Collections

A to Z Collection | Players

The collection looks to feature everyone who has played for City since their foundation back at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Alongside facts and figures is a (usually) affectionate synopsis of the player’s footballing life, not just their time at Exeter City.

Inevitably there are many gaps and details of those playing for City in the old days is sometimes sketchy, but here you will find mention of everyone who has ever pulled on the famous red and white striped shirt.

The text has been taken from 'The Exeter City Association Football Club Player Official Biography', compiled and edited by Mike Blackstone (for whom the greatest credit must be given), Shaun Dyer, and Will Barrett.

If you have any information or images that you would like added to the record, please use the comments section at the bottom of the page, or contact us at history group@ecfc.co.uk

A-Z Collection | The Managers

From Arthur Chadwick to Matt Taylor, this collection features bios and images of every ECFC Manager.

Articles Collection

Plenty of articles have been written about the Grecians over the years, exploring all aspects of the football club.

This collection aims to explore the numerous papers, programmes, websites and fanzines, in order to revisit and share some of the best items written about ECFC.

Brazil Collection | 1914 to 2014

Since becoming the first football team to play Brazil in the summer of 1914, ECFC has developed a strong relationship with its friends from South America.

The items in this collection all relate to occasions ranging from over 100 years ago to the present day.

ECFC Museum | Grecian Fans Through the Years

This exhibit forms part of the ECFC Museum, which was launched in 2018. The images displayed here were chosen from the Grecian Archive to represent the changing face of the ground, as well as the generations of fans who have been supporting our club for over a century. It is to them that this exhibit is dedicated for their loyalty and support over the years.

From images dating back to the earliest years of the club, to modern photographs of fans in the stands, the exhibit shows supporters in all corners of St James Park, including the St James Road End, the Cowshed Terrace, the original Big Bank, and the Old Grandstand, each of which have now made way for the stands we use today.

The exhibit includes photography from Steven Ayers and Peter Robinson, as well as other sources including the Express & Echo. Our thanks go to them for their contribution, as well as to all those who have made donations to the archive, both past and present.

ECFC Museum | The History of City in 24 Objects

This collection was created by Will Barrett for The Grecian; City's 2014-15 match day programme. Each match day, the series used an item of paraphernalia as a means to tell a story about the history of the club.

The feature was named as the winner of Best Feature by trade publication Programme Monthly and football Collectable in the Ski Bet League 2 category.

Will is a researcher at the University of Exeter, the Grecian Archive Project Co-Ordinator, a member of the ECFC History Group, and a City fan since 1989.

Fan Collection | Lewis Jones

Collected as part of the 2017-18 City Museum Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Fan Collection | The Uzzell Family

Four generations of Uzzells have supported City going back to four brothers who watched the Grecians in their very early days. Now memorabilia they collected over the past 100 years has been passed down to 'Exile' Phil Uzzell and shared with The Grecian Archive. Phil watches City with his father Gerald and son Devon. Devon was a mascot on the Brazil tour of 2014.

Fanzines Collection

This collection features digital versions of various Exeter City fanzines, featuring light-hearted and in depth articles written by the fans, for the fans.

From the reviews of City's latest games, to feature interviews with Grecians based abroad and anecdotes of away trips with City, these amusing fanzines offer an insight into the views of Grecian fans across the globe.

The featured fanzines come from the 1980s and 1990s.

Films Collection

A collection of films, including interviews and match footage from a variety of sources

If you have any films or footage you would like to share with the archive then please do contact us using the link at the bottom of the page

Former Players Collection | Alan Banks

One of the top Exeter City FC goal scorers, Alan Banks (born 5 October 1938) played for Liverpool, Cambridge City, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Poole Town. He was City's Player of the Year in 1968-69 and was presented a silver salver by the Mayor of Exeter in 1971 for breaking the clubs goal scoring record.

Alan Banks offered a number of items for digitisation and exhibition including a silver plate he was given by the club when he overtook Graham Rees as City's leading goal scorer in 1971; two caps received for playing home and away for England Boys against Scotland. The collection includes an interview with Alan Banks, conducted in 2015, as part of Grand Challenge run by University of Exeter.

Former Players Collection | Albert Potter

Albert Potter signed for City in 1922, having been spotted while playing for Pinhoe. A left half, he made his League debut in 1924 and went on to make 89 League (3 goals) and 5 FA Cup appearances for the Grecians – truly 'one of our own'.

One of the highlights of his career came in 1925, when he was part of the City team that beat Ajax 5-1 in Amsterdam. A newspaper report described Potter as ‘de spil’ – the lynchpin.

During the war Potter was an Air Raid Warden and it was while on duty where he lived, in Shakespeare Road, Burnthouse Lane, that he was killed in heroic circumstances on 4 May 1942.

The items in this collection relate to each of these events, and were loaned to the Grecian Archive for digitisation by Albert's family.

Former Players Collection | Arnold Mitchell

Arnold Mitchell (1929-2014) played in every position for Exeter City, including a stint in goal, but he was best known for his defensive roles. He made 495 League appearances and scored 44 goals, making him City's all time record appearance holder. He was a member of the Exeter team that won promotion for the first time in the club's history in 1964.

Julie Mitchell and David Mitchell, Arnold's wife and son, offered a number of items for digitisation. This archive includes an interview with David Mitchell, conducted in 2015 as part of Grand Challenge run by University of Exeter.

Former Players Collection | Dick Pym

Born and raised in Topsham, Dick Pym was Exeter's first choice goalkeeper from 1911-1920.

In all Pym made 203 appearances for the Grecians, including a run of 186 consecutive appearances between the sticks.

The items in this collection were collected by Pym himself, and have kindly been loaned to the Grecian Archive by his grandson and namesake, Richard.

Former Players Collection | John Henderson

John Henderson was part of City's first promotion winning squad in 1963/64 having moved to Exeter for a four figure fee in 1962. The photographs in this collection were collected by John and document his time as a Grecian.

Former Players Collection | Robert Wallace

Provided by his Granddaughter, Debbie Sturdy, the items in this collection belong to the family of former City full-back, Robert Wallace.

Wallace signed for City from local rivals, Plymouth Argyle, in the summer of 1937, going on to make 38 appearances for the Grecians.

Sadly, he passed away following an operation early in the following season, and this collection features items collected by his family following his death.

Former Players Collection | Tony Kellow

Along with Alan Banks and Darren Rowbotham, Tony Kellow is one of the few players to have scored over 100 times for Exeter City Football Club and is remembered as a true City legend.

Hall of Fame | 2017

On Thursday 22 November 2017 four new players were added to the Exeter City Hall of Fame: Sid Thomas, Graham Rees, Peter Hatch and Adam Stansfield.

This collection features photography and film from the event, as well as more information on each of the inductees in the event programme.

History of St James Park | Official Programme

History of St James Park Exhibition

The history of St James Park, home to Exeter City Football Club, was a one-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016/7 (HLF), with the aim to identify, document, preserve and share the tangible and intangible history of the Club for communities of fans, staff and players in Exeter and beyond.

As part of the project, we collected over a 1000 photographs related to the history of the club, and used a selection of these to create a set of exhibition panels that went on display at the club and around the City.

The themes of the panels were: Early Years; Times of War; Redevelopments; City Highs; Classic Matches; Park People; Advertising & Sponsorship; City Squads.

There were also 3 panels created using fan photos, sent to us as part of our mass photography competition in 2016.

The exhibition, which opened on 23 March 2017, can be seen at the Club and online and the accompanying brochure can be downloaded online.

Match Reports

From the most recent game, to a selection of reports from the past, this collection includes coverage of Exeter City matches throughout the years.

This collection will continue to grow over time, and includes coverage from the club, plus both local and national media.

Miscellaneous

This collection belongs to the Club (unless otherwise stated) and includes miscellaneous items spanning from the beginning of the 20th Century till the present day.

The collection includes items as varied as parade photography, cartoon booklets, newspaper clippings, documents written by fans, trading cards, fanzines, cigarette cards, among others.

Newspaper Archives

A collection of, mainly, historical published newspaper photographs and articles of interest related to Exeter City FC. The collection is being progressively added to so please check back from time-to-time for new additions.

Photography Collection | Matches

This collection has been collated by the Club, and includes images of match photography spanning from the beginning of the 20th Century till the present day.

The collection includes some of the most moments in the history of City, capturing well known players such as Tony Kellow, Lammie Robertson, Keith Bowker, Alan Banks, Jimmy Giles, Peter Hatch, among many others.

Photography Collection | Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson photographed St James Park as part of The History of St James Park project funded by the HLF and the Being Human Festival funded by the AHRC.

A world leading football photographer, and FIFA’s exclusive photographer from 1970 through to 1996, Peter, whose photography features in Football Days: Classic Football Photographs (2003), is also a lecturer at The University of Lincoln and was part of the 2012 London Olympic Games Organising committee and the Football Archive.

In this collection, Robinson provides a visual gallery of players, fans, staff at ECFC, representing many of the important aspects of the club and 'the beautiful game'