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Born: 26 April 1944

Came from: Coventry City   Went to: Brighton and Hove Albion

First game: 23 December 1972   Last game: 01 May 1974

Appearances: 70 (70/0)   Goals: 7

After beginning his career with Lancashire non-league side Nelson, Machin became the first player to be signed by Coventry City manager Jimmy Hill. It was a year before he made his debut, but he went on to spend ten years at the club, making over 280 appearances. This figure would probably have been considerably higher had it not been for long-term knee problems. When Machin moved to Home Park in December 1972 he soon showed his class and intelligence, controlling games from midfield. He was named the Player of the Year in his only full season with the club but, much to the dismay of the fans, requested a transfer and moved to Brighton and Hove Albion. After two years with Brighton he retired from the game and moved into coaching. Despite his short stay at Argyle, he made such an impression that he was named in the Team of the Century in 2004.


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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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