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.
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Full Name: John Youngman Thomson
Born: 27 July 1896
Came from: Brentford Went to: Chesterfield
First game: 25 September 1926 Last game: 06 November 1926
Appearances: 7 (7/0) Goals: 0
The Greenock-born 'keeper started out in his native Scotland with Caledonian Juniors and Glasgow Benburb before, like many players of the era, moving south of the border. Thomson's first foray was short-lived: just five appearances for Bristol Rovers in 1921 before returning to Scotland later that year to play for Alloa Athletic and Partick Thistle. He then moved to Wales with Aberaman Athletic and in 1924 signed for Aberdare Athletic, where he played 20 times. His journey continued in 1925 with a move back to the Football League with Brentford, where he featured in 40 matches, and it was his impressive performances against Argyle that season that led to Bob Jack signing him in the summer of 1926. Like many before him he realised that covering for Fred Craig was a mere occasional activity and he moved on in 1927 to sign for Chesterfield. After 22 appearances for The Spireites, he had brief spells with Coventry City, Aberdare Athletic (again), Stateside with New York Nationals in the short-lived American Soccer League, and finally Nuneaton Town.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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