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 had 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: 06 September 1943
Came from: Derby County Went to: Exeter City
First game: 03 February 1968 Last game: 13 September 1975
Appearances: 257 (248/9) Goals: 7
Saxton was brought to Home Park from Derby County for £12,000 in 1968, having begun his career in non-league football with Gainsborough and Denaby United. His arrival at Home Park was too late, however, to prevent the Pilgrims from sliding into Division Three. More disappointment followed a year later when a broken leg, sustained in a car accident, kept him out of action for a year. The good times arrived when he was the driving force in Argyle reaching the League Cup Semi-Final and again during the promotion season of 1974-75. A whole-hearted and dedicated footballer, Saxton was strong in the tackle and a totally committed Argyle player for over seven years. He joined Exeter City in 1975, becoming player-manager, and returned to Home Park as boss in 1979.
In his two years at the helm, the Pilgrims kept a steady course, finishing fifteenth in 1979-80 and seventh in 1980-81. Players signed under him included Dave Kemp and Geoff Crudgington. In the summer of 1981 Saxton left Argyle for Blackburn Rovers, where he remained in charge for nearly six years, all of them in the Second Division. He then took over at York City from June 1987 until the end of September 1988. This was his last managerial position though he was briefly caretaker manager of Newcastle United in 1991.
After leaving York, Saxton stayed in football, most notably as assistant manager to future Argyle boss Peter Reid at Sunderland between 1995 and 2002. In 2006, he famously came out of retirement to assist Niall Quinn, then acting manager at the Stadium of Light. Saxton continued to scout occasionally for both Newcastle and Sunderland.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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