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Born: 06 January 1916
Came from: Aberdeen Went to: Retired
First game: 31 August 1946 Last game: 16 September 1953
Appearances: 166 (166/0) Goals: 42
Strauss played on the left wing for Argyle for seven years, but was also an all-round sportsman who excelled at cricket and badminton. During his career at Home Park he redefined the role of the winger, refusing to stay on the touchline and roaming towards his preferred centre-forward position.
Born in the Transvaal, South Africa, Strauss moved to Britain in 1935. He had been spotted playing by a former Aberdeen player who recommended him to the Granite City club. In almost five seasons at Pittodrie he scored more than 50 goals and helped the club reach their first Scottish Cup Final.
A South African international, Strauss moved to Argyle in 1946 after Jack Tresadern saw him playing for Aberdeen, having travelled to check out a different player. He was an instant hit at Home Park, his unorthodox style and outstanding ability delighting the home fans. After four seasons of regular first-team games, age began to catch up with him and his senior appearances were limited in his final three seasons at the club. He eventually retired, aged 37, in 1953.
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By Brian Knight* in Cheltenham on 08/05/2014 ...
It was fortunate for the game's journalists that Bill Strauss chose to make his football career as a winger. Those images of Strauss 'waltzing' around the opposition or 'dancing' his way along the touchline, so apt when it came to describing his wing play, would have been totally inappropriate if applied to some dour, unyielding defender. But although Strauss' nimble footwork put many an opposing full¬back to the test, he was never content to confine his skills to the extremities of the pitch. Bill Strauss cutting into the middle with the ball, or dashing in to meet a centre from the other ... More
From Brian Knight in Cheltenham on 10/05/2014 ...
Soon after his arrival at Home Park, the annual Argyle handbooks described Strauss as a South African international, one specifically stating that his cap (or caps) came against England in 1939. This is wrong on two accounts. There was no international between the two countries that year. What did happen was that an FA squad toured South Africa in the summer of 1939 and played three representative games against the home country. They were not classified as international matches and the South African sides consisted of home-based players only. Strauss was then of course in Aberdeen. Curiously, ... More
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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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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