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Match of the Day at Home Park
1930: Argyle 4 Norwich 1; the win made promotion and the championship trophy, the Pilgrims' first major honours, almost certain. The game was a personal triumph for Jack Vidler, who bagged all four goals, even though he was carried off with concussion as a result of his first. He returned in the second half, still dazed, to strike three more gems.
1947: West Bromwich Albion 2 Argyle 5; after five successive defeats, the Pilgrims went 2-1 down early in the second half, but then ran riot to score four in an amazing last half hour.
1986: Wigan 3 Argyle 0; a shock result after an 11 match unbeaten run triggered manager Dave Smith to apologise to the 5,000 travelling fans. Promotion jitters were unnecessary; Argyle won all of their remaining four games.
2008: Paul Wotton hit a typically unstoppable penalty in what turned out to be his final game for the club. Five days later came the announcement that his contract would not be renewed, the end (so it seemed then) of a magnificent career at Home Park: 14 years with the club, 5 years as club captain, 2 championship trophies held aloft, 438 appearances and 63 goals, most of them belters! Three years later the man with Plymouth in his blood came home for an unexpected second spell.
2010: Argyle were relegated to League One (tier 3) after a 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle Utd, ending six seasons in the Championship.
BORN THIS DAY
1912: Freddie Haycock - 1 game, no goals in 1945.
Although the Second World War was at an end, the Football League divided its competition into regional sections for the 1945-46 season because of the ... more
1952: Paul Wilkinson - 2 games, no goals in 1971.
Born in the parish of Themelthorpe, near Reepham, a village just north of Norwich, Wilkinson started as a youth with Norwich City. He broke his leg whilst an ... more
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Greens on Screenís first page was published in January 1999. Its early purpose was to bring Plymouth Argyle a little closer to those unable to see their team, and whilst it has changed a great deal over the years, its core themes - sites and sounds for Westcountry exiles - still stand. The site was very lucky to take on the content of Trevor Scallanís Semper Viridis in the summer of 2007, and in 2009 launched GoS-DB, a wealth of facts and figures from PAFCís history. A year later we embarked on a complete history of Argyle, with much-valued contributions from chapter authors.
Greens on Screen is an amateur website and proud of it. It is run by one person as a hobby, although Trev's help and support has been considerable and, since 2010, Andy Chapman's hard work and enthusiasm, especially his help with GoS-DB's pen-pictures, has given us a real boost. Then there's the match-day content, which would be much the poorer without the terrific contribution of a small band of photo-taking volunteers.
Greens on Screen is self-taught and as a result, a little bit quirky. Amongst a few stubborn principles, advertisements will never appear (and donít get me started on the plague of betting promotions on other sites). It began its life before many others, including the clubís official site, when there was a large gap to be filled, and although there is now a wide variety to choose from, GoSís sole aim, to be a service to fellow supporters, still seems to have a place.
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Tuesday 2 January
The Future of Greens on Screen
Greens on Screen's first web page appeared 19 years ago today, which is a very sobering thought! More than once in the last few years I've mentioned views on where it will all end, and last April it came to a head for me and I wrote about calling it a day once 20 years are up. That even made the papers.
At that time I felt there were two possibilities:
1. Someone with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment might come forward to take over GoS, and as a result, I'll be confident that the site will continue for many years to come. For me, that last bit is extremely important - I would have to be convinced that any new owner was a very safe pair of hands because the thought of it slowly withering away would be awful. Iíd rather the second option if there was any doubt.
2. I simply freeze GoS in 12 months time, so that its whole range of content would continue to be available for reference but there would be no further updates or additions.
The first option hasn't happened, and perhaps it was always too much to ask. Some have wondered whether that's because I raised the subject too early - a more urgent need might have focussed a few minds. The trouble with giving much shorter notice is that it will need a long hand-over, ideally a couple of years if that person needs to learn the underlying technology from scratch - as I did.
So that leaves us with the second option - the frozen GoS - except that when it comes to it, I've a feeling Iíll find it very hard NOT to add a match each week. As my wife says, ďwhat would you do instead?Ē
So Iíve made a decision.
A third option - to carry on, but in a different way. This will mean some simplification of GoS - cutting out the frills and concentrating on the fundamentals - and then I'll be taking a more chilled approach. At the moment there's a big effort after each game to get a match page and all its contents prepared and loaded as quickly as possible, and the same is true when new players arrive and for other significant events. That's been a self-imposed pressure that has slowly taken its toll, so in the future the aim will still be to maintain a complete and up-to-date record of Argyle facts and stats, but to enjoy it as a hobby rather than - in my head - a duty. So if Iím not around on a Saturday night, or even a whole weekend Ė it wonít matter. Itíll get done dreckly.
Another effect will be on match photos. It's amazing that in our 16 years of publishing photos, hardly a game has been missed, and what's more, the photographers bust their proverbial guts to get the pictures published as quickly as possible, even if it means delaying sleep until five in the morning after a long journey back from an away game. I'm very much aware that we rely on a small handful of people, and that can't go on forever, so there is a good chance that photos will become a usual feature rather than a standard one.
And what age will Greens on Screen reach under this option? Who knows. It might run for a couple more years, perhaps many more, and then the question will crop up again.
Time will tell.
Friday 22 December
The History of Argyle: 1945-1950
After far too long, I've now added another chapter to GoS's history series, and very much hope to add more in 2018. Chapter 17, 'From the Ashes', covers the first five years after the end of the Second World War. The football club faced a mountain to climb when it rejoined the Football League in 1945, but despite huge obstacles, Argyle competed once again with some of the best clubs in the country, and its supporters in a devastated city welcomed football back in record numbers.
I know such things are not everyone's cup of tea, but hopefully this new chapter and those to follow next year will be worth the effort. And if you spot any mistakes in the text, have suggestions to make or questions to ask, please do let me know!
I've been staggered by your generosity! In the first 24 hours my immediate target has been reached, so thank you so much. However, I'm going to keep the donations button available for people who would still like to make a gesture to GoS - if you see what I mean! That will also allow me to build up a fund that means I won't need to come back to you for a couple of years, and if there is then any excess, I promise that will go to the club, in one form or another.
Ever since it's first appearance in 1999, Greens on Screen has been free to access, and I am determined to keep it that way. You probably realise that I've avoided any form of advertising, partly because I don't want any commercial association with the material, but mainly because adverts on web pages detract from the content - and they're so annoying!
But GoS is not free to produce or maintain, and without income from adverts, I've asked for donations in years gone by. There have been so many calls on your generosity in recent times, so I haven't asked for help for quite a while, but unfortunately the time has come when I need to rattle the GoS tin again.
So if this is a bad time for you, please ignore me. If you feel you can help, however small that might be, thank you so much.
And just a couple of things I should add:
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Many thanks again!