Dick Pym

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Dick Pym was the first in a line of locally born City players who went on to achieve success elsewhere. Known as the fisherman goalkeeper - for salmon fishing was his great love - he was brought to the attention of Exeter City in 1911 while playing for Topsham St Margaret’s. Dick, or ‘Pincher’ as he liked to be known, made his full City debut in March 1912 and didn’t miss a League or Cup game for the next four seasons either side of World War One. On the 1914 South American trip, an injury in the penultimate game in Argentina put paid to further involvement in the tour. During the War he did munitions work and soldiered with the Devons. Having resumed his career in 1919, Dick Pym signed for Bolton Wanderers at the end of the 1920/21 season, the fee of around £5,000 a colossal one at the time. He went on to make 301 League appearances for Bolton, and he won three FA Cup winners’ medals, the first of which was the famous ‘White Horse’ Final. He was capped three times by England. Returning to the West Country in the 1930s, he played briefly for Yeovil, before being appointed assistant trainer at City in the summer of 1937. He later served on the committee of the Grecians’ Association. After Dick’s death in 1988, there was a minute’s silence at the Park. And a close off Grecian Way was named after him by Exeter City Council.