Season 1934-35

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1st XV 1934-35: J.Beatty, J.M.Ross, H.J.Sloggett, H.M.Robinson, G.Creber, L.Rowden, T.Wilton, L.Giddy, L.Cleverley; R.J.Sully, G.Perry, W.G.Westlake,?, M.F.Hodge. 1st XV 1934-35: J.Beatty, J.M.Ross, H.J.Sloggett, H.M.Robinson, G.Creber, L.Rowden, T.Wilton, L.Giddy, L.Cleverley; R.J.Sully, G.Perry, W.G.Westlake,?, M.F.Hodge.

Memorable, if for nothing else, for the fact that for the first time in almost 50 years the Club had its own ground.

Plympton RFC having, lamentably, ceased to function their captain used his good offices to effect the transfer of their tenancy of the Geasons Plympton to Argaum - a fact duly recorded on the fixture card. The playing pitch reasonably flat some 200 yards from the main road, with changing in some outbuildings at the George Hotel half a mile distant.

The opening match was against Liskeard at the Geasons when, doubtless to mark the occasion, the kick off was by the deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth Mr W.J. Bastard - does one discern the hand of the Hon. Sec. Leslie Paul in this? - Happily the result marked the occasion, the Club winning 18-0, the team Cleverley, Creber, Hodge, Sully, Wilton, Westlake Matthews, Ross, Perry, Giddy, Robinson, Sloggett, Rowden, Prior and Beattie. Bill Westlake was captain, Malcolm Robinson his deputy. A valuable newcomer was Ron "Ginger" Sully a fiery hard running outside or wing forward whose nature matched his hair! To him fell the first try on Argaum s home ground, the others by Perry, Wilton and Rowden, Robinson kicking three conversions.

There followed defeats at Buckfastleigh (0-3) Civil Service (0-6) and Albion Reserves (5-6), all at Plympton, a win at Torquay against their Ramblers but defeats 3-4 Old Suttonians and North Tawton 4-5 (Cleverley drop goal) then a run of success 12-3 Royal Artillery 9-0 North Tawton in the return Torquay Ramblers at home, 8-0 Okehampton 12-0 (the need for an accurate place kicker was felt) and 9-0 v OPMs on Boxing Day, the one fly in the ointment, Salcombe away 0-11 and in the New Year they repeated the dose at Plympton 3-5, the fixture card records 7 wins and 6 defeats for the first half of the season and a points record of 94-44 the second half was not so successful, apart from Salcombe when "Argaum threw away a good chance" Plymouth Civil Service repeated the treatment twice more, Liskeard (5-8) Old Public Oaks (6-8) and Devonport Service A 0-11 whilst on the credit side Buckfastleigh were beaten in the return 8-0 and Old Suttonians 3-0. The season finished with a good away win over St Austell Hornets 13-3 the final tally W12 L13 D3 199-145.

 

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  • 1st XV Captain: Bill Westlake
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