Reg Loram


Born in Alphington, Reg Loram came from an old Devonshire farming family and was the eldest of six children. Throughout his playing career, keeping goal for Alphington and later for the City Reserves, Reg succeeded in balancing duties as a farmer and a footballer. In the 1914 close season, he was included in the Argentine tour party as reserve for Dick Pym. He was the only amateur in the squad. Illness prevented him from playing in the final game in Buenos Aires; but he deputised for the injured Pym in Brazil. After making his first-team debut against Rio English (3-0), he was between the sticks for the 5-3 win against Rio de Janeiro and for the final game of the tour against Brazil (0-2). The historic Brazil game was his final appearance for the first team. Having been severely crippled by rheumatism during the War, Reg Loram’s health improved greatly, and he was able to play again for the City Reserves. According to The Chiel, writing in the Football Express (23/8/1919), Reg was ’at least the equal of most of the keepers in the Southern League, and but for the brilliance of Pym would probably figure often in the City first team’. When his playing days were over, Reg Loram continued to give service to Exeter City. On away trips in the 1920s he was the club’s official-in-charge with the Junior Grecians. While his duties as trainer culminated in City achieving their highest-ever Football League position in the 1932/33 season.