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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Full Name: William MacDonald
Born: 09 July 1905
Came from: Coventry City Went to: Royal Air Force
First game: 26 August 1939 Last game: 08 June 1940
Appearances: 27 (27/0) Goals: 8
MacDonald was one of six Pilgrims who made their Argyle debut in one of the three games of the abandoned 1939-40 season. Born in Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, the inside-forward started his career with his hometown team and then moved to the unusually named Law Scotia, based in the village Law on the south-east side of Glasgow between Carluke and Wishart, south of Coatbridge itself. He was briefly on Dundee's books and then played for Broxburn United, Armadale and Airdrieonians before moving south of the border to sign for Manchester United in 1931.
He spent two years at Old Trafford, playing 27 times and scoring four goals. In 1934 he joined Tranmere Rovers for a two-year spell, making 81 appearances and scored 19 goals, and then spent a further two years with Coventry City, this time making 91 starts and scoring 24.
It was from Highfield Road that MacDonald moved to Home Park, playing in the first two games of the abandoned Football League competition, and then regularly in the South West Regional League until the end of the 1939-40 season. He then returned to Glasgow on war work, and also played for East Fife during the conflict. Being 34 at the outbreak of war, he had retired from the game by the time hostilities ceased.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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