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.
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Thanks to Dave Rowntree for many of the player images after 1984.
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Born: 20 August 1961
Came from: Tranmere Rovers Went to: Fortuna Sittard
First game: 31 August 1985 Last game: 07 May 1988
Appearances: 93 (80/13) Goals: 23
When he signed from Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 1985, Clayton was the Football League's joint 'golden boot' holder after scoring 31 league goals for the Prenton Park side in the previous season, sharing the honour with a certain Tommy Tynan at Argyle. The Elgin-born forward started his career with Derby County before spells with Bulova SA (Hong Kong), Chesterfield and then Tranmere. But he found the step up from the Fourth Division a harder nut to crack, scoring 23 goals in three seasons at Home Park before joining Dutch side Fortuna Sittard. He later played for FC Volendam before returning briefly to English football with Burnley, where injury forced his retirement in 1994.
Clayton moved to Bristol after his playing career ended (his wife had a business there) and started assisting Bristol City as a coach at various levels of youth football - his son Jon was also at their academy at the time. He later worked as assistant to Keith Millen with the club's under-17 side, and in October 2006 was appointed as head coach of Bristol City's academy. In a backroom reshuffle in 2012, Clayton was put in charge of the under-18s but in the November of that year he left Ashton Gate to take up a role with the Football League in London.
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From Lionel Campuzano in Crewe, Cheshire. on 29/10/2013 ...
John Clayton was known to Plymouth as far back as 1976 as a fifteen year old prolific goalscorer in the North of Scotland, Elgin and Morayshire youth football leagues. As the Scottish Scout for Plymouth in the 1970s, I sent John down on a one week trial to Plymouth in May 1976 with three other Elgin schoolboys. Plymouth never signed John at that stage and he returned home and signed for his local professional Scottish Highland Football League Club, Elgin City, before transferring to Derby County the following season. The other three Elgin boys all ended up playing Highland League football.
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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