Keith Harvey


Unlike most of those represented here, Keith Harvey was a one club man.  Born in Crediton on Christmas Day 1934, he signed professional forms for the Grecians in August 1952 and played for City right up until 1969. He made his League debut shortly after signing for Exeter in an away goalless draw at Bristol Rovers. From 1955/56 Keith was a regular in the side and if it had not been for a couple of serious injuries, he would probably be the holder of the record all time League appearances for City. As it is his 483 is second only to Arnold Mitchell’s 495. Indeed, if you count cup games Keith just shades Arnold with 517 appearances to 516. Given these incredible statistics it is fitting that centre half Keith and right half Arnold were both defenders in Exeter’s first ever promotion team in 1963/64. Harvey was an ever present as City went up from Division Four. The two of them also had a joint benefit match in 1957. As well as playing, Keith was Exeter’s Trainer in 1966 but stood down from that after one season. Once he retired from playing, he returned as a trainer for two subsequent spells before finally leaving in 1972. Harvey was a postman in Crediton and then moved to the South Coast where he worked for the Post Office. He died in 2018.