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BILL STRAUSS

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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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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