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.
Can you help? This page is the result of the best endeavours of all concerned. If you spot a mistake or know of facts to add, or have a better photo, please get in touch using 'Contact Us' (top, right).
Full Name: Frederick James Haycock
Born: 19 April 1912
Came from: Aston Villa Went to: Aston Villa
First game: 15 December 1945 Last game: 15 December 1945
Appearances: 1 (1/0) Goals: 0
Although the Second World War was at an end, the Football League divided its competition into regional sections for the 1945-46 season because of the exceptional conditions at that time, with so many players still serving in the Armed Forces or employed on essential war work. Argyle played in the Football League South that season, against first-class opposition such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Aston Villa and Wolves. It proved impossible for the Pilgrims to field a regular side; 72 players made an appearance and performances inevitably suffered. From week to week the club called on Armed Services players who were stationed in the area, guest players from other League clubs and local amateurs to supplement its registered playing staff.
Haycock was one of 27 in the guest category. Born in Bootle, the winger started his career with Bootle schoolboys, Liverpool & District Schools and Waterford Town in Ireland before a brief spell with Blackburn Rovers, although no senior appearances are recorded, and then back locally with Prescot Cables FC. He signed for Aston Villa in 1936 and across the next three years made 100 appearances and scored 28 goals before the war interrupted his career, so was an experienced top-flight player when he guested for Argyle in December 1945, along with club-mate Albert Kerr. Nicknamed 'Schneider' at Villa Park for reasons which aren't apparent, he also guested for ICI Kynochs, Kidderminster Harriers, Leicester City, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Northampton, Notts County, Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers during the war. Villa kept his registration until the war was over but he made no further appearances for them; instead he moved closer to home to join Wrexham in 1946, and then into non-league football with Hednesford Town and finally Stourbridge.
If you can add to this profile, perhaps with special memories, a favourite story or the results of your original research, please contribute here.
From Martin Hoban in Great Barr, West Midlands on 28/11/2013 ...
At IMI (the Imperial Metals Industry at Witton in Birmingham), an external transport system existed to ferry workers at unsociable hours. Fred was one of the drivers, a physically tough nuggety man. He lived down the road from us in Turnberry Road. Always cheerful and modest, he would pick me up at ungodly hours of a Sunday morning (1972). Not sure what he thought of a somewhat disheveled youth, given his background! Never said much about football - he would be in his early sixties then. I recall he told me that one of his sons joined the priesthood. Lovely chap.
From Jon Gibbes in Torquay on 27/05/2023 ...
I suspect, but am not sure, that Haycock played for Torquay as a winger away at Bristol Rovers on Monday 17 September 1945. The WMN said “Haycox” and Jack Rollin’s Soccer at War book guessed this was Jack Haycox who had played for Torquay before the War. I don’t think it was as Haycox had retired and never played on the wing. Fred Haycock was very much a “gun for hire” at the time and could very easily have taken a train from Birmingham to Bristol to earn a match fee - in the transitional season players earned match fees not wages as such so the more they played the more they earned. Would ... More
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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.