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Wilf Carter

(August 05, 2013)

It is with deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of Wilf Carter, a player who could truly be described as an Argyle Legend.

Wilf joined Argyle for the start of the 1957-58 season from West Brom for a fee of £2,500, his record of 12 goals in 57 games giving no clue as to what lay in store.

From the moment he pulled on a green shirt, Wilf couldn’t stop scoring goals. In his first season he had a spell of scoring 19 times in 15 games and went on to become the second top scorer in the club’s history with a total of 148 goals in 274 games. His record of scoring five in one game (against Charlton in December 1960) still stands as a club record.

After leaving Argyle in 1964, Wilf played for Exeter and then Bath City before a spell as manager of Salisbury.

He settled in the Bath area and prior to his retirement worked for an engineering company and for the MOD.

Wilf was part of the Argyle side that won the 1958-59 Division Three title and paid a nostalgic visit back to Plymouth when the side was reunited to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of their triumph. A quiet, unassuming man, he was extremely modest about his goalscoring achievements.

Wilf was 79 and passed away peacefully on 4th August after a period of ill health.

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