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.
Thanks to Dave Rowntree for many of the player images after 1984.
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Born: 19 September 1956
Came from: Bolton Wanderers Went to: Peterborough United
First game: 22 January 1985 Last game: 27 February 1988
Appearances: 107 (106/1) Goals: 3
Known affectionately to Argyle fans as Rambo, Francis Gerard McElhinney (or to give him his Gaelic name, Gearóid Mac Giolla Chainnigh) was an all-round sporting Ulsterman, excelling at Gaelic Football, Boxing and Association Football. He started his sporting career playing Gaelic football for Banagher GAC and representing Derry, winning the All-Star Award in the 1975 All-Ireland Championship - the youngest player to do so. Also excelling as an amateur boxer, Gerry won middleweight and light middleweight titles. Early on, his robust defending on the football field with Derry City, Limavady United and then Dungiven Celtic bought him to the attention of the 'other' Celtic, though he failed to make the grade at Parkhead, moving to Eire for a loan spell with Finn Harps. A period in America then followed, persuing both Gaelic & Association Football, most notably in the case of the latter, via a spell with Chicago Sting in the NASL before returning home to sign for Distillery in 1979.
McElhinney signed for Bolton Wanderers in 1980 and whilst he took some time to establish himself, he was noticed by Billy Bingham and won his first cap for Northern Ireland in 1983 in a stunning away win against West Germany. Winning 6 full caps, he was part of the victorious Northern Ireland team that won the last ever British Championship. A loan spell at Rochdale followed prior to moving to Plymouth in January 1985.
He quickly endeared himself to the Argyle faithful for his tough, uncompromising but fair play. Above all, he was brave; hardly a game would pass without a stoppage for a McElhinney injury, often to his head, but the Devonport End would chant him back to his feet with his nickname: Rambo! He was a natural leader and captained Dave Smith's promotion winning squad to Divison Two and 7th spot the following season.
Injuries started to take their toll though and a £10,000 move to Peterborough United followed, where he played on manfully for three seasons before joining the coaching staff and then finishing his career with Corby Town, where he was briefly joint player-manager.
McElhinney’s brother Eddie was briefly on Argyle's books but never made the first team.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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