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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Born: 20 May 1996
Came from: Trainee Went to: Rotherham United
First game: 26 December 2013 Last game: 21 January 2017
Appearances: 64 (46/18) Goals: 1
Born in Exeter and nephew of Richard Hill, a member of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side, Purrington joined Argyle's development centre in Devon's second city in 2005 at the age of nine. Despite breaking a leg in November 2011, he began a two-year apprenticeship at Home Park the following summer and frequently impressed at left-back in the under-18 side. His reward came only one year into his scholarship: a professional contract on his 17th birthday and a place in the first team squad.
After featuring in some of the first team's pre-season games ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, Purrington continued to perform steadily for the under-18s, featuring in the run to the FA Youth Cup third round where the team lost 4-3 to Premiership side Aston Villa's youth equivalents - a game in which he scored at Villa Park. His first team debut came at second-placed side Oxford United on Boxing Day 2013, playing the full 90 minutes and posting an impressive performance to help Argyle win 3-2, the club's first victory at the Kassam Stadium.
Purrington scored his only goal for the club in his fourth appearance, an FA Cup third Round draw at Port Vale in January 2014. He was 17 years and 230 days old, making him the club's sixth youngest goalscorer at the time.
Having established himself for a period under John Sheridan, he then featured more as an understudy for the next two seasons, with his occasional appearances including the League Two play-off semi-final against Portsmouth in May 2016 when he came on as a substitute. An injury to Gary Sawyer then promoted him back for a first-team stint under Derek Adams in the 2016-17 season, culminating in two accomplished performances against Liverpool in the FA Cup, in which the club came under the national spotlight.
On 30th January 2017, just before the transfer window shut and with his contract up at the end of the season, Purrington moved to Rotherham United in the Championship for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half year contract with the South Yorkshire side. However, he made just 10 appearances in the second tier as Rotherham were relegated at the end of the season.
He made 12 appearances for the Millers the following season to help his club back to the Championship following their play-off final win, although Purrington did not make it off the Wembley bench. Indeed his final appearance that season came against Argyle at Home Park in April 2018.
At the start of August 2018, Purrington joined League One side AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan. He went on to spend the first half of the season with the Dons, making 29 appearances in total, but in the January 2019 transfer window he was recalled by Rotherham and swapped a League One relegation battle for a promotion chase, moving across south London to join Charlton Athletic until the end of the 2018-19 season.
Footnote: A week before Ben's move to Rotherham, his brother Tom (an under-16 academy player and also a full-back) accepted the offer of an apprenticeship a Home Park.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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