19th April 1956
Devon Professional Championship
Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City
Wednesday April 18th 1956. The Devon Professional Championship, final tie.
Plymouth Argyle 3
(Morgan, Wyatt, Davies penalty).
Exeter City 0
At Home Park floodlit, attendance 6,659.
ARGYLE:- Dyer; John, Jones (captain); Robertson, Langman, Wetton; Davies, Wyatt, Swiggs, Langman, Morgan.
EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell (captain); John, Parr, Porteous; Simpson, Iggleden, Sword, Willis, Buckle.
Plymouth Argyle, already doomed for relegation from the 2nd Division, at least had the consolation of winning the cup for the first time in five years. They also had the consolation of having already beaten two of their next season's opponents (they beat Torquay in the semi final) to win the title.
CITY TESTED ARGYLE IN PRO CUP FINAL.
Argyle doomed to relegation from the 2nd Division had the consolation of winning the Devon Professional cup for the first time in 5 years, but not by any stretch of the imagination did they outclass Exeter. Only in one spell at the start of the 2nd half did Argyle completely dominate play and in that time they scored two goals. The rest of the match was a hammer and tongs battle with Plymouth just coming out on top. Despite a smattering more of class in the Argyle line up, the City defence in which Parr was outstanding was not often in serious trouble, rarely was Hunter forced into action because of the mistakes by men in front of hime. Where Plymouth had the edge was at Inside forward where Wyatt, Swiggs and Langman were fast and strong, they looked capable of gobbling up any opportunities which came their way. 38 minutes gone and Davies centre was headed down by Longman for Morgan to shoot in from 5 yards to give Plymouth the lead. Three minutes into the second half Wyatt headed in a corner from Davies, then in the 69th minute Davies scored a disputed penalty for hands to complete Plymouths scoring. Mitchell for City had an 39th minute penalty saved by Dyer denying Exeter a consolation goal.