17th September 1955
Coventry City v Exeter City
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Merthyr Tydfil
19th September 1955
Friendly at the Maer
Exmouth Town v Exeter City
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH: COVENTRY CITY 2
EXETER CITY 2.
FREE KICK DENIES EXETER CITY BOTH POINTS.
JOHN AND BUCKLE SCORE AFTER DAVEY PUTS THROUGH OWN GOAL.
Exeter City were almost in trouble before the start of their match at Coventry today. When the team arrived at Coventry station, late, the players were rushed to the ground by taxi, but no vehicle could be found which was willing to carry the large kit hamper. Finally, trainer Harry Hanford and the "Football Express" reporter bundled the hamper into the back of a railway parcels van and got it to the ground with ten minutes to spare. Bright sunshine greeted the teams as they ran out to the smart on looking Highfield Road pitch. Mitchell won the toss.
COVENTRY:- Matthews; Jones, Austin; Harvey, Kirk, Jamieson; Moore, Hawkins, Dutton, Sambrook, Hill.
EXETER:- Hunter; Doyle, Foley; Davey, Harvey, Mitchell; Simpson, Worthington, Burke, John, Buckle.
The City fully deserved their point. They played hard, constructive football all the way from goalkeeper to outside-left. This was their best performance of the season and with a bit of luck both points would have been theirs. Leading by 2 goals to 1 with not long to go, Buckle having obtained the second goal, the City's pleasure was short lived. A free kick by Jamieson was met by Moore and the right-winger flashed the ball high into the net. In the 21st minute of the first half a curling shot from Sambrook hit Davey's foot and finished up in the Exeter net. But Exeter were by no means beaten, and in the 33rd minute Ray John stabbed the ball home from close range to level the scores. The attendance was 20,790.
Exeter City Res. v Merthyr Tydfil
FIRST HALF LEAD MAINTAINED:
CITY RESERVES WIN 3-NIL.
Exeter City Reserves were strengthened by the inclusion of Walton at right back and Iggleden at inside left in their match at St James's Park against Merthyr Tydfil. Three goals were scored by the City in the first half, and the lead was maintained after the interval.
Exeter Reserves 3 Merthyr nil.
Team:- Kelly; Walton, Marsh; Murphy, Packer, Major; Thomas, Ellaway, Sword, Iggleden, and Rees.
Scorers:- Iggleden 3 minutes, Murphy with a penalty for hands in 20 minutes, and Ellaway in 40 minutes.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19th 1955
DODGIN THE STAR AS CITY GO NAP.
EXMOUTH v EXETER CITY.
In the friendly match on the Maer Bay Ground, Exmouth, the enthusiasm of the local side carried them well into the fray for threequarters of the game, but it was the skill of Exeter City, playing at half - pace, which came out on top. All the City's forwards scored except Rees, who missed a penalty late in the game, and the star of the side was the player-manager Norman Dodgin, who was having his first game of the season.
Exmouth United:- Shaw; Williams, Thomas; Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jones; Hitchcock, Walker, Fleming, Bolt, and Davies.
Exeter City:- Kelly; Walton, Marsh; Davey, Dodgin, Packer; Thomas, Ellaway, Sword, Murphy, and Rees.
Exmouth United 2 (Fleming 2)
Exeter City 5 (Ellaway, Sword 2, Murphy, Thomas).
The match was arranged by the committees of Exmouth United and the Exmouth/Exeter City Supporters Club.