Season 1946-47

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1st XV 1946-47: J.Smith, W.Moon, T.Morgan, J.Webb, W.Harris, J.Hammett, T.Bright, D.Crocombe, F.Osborne, DS.Adam; J.Mawle, RJ.Lethbridge, S.Floyd, DI.Dobell, FR.Daly; R.Coombs, WJ.Farren, TK.Hitchins, T.Browne, JJ.Kirk, PW.Hitchins (mascot). 1st XV 1946-47: J.Smith, W.Moon, T.Morgan, J.Webb, W.Harris, J.Hammett, T.Bright, D.Crocombe, F.Osborne, DS.Adam; J.Mawle, RJ.Lethbridge, S.Floyd, DI.Dobell, FR.Daly; R.Coombs, WJ.Farren, TK.Hitchins, T.Browne, JJ.Kirk, PW.Hitchins (mascot).

The first post - war match was against Old Public Oaks in Central Park with no changing accommodation other than the hedgerows, which also had to do duty for storing player’s valuables - if any. The opening game resulted in 10-3 a win for the Club.

The full season record reveals that a somewhat geriatric Argaum side - 6 pre-war players regularly appearing - ended with a record of 16 wins 7 defeats and 2 draws 216-129, the defeats included Salcombe 3-19 and the two draws v OPMs, there were also no less than 9 cancellations. A fortunate addition to the Club's playing strength was a small RAF Unit at Collaton Cross; particularly one Taffy Morgan a full back in the true Welsh mould who in the Club's game against Buckfastleigh Ramblers at Buckfastleigh completely dominated the game with his positional play catching and touch finding contributing immeasurably to the Club's 8-0 success. A fair number of matches in the first half of the season are designated as home this would indicate Central Park with all its lack of changing facilities! This however would not suffice for Tom Hitchins who set about finding a pitch for the Club which led to an (almost) unprotesting pilgrimage through several agricultural deserts ending in semi permanence in sharing a field with a multitude of moles and an open air water heating system activated by an open fire under the boiler which required the attention of the home side at half time, if not earlier:

Early in the season Lester Neale moved to Cullompton to be replaced as skipper by another pre-war player Skip Floyd - amongst other things an intimate of Bill the Bosun. Other pre-war players to survive the season were Roger Lethbridge, Dave Dobell and "Cooper" Coombs. Newcomers on whom the Club were happy to rely on in the following seasons were hooker Joe Kirk, wing forward Bill Farren, centre/stand off half Dick Osborne and scrum half Tim (F.R.) Daly son of Jack Daly of the YMCA days.

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  • 1st XV Captain: A L L Neale / Skip Floyd
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