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THE HISTORY OF ARGYLE
An original account of Plymouth Argyle Football Club from its earliest roots to the present day
This is a printed representation of one chapter of GoS's History of Argyle (www.greensonscreen.co.uk/argylehistorymenu.asp), provided for ease of reading and personal retention. Inevitably it lacks links to associated pages, including match and player records, and its layout has been simplified to allow page breaks. Note also that Greens on Screen's online History of Argyle will be updated and new material added from time to time.
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Greens on Screen is grateful to the authors of Argyle History; all long-time supporters who have commited considerable time and effort for no personal gain.
Roger Walters: Roger grew up in Whitleigh but left the city at the age of ten, and lived in the South East until returning to Plymouth in 2019. He first saw Argyle play in the promotion season of 1958-59, "a small boy amongst a huge crowd", and still retains a strong affection for Plymouth and its people. Roger began his Argyle research in the mid-seventies and for much of that time has focused on the amateur days between 1886 and 1903. His astonishing account, the result of 30 years of painstaking research, presents a fresh insight into the club's formative times, with an unprecedented level of detail in the description of events. Roger wishes his efforts to be freely available as an accurate history of the club's early years, and has donated his original work to Greens on Screen to form the first part of this site's History of Argyle.
Colin Parsons: Colin collected programmes and other Argyle memorabilia since the late 50s. He combined this with his work as a school inspector, football referee and very inept cricketer (his words!). He worked as a football scout at senior level for a number of clubs and managers. During an eight-year spell at Argyle he was responsible for bringing a number of young players to the club and, in that time, worked for seven different managers. He was then involved with a number of clubs, including 16 years with Sunderland, initially working with Bob Saxton and Peter Reid. After enjoying his retirement in east Devon, Colin sadly passed away in August 2019.
Paul Roberts: Paul grew up in Africa and was forced to wait until the age of ten before making his first trip to Home Park. Argyle thrashed Huddersfield 6-1 on that summer's day in 1987, and he couldn't work out why his Dad always came home from the football moaning. He soon realised why! A decade later, he began writing Argyle match reports for the Western Morning News (the first goal he had to report on went in off Sean McCarthy's backside at Southend). Paul was also involved in the NYD@LOFC fans project, and says he will never forget taking the call that told him the game had been frozen off. He moved away from journalism in 2007, but couldn't stay away from writing altogether, and published Peter Shilton's Nearly Men in 2009. He now lives in Gloucestershire, where he is desperately trying to make an Argyle fan of his young son.
Steve Dean: Steve has supported his hometown team since 1961. In 1999 he published Greens on Screen's first web page and has run the site ever since. In 2009 he launched GoS-DB, a wealth of facts and figures from PAFC’s history, and a year later the idea of a comprehensive History of Argyle took root. The series was very much Colin's idea, but Steve has pulled it all together, including editing the submissions, finding the illustrations and making it all possible in web form. He has also written added paragraphs for chapters, as and when topics have fired his interest.
And with grateful thanks to Mike Curno and Andrew Chapman for their valuable assistance in proof reading.
Greens on Screen is run as a service to fellow supporters, in all good faith, without commercial or private gain. I have no wish to abuse copyright regulations and apologise unreservedly if this occurs. If you own any of the material used on this site, and object to its inclusion, please get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of each page.UK time at page load: 17 October 2021, 02:01.