Season 1930-31

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Devonport Services v Argaum circa 1930 Devonport Services v Argaum circa 1930

At last, a club fixture card and - what is more a record of most of the results. Freddie Blight, a member of the original 1921-22 side was captain, Les Rowden vice captain, Leslie Paul secretary and Harold Sloggett Treasurer.

The season opened with an "excursion" to St Ives, the selected side Cleverley, Blight, Lock, Osborne, Plucknett, Westlake, Paul, Brooks, Perry, 0'Carroll, Hooper, Barten, Rowden, Keen and Hawkins when with a drop goal from Osborne and a try by Vic Brooks they were beaten in an enjoyable opening to the season by 7 points to 20. Continuing the Cornish trail a team with Shaddick for Paul lost at Falmouth 0-6 - a first half penalty and a second half try, whilst the following week September 20th "Penryn get a shock. Last minute try saves game". Played in a heavy down pour accompanied by gales of rain Argaum were losing 0-3 at half time but tries by Paul and Plucknett put the visitors in the lead the equalising try being scored in the last minutes. In the meantime the Second XV had not been idle, opening with a 3-0 win over D.H.S.O.B.

The First team returned locally to suffer defeat at the hands of RNEC II at Keyham 5-13, the College doing their scoring in the first half, the club's points coming from a Leslie Paul try converted by Roy Cleverley after the interval but poor finishing over the line cost Argaum many opportunities. The first victory for the season October 4th v OPMs at Chelson Meadow 11-0 followed by North Tawton 8-3 and Plympton 9-3. The 2nd XV were also in action beating Kingsbridge Reserves 3-0 but suffering defeat by Albion Juniors 7-10, RNEC III 0-12, Bere Alston 5-15 and 0-3 v Devonport High School. On the 1st XV front Salcombe; once more, 0-12, RAF Plymouth 5-3, 6-0 Kingsbridge and 9-5 OPMs but St Lukes, Royal Marines and Brixham reversed the trend 0-11, 0-13 and 0-27 also Okehampton 3-16. The Second team's return game against Devonport High School was abandoned when the Argaum scrum half suffered a broken leg.

1930 somewhat disappointingly produced 3 wins 2 draws and 6 defeats (Salcombe 0-13, Honiton 0-19 Bideford 3-26) whilst the 2nd XV continued their fixtures also without conspicuous success although of the game against RNEC III, 8-12 (tries Birchall and Bartlett conversion Cleverley) the report speaks of "a bright opening game".

Of the First team drawn games v OPMs (8-8) each side had only 13 players, and 0-0 v North Tawton, "a veritable triumph for Beer who stood between the home side and victory on several occasions". A report of R N Barracks v Kingsbridge on 21st March adds to Alf's Laurels. "Mr A Beer, the old Argaum full back, made a very efficient referee". Alf returned to his full back role for the games at Honiton and Bideford in the course of which Argaum conceded 45 points so he may perhaps have regretted not sticking to his role as referee. The fixture card for the season for the 1st XV reveals 9 wins 14 defeats and 3 draws a points record 123-226.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Freddie Blight
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