3rd March 1956
Bath City (a)
TWO NEW PLAYERS FOR EXETER: PORTEOUS AND WILLIS. ARGYLE PAIR SIGNED FOR GRECIANS ON THURSDAY.
Exeter City completed the signing on Thursday, March 1st, of two of Plymouth Argyle's first-team players, and a transfer fee was paid.
- John Porteous, wing half-back, 5ft 8ins tall and 11st 21bs in weight, was born at Motherwell 34 years ago. He entered English League football when he was transferred to Plymouth Argyle from Alloa Athletic in July 1949, and has appeared in 215 League matches and numerous cup and other games for the Argyle.
- George Willis, inside forward, is 5ft 8ins and 11st in weight. Born at Newcastle, he is 29 years old and has served Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Plymouth Argyle, for whom he has scored a total of 15 goals in 56 league appearances. Both the new men will be in the City's line up against Northampton Town at St James's Park.
SATURDAY MARCH 3RD 1956:
EXETER CITY 3
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1.
CITY'S NEW PAIR SHINE AND WILLIS SCORES A GOAL.
This first City win of 1956 was a good one, and it could have been a huge one. Exeter might easily have had several more goals but for two weaknesses on the wings and misses by the smallest fraction. No-one in the defence could be faulted, and newcomers John Porteous and George Willis were in fine form.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Harvey, Porteous; Simpson, Houghton, Sword, Willis, Rees.
Northampton:- Pickering; Collins, Marston; Yeoman, Hughes, J.Smith; English, Mills, Adams, E.Smith, Fowler.
Seven minutes before half-time Sword with a header scored his first goal in League football. Five minutes after half-time Northampton scored but were pulled up for offside. The City had failed to score from a penalty this season, but when they were awarded one today by referee Pullin skipper Arnold Mitchell took it and scored with a low shot to the right of Pickering. After 61 minutes Sword headed Simpson's centre into the goalmouth, and as the ball bobbed about Willis hooked it into the net.
Bath City v Exeter City Reserves
Exeter City Reserves played well at Bath and won their match against the "City" by 4 goals to 1. Their goals were scored by Burke, who got two, Iggleden, and Ellaway.
Team:- Lobbett; Walton and Foley; Dunne, Packer, and Murphy; Thomas, Ellaway, Burke, Iggleden, and Buckle.
It was Exeter's first victory over Bath in a Southern League match for some years.