There will be a Plymouth Argyle against Exeter City Devon Derby after all next Monday

After all, there will be a Devon Derby between Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City next Monday, but not on a football pitch.

Exeter accepted a challenge from Argyle to play Twitter on a game from Connect 4, the popular board game.

It will take place at 7.45pm next Monday, at the same time as the clubs were supposed to meet in a busy Home Park in League Two.

In Connect 4, players take turns dropping colored discs from above into a vertically suspended grid of seven columns and six rows.

The pieces fall straight down, occupying the lowest available space inside the column.

The goal of the game is to be the first player to form a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of four discs.

Argyle communications officer Dan Cole told Plymouth Live: “A Connect 4 game on Twitter has been suggested by a supporter.

“We put it to the guys in Exeter and they seemed up to par. I think Southampton played a game of goodies and crosses against Man City over the weekend.

“Obviously, there is absolutely no sport going on, so we are trying to find ways to engage the fans.

“We will do it when the game has taken place. I think we’ll have to decide who the most useful Connect 4 player is and practice because there are a lot of bragging rights at stake. “

Cole added: “We have not yet figured out exactly how we will do it.

“Whoever first sets the grid and places the first counter: we will play with a green emoji, they will play with a red one.

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“The opposition can then copy and paste the grid and position its marker and then, here you are, playing Connect 4 on Twitter.”

With the shutdown of football destined to last for a while – at least until April 3 and perhaps longer – this opens up the possibility of more challenges like this.

“We are very open to suggestions at this stage,” said Cole. “I think everyone appreciates responsibility in a way that clubs have to keep things going a bit.

“Football is tremendously important to many people and without it there is a huge void.

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“We have probably heard that personally and supporters feel it massively.

“It is obviously an insignificant nonsense, but it is a bit funny.

“Nobody is rejecting the seriousness of what’s going on in the world, but we’re just trying to keep supporters involved.

“Otherwise, we would be stuck for how long it lasts and it’s not a lot of fun, right? We have a little duty to entertain in a certain way.”

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