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Born: 15 January 1978
Came from: Trainee Went to: Sheffield Wednesday
First game: 25 October 1997 Last game: 20 April 2002
Appearances: 169 (154/15) Goals: 0
'Bessie' was a product of the Argyle youth set-up, progressing through the ranks to play over 150 games, primarily at left-back, for the club. Despite being offered a contract extension by Paul Sturrock, he chose to leave on a free transfer and joined Sheffield Wednesday. Unable to break into the first team regularly he had loan spells with Swindon Town and Macclesfield Town before a move to Bristol Rovers. He went on to play for Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers, Salisbury City, Mangotsfield United, Weston-super-Mare and Paulton Rovers.
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From Andrew Chapman in Leeds on 25/10/2013 ...
Why didnt 'Bessie' score?! Absolute cult hero - sooooooo wanted him to score but it just didn't / wouldn't happen but I remember that cross-bar thumping moment, from a free-kick at Moss Rose when he clanked the woodwork with a wonderful free-kick vs Macclesfield Town - I thought that was THE moment. Sadly it wasn't! Missed him when he left Home Park and I hope he missed us. Also remember Neil Carhart purchasing some limited run of bottled beer that they sold in the Far Post Club with players' photos on them - needless to say we went for the Bessie variant! And it's probably still on a mantlepiece somewhere!
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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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