11th February 1956
Exeter City v Watford
Saturday February 11th 1956.
At St James's Park.
EXETER CITY (JOHN) 1
WATFORD (WALKER, HERNON) 2.
Half-time City 0 Watford 1.
Exeter City:- Kelly; Doyle, Mitchell; Dunne, Harvey, Davey; Thomas, John, Iggleden, Murphy, Rees.
Watford: Bennett; Bateman, Lock; Catleugh, Atkinson, Mitchell; Walker, Graham, Cook, Hernon, Marden.
Referee:- Mr N.C.Taylor, of Westbury on Trym.
This match was played on a bone-hard pitch with a covering of frost, and some of Exeter's players wore rubber-soled boots. Fred Davey, who wore basket-ball boots, was in trouble after 20 minutes when he went down after a tackle. He carried on after treatment on the pitch but was forced to retire a minute or two afterwards. Exeter were doomed to finish the match with only ten men, for Davey had been taken to hospital with a suspected broken toe. Bennett saved a penalty taken by Murphy 10 minutes from the end.