The 1950s (10)
Bill Farren continued as captain, Jack Douglas his deputy, and for this season the Committee included a representation of the Extra A XV. Building on the favourable results of the previous season and reinforced by two "crafty" centres in the person of George Little and Lofty Hughes, who may have had a different baptismal name but if so it remained wrapped in secrecy.
Bill Farren continued as captain, Jack Douglas again deputising. Hugh Stone captained the A side with Ken Pooley its manager. Tom Hitchins stepped down as Secretary and Bill Sugden took over from him, Wreford as team Secretary. Tom was very properly elected a life member (in which capacity he joined Peter Matthews) but, happily, Tom’s was no honorary appointment and he continued as all things to all people.
At the annual meeting Leslie Paul by reason of his many other commitments retired as President, to take of the post of Senior Vice President, succeeded as President by Tom Blackburn who had been most actively associated with the Club for several seasons and whose son Peter was still propping the front row.
Jack Douglas captain, Bill Farren having gone off refereeing for the Devon RFU, and a partly successful season too. 23 wins 7 losses and 2 draws, 384-108, 6 "doubles", honour shared with Launceston and Albion United, one win apiece - and the double against the Club no prizes for guessing - Salcombe.
The rumours of Jack Douglas' veterancy may have had some substance as he retired from playing but took over from Hugh Stone as Treasurer and with Jack's retirement came to an end the successful playing Farren/Douglas Era. John Frankham a wing forward who came from the Midlands was captain whilst two long serving veterans Ken Pooley and Reg Gurling were captain and vice captain respectively of the A side and Ron Garvey was John Frankham's deputy.
Chris Magner - a product of St Boniface College Plymouth who provided a number of Argaum players from their old boys, and indeed their not so old boys - became captain supported by an educated place kicking boot, Ches Magill (another ex pupil) his vice captain whilst Messrs Gurling and Pooley held the ropes for the A side.
From the outset of the season, the clubhouse - in truncated form - together with one pitch on the Hitchins land at Bickleigh Down was brought into use. The field at Estover was still retained for the Senior sides - the Colts - lacking transport of their own - used Bickleigh Down for their home games, the other sides making full use of the Clubhouse but travelling from there to Estover as necessary.
Harold Brickwood, an experienced centre, was captain; Ches Magill vice captain, Mike Dodd captaining the A side. The 1st team got off to an indifferent start losing 5 of their first 6 fixtures with heavy defeats at Hayle and Kingsbridge finishing with figures of 10W, 5D, 18L, 195 -218.