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If the future of English football rests on green energy then Home Park is a good place to start because Plymouth Argyle are generating a genuine homespun buzz amid the former Premier League clubs at the top of League One.

With the place packed to the rafters today they roared on Steven Schumacher's team with their shirts the colour of spinach and a fighting spirit to the finish to make cartoon sailor Popeye's biceps bulge with pride.

It proved too much for Ipswich, who led at half-time but surrendered their unbeaten start as east met west in Devon.

Plymouth beat Ipswich 2-1 in a top-of-the-table clash in League One on Sunday afternoon

Plymouth beat Ipswich 2-1 in a top-of-the-table clash in League One on Sunday afternoon

Steven Schumacher’s side are now top of League One with 22 points from ten games played

Steven Schumacher's side are now top of League One with 22 points from ten games played

Argyle skipped over their visitors to the summit and sent supporters home with their hearts soaring and promotion hopes fuelled with adverts for season tickets flashing on to digital screens outside the ground.

'The city is responding,' said Schumacher, who roamed the pitch at the final whistle pumping his fist as his players stood to salute the Devonport End, like Borussia Dortmund before their Yellow Wall.

'We're selling out, that's a good sign. They're enjoying what they're seeing, and we're getting results. There's a good atmosphere and we hope it continues because Argyle are a massive club in the South West, it's brilliantly supported home and away, and we want to make them happy.'

Drinks flowed in the Green Taverners bar behind the Mayflower Grandstand on a day when the Pilgrims paid tribute to Dave Smith, a hugely popular former manager affectionately known in these parts as Ciderman.

Ipswich had taken the lead in the first half through former Plymouth front man Freddie Ladapo

Ipswich had taken the lead in the first half through former Plymouth front man Freddie Ladapo

Smith, who led Argyle to promotion from the third tier in 1986 and to seventh in the second tier a year later, died at the age of 88 on the same day as Queen Elizabeth II.

A banner was raised in honour of Ciderman during the minute's applause that preceded a thrilling contest before a crowd of 15,480.

'It was fitting,' said Schumacher. 'We didn't get the opportunity to do that last time because of the passing of the Queen but Dave Smith is an Argyle legend, a top manager and

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