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: 07 January 1959
Came from: Cardiff City Went to: Shrewsbury Town
First game: 22 December 1984 Last game: 22 September 1990
Appearances: 163 (141/22) Goals: 34
Summerfield joined West Bromwich Albion as an apprentice in 1976 and featured in the FA Youth Cup winning team in his first season. This brought him to the attention of the England Youth selectors, and he won six caps in 1976 and 1977. With first team chances limited at the Hawthorns, he signed for Birmingham City in 1982, and a few months later, moved to hometown club Walsall. He enjoyed a successful 18 months at Fellows Park, scoring 17 goals in 42 appearances, before a transfer to Cardiff City. Just six months later, Dave Smith brought him to Home Park.
Despite a slow start, 'Summers' soon made his mark as an unorthodox yet effective player. A forward for most of his career, he moved deeper into midfield, where his ability to turn a match with a single pass or make a run past opponents without them noticing made him the rock around which the midfield was built. He enjoyed five successful years at the club and played an important part in the 1985-86 promotion season. A broken leg, sustained in the FA Cup replay at Everton in January 1989, was the start of a year on the sidelines, and despite returning to full fitness, he never regained his earlier form. A change of management led to a move to Exeter City on loan, and then a permanent transfer to Shrewsbury Town, where he played over 150 games and became club captain. He played his last game six years later, at the age of 37, and then joined the Shrews' coaching staff.
Summerfield returned to Home Park in 1997 as youth team coach, and three years later began his first spell as Argyle's caretaker manager after the dismissal of Kevin Hodges. Paul Sturrock's subsequent appointment, with Summerfield as his assistant, heralded one of the most successful periods in the club's history. Four years later, after briefly holding the fort for the second time, he followed Luggy to Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town.
In November 2007 Summerfield returned for two more years at Home Park, once again as Paul Sturrock's right-hand man before leaving in a shake-up, which saw Paul Mariner return to Plymouth as Head Coach. Summers had found his niche as a trusted second-in-command and joined Tranmere Rovers in 2010 as assistant to Les Parry, before taking up a similar role in 2012 at Burton Albion under Gary Rowett. In October 2014 he followed Rowett to Birmingham City, again as his assistant, but lost his job when Rowett and three other staff were sacked by Birmingham City in December 2016.
In March 2017, Summerfield again took the assistant manager's job under Gary Rowett, this time at Derby County in the Championship.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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