Rogers, Martyn

Birth Date

7th March 1955





Biographical Text

Martyn Rogers played for Exeter City between 1979 and 1984. He joined the club from Bath City and was a member of the team that reached the 6th round of the FA Cup in 1981. He later played for Tiverton Town before embarking on a career as the club’s manager that spread over several decades.  

An England youth international, he began his career as an apprentice with Bristol City. Subsequently signing his first professional contract in March 1973 he never made the first team and later moved to Bath City.

Martin’s performances for the Romans attracted to attention of Exeter City for whom he signed in July 1979. Reunited with his former Bath manager Brian Godfrey, Martyn made his league debut on the opening day of the season against Grimsby Town but only managed 10 more league appearances during his first season with Exeter. He really established himself in the Exeter team in 1980/81 and played his part in the side reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. 

Martyn remained at St James’ Park until the end of the 1984/85 season when he signed for Weymouth before, after also appearing for Gloucester City, joining  Tiverton Town in the summer of 1988 alongside his cousin Peter Rogers (Bath City and Exeter City). 

Starting as Tivvy's player-assistant manager Martyn took over from manager John Owen ahead of the 1991/92 campaign and, after a FA Vase final defeat in 1993, led the club to four Western League titles, two FA Vase triumphs and six appearances in the first round proper of the FA Cup. After a testimonial against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Martyn guided Tivvy towards elevation to the Southern League in 1999 followed by an immediate promotion to the league’s premier division. Coming within a whisker of joining the new Conference South in 2004, Martyn remained at the helm until stepping down in May 2010 by which time he had completed over a thousand games in charge of the team. 

Over the following four seasons Martyn was briefly manager of Weymouth before assuming the assistant manager’s role at old rivals Taunton Town. Then, in 2014, after helping out as manager at Cullompton Rangers, Martyn returned to his old job at Tiverton Town.         

After five seasons, during which Tivvy were promoted back to the Southern League’s top-tier, Martyn gave up sole responsibility for the team in order to share duties with cousin Peter’s son Scott Rogers. Later stepping aside for a while, Martyn returned to work with Scott until the latter's departure to Weston-super-Mare in August 2023. Briefly in sole charge again, Martyn remained in post until October 2023 when, at the age of sixty-eight, it was announced that he was leaving the club some thirty-five years after first arriving as a player.      



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