Season 1954-55

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1st XV 1954-55: WJ Farren, E. O'Carroll, J.Magill, T.Jones, R.Rose, R.Tytherleigh, W.Jones, A.Hird, P.Blackburn. H.Stone, G.Rhodes, B.Maunder, J.Douglas (Capt), T.Blackburn (Pres), N.White, G.Cornah, D.Algate, C.Whiting. 1st XV 1954-55: WJ Farren, E. O'Carroll, J.Magill, T.Jones, R.Rose, R.Tytherleigh, W.Jones, A.Hird, P.Blackburn. H.Stone, G.Rhodes, B.Maunder, J.Douglas (Capt), T.Blackburn (Pres), N.White, G.Cornah, D.Algate, C.Whiting.

Jack Douglas - to whom references were being made as Argaum’s veteran stand off half - continued as skipper with Peter Blackburn as his deputy.

Many of the "old firm" were still serving; Sid Davis, Bernard "Pop" Maunder, Ron Garvey, Ches Magill, George Rhodes and Norman White with the addition of a sprightly centre or stand off Geoff Cornah an RAF product. Hugh Stone captained the A side doubling this office with that of Treasurer. In a highly successful season the 1st XV W25 L7 D1, 368-157 one of the more exciting and closely fought games was at Kingsbridge where at half time the Club was trailing 0-11 but came back with a tremendous second half rally to win 14-11.

A rare double over Devonport Services A 11-3 and 6-5 and tight results against Plymouth Albion United (3-0 and 0-0) indeed in 16 fixtures against Plymouth sides the Club was unbeaten, with Salcombe a game apiece 3-5 and 6-3, as to the first Salcombe game the report refers to the game appearing lost to Salcombe "until Friend crossed for Salcombe, Hamble converting". Some seasons later Roy Friend moved to the Plymouth area joined the Club becoming in due course captain of the 1st XV and - somewhat later - the A XV both with some considerable success. The A side results W13 L15 D2, 257-228 whilst the Extra A achieved rather more playing activity than hitherto, although with no conspicuous playing success W7 L13 D1, 163-205.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Jack Douglas
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