Greens on Screen’s 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 Scallan’s Semper Viridis in the summer of 2007, and in 2009 launched GoS-DB, a wealth of facts and figures from PAFC’s history. A year later we embarked on a complete history of Argyle, with much-valued contributions from chapter authors.
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Full Name: Harold John Court
Born: 13 June 1919
Came from: Cardiff City Went to: Cardiff City
First game: 31 March 1945 Last game: 22 September 1945
Appearances: 4 (4/0) Goals: 0
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 exceptional conditions at that time, with so many players still serving in the Armed Forces or employed on essential war work. Argyle played in the Football League South that season, against first-class opposition such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Aston Villa and Wolves. It proved impossible for the Pilgrims to field a regular side; 72 players made an appearance and performances inevitably suffered. From week to week the club called on Armed Services players who were stationed in the area, guest players from other League clubs and local amateurs to supplement its registered playing staff.
Court was one of 27 in the guest category. Born in Tir Phil, within the Welsh county borough of Caerphilly, the inside-forward started his career locally with Llanbradach. He was duly spotted by Cardiff City and had made just one League appearance when the Second World War interrupted his career. During the war he served as a PTI in the Royal Marines and played 12 representative games for the Navy as well as guesting for Porstmouth, Torquay United, Third Lanark, Arbroath, Arsenal, Dundee and Argyle. He also played three additional games for 'The Rest' against FA XIs.
Court resumed his footballing career after the cessation of hostilities, but did not play senior football again until the 1948-49 season when he made six appearances and scored once for Dundee United, before also adding a further two appearances that same season for next-door neighbours Dundee. In the 1950-51 season he played 16 times for Swindon Town, scoring twice. On leaving the County Ground he moved to non-league Weymouth Town in 1951, where he spent one season before moving to take up the role of player-manager with Chatham Town in June 1952.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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