook account to join the debate.

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Just go online to facebook.com/BBCSpotlight

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And our local radio stations are also debating

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the state of the national health service tomorrow.

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Join Laurence Reed on BBC Radio Cornwall at midday -

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and you can have a chat with me on BBC Radio Devon from one o'clock.

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A book in which soldiers drew pictures and signed autographs in

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honour of the nurse that cared for them has just been returned to her

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family. Violet's book is full

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of touching letters. "I wish you all the best

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things of the world." Iris Simmons founded 40 years ago

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and has treasured it since. She is very tender

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and caring to the men But determined to return

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the book to Violet's family, Researchers found Violet's grandson

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and they met for the first time. I was just so pleased that somebody

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had gone to all that effort to track me down to let me have

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something that my long lost grandmother

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owned, who I know virtually nothing about,

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to return it to me, and it's Iris was living there

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when she found her book. Strangely, Iris and Mark now

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live within a few miles Stranger too, Dave

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discovered Violet's old home I've lived all over the place

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and settled in this area and didn't even know that this

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was on my doorstep. It's been really good

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to find all this out. Firstly that the book has been

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recovered by family and will be, hopefully, in the family

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from now on. Violet died in 1972

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but her life's work lives If you've just joined us,

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it's a big night for one Live now to Home Park and Natalie's

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there with all the news 17,500 fans are expected

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to be here at Home Park tonight for the game -

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many of them have made it already. But there are many many

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more who won't be here - some of them are in far flung

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corners of the world. I've tracked a few of them down -

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from Afghanistan to the USA to Australia and New Zealand -

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all members of the I will be watching in Kaboul,

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Afghanistan. I'm from Perth Western Australia, here is my mum Sue and my

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dad Mike, and we are all going to be watching the game against Liverpool

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on Monday morning at 3:45am. I'm Claire and this is Kevin and we will

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be watching from the beautiful island in Honduras. I'm going to be

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watching from Mick Ugen USA. My name's Andy Soper, I'm calling from

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New Zealand. I'll be watching from 5am tomorrow morning. I'm very

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passionate with the North Argyll. I'd rather be there in real life.

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He's the reason I'm so Argyll mad. He took me when I was seven and it

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has carried on from them. How does it feel to be so far away from the

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big game? It's so frustrating. One of the best feelings is to look at

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the app on my mobile phone and to see the next game is Liverpool

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against Plymouth Argyle. I've considered flying home on a couple

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of occasions. Unfortunately, losing at Wembley. I was never able to make

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it. It's a great thing that they are airing on screen here. Not only one

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game, but two, and maybe three if they beat Liverpool. I've told my

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mates that I won't be at golf because this is far more important.

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Did you watch the first game at Anfield? We were on the edge of our

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seats. They took so much pressure in the second half but they worse

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magnificent. Were hoping for more of the same on Wednesday. We had a

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slight problem with the electric for the last five or six minutes so we

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didn't know the result until it came back on again. The one thing I miss

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more than anything is the trip from hail up to Argyll. I would eat my

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pasty, watch the game with my mates. Block three, C 92. It's a close

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game, really exciting. At 3:45am, it's hard work. It will be a mid

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afternoon kick-off for me with the time difference. Everything will be

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on hold for me. Albee watching the game, really excited. Albee back in

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a few weeks. I'll be home for the next round match. Can they do it?

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Come on, Argyll! Such lovely people and it was fantastic to talk to them

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all. If you are watching the match anywhere unusual, take a picture and

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post it on our Facebook page. Keep it clean though.

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Now let's see now how the managers are feeling.

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The superstars landed in Devon this morning,

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But how many of their big name players will be

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In the first match, three players who cost Liverpool more

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than ?60 million pounds between them,

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were brought on to try and break the deadlock - to no avail.

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The manager has no regrets, but there's a big hint

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We want to win the game and go to the next round. So, you will see it.

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Probably, it will be different to the team that we had in the first

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game. But that's not 100% sure. Have to wait a little bit.

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His opposite number has a much more simplistic approach.

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You've got to go and enjoy the match. It's just another game. A

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very good spectacle for everybody in the city but as a footballer, it's

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11 against 11 on the park and you never know what can happen. Well

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said, Derek Adams. Did you know that here in Plymouth,

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Liverpool fans have a meeting place where they can go and

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enjoy games together? It's Porters on the Barbican

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and tonight it's welcoming new visitors who've made the trip

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from Merseyside and have stopped off there for a pasty before

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they come here to Home Park. Hamish Marshall has

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been to meet them. The atmosphere is building here. The

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flag says it all. This is where the Liverpool fans of Plymouth com to

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watch the match. Some of them are able to get to home Park tonight.

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Steve, you're the landlord. How big is this? Over the last two seasons

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it has built and built. Whatever game is on, we have a great time.

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They are nice people. You've been out of Liverpool for a while but you

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are still a fan. I've been here 42 years. Supporters do a fantastic

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job. It's a home from home. How's it going to go tonight? I firmly

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believe it should be 3- 02. But Argyll did really well. I'm really

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pleased that they got the money for the replay but I honestly think that

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we'll win 3-0. Scott, what do you think will happen tonight? Any win

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is fine by me. I know a lot of locals and if they win, I won't hear

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the end of it. How nice would be to get home before midnight? It's

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brilliant. Normally, I wouldn't be home before midnight. Tonight, taxi

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home, five minutes. It's brilliant. I'm just heading up to home Park to

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join you up there. But those here in the pub are going to have a

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brilliant time. It sounds fantastic. There are loads of famous people

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here. I've seen Steven Gerrard, Neil Warnock. I've got some more famous

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people. John Houston. You are here to work for five live. Did you

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expect to be here for the replay? I don't think any others expected to

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be here. I have to say, you've deserved the right to be here. A

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wonderful defensive display from Plymouth. Derek Adam Scott his

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tactics spot on. Financially, they will be in a better place for the

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replay. I feel it will push them on. League 2, second at the minute, this

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is a fantastic boost for the club. Great atmosphere, isn't it? It's

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brilliant. A pleasure to be here. Not only the Argyle fans. The

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Liverpool fans. People have spent a whole day coming here tonight and it

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is a big game for both clubs but it is huge for Plymouth. They deserve

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it. They've worked so hard to get here. Ryan, you are injured. Are you

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gutted to be missing it? I am gutted. But I'm pleased to be here

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watching and involved in the club today. You are both summarising for

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radio Devon. Are you looking forward to it? I've done it all season and

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it's been really good, keeping my mind close to the team. He's had a

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blinder every game. Don't get used to the radio, we need you back,

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pitch. John, who do you think is going to do it tonight? The FA Cup

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is stoked traditionally with shocks and upsets. It can happen. You saw

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Lincoln knockout Ipswich last night. Already, six Premier League clubs

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have gone out. It can happen. You have got to dream. I think Liverpool

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will be too strong on the night. They will play with a strong front

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three but Plymouth will give it everything and it won't be a stroll

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in the park for Liverpool tonight. I'm hoping for an Argyll win. It's a

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tough test. It would be memorable. Fingers crossed. And, Ryan? No goals

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during the game but late on somebody can nick it. That is my guess. They

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have all got jobs to do here so I am going to let them get on with it.

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From here at home Park, but to you in the studio. What an exciting

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night. Don't worry if you cannot be there.

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BBC Radio Devon will have full commentary from seven o'clock

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and you can also follow the game online.

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And we'll be live at Home Park in Spotlight's late news

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for all the reaction to tonight's match, that's at half past ten.

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I'm not a big fan of football but even I am quite excited. One of our

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viewers is excited about daffodils in full bloom.

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It's been very cold but quite a lot of sunshine. Starting with the

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football, it's going to be very cold tonight. But on an extra pair of

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socks. By the end of the match, temperatures could be close to

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freezing. It's going to be a chilly night but hopefully one from the

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players and spectators. More frost tonight than we've seen recently. It

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is cold. Six or 7 degrees, the top temperature for most others. -- for

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most of us. The fog is trafficking slowly back four as. It may act as a

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focal point for a fuchsia hours. The overall picture is a big area of

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high pressure. A lot of settled weather to come. Not everyone has

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had sunshine today. The four northern parts of Devon and Somerset

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have kept the cloud. For most others, quickly it's going to turn

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frosty. There will be a fair amount of frost tomorrow morning. A range

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of temperatures along the coastline. Two or three degrees above freezing.

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You don't have to go far inland to find temperatures in the minus

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numbers. Another lovely day with sunshine helping the daffodils to

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come out in bloom. But it is cold. Just a bit more of a breeze. An

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easterly wind developing. If you want to set your barometer, a very

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settled pressure at the moment. Thereafter temperatures. On the

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thermometer, possibly 8 degrees but it will feel colder. For the owls of

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Scilly, fine and dry with sunny spells. Cold wind from the East.

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There isn't a huge amount for surfing at the moment.

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This is the outlook as we head right through the weekend. More cloud

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developing on Friday. Still quite cold. We will start to see a lot

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more cloud creeping in. Cold at night. The main story is a dry one.

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Finally, a lovely sunrise from this morning in the Channel Islands. Have

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a good evening. That's all from others. From all

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others, come on Argyll! Good night. Hello. I hope you're well.

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I really do. Because if you're not, then chances

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are the NHS won't be able to look after you as well as it should.

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And that's wrong.

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