22nd December 1956
SOUTHAMPTON v EXETER CITY
City Fight Back and Draw:
Saturday 22nd December 1956 ATTACK RELIEVES GRAND DEFENCE AS LIGHTS GO ON
Fog along the line held the Exeter City party up on its way to South ampton today, but after an unscheduled change the players were on the ground in plenty of time. Both official linesmen were also delayed by fog, and two local league officials stood by. In contrast to the weather en route it was quite clear at the Dell when the teams came out, the City in royal blue. The game began with the local linesmen on duty.
SOUTHAMPTON:- Christie; Wilkins, Traynor; McLaughlin, Parker, Elliott; Day, Reeves, Shields, Mulgrew, Walker.
EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Doyle, Ferrier;
Lackenby, Harvey, Porteous; Thomas, Houghton, John, Currie, Buckle.
A tremendous fighting display by the City earned them a point from the League leaders and nearly gave them two. The City defence, particularly in the first half and late towards the end of the second, was superb, with none better than Doyle. Ferrier also had a good game, and in the second half the attack showed plenty of life with John always a danger. Three minutes before half-time Shields gave Southampton the lead, but John barely 30 seconds after the restart levelled for Exeter. Seven minutes from time the City actually went in front, John scoring again, but this only lasted a minute, Walker finding the net through a crowd of players, bringing the score to: Southampton 2 Exeter City 2.
The floodlights were switched on after the first 20 minutes.
- The City Reserves had no match today.