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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Born: 11 November 1923
Came from: Royal Navy Went to: Birmingham City
First game: 12 October 1946 Last game: 08 January 1949
Appearances: 80 (80/0) Goals: 5
Boyd began his career with West Ham Schoolboys, was selected for the London Schoolboys side and also turned out for Ilford before the outbreak of World War II. Whilst serving with the Royal Navy he was selected for the Combined Services side. It was during a game in Malta that he was spotted by a friend of Argyle manager Jack Tresadern, and following this recommendation, he joined the club when hostilities ceased. A dynamic, hard-working player, Boyd made his mark at Home Park after a move from inside-forward to right-half. His form attracted the attention of several big clubs and when he moved to Birmingham City in January 1949, it brought in Argyle's first five-figure transfer fee. He spent six seasons at St Andrews, making over 250 appearances for the club and as captain led the team to promotion in 1955 and the FA Cup Final in 1956. A back injury forced Boyd to retire before the start of the following season. He made an aborted comeback attempt with non-league Hinckley Athletic three years later.
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By Brian Knight* in Cheltenham on 30/06/2014 ...
Len Boyd has a special place in Plymouth Argyle’s history as the first player to be transferred out of Home Park for a five-figure fee, when Birmingham City paid £17,500 for his services in January 1949. It was a measure of the rapid advance made by the young player who, only 18 months earlier, had been regarded as a promising inside-forward but not ready to hold down a place in Argyle’s first team.
This view of his abilities changed at the start of the 1947-8 season when team reshuffling cast him in the role of a right-half. From that point Boyd’s confidence and performance improved rapidly and the big clubs were soon beginning to take notice. Birmingham City were impressed by his display in a match at St Andrew’s at the beginning of 1948 but waited another year before making their offer to Argyle in negotiations which were kept secret from the Press and the public until the transfer had been completed. As if to underline Argyle’s folly in releasing Boyd, Argyle lost their very ... More
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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