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Full Name: Sydney Alfred Desmond Tugwell (also known as Tug)
Born: 18 May 1918
Came from: Plymouth United Went to: Plymouth United
First game: 24 March 1945 Last game: 29 December 1945
Appearances: 6 (6/0) Goals: 2
Although the Second World War was at an end, the Football League divided its competition into regional sections for the 1945-46 season because of the exceptional conditions at that time, with so many players still serving in the Armed Forces or employed on essential war work. Argyle played in the Football League South that season, against first-class opposition such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Aston Villa and Wolves. It proved impossible for the Pilgrims to field a regular side; 72 players made an appearance and performances inevitably suffered. From week to week the club called on Armed Services players, guest footballers from other League clubs and local amateurs to supplement its registered playing staff.
Tugwell was one of 21 players whose only first team games for Argyle were in the Football League South season and who usually played in local football or for the Armed Forces. Born in Plymouth, 'Des' or 'Tuggy' as he was known had previously played in the 1937-38 season for Argyle's 'A' team in the Plymouth & District (P&D) League, and before that for several local clubs including Embankment FC and Plymouth City. He was a Dockyard 'matey' who was playing for local side Plymouth United when Argyle registered him with the Football League as an amateur on 17th August 1945, and then as a professional on 29th November. He made his debut in a December home defeat by Fulham, with the Western Independent reporting: "Tugwell, who came into the side for the first time at right-back, did really well under the trying conditions." He went on to play four games in total, but failed to appear on a winning side in what was a wretched season for the club.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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