Season 1985-86

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Ian Collier a centre whose boot had stood the Club in good stead the previous year was captain, opening the season - unhappily - with a heavy 3-49 defeat by Truro.

There followed a modest run of success in September. Two - somewhat rash - incursions into Cornwall resulted in heavy defeats, Penryn 1st XV unbeaten at home 6-43 and St Ives who put on 49 points. There were also heavy defeats by Ivybridge - twice, and Newquay II achieved the double. South Molton - for once - destroyed the Club's hopes in the Devon Cup and Exeter Saracens, the away side, ended Havill Plate hopes 3-3. On the more cheerful side, Exeter University Freshmen were beaten 36-3 and Bideford II 64-4, giving a seasons record of 10 wins and 23 defeats.

The Wanderers, captained by K Daymount, won 15, lost 11 and drew 2. The Drifters achieved 22 Saturday fixtures, winning 9, including a crushing 71-7 win over Plympton II. There were also a fair number of Sunday fixtures, results alas, not recorded. The Colts won 14, lost 14 and drew 2. To prove that Saturday, or in this particular case more usually Sunday talents were not in vain, was the presentation of the Devon Chief Constable's award to Argaum player Steve Parkinson, the report reading "... felled a fleeing criminal with a crushing rugby tackle outside his hair-dressing salon in the City centre" - clearly an extension of Steve's Sunday activities; and, just to prove that there were other interests outside of rugby, at midnight on 16th November 1985 a team of 11 runners from Plymouth Argaum and Fine Tubes ran from Clifton Suspension Bridge to the Tamar Bridge arriving 3.15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Jeff Bawden, Mark Busford, Bob Cassidy, Tommy Cooper, Dave England, Chris Goodman, Tim Rapier and Peter Green running the "legs" for Argaum. The result - a splendid cheque for £180 handed over to the Scott Hospital for the Bickleigh Children’s Unit.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Ian Collier
  • 2nd XV Captain: K Daymount
  • Captain's Trophy: T.Cooper
  • Player's Player: I.Ramsay
  • Effort Award: T.Rapier
  • Clubman: J.Bawden
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