Donated to the Grecians by Roger Hamilton Kendall & the supporters club shortly after the centenary year, the ‘Exeter City Centurions’ tie recognises the three most prolific goal-scorers in City’s history. Between them Alan Banks, Tony Kellow and Darren Rowbotham, racked up in excess of 350 goals for the Grecians, as well as forming the spearhead for some of our most successful seasons in the 20th Century. Banks’ arrival from Cambridge in 1963 (for a then record £8000!) brought the firepower that helped City achieve their first ever promotion in his debut season. In his second spell at the club, he scored his 100th goal; becoming the first City player to reach the milestone, in a 7-1 home win against Barrow. Kellow arrived in 1976, and his 40 league goals in 107 appearances led to a record transfer to Blackpool for £105,000. He returned to St.James’ on a further two occasions, gaining the golden boot for being the top goal scorer in English League Football in the 1980/1 season. As Kellow’s career came to end, in came Rowbotham, who played a key role in the 89/90 championship victory with 20 goals in just 32 matches. Like his predecessors’, Rowbotham marked his century during a second spell at the club just a few years ago… I wonder who’ll be next?
“Centurion Tie.,” The Grecian Archive, accessed June 21, 2018, http://grecianarchive.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/210.
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