31st December 1955
Torquay United (a)
SAM COLLINS HAT TRICK SCUPPERS CITY IN DEVON DERBY.
TORQUAY COMBINE BETTER: EXETER WAKE UP TOO LATE.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 31:
TORQUAY UNITED 3 EXETER CITY 1.
Several thousand Exeter City supporters made the short journey down to Torquay today. They travelled by train, car, and bus, to considerably swell the crowd at Plainmoor. Torquay, hunting for promotion, fielded the team which was beaten 6-2 by Southampton. Exeter introduced Roy Whiteside at outside right. The form of the young Irishman in reserve team matches has been very good indeed.
TORQUAY: Kirk; J.V.Smith, Anderton; Lewis, Norman, Lloyd; Shaw, Sam Collins, J.T.Smith, Mills, Tony Collins. EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; Davey, Harvey, Dunne; Whiteside, John, Iggleden, Murphy, Rees.
REFEREE:- Mr. A. Bond of London.
Torquay fully deserved their three-one win in the local "derby" which had much more good football in it than most games between these two clubs. The best of the football came from Torquay. Only in a brief spell in the second half did Exeter play as they had done in the Christmastime matches. Then, with a bit more punch, they could have equalised. The men Exeter had to fear most were Ronnie Shaw and Sam Collins. Shaw shuffled his unstoppable way along the right wing and goalgetter Collins was always a man to watch in the goalmouth. The City did not watch him well enough on three occasions, and he got a hat-trick. Iggleden scored Exeter's goal just before half-time.
Whipton v Exeter City Reserves
Without a Southern League match today Exeter City Reserves played a friendly at Whipton, where they beat the local team by 7 goals to 1.
WEDNESDAY 4th JANUARY 1956.
City players are tonight guests of the Exmouth (Exeter City) supporters club at the supporters annual pantomime at the All Saints Hall Exmouth,
THURSDAY 5th JANUARY 1956.
CUP TIE WILL BE FILMED.
The FA Cup tie between Exeter City and Stoke City will be filmed. A cine camera had been given to the City some weeks ago, along with a projector by the City director Mr A, Line, With the idea that matches could be filmed and played back to show up the tactical errors, The camera will be used for the first time on Saturday. Local photographic expert Mr Eric Keen called at St James's Park this week and offered to take film of the match and edit it.