Season 1938-39

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1st XV 1938-39 1st XV 1938-39

Captain and vice captain as in the previous season. Besides a complete 1st XV list, the second side played a number of games for which there are alas neither teams nor results, although Peter Matthews purports to recall a crushing defeat of Salcombe Reserves and when he inquired of the referee as to the score, the latter replied "Well, I wrote it down up to 60 points and then stopped trying!".

The 1st team record did not live up to such standards with a playing record of 11W, 16L, 166-272 which would seem to put the defence under suspicion. Salcombe inflicted no less than three defeats 4-6, 6-32 and 3-13 whilst Services A, Albion United (twice) the University of the South West and Civil Service, all inflicted heavy defeats a more encouraging defeat was that of 3-11 at Penzance Skip Floyd beating several men in scoring. There was a strong burst at the end of season, of 5 successive wins Rover Scouts 17-3, OPMs 7-6, DHSOB 11-4, Barnstaple Athletic 10-5 and Okehampton 12-5.

There was one 2nd XV recorded result, HMS Diomedes 12-0. The last chosen 1st XV side to wear the Argaum shirt for 8 years was Barron, Lethbridge, Bowden W, Hammett, Cameron, Hodge, Daly, Bradley, McSkimming, Morton, Hayes, Birnage, Floyd, Hitchins, Dobell. In the 7s, Services B beat Argaum in one of the most entertaining matches in extra time - Argaum were rather unlucky. Socially, the Club advanced; the annual dance being at the Continental Hotel and a press photograph shows Captain Tony Birnage resplendent in dinner jacket supported by Leslie Paul, John Cameron and Tom Hitchins, similarly attired, greeting Alderman Modley who, happily, did not spoil the sartorial elegance.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Tony Birnage
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