Season 1936-37

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Team Caricatures 1937 Team Caricatures 1937 Skip Floyd

This season ended something of an era. Leslie Paul resigning as secretary and being succeeded by Peter Matthews who attributes his election to that post by reason of the fact that his offices were so central - Lloyds Bank Chambers - now the Bank Inn.

Unhappily no fixture card is available for the season but on 29th September a team of Hodge, Stent, Cocks, Hannah, Sully, Manning, Sanders, Matthews, Rendle, Perry, Bradley, Wale, Raw, Rowden, Dobell and Robinson 9-11 at Okehampton (Wale try, Robinson 2 penalty goals). Next 11-3 v HMS Drake at the Geasons, a team that included George Cross - to become President in the 1970s - on the wing. The following week again at Plympton, Services A "were altogether too strong for Argaum" as a score line of 0-23 would seem to confirm. Included in the side for the first time was H A (Tony) Birnage to become captain the following year. There followed comfortable wins over Royal Sussex Regiment 30-3, Kingswear 23-3, Totnes 32-3 and Kingswear again 29-0 thereafter the course went into reverse Liskeard 0-13, Albion Reserves 3-6, Civil Service 3-10 and OPMs Boxing Day 0-9.

The new year followed much the same pattern of an equal share of wins and defeats; OPOs 9-3, OPMs 3-0 "Hannah cleverly eluding several defenders - ran through to score" and Totnes 29-3. On the other hand, Old Suttonians 0-5, Torquay Harlequins 0-6, Services A 0-27, HMS Drake 4-10 and Salcombe 3-12 (despite a superb display by Cameron at full back) and finally a narrow win 9-8 over St Austell Hornets. Cameron a drop goal Skip Floyd a try Robinson converting.

Skip, an intelligent attacking wing forward who also appeared as wing three quarter had transferred his loyalties from Plymouth Albion - for whom he had often been a thorn in the flesh for Argaum; he was also a cartoonist of no mean ability and, post war, regularly contributed to the Football Herald in that capacity. It is believed that this season Leslie Paul became President with the long serving "Birdie" Partridge moving to Senior Vice President but there is no fixture card to confirm this belief .

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  • 1st XV Captain: E Hannah
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