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: 23 December 1871
Came from: Aston Villa Went to: Retired
First game: 16 January 1904 Last game: 13 February 1904
Appearances: 4 (4/0) Goals: 0
Crabtree began his career in his hometown with Burnley Royal Swifts and played briefly in the Football League for Burnley in 1889 before moving back into non-league football with Rossendale and Heywood Central. Returning to Burnley in 1892, he made the most of his second chance and played 69 times for the club over the following three seasons, scoring 8 goals. During this time he also won the first of fourteen caps for England.
In August 1895 Crabtree transferred to Aston Villa for a fee of £250 with some reports stating that this was the first time money had changed hands between professional clubs for a player. He was a great success at Villa, helping the club win four League Championships, including a League and FA Cup double, over the next five years. He left Villa in 1904, after playing more than 200 times for the club, and joined Argyle, but was forced to retire soon afterwards due to injury.
He moved into coaching and later became a pub licensee in Birmingham. He died in 1908 at the age of 37 after a scalding accident; he had not been in good health for the previous two years due to "intemperate use of liquor".
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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