Digby, Derek

Birth Date

14th March 1931


Teignmouth, Devon



Biographical Text

Teignmouth-born Derek Digby played for Exeter City between 1949 and 1953. He joined the club from Dawlish Town and later played for Southampton.

Signed from Dawlish Town on amateur forms in April 1949, and as a full professional four months later, Derek spent his first two seasons at Exeter City playing for the reserve team until his patience paid off when he made his Football League debut in a Third Division South fixture at Leyton Orient in September 1951. He went on to feature in 20 league matches that season scoring on two occasions.

Although he appeared in the first league game of the 1952/53 season he only featured in another ten league games for City before moving to Southampton for a small fee in September 1953 where he rejoined former City manager George Roughton. In two seasons with the Saints Derek netted two goals in 15 league matches before joining Southern League Weymouth. He moved to Barnstaple Town in August 1958 and, by the following season, was playing for St. Lukes College.

Later becoming a teacher Derek continued to play non-league football in various parts of the country and died in Ledbury, Herefordshire in 2005.


Exeter City league games only






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