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Plymouth Argaum entertain OPM's on Boxing Day in the annual meeting between the two clubs.
This year, the fixture coincides with Argaum Stalwart, Pete Duff's testimonial game. After playing local Rugby for 23 years, all of them for Argaum, Pete(54) has decided to hang-up his boots and at the request of his long-suffering wife Bev, get an operation ton straighten his infamously crooked nose.
Pete was brought to Argaum by a work colleague, Paddy Gillespie during the 81/82 season and initially started as a Hooker, before switching to number nine, alledgely for an easier time. Over the years, Pete has fulfilled various roles for the club, including becoming Club Captain.
I'm sure that everyone would agree that Plymouth Argaum is as much Pete Duff as Pete Duff is Plymouth Argaum. Argaum look forward to seeing him continue his support for the club. He has firmly been cemented in it's history.
Argaum are hoping to welcome plenty of old faces back to Bickliegh Down, as well as a sprinkling of new talent for an occasion richly deserved.
The bar will be open to host a good, old-fashioned Argaum knees-up, so it would be great to see everyone there.
Kick-off is at 12 o'clock, meet in the clubhouse at 11am.
You can't, however, keep a good front row forward down.
After a couple of years off, Fuge was persuaded by Howell Phillips, now head coach at Devon One outfit Plymouth Argaum, to return to his original club. His last season as an active player – he thought – was at the former Plymouth Civil Service, now Plymouth Barbarians.
Fuge, who is 60 in February, said: "Even though I was coaching there, I was still called on to play when somebody didn't turn up. "But the last couple of years, I really didn't do anything, until Howell called me in the summer and asked me to join him at Argaum on the coaching side. "However, Argaum's hooker retired because of persistent shoulder problems. "Mark Handley took up hooking and was moved there from prop.
PLYMOUTH Argaum, this season's Devon One surprise package, will be looking to add another two points to the tally which has put them in runners-up spot at Dartmouth tomorrow.
Dartmouth, one off the bottom, have managed just three points this season, but are capable of packing a punch at home if they can get a full side out.
Argaum: (from): E Notley, D Humphreys, M Handley, K Anderson, M O'Kane, J Venner, J White, J Theophanides (capt), C Hamer, B Millman, A Baird, J Ekins, J Twiss, A Critcheley, D Caers, G Michaels, T Hickey, I Miller, D Fuge.
FORMER Plymouth Albion hooker Dave Fuge will once again line-up in promotion -chasing Plymouth Argaum's front-row when they meet local rivals Plympton Victoria.The match is due to take place at Marsh Mills, but if Plym Vic's pitch is unplayable it will be switched to Bickleigh Down (2.30pm).
Fuge, who played more than 400 games for Albion in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, will turn 59 in January but, according to coach Howell Phillips, he is doing a great job for Argaum. "He is really doing a job for the team," said Phillips. "He is also our team manager and has really shaken things up. "He keeps himself very fit and he said he would play if there was nobody else. He is a real character."
Argaum have only lost two league games this season and their back-row of teenage Royal Marine Jake White, Josh Theophanides and Jamie Venner are really catching the eye. "The team's ticking over quite well," added Howell. "We are still getting the wins and we are looking forward to playing Plympton Vic, whether it be at Marsh Mills or Bickleigh Down."
SURPRISE leaders Plymouth Argaum are at winless but steadily improving St Columba and Torpoint. If Argaum had tried to buy a win in the early part of last season, it is likely their credit would have been refused. But they are top this season after three straight wins and coach Howell Phillips said: "I'm pleased with the progress, although I think the boys are a bit too anxious at times. "I haven't played at St Columba for years, but I know this game won't be easy. "The minute you start thinking games are easy, is the minute you start losing."
Argaum (from): E Notley, J Twiss, C Stokes, M O'Kane, K Anderson, J White, M Hunt, J Theophanides (capt), C Hamer, T Hickey, J Venner, A Baird, J Taaffe, A Critcheley, D Humphries, G Kelly, G Michael, S Barnes.
St Columba & Torpoint (from): G Ibbotson (capt), T Green, S Clancy, R Owles, M Perry, D Oakley, B Green, L Fairbrother, M Chenneour, R Hughes, R Pickup, D Bettridge, S Winfield, A Smith, M Grieve, M Matthews, L Richards, S Lister.
RESURGENT Plymouth Argaum will be going for a rare hat-trick of wins at Bickleigh Down tomorrow (3pm).
They face Plympton Victoria, who have yet to register a league victory this season.
Argaum spokesman Stuart Quarterman said, however, they were looking to overturn an earlier cup defeat by Victoria in tomorrow's Kevin Cooper -sponsored match.
Quarterman said: "We want to make a point of overturning the result in the cup.
"We also want to make a point to ourselves that although we've won our last two games, we could have played better than we did and we need to progress."