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ARGYLE MANAGERS

William Fullarton

1906-1907

William Fullarton, often incorrectly spelt Fullerton, managed Argyle for one season, 1906-1907, following the departure of Robert Jack to Southend.

Fullarton was born in Scotland in about 1882. He played as a half-back with Sunderland, notching up 33 appearances and one goal between December 1903 and October 1905, and came to Home Park with no managerial experience.

In 1906, he was appointed Argyle manager at a time when the club was facing financial difficulties and crowds were down to an average of just 4,000. Under Fullarton, the Pilgrims won ten matches and drew twelve, finishing in fifteenth place. He was also responsible for signing a number of players, including H Swann, who scored all the goals when Argyle thrashed Millwall 5-0 in an FA Cup match.

At the end of the 1906-1907 season, but with no end in sight to their money worries, the board of Plymouth Argyle decided, not only to dispense with Fullarton's services, but to do without a manager altogether. For the next three seasons, the team was run by a management committee.

Sadly, nothing is known about Fullarton's life or career after he left Home Park.

[Kindly supplied by Peggy Prior, author of The Gaffer Tapes, a series on Argyle's managers that first appeared in matchday programmes in 2007-08]

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