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: 16 October 1919
Came from: Chesterfield Went to: Chesterfield
First game: 22 April 1946 Last game: 22 April 1946
Appearances: 1 (1/0) Goals: 1
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.
Swinscoe was one of 27 in the guest category. Born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, he was a fan of the game as well as playing it, quite literally, because he was spotted by Chesterfield playing centre-forward for Shirebrook Supporters FC. Shirebrook, in north-east Derbyshire on the Nottinghamshire border, was home to Shirebrook Colliery FC (precursor to the present-day Shirebrook Town), a team whose own supporters had an active, fund-raising football team themselves, winning the 'Derbyshire Medal' on Good Friday 1946 no less. It was from the Supporters' Team that he moved to Chesterfield, enabling him to make his Football League debut when the League programme fully resumed. Despite the improbable step-up, the move was a success; he made his debut in the 1946-47 season and scored 12 times in 43 appearances across two seasons. Towards the end of 1947 he moved on to Stockport County and spent three years with the club, playing 72 times and scoring 31 goals. His next move was to Peterborough United, some 10 years before they joined the Football League.
Note: Tom should not be confused with Terry Swinscoe who also played for Stockport County and later for Mansfield Town. Unlike Tom, Terry (who was no relation) never donned Green but did once famously score two own-goals for Argyle in Town's 8-3 hammering at Home Park in March 1959.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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