Season 1903-04

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1st XV 1903-04 1st XV 1903-04

The season opened on 3rd October against R. N. E. College III, when 'not at full strength, Argaum lost 5-6 and finished one short', the try was scored by Heard, Vincent converting.

The team for this game included Mattheson, Grigg, Lake, Sweet, Richmond, Vincent, Heard, Griffiths, de Ridder and Dudley, who had been the backbone of the previous season. On l7th October, the 1st XV travelled to Newton College, where 'the visitors had the whole of the fun to themselves, showing capital combination, winning by 3 goals and 11 tries (48) to Nil' (the goal kicking department seems somewhat suspect!). Then followed away games at Kelly College (no published result) and Blundells 6-8 'in a downpour' Richmond scoring a try and Grigg a penalty goal. On 24th October, Plymouth Reserves at South Devon Place (a step up in opposition?) played in fine weather before a fair crowd, as it transpired, preceding the Plymouth 1st XV v Redruth game! The advantage lay with Plymouth, with Argaum defending pluckily; 0-3 at half time, with a final score of 0-11. The following week, whilst the 1st XV were winning 16-3 at Bere Alston, an imaginative piece of fixture making sent the 2nd XV to Newton College, including two A N Others, where they lost an evenly contested game to the College 6-9. The next report is a further fixture at Bere Alston 'played in very dirty weather and ending in semi darkness', a try by Sweet giving the club a narrow victory. The Boxing Day game was away to Exeter Reserves, the result a 0-17 defeat. Argaum's custodian (A. Mattheson) was not found wanting! The new year saw St. Chads 0-3, Bere Alston (yet again) 0-0 and Pembroke Stars 'in lovely weather, with tries by Mattheson, Saunders and Vincent plus a conversion (Vincent)' 11 points to nil. Meanwhile, the 2nd XV (including P. E. Canning Bailey) won 12-3 at Ugborough. 'Argaum had only 11 men', which either speaks highly for the 11, or not so highly for the home side, Mogg 2 tries Smith 1 and an Edwards Penalty Goal. Then followed 3-12 against Brent and 3-3 v Hope Utd at Torpoint, Coles scoring the second side's try.

On the 1st XV front, Plymouth Reserves emphasised their superiority to the tune of 17-3 and then a narrow win 6-3 over HMS Cambridge. On 5th March, the 2nd XV beat Plymouth and Mannamead College 36-0. Argaum played several Chiefs (1st XV players) there being no mention of a 1st XV fixture on that date. There followed defeats for the first team v St. Lukes College 4-22 and R.N.E. College II (a step up in fixtures) 0-2, but Argaum wound up the season beating the Naval Barracks at St. Budeaux 13-6, with tries by Mason(2), Tregus(1) and two Grigg conversions. Of the team for this game, six of the original 1902/3 side appeared; Grigg, Mattheson, Sweet, Richmond, Dudley and Griffiths.

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  • 1st XV Captain: E B Richmond
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