Delve, John

Birth Date

27th September 1953

Birthplace

Isleworth

Occupation

Midfielder

Biographical Text

A former England Schools international, Delve joined Queens’ Park Rangers as an apprentice, earning a full contract in July 1971.

He made 15 league appearances for the Loftus Road club, before a £30,000 fee took him to Plymouth Argyle in July 1974.

A tenacious, busy midfielder, Delve helped Argyle win promotion in his first season at Home Park and completed 132 league appearances scoring six goals by the time he made the short move to Exeter City in March 1978 to rejoin his former Plymouth team mate, Bobby Saxton, who was player-manager at Exeter.

Making his City debut against Rotherham United, a game which the Grecians won 1-0, Delve assisted Exeter to their highest finish in the Third Division in 1979-80 when they ended the season in 8th place.

He also played his part in the club’s run to the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup in 1981.

It was something of a shock to Exeter fans when Delve was allowed to move to Hereford United in June 1983 as he had hardly missed a game since signing for the Grecians.

His consistency again shone through at Hereford, where he enjoyed four good seasons playing in 118 league matches, scoring two goals. In 1986-87, Delve signed for Gloucester City, but was back at Exeter to assist with the club’s lottery scheme and eventually signed as a player again in October 1987.

Delve had the job as caretaker manager after Exeter boss Colin Appleton left the club in December 1987, and remained in charge until the end of the season.

On the appointment of Terry Cooper as manager, Delve was again released and in 1987-88 played for Minehead.

He also had a spell with Elmore as player-coach in 1991-92, being released by them in January 1992.

He was appointed steward at the Centre Spot Social Club at St James’ Park in 1988.

He became landlord of the Village Inn, Exwick, Exeter in March 1990. However, by 2010 he was working for the Royal Mail in Exeter.

Appearances

227

Appearances as Substitute

1

Goals

21

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