The 1970s (10)
Barry Rees, a vastly experienced strongly built forward, a tower of strength in the line out and one who knew most of the answers to scrummaging problems before the questions were asked, became captain in a season resulting in 18W, 14L, 2D, 397-350.
Dave Sharp, a fast moving quick thinking stand off from the teaching profession - as several Argaum stand off’s had been - was captain. John Price in charge of the Wanderers, John Ellis in charge of the Drifters at the same time doubling as fixture secretary.
The additional changing accommodation was formally opened. Former player Peter Blackburn - an extremely successful entrepreneur - had been invited to perform the opening ceremony but unfortunately, his plane to Plymouth was grounded by weather conditions.
Fred Rogers, who had been with the Club since his school days became captain. The season opened with two difficult fixtures against Plymouth Albion Extra 1st and Truro and a young Argaum side was comprehensively beaten in both encounters. The side recovered from this disappointing start to wind up with 19 wins, 18 losses and 2 draws.
Geoff Baskerville, back row forward, who had been kicking goals for Argaum for some seasons - (and indeed continues to do so, albeit now for the Wanders), became captain, he was a member of a long standing and successful back row of Rogers, Lavis and Baskerville.
Geoff Baskerville back in command, the record improving to the extent of 14 wins, a draw and 17 defeats, 328-424, the Colts W11, L15, 328-277, and the Wanderers, who had difficulty in raising a full side at times, W7, D1, L12, 206-486. Injuries in the early part of the season had some affect on the record, after Christmas when these problems had pretty well resolved themselves the, 1st XV lost but 3 games in the latter part of the season.
Howell Phillips - several seasons in the 1st XV pack, was captain, Kim Jarvis leading the Wanderers. The arrival at the Club of John Hunt, a scrum half with Albion experience, solved a position that had long created problems, whilst the old firm in the back row of Rogers, Baskerville and Lavis still operated on most occasions.
Ceri Critten, a long serving, fast moving wing three quarter, even prepared to step into the Scrum Half’s shoes if required, was elected Captain, but unhappily suffered a serious injury midway through the first half of the season, which kept him out of action until the following season, so that Dave Sharp took over.