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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.

Greens on Screen is an amateur website and proud of it. It is run by one person as a hobby, although there have been aspects of the site over the years that would be much the poorer without the hard work and much-valued contributions of a small band of volunteers.

Greens on Screen is self-taught and as a result, a little bit quirky. Amongst a few stubborn principles, advertisements will never appear (and don’t get me started on the plague of betting promotions on other sites). It began its life before many others, including the club’s official site, when there was a large gap to be filled, and although there is now a wide variety to choose from, GoS’s sole aim, to be a service to fellow supporters, still seems to have a place.

Steve Dean

What's it all about?

GoS-DB is a comprehensive collection of facts and figures for every first-team match and player since Plymouth Argyle became a professional football club in 1903, together with a series of web pages to present the information.

Based on the raw content inherited from the Semper Viridis website, the technology behind GoS-DB means that a lot more is now possible, and Greens on Screen's history pages make the most of the database's capabilities.  [For the technically minded, it's a fully relational design using MS SQL Server 2019.]

Every match and player is included, but the database will grow as more information about them is captured and stored. Version 1, made available in September 2009, took six months to develop, but that's just the start. New data items will be added as time allows (e.g. photos, player descriptions, match reports) and, with your ideas, new reports developed.


I'd be the first to agree that GoS-DB isn't for everyone. For some it'll be little short of hell on earth; for others I hope it's a useful place to to find some answers. For one or two it might even be a place of endless fun. If that's the case, it'll have all been worth it.

Back to the GoS-DB Hub

How can you help?

I can't stress enough how much we value ideas,  suggestions and most important of all, criticism. Please use the Contact Us button (above) to get in touch, especially if:

  • the stats and explanations are confusing

  • you spot any form of error, from a simple spelling mistake to a complete failure to display

  • you disagree with any of the facts provided

  • you have a suggestion to improve what's there or an idea for a new display

How can I help?

If you have a special interest in Argyle's  playing history, perhaps as a journalist or author, and would like a bespoke report to address an area of research, please get in touch. I'll do my best to help.

The GoS-DB Hub

The Hub is GoS-DB's entry point, linked to from Greens on Screen's home page. Here you'll find a couple of 'taster' tables - top tens for appearances and goals scored, each displaying an 'all players' and 'current squad' view, and each having the option for 'all matches' or 'league only'.

The centre portion is the main focus of the page. Under the graphic is a small paragraph that ends with 'from 1903 to ...', followed by the date of the last game. This is an important point for GoS-DB as a whole: the database is updated within a few hours of each match; then every display sees that information and takes it into account (for instance, the current squad's appearance counts will automatically change).

Below the date are the four fundamental ways into GoS-DB - by date, season, opposition and player. These are described in more detail below.

The four key access routes offer considerable choice to tailor their displays. By contrast, the final options on the Hub, Miscellaneous Reports, are simple, static lists - although still kept up-to-date, if appropriate, after every game. GoS-DB version 1 provides three such reports, but the number will undoubtedly grow and we'll hopefully end up with a long list, including your suggestions.

Here are the four main ways in:

By Date

In some ways, this one's a bit of fun and should only to be taken seriously by the superstitious. The left and right-hand tables list the most and least successful days of the year, measured over every season in the club's history. For instance, 15 December is good, 30 December is bad! On initial display, the page shows a performance breakdown for the current day, but this can be changed to any of the year's 295 days when a match has been played. As well as the summary figures, every game played on the chosen day is listed.

By Opposition

Otherwise known as Head to Head, this feature tells you everything there is to know about the Pilgrims' performances against every team ever played. The initial display gives all-time totals, but allows the  selection of competition type, home or away and season ranges. Select an opposition to see the details of every match played, with summary displays for overall totals,  best and worst scores and how long since we last won/drew/lost.  More tongue in cheek, there's also a 'success ranking'.


By Season

The Seasons' Results page is a mass of numbers that summarise, per season, Argyle's playing record. The page comes into its own when you use the 'order by' facility to bring out the most and least of any aspect. Want to know when we've drawn most often away from home? This'll tell you. Choosing a season then brings up its full details, including players who played that year, a team photo, the final table and full details of every match played in all competitions.

By Player

The first three ways are geared towards dates and matches. This one focuses on the players. It begins with an option to select the scope of the facts and figures presented. Up to seven categories can be chosen; if all are selected, every match ever played will be considered. There are many published records for Argyle's players, but the scope of their counts are sometimes unclear. Does 'Cup' include the League Cup? What about the Freight Rover Trophy? Does 'Football League' include the abandoned season of 1939? Yes, these are important questions! The choices here mean that the scope is quite clear.

There is then a choice of two means of display:

  • By Player Ranking - this gives four 'Top 100' lists

  • By Player Search - enter the first few letters of a surname to see all possible players.

Each method provides a list of players. Select a name for that player's full Argyle record, and more.


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. Search facility powered by JRank Search Engine. UK time at page load: 01 December 2023, 07:28.