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Full Name: Robert Royston
Born: 01 December 1915
1. Came from: Southport Went to: Career interrupted by WW2
1. First game: 10 April 1939 Last game: 02 September 1939
2. Came from: Career interrupted by WW2 Went to: Retired
2. First game: 15 September 1945 Last game: 10 May 1947
Appearances: 56 (56/0) Goals: 0
The Gallowgate-born right-back started life a stone's throw from St James Park but began his footballing career as a youth with Durham County and then with Seaham Colliery. However, it was with rivals Sunderland that he signed professional terms in 1935, but he failed to make the first team at Roker Park and after two years moved to Southport. He made his Football League debut for the Haig Avenue side in 1937 and went on to make 70 appearances for them. In the latter stages of the 1938-39 season he moved to Home Park and played five times for Argyle, including two in the abandoned 1939-40 season. The Second World War robbed him of what would have been his peak years; he played wartime football for Portsmouth, Aldershot and the Army but returned to Argyle when the war was over. Making just over a dozen appearances in the Football League South season of 1945-46, he became a virtual ever-present the following season when the full League programme resumed, and ended the campaign captaining the side. At the start of the next season, however, he decided to retire and enter into business, though records suggest a later affiliation with non-league Hambledon, in Surrey.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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