Season 1937-38

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Balance Sheet 1937-38 Balance Sheet 1937-38

And the fixture card for this season confirms that for 1937-8 at any rate Leslie Paul is President and EH Partridge Senior Vice President, Tony Birnage is Captain and John Cameron Vice whilst the name TK Hitchins appears as a member of the Committee.

There is an almost complete fixture card with results, the one exception being St Austell Hornets on 5th February and that is (hopefully) marked "W". Accepting that as a win, it was hardly an outstanding season, 8 wins, 2 draws and 18 defeats. Salcombe (almost inevitably) and Services A both achieving the double over the Club. The Club had to wait until 23 October for its first win 14-3 over Newton Reserves, a side including Freddie Slee (a strong running centre) Mervyn Hodge, Ron Sully, Claude Hayes (a burly policeman forward) and of course Tony Birnage a tall gangly forward and doubtless by reason of his height, line out specialist, occasional place kicker and a great leader, whilst John Cameron in the centre had a fine turn of speed and a most deceptive swerve. A game against Liskeard 6-5 - reads "Gallant Liskeard, team of 11 lose by one point." Liskeard arrived 4 short. There was a fine open game against St Austell Hornets at Crinnis, which the home side won 18-12, 3 goals and a try to three tries and a penalty, Argaum scorers Slee, Yeoman, Sully and a Birnage penalty.

Just before Christmas, at home to Buckfastleigh 5-6, Cameron obtaining possession kicked ahead and regaining possession scored a magnificent try. The Boxing Day game v OPMs was abandoned without score after one of the visitors (Westcott) suffered a broken leg following a tackle. 1938 shows wins over the Royal Sussex Regiment, Kingswear and OPMs, but defeats (amongst others) by Civil Service, Albion United, Services A, St Columba and Falmouth (Away) 6-28. The report "Argaum score first but swamped. Falmouth were given a fright when Cameron at Left Centre intercepted on the half way line and although hotly pursued, showed a clean pair of heels to touch down between the posts - Not converted". In the end of season 7 a side competition Albion United defeated the Club by a penalty in extra time.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Tony Birnage
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