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    In the last 7 days ...

    [Wed 22: Tony Obi]

  • -3Wednesday 22 Apr

    Willand Rvrs 0 Argyle 4

    Photos from the Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup Semi-final.

    [Miscellaneous: Apr 22]

  • -7Saturday 18 Apr

    Carlisle 2 Argyle 0

    Once again, bitterly disappointing. It's all on next week now.

    Available so far:

    Summary (Sat 18:44)

    Commentary (Sat 19:04)

    Photos (Sun 1:30)

    Photos (Sun 8:28)

    [Here & Now: Latest Match]

  • -11Tuesday 14 Apr

    Argyle 1 Wimbledon 1

    Another less-than-convincing performance and a big opportunity lost, but other results go our way.

    [Here & Now: Latest Match]

  • -14Saturday 11 Apr

    Argyle 2 Mansfield 1

    A hard slog and just as hard to watch, but all-important 3 points puts us back in the play-off places.

    [Here & Now: Latest Match]

  • -19Monday 6 Apr

    Portsmouth 2 Argyle 1

    With just 2 wins in the last 9 games, it could be a nail-biting finish.

    [Here & Now: Latest Match]

  • -22Friday 3 Apr

    Argyle 1 Burton 1

    A point rescued against the table toppers and it's still all to play for.

    [Here & Now: Latest Match]

  • -25Tuesday 31 Mar

    When I get older, losing my hair ...

    If you're a regular visitor to this site, please click here to read some important news about GoS's future.

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  • PICTURE OF THE DAY

A fast disappearing tradition

  • ON THIS DAY - 25 APRIL
  • 1953: Argyle equalled their highest ever end-of-season position, fourth in Football League Division 2 (tier 2).

  • 1959: Accrington Stanley 1 Argyle 1 (Penk); the Pilgrims were promoted to tier 2. The team coach arrived back in Devon the following afternoon, and was met in Ivybridge for decoration by the Supporters Club. An estimated 500 cars joined the cavalcade as it entered the city.

BORN THIS DAY

1934: Peter McParland - 40 games, 14 goals between 1963 and 1964.

McParland began his career with Dundalk in the League of Ireland, although he was a native of Newry in Northern Ireland and won 34 caps for his country. He also starred ... more

1967: Paul Dalton - 116 games, 32 goals between 1992 and 1995.

If Argyle players were cars, the majority of offerings on show at Home Park over the years could be compared to humble runarounds with backfiring exhausts and crumbling ... more

1975: Steve Perkins - 4 games, no goals in 1997.

Perkins was a midfielder who began his career in Burscough’s youth team before moving to the Westcountry with Crediton United. He was spotted there by Argyle and moved ... more

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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 Trev's help and support has been considerable and, since 2010, Andy Chapman's hard work and enthusiasm, especially his help with GoS-DB's pen-pictures, has given us a real boost. Then there's the match-day content, which would be much the poorer without the terrific contribution of a small band of photo-taking 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.

Steve Dean

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Thanks!

Tuesday 31 March

"When I get older, losing my hair"

I first heard The Beatles' “When I’m 64” when I was a fresh-faced 15-year old, and I can distinctly remember wondering what the world would be like in nearly 50 years time, and thinking how incredibly far away that was. Ha! Not any more. I’ll be reaching that landmark next season.

As many will know, I started GoS over 16 years ago, when I was a mere 46. The early years were exciting in all sorts of way, from building something new and a little bit different to having the pleasure of covering two promotion seasons and six years in the Championship. Needless to say, recent times have been more of a slog.

Heading to your mid-sixties doesn’t half make you think about life, and the recent news about Tyhee Slim couldn't have been more of a shock in that respect. Whilst I’m hopeful of a decade or two yet, I really have to think about how I how I want life to be now, especially with wife and family in mind (the grandchildren aren't Vera, Chuck and Dave, by the way).

The plain fact is that even if I stay reasonably healthy, I can’t go on forever, and worse case, who knows what’s around the corner. On the other hand, I’d hate for 16 years of work to go down the plughole, so the big question is, how can Greens on Screen continue in the long term? Frankly, at the moment I’ve no idea.

There are two fundamental issues for me. The first is how on earth can anyone take on the technical angle of the site, bearing in mind it was built up from scratch, and that started 16 years ago. So the technology it is based on is well past its sell-by date, and the whole site has grown into a bit of a nest of vipers too. Finding someone to take it on who would be (a) able and (b) desperately keen (because that's essential) feels like a very tall order, so for now I'm happy to stay responsible for the techie side of the site. Frankly, I don't see any other option, and it'll only be worse in a few years time, when I finally give up altogether. For that reason, I fear for GoS in the long term, but hey, let's leave that for another day.

The second problem is how to cut down the week-by-week management of the site so it becomes less of a burden. To some extent I've been introducing behind-the-scenes stuff in the last couple of years to ease the effort, but now it almost certainly means that aspects will have to go. It might also be necessary for someone to help with the routine stuff, depending on what's left.

So here's the bottom line. Whatever the solution, I'm sorry but the time has come for GoS to either move on or close down. I desperately hope it's the former, and to that end I'll be very busy in the next few months to be ready for next August, with a site that I suspect will be noticeably different to how it is now. And this is where you come in. I'd like to have a group of people who I could write to from time to time over the next few months, to share the latest thinking and get some feedback. So if you're a GoS regular and would like to hear about how the site might develop, as well as getting the chance to have your say if you feel strongly about anything, please send me an email (to steve@greensonscreen.co.uk) with the words 'The future of GoS' in the subject line, together with your name, and I'll include you in a mailing list for progress emails whenever I've something to say.

Thanks for reading!

Steve

Update:

I've been staggered by your generosity! In the first 24 hours my immediate target has been reached, so thank you so much. However, I'm going to keep the donations button available for people who would still like to make a gesture to GoS - if you see what I mean! That will also allow me to build up a fund that means I won't need to come back to you for a couple of years, and if there is then any excess, I promise that will go to the club, in one form or another.

Original message:

Ever since it's first appearance in 1999, Greens on Screen has been free to access, and I am determined to keep it that way. You probably realise that I've avoided any form of advertising, partly because I don't want any commercial association with the material, but mainly because adverts on web pages detract from the content - and they're so annoying!

But GoS is not free to produce or maintain, and without income from adverts, I've asked for donations in years gone by. There have been so many calls on your generosity in recent times, so I haven't asked for help for quite a while, but unfortunately the time has come when I need to rattle the GoS tin again.

So if this is a bad time for you, please ignore me. If you feel you can help, however small that might be, thank you so much.

And just a couple of things I should add:

If you make a donation, please understand that it is a voluntary gesture to help cover on-going costs. It implies no benefit on your part, or obligation on mine. For instance, if I decide to scale down (or even end) Greens on Screen at any time in the future, that's simply the way it is.

You should also be aware that 3.4% + 20p of your donation is paid to PayPal for the cost of the service.

Many thanks again!

Steve