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SAM KIRKWOOD

Born: 31 July 1910

Came from: Arsenal   Went to: Linfield

First game: 02 February 1935   Last game: 06 January 1940

Appearances: 127 (127/0)   Goals: 1

Born in Belfast, Kirkwood joined the club to replace Harry Roberts as Jimmy Rae's partner at full-back, enabling the former to join Bristol Rovers. Spotted by Arsenal when playing for Portadown in the Irish League, Kirkwood moved to England in 1933 and two years later, having not made the breakthrough at Highbury, Robert Jack brought the burly defender to Home Park. He spent six seasons with the Pilgrims and built a reputation as a strong tackler, albeit sometimes with a tempestuous nature. War broke out after three games of his final season but he continued to play for the club in the South West Regional League after the Football League programme was abandoned. He returned to Belfast in 1940 for business reasons and continued to play football, most notably for Linfield, and was selected for an Irish League Representative side later that year.

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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