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The new club shop in 2003
1993: Warren Joyce left Home Park for Burnley. A Shilton signing from Preston the year before, Joyce made 38 appearances and scored 4 times from Argyle's midfield.
2003: The Argyle shop on the lower part of Higher Home Park opened its doors for the first time, replacing the shop next to the main gates. But this was not the superstore that we know today - it started as a small outlet and two years later expanded nearby.
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We know of no first-team players born on this day.
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Greens on Screen’s first page was published in January 1999. Its early purpose was to bring Plymouth Argyle a little closer to those unable to see their team, and whilst it has changed a great deal over the years, its core themes - sites and sounds for Westcountry exiles - still stand. The site was very lucky to take on the content of Trevor Scallan’s Semper Viridis in the summer of 2007, and in 2009 launched GoS-DB, a wealth of facts and figures from PAFC’s history. A year later we embarked on a complete history of Argyle, with much-valued contributions from chapter authors.
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Sunday 19 January, 2020
Two New Additions to GoS-DB
Postponed and Abandoned Games
102 new dates have been added to the database for 84 postponed and 18 abandoned matches since 1945, the latest ones occurring this season of course. These show up in the Decades-Seasons-Matches choices on the Match pages, and also in the Opposition pages. Good examples are in 1985-86 and 2000-01, the seasons with the most postponed games (6 each). The dreadful winter of 1962-63 also had a big impact, especially for the away fixture at Cardiff, which was postponed and then abandoned before finally being played in May (best viewed in the Opposition page for Cardiff).
You can click on any of the postponed/abandoned dates for some basic details, but there's one important thing to remember. All completed first-team matches in GoS-DB contribute to milestones, totals, averages, earliest, latest, lowest, highest, etc, etc, for matches, players, oppositions, competitions, and everything else I've forgotten to list; whereas postponed and abandoned games do not.
As was mentioned on Pasoti a few weeks ago, GoS has always included one abandoned game - the League Cup replay with Aston Villa in December 1960 - and that's because it appears in all Argyle record books, and they wrongly include this game as a contributor to player appearances and other stats. Due to its origins, GoS has done the same, which of course is wrong, so now the abandoned Villa replay joins the other 101 'for information only' games, and as a result, GoS's milestones and counts for the match and the 11 players involved have been amended, reducing the overall totals by one for the likes of Johnny Williams and Wilf Carter.
If you know of any postponed or abandoned dates that I've missed, please get in touch.
Southern Charity Cup
I was interested to learn about this knock-out competition recently - introduced in 1901 for selected Southern League clubs - but then shuddered when I discovered that Argyle joined in when the competition was expanded to 16 clubs in 1909. Unfortunately, none of the games are included in any of the Argyle record books, which is why GoS-DB has not included them - until now. 12 games from 1909-1915 have been added, together with as much detail as we can find, which fortunately includes Argyle's line-up for every one of them. So 12 new match records and 12 x 11 individual player records, plus the goals scored of course. For instance, most books (and GoS until now) say that goalkeeper Fred Craig is 4th on the all-time appearance list with 467 games. He remains 4th, but his total has risen to 472. One other consequence is a new Argyle player: J. Wright, a reserve team right-back, who was selected for one of those matches in 1913, so there's also a new player page for him.
Being so early in PAFC's history, the knock-on effect on match milestones is considerable: believe it or not, 650 milestones have been amended as a result. Two in particular are worth mentioning. We had said that the five players who made their Argyle debut on the opening day of the 2014-15 season shared the honour of being the club's 1000th first team player, but because of the new player in 1913, that honour now goes to Enoch Showunmi on 5 Apr 2014. Also, we thought that Argyle played their 5000th game in October 2015, at home to Exeter, but because of the combined effect of the Southern Charity Cup and the reallocation of the Villa replay, it was in fact against Portsmouth two months earlier (15 Aug 2015).
... which is all a bit embarrassing, but it also reflects what GoS-DB is: a complete record as far as we can discover, and that means that changes are always possible.
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Ever since it's first appearance in 1999, Greens on Screen has been free to access, and I am determined to keep it that way. You probably realise that I've avoided any form of advertising, partly because I don't want any commercial association with the material, but mainly because adverts on web pages detract from the content - and they're so annoying!
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