The Story of The Argaum Argus

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Communication within the club has always been important, whether to publicise events, welcome new members or recognize achievements on and off the field. In the pre-internet days this generally took the form of newsletters and Argaum had their own internal newspaper, albeit on a very occasional basis, The Argus.

First produced in 1958 the Argus then was written by Tom Hitchins and included details about the new clubhouse, which was well under construction. These early editions are generally only a couple of carefully-typed pages of ‘foolscap’ (pre-A4). News about former players was also included as well as information regarding forthcoming social events such as a ‘Smoker’ and an ‘Elephant Barbecue’! 

Thanks to Pete Gamblen’s archive I have now come across the re-appearance of the Argus (or Argos) in the early 1980s. These are quite hefty productions featuring typed and handwritten information (and drawings) and now come at the princely sum of 30p. At a time when our coverage in the press wasn’t very extensive these are invaluable as they contain very well written match reports, including scorers and also items such as a Captain’s Page. They also contain some ‘rag mag’ style jokes and observations which I probably won’t be able to repeat here. The socials advertised now include quiz nights and stag nights!

This only seems to have lasted a few seasons before a newspaper returned in the mid-1990s, this time entitled the Extra, but still only 30p. Produced by Chairman Paul Pring this picked up where the Argus left off with a mixture of pen-portraits, match reports and details of forthcoming events. Specials were also produced for the End of Season tours, which helpfully included details of the various items you need to have on you (and there were a lot!) to avoid being fined. 

The Argaum Tigers junior section also had its own newsletter in the mid-2000s with the aim of promoting not only its own activities but also those within the wider club. 

In these days of texts, emails, websites and social media you may think we have all the communication sown up but is surprising how many issues there still are. Maybe it’s time for a return of The Argaum Argus in some form or other, watch this space!


 

The Argaum Argus now made a welcome return - see the front page of this website or visit http://argus.argaum.org.uk

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