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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Born: 18 November 1923
Came from: Bradford Park Avenue Went to: Bradford Park Avenue
First game: 01 December 1945 Last game: 06 April 1946
Appearances: 3 (3/0) 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.
Haddington was one of 27 in the guest category. The Scarborough-born forward started his career in Bradford, where he was first an amateur with Park Avenue (from whom he guested for Argyle), before then moving to City for the 1946-47 season, although he failed to make a League appearance for either side. His first team breakthrough came later in 1947 when he moved to Oldham Athletic. In a four-year spell, he scored 63 times in 117 games, and developed a formidable relationship with Eric Gemmell and a reputation for impressive goals from dead-ball situations and acute angles. He moved to Manchester City in 1950 but only played six times though did score four goals in the 1950-51 season. He then made a short move the following season to Stockport County where he made 11 appearances and scored four goals. In 1952-53 he moved to Bournemouth but only made two appearances before returning north early in the season to play for Rochdale, where he played 38 matches and scored 12 goals. His final league club was Halifax Town at the start of the 1953-54 season, playing eight times without scoring. He then moved into non-league football with Bedford Town in 1954, scoring four goals in 12 games, before emigrating to Australia and playing for Juventus, a club in Melbourne.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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