ECFC 1920/21

Splendid Prospects for the Season 1920/21

A Progressive Story

The Grecians' prospects were never so good as they are today, as the club stands on the threshold of a new season in which it will operate, for the first time, as a member of the Football League, Third Division.

Emboldened by the unprecedented success achieved last season, the directors, ably led by their popular chairman, Mr M.McGahey, have launched out in progressive fashion and there is every reason to believe that their commendable efforts will be supported to the full by the football public in East Devon. The Exeter City Club, in fact, has done its utmost to meet the wishes of its followers.

Ground Improvements: Many New Players.

Big ground improvements have been effected. The pick of last year's team has been retained; Pym, Coleburne, Mitton, Crawshaw, Makin, and Dockray, along with such useful men as Hetherington, Green, Lincoln and Loram. Jimmy Rigby has "hung up his boots" in order to concentrate on his business, but will nevertheless still be available in an emergency, and the captaincy of the club now rests upon the capable shoulders of Dick Pym, the goalkeeper.
And there are no less than 13 newcomers, all good men, and some tip-top quality, who mat be expected to become famous if they keep their heads.
Mr Chadwick, indeed, has once again demonstrated his unique gift for locating young players of genuine ability and tempting them South, for Lancashire, of course, has once more been his happy hunting ground.

Reserves in the Western League.

With a total of 22 professionals on the books it will be possible to run two strong elevens, and the club's followers will find the Western League fare provided by the Reserves a tremendous advance on the Plymouth and District League. If one may judge from the experience of the practice games it seems that the popularity of the Western League team is already assured. Those youngsters are keen and can play fine football.
The new first eleven is a distinctly stronger side than that which did duty last season. The weak spots have been strengthened, and the only department about which their is any anxiety is at centre-half. At the moment neither Carrick nor Lakin has shown himself as good a player as Popplewell. But Carrick will improve tremendously as he gains experience, and when once he settles down, should be a real acquisition. He will make a rare spoiler, and he knows the value of the right sort of passes to the men in front. John Feebery, the old Bolton Wanderer, shaped very well in practices, and Charlie Vowles and Brayshaw are decided captures. Wright, the new centre-forward, is a strong player as is Hesmondhalgh.

Mr S.H. Thomas, the City secretary, is making a big name for himself in the football world, and the club's affairs could not be in better hands.

Exeter City F.C.
Headquarters:- St James's Park
Club Colours:- Red and White stripes, white knickers.

Directors

Messrs. M.J. McGahey (Chairman), J.I. Pengelley (vice-chairman), T. Neal, F. Parkhouse, A.N. Kendall, A.G. Chamberlain, E. Head, G. Middleweek.

Players.
Goalkeepers.
J. Isherwood, R. Loram, R.H. Pym.

Backs
W. Betteridge, J. Coleburne, J. Feeber, R. Pollard.

Half-Backs
J. Carrick, A. Crawshaw, P. Hilton, W. Lakin, J. Mitton, G. Taylor

Forwards
L. Appleton, W. Brayshaw, J. Dockray, A. V. Green
T. Hesmondhalgh, S. Hetherington, C. W. Lincoln
T. A. McIntyre, J. Makin, C. Vowles, W. P. Wright.

New signings
Leonard Appleton from Blackpool, Walter Brayshaw from Sheffield United, James Carrick from Plank Lane, Jack Feebery from Bolton Wanderers, Tom Hesmondhalgh from Rochdale, Percy Hilton from Everton, William Lakin from Barnsley, Robert Pollard from Plank Lane, George Taylor from Skelmersdale United, Charles Vowles from 21st Lancers, J Isherwood from Bolton Wanderers
William Wright from Tranmere Rovers and Thomas McIntyre.

Of last year's team
Popplewell and Lovett have been transferred to Blackpool, Goodwin to Manchester United.Oldacre to Sheffield United.

First Team Results


Final Table

League Division 3 1920-21

 

Teams

P

W

D

L

F

A

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Crystal Palace

42

15

4

2

45

17

9

7

5

25

17

59

2

Southampton

42

14

5

2

46

10

5

11

5

18

18

54

3

Queen's Park Rangers

42

14

4

3

38

11

8

5

8

23

21

53

4

Swindon Town

42

14

5

2

51

17

7

5

9

22

32

52

5

Swansea City

42

9

10

2

32

19

9

5

7

24

26

51

6

Watford

42

14

4

3

40

15

6

4

11

19

29

48

7

Millwall

42

11

5

5

25

8

7

6

8

17

22

47

8

Merthyr Town

42

13

5

3

46

20

2

10

9

14

29

45

9

Luton Town

42

14

6

1

51

15

2

6

13

10

41

44

10

Bristol Rovers

42

15

3

3

51

22

3

4

14

17

35

43

11

Plymouth Argyle

42

10

7

4

25

13

1

14

6

10

21

43

12

Portsmouth

42

10

8

3

28

14

2

7

12

18

34

39

13

Grimsby Town

42

12

5

4

32

16

3

4

14

17

43

39

14

Northampton

42

11

4

6

32

23

4

4

13

27

52

38

15

Newport County

42

8

5

8

20

23

6

4

11

23

41

37

16

Norwich City

42

9

10

2

31

14

1

6

14

13

39

36

17

Southend United

42

13

2

6

32

20

1

6

14

12

41

36

18

Brighton & Hove Albion

42

11

6

4

28

20

3

2

16

14

41

36

19

Exeter City

42

9

7

5

27

15

1

8

12

12

39

35

20

Reading

42

8

4

9

26

22

4

3

14

16

37

31

21

Brentford

42

7

9

5

27

23

2

3

16

15

44

30

22

Gillingham

42

6

9

6

19

24

2

3

16

15

50

28




Reserve Team Results

Western League
Date Comp Opponents Venue  Score City 1st Goalscorers      
28/08/20 League Mid Rhondda Away 2-0 McIntyre Hesmondhalgh    
04/09/20 Friendly Babbacombe Home 4-0 Hetherington Kelland 2 Green   
08/09/20 League Bristol City Home 2-1 Hesmondhalgh 2      
15/09/20 League Bristol City Away 0-7 :      
19/09/20 League Mid Rhondda Home 1-2 Hesmondhalgh      
25/09/20 League Barry Town Home 2-2 Hesmondhalgh Brayshaw    
02/10/20 League Ton Pentre Home 5-2 Wright 3 Hethrington Brayshaw  
09/10/20 League Welton Rovers Away 1-1 Hesmondhalgh      
16/10/20 League Bath City Home 2-2 Harding Hesmondhalgh    
23/10/20 League Swindon  Away 0-5 :      
30/10/20 League Swindon  Home 4-2 Hesmondhalgh 2 Hethrington Brayshaw  
06/11/20 League Abertillery Away 0-3 :      
13/11/20 League Douglas Home 1-3 Braysahw      
20/11/20 League Cardiff Corinthians Away 0-0 :      
27/11/20 League Cardiff Corinthians Home 4-0 Taylor McIntyre Brayshaw Parr (Og)
04/12/20 League Bristol Rovers Away 0-0 :      
11/12/20 League Yeovil & Petters Home 2-0 Hetherington Hesmondhalgh    
18/12/20 Friendly Babbacombe Away 7-2 Kelland 2 McIntyre Hesmondhalgh 2 Hetherington 2
25/12/20 League Plymouth Argyle Home 4-1 Taylor 2 Hilton Hetherington  
27/12/20 League Plymouth Argyle Away 4-1 Lincoln McIntyre Hesmondhalgh Hetherington
01/01/21 League Welton Rovers Home 8-1 Hesmondhalgh 3 Taylor 2 Brayshaw McIntyre 2
08/01/21 Friendly Friernhay Home 3-1 Brayshaw 2 Izzard    
29/01/21 League Barry Town Away 1-1 Taylor      
05/02/21 League Douglas Away 1-1 McIntyre      
12/02/21 League Bath City Away 1-2 Hesmondhalgh      
19/02/21 Friendly St Thomas United Home 7-0 Hesmondhalgh 5 Brayshaw Izzard  
26/02/21 League Yeovil & Petters Away 3-3 Brayshaw Vowles 2    
05/03/21 League Cardiff City Home 2-0 Hesmondhalgh 2      
12/03/21 League Swansea Town Away 0-5 :      
14/03/21 League Pontypridd Home 0-3 :      
19/03/21 League Swansea Town Home 2-1 Hesmondhalgh 2      
25/03/21 Friendly Exmouth United Away 3-0 Budd (og) Hesmondhalgh McIntyre  
26/03/21 League Pontypridd Home 2-0 Brayshaw Hesmondhalgh    
28/03/21 Friendly Weymouth Away 2-3 Welshman 2      
02/04/21 Friendly Torquay Town Away 1-2 Hesmondhalgh      
20/04/21 Friendly Axminster Town Away 0-0 :     Att 1500
20/04/21 Friendly Newton Abbot Away 4-0 Vowles 3 Pollard    
21/04/21 Friendly Exmouth Town Away 2-0        
21/04/21 Friendly Seaton Town Away 7-2 Vowles Brayshaw Green 3 Carrick 2
21/04/21 Friendly Plymouth Argyle Neutral 0-3 :     At Ashburton
23/04/21 Friendly Taw Shipyard Home 1-0 Brayshaw      
30/04/21 Friendly Taw Shipyard Away 3-0 McIntyre 2 Hilton    
04/05/21 Friendly Torquay Town Away 1-1 Makin      
06/05/21 League Cardiff City Away 1-2 Shields      
07/05/21 League Ton Pentre Away 0-1 :      
 

Exeter City's Struggle

A poor season at St James's Park: Many dissappointments.

The month of May brings to a close one of the poorest football seasons from a playing point of view that Exeter City F.C. has ever experienced.
With a larger number of players to call upon than in any other year it was confidently anticipated that the 1920-21 season would be attended by great success, and these anticipations appeared so well founded in the opening matches that many people had visions of Exeter City playing in the 2nd Division next season.
The early successes, however, proved only a case of flattering to deceive, for after obtaining the leadership of the Third Division League Table, the club fell from grace, and the have only escaped the last two positions by the skin of their teeth.

Removal of all Debts.
The season therefore has been remarkable for continued failure, and to the general public has been a disappointing one.
Of that there can be no doubt. But in one respect there is much the management has to rejoice about. One of the principal accomplishments of the season has been securing of the ground as the football clubs own property.
In devoting the money paid for the transfers of Mitton to Sunderland, £2000, and Wright to Huddersfield, £2600, for the removal of all debts upon the ground, the directors took a certain risk, and had the club failed to have avoided the danger zone, the possibility is that the ground would have been dearly bought.
As matters have turned out, this move on the part of the management is about the only bright spot.

(N.B. The monies from transfers by 2019 standards, given inflation would have been in the order of £1 million each, and it is important to note that property has increased in value significantly more than average inflation)

Consistent Failure.
As regards the team there is not much that can be said of a congratulatory nature character. The season, indeed, has been remarkable for the consistent failure of the eleven to settle down and become a reasonably cohesive combination. Dick Pym, Feebery and Dockray have proved themselves three stalwarts throughout the season, and the club must feel thankful that they have maintained their form right through. Some of the other players have at times shown up prominently, but as a rule they have only been moderate.
The big cause of Exeter City's failure has been the lacking if efficient half-backs. Those who have played have been workers and willing, but by no means good footballers, and as a half-back line is generally considered to make or mar a team, it is easy to see why Exeter have fared so badly.

Club's Heaviest Defeat.
The heaviest defeat in the history of the club was sustained at Merthyr on January 29th, when 7 goals were registered. The only consolation was that the score might have been less had Pym been in goal.

Two victories of four clear goals were obtained both at home. The first against Millwall on September 11, and the other against Northampton on December 4.
in the English Cup Competetion the club was ousted at the first time of asking. Watford defeating Exeter by 3-nil.
Of the 21 away matches only one was won.

Local Football Encouraged.
One of the most pleasing features has been the efforts of Exeter City to encourage football in the surrounding district. Visits have been paid, among other places, to Taunton, Newton Abbot, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster, considerable interest being aroused. In addition a gold medals competetion was initiated for leading clubs in Exeter, with matches being played free of charge at St James's Park, and as result of which junior football will receive substantial financial benefit.
The fostering of junior football is bound to reap its reward in later years.
The management decided, with a view to encouraging a better type of football, to compete in the Western League, and the games have certainly produced some rousing play. As regards the financial side of the question, however it is doubtful whether receipts from matches have justified the change.
The success obtained from a playing point of view was not so great as to attract large numbers to the ground. The experiment, however, is worth persevering with.

Goal Scorers.

Third Division: Vowles 9, Wright 9, Makin 6, Shields 4, Carrick 3, Appleton 2, Dockray 2, Feebery 2, Hetherington 1, Hinton 1.

Western League: Hesmondhalgh 17, Brayshaw 7, Hetherington 4, McIntyre 4, Taylor 4, Vowles 4, Wright 3, Harding 1, Please 1, Shields 1, Parr (OG), Other 1.

Pym Going North.

Bolton Wanderers Seek City Captain's Transfer
Has Pym played his last match for Exeter City? Representatives of three first-class professional clubs were present at St James's Park on the last day of the season watching the City and Bristol Rovers match. At the close officials of the Bolton Wanderers Club approached the Exeter City directors and sought Pym's transfer.

Pym turns down Exeter Contract renewal.
The City captain had been offered terms for next season by his club week earlier and refused them.

A Big Bid, but Pym signs for Exeter.
On Saturday the Wanderers's representatives made a big bid for Pym's services. The terms proposed were not acceptable to Exeter, and eventually, the Bolton deputation, having ascertained Exeter's condition's, left to place the matter before a meeting of their directors. Pym subsequently signed forms for Exeter City for next season.
Mr M.J McGahey, (pictured) Chairman of the Exeter City club, has confirmed that they will not part with Pym unless he definitely wishes to go.

Pym's Own Views.
It is known that whilst Pym is filled with regret at the thought of leaving Exeter and Devonshire, which is his home, and where he has made a multitude of friends and admirers, he feels it his duty to look at the matter from the business standpoint.
His share in a transfer fee would probably be very much larger than any amount he could expect to receive by way of benefit, and in view that a footballer's career is uncertain, he wishes to make good financially now, whilst in his prime.

Other Players on the Transfer List
Charlie Vowles and Bob Pollard have signed for next season, and Carrick has been offered terms and put on the retained list.
The following have been put on the transfer list:-
Appleton, Coleburne, Feebery, Green, Lakin, McIntyre, Makin and Shields.
The remainder of the players are free to transfer to other clubs as opportunity offers.
Green has an engagement as a Cricket Coach at Exeter School this Summer.

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STEPHEN FLETCHER:

George Lakin was my great great grandfather.

Do you have any more photos / information about his playing career ?

Stephen Fletcher

Joy sheen:

William lakin was my partner's step father. Would it be possible to have copies of the 1920-21 team ? 

Many thanks

Joy sheen 

Paul Farley:

We do check out the squad photo's 1920/21, we have added the one in front of the Old grandstand. George can be identified using the other photo, please contact the History Group, if you would like more help.

history group@ecfc.co.uk

Paul Farley:

Hi Joy 

Of course, we are a charity and can send one to you, if you contact us through the archive or use the e-mail

historygroup@ecfc.co.uk.

Paul

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