Season 1956-57

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1st XV 1956-57 1st XV 1956-57

Chris Magner - a product of St Boniface College Plymouth who provided a number of Argaum players from their old boys, and indeed their not so old boys - became captain supported by an educated place kicking boot, Ches Magill (another ex pupil) his vice captain whilst Messrs Gurling and Pooley held the ropes for the A side.

At about this time the Company of John Hitchins & Co. Ltd., Forage Merchants - alias Tom Hitchins - who through Plymouth City Planning edicts were obliged to vacate their long established base at Stonehouse. The Company’s ‘home’ was re-established at Bickleigh Down, Roborough just beyond the city boundary and at the same time the Hitchins family acquired several acres of agricultural grazing land within close proximity of the Company’s new establishment. Having some land available adjacent to the Company’s offices Tom Hitchins, with characteristic generosity and - let it be said - in fulfilment of a long cherished ambition, offered this land to Argaum on which they could build a clubhouse at the same time offering the use, without charge, of the grazing land for their pitches.

Planning permission to build a clubhouse on the land was naturally required, and here Reg Gurling, a qualified architect and a member of the Plymouth City Architects department proved a true tower of strength - drawing, submitting and obtaining planning permission from the Plympton Planning Authority to go ahead with the building. Thereafter came the problem of financing the building work and here - with the strong backing and help of the Devon RFU - a mortgage advance was raised through the Rugby Football Union to the surprise - let it be said - of some members of the Committee who doubted whether the Union would be prepared to finance a project in no way linked to the legal acquisition of a playing pitch the doubters were, in the event, routed. The playing front was somewhat overwhelmed by these events, the records reading: 1st XV W13 L14 D5, 245-265, A - XV W16 L13 D1, 266-254 and the Extra A W7 L12 D1.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Chris Magner
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