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Welcome to the sights, sounds and history of Plymouth Argyle Football Club

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  • PICTURE OF THE DAY

Mariner's Marquee

  • ON THIS DAY - 5 SEPTEMBER
  • 1948: Steve Davey was born in Plymouth. He made his Argyle debut 18 years later, going on to score 55 goals in 248 appearances for the club.

  • 1973: Midfielder Colin Randell arrived from Coventry City, the first of two spells at Argyle in the 70s.

  • 1986: Oh happy day, Tommy Tynan signed permanent transfer forms following his loan spell at the end of the previous promotion-winning season. A year earlier, he ended his first spell at Home Park to return north, having scored a stunning 48 goals in those first two seasons. So joy was unconfined; Tommy had returned, the beginning of a further free-scoring four seasons at the club.

BORN THIS DAY

1921: Arthur Smith - 30 games, 10 goals between 1952 and 1953.

Smith began his career with Leicester City, progressing through the ranks from their junior side. After two years on the fringes of the first-team following the war, he ... more

1948: Steve Davey - 249 games, 55 goals between 1966 and 1974.

Local boy Davey graduated at Home Park as an apprentice and made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1967. He began his career as a forward but showed his versatility by ... 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

If you have any comments, criticism, bright ideas, spot any mistakes; even compliments, it's all very much appreciated.

Please write to us at feedback@greensonscreen.co.uk

Thanks!

Thursday 6 August

Changes for the new season

You might have a spotted a change to the home page: the link to GoS-DB has moved over to the left, below 'Here and Now'. Entitled 'Now and Then', it's in a section that also includes a few shortcuts to the commonly used aspects of GoS-DB (recognising that access to a player search, for instance, took quite a few clicks before). Bringing it closer to the Here and Now part makes some sense because GoS-DB is as much about PAFC's latest match as it is about its long history.

Taking that a step further, there are two new aspects to the database displays. First, a new match page, which has been built very much with GoS-DB in mind. So as well showing the usual match details, photos and commentary clips for the current season, it now applies to any match since 1903 - and it's easy to move between games and eras. Of course, what we hold for times-gone-by matches is relatively thin, but I've now bolstered it by adding GoS's short match reports for every game since 2006 (plus enhanced match details such as the opposition line-ups), and over the coming months I'll reinstate the audio/visual content for the main games in recent seasons too, and even links to older footage on YouTube etc. The last nine years (since 2006) only represent around 8% of all games of course, but there's no reason why we can't target specific matches in Argyles history in the longer term. So here's a look at the style of a GoS-DB match page, using the 'Don't worry about a thing' game at the end of last season, and this how it will look on Saturday/Sunday once the match material comes in: [click here].

The second change, for the GoS-DB devotees, is an enhanced season page. To provide a new way of looking at the historical data, I've adapted the Appearance Chart in the Here and Now section (the one with the green dots) and extended it to all seasons. Here's an example: [click here]. There is also a link for each player in the appearance chart to the full player page, and from each match to the new match page. (I'll be adding more links to the new match page from other aspects of GoS-DB over the coming weeks/months.)

Saturday 20 June

The Recent Seasons pages

We’ve been producing a Recent Seasons page every May/June for the last 13 years, most of which have included a written summary, 100 photos to tell the story of the campaign and the players’ appearance chart (‘greens dots’), from which the saved match content (photos and commentary clips) can be accessed.

You may have noticed that there is none for 2014-15, and I’m afraid the bad news is that I don’t intend to produce one from now on. They’re very hard work to create, especially the 100 photos, and in line with what I’ve been saying in the last few months, I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to keep them going. Even worse, there seems little point in retaining the existing ones on GoS’s home page if they won’t continue in future years, so I’ll soon be removing all 13 of the Recent Seasons pages.

But it’s not all bad news. I’ve ideas to retain the best bits from those pages, but in a different form, and that will include (ultimately) the save photos and commentary. More on this in the coming weeks.

Saturday 13 June

The Opposition and Miscellaneous sections

As normal as this time of the year, I've temporarily removed some of the key 'Here and Now' pages to prepare for the new season. However, one of them will not return; I've decided that the work involved in building the Opposition pages is not worth the effort because most of it is readily available elsewhere. It's a shame - the mix of content has been available for quite a few years now - but access rates were low and some pruning is inevitable I'm afraid.

Also gone is the Miscellaneous section next to the What's New column. That won't necessarily prevent us showing photos from miscellaneous events, but it means that such photos will be accessed from their What's New entry, and therefore only be available for a couple of weeks rather than sitting for months in the Miscellaneous section. I know the home page now looks a bit unbalanced, but I'll deal with that in the weeks ahead.

Thursday 11 June

Greens Around the World

I'm sorry to say that the World Map is the first casualty of GoS's cutbacks. Looking to the future, it was sadly a sensible one for the chop, and today the map's the 600th entry came in (from China), so that seems a suitable point to make the change. However, it will not disappear altogether. No further entries will be accepted, but the map will remain on GoS as a reminder of the Green Army around the world between 1999 and 2015.

Saturday 23 May

A small improvement to GoS-DB

A minor improvement, but hopefully a useful one. On each player page, every season (e.g. 2014-2015) is now a link to the corresponding season page. I'm always keen to make small improvements like this, so if there's anything you would find useful, please say.

Friday 15 May

Sincere thanks to all contributors

So the season ends with more of a whimper than a bang. Lots to chew over for us all, no more so than for James Brent and the board of directors, but also for me and GoS. After my plea at the end of March, I've had some warm and much appreciated messages from quite a few people, but frankly, no serious interest from anyone, so the points below still stand.

For now though, the good news is that the match material should continue next season - thanks to GoS's match contributors. And a huge thanks is most certainly due to them this season - 5,177 photos from Bob, Gill, Laura, Malcolm, Will and Trev; 256 commentary clips extracted from over 10,000 minutes of recording, thanks to Keith; and the match summaries - sometimes no holds barred - thanks to Andy and Brendan. And whilst I'm at it, thanks again to Sam for keeping the Daily Diary going.

As for next season, a plea again - if you'd like to help, either with many one-off jobs or on a regular basis, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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