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.
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Born: 30 December 1950
Came from: Blackpool Went to: Carlisle United
First game: 16 March 1974 Last game: 19 April 1976
Appearances: 101 (100/1) Goals: 40
The other half of the great striking duo of the 1970s, Billy Rafferty formed a formidable partnership with future England international Paul Mariner. Playing for eight different clubs would suggest that Rafferty was a 'journeyman' footballer, but Home Park was his calling. His long career started at Coventry City and he had two years with Blackpool before his move to Home Park. Knee trouble blighted his first season with the Pilgrims but he returned to action the following year determined to make up for lost time.
Rafferty was powerfully built and a strong runner, yet surprisingly mobile, even graceful. He and Mariner immediately formed an almost telepathic understanding of each other's game. They just had the knack of being in the right place at the right time for each other, and in that Dream Team promotion season, scored goals for fun. The fans were aghast the following season when he was sold to Carlisle for a measly £20,000 after just two years at Home Park. He went on to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Bournemouth before moving to Portugal and playing for Sporting Club Farense and Loultanos.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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