Match 44
6th April 1957
Walsall (a)

Southern League
Guildford (h)

Monday 8th April 1957
Devon Professional Championship Semi-Final
Barnstaple Town (h)



Exeter City could make little impression on a sturdy Walsall defence and with a stiff breeze playing tricks with the ball, a constructive approach to the game was needed. Instead, the City tended to overdo the long ball and the big kick out of defence. Simpson, Lackenby, and Thomas had the right idea, but there were all too few shots for goal.
Farther back Harvey found Richards, the Walsall leader, more than a handful, but nevertheless was Exeter's most reliable defender. Using the wrong tactics at the wrong time, Exeter City found the combination of a strong breeze and a stronger Walsall defence too much for them. On such a day football was difficult and it was Walsall who quickly realised the virtue of keeping the ball down and moving it with short sharp, passes. Until late in the game Exeter relied on the long lofted kick which was asking for trouble in the high wind.

Until the last desperate fling when Buckle had the Walsall defence in a tangle with a couple of centres and Currie scraped the crossbar, Exeter had made few good attacks, Divers missed a sitter in the last minute. Smpson, Lackenby and Buckle showed their colleagues how to beat Walsall with good controlled football, In defence Harvey came out with chief honours saving many dangerous situationsHunter had little chance with either goal scored by Dorrian just before half time and Hodgkisson in the second half but he handled the awkward swirling ball very capably. Never a brilliant game, but Walsall demonstrated the right to the points.
Team:- Hunter; John, Mitchell; Lackenby, Harvey, N.Simpson; Buckle, Thomas, Currie, Churms, Divers.

Southern League 
Exeter City Res. v Guildford 

Exeter City Reserves had an early set-back at St James's Park, being a goal down against Guildford inside four minutes. But Rees put the City on terms in the 12th minute with a shot which curled in from the right.

Result: City Reserves 1 Guildford 1. Team:- Bell; Hitt, Marsh; Phoenix, Packer, Major; Grinney, Cleverly, Bowkett, Porteous, Rees.

Exeter City Rees.

Attendance 847.

Receipts £65,3s.


In the 32 years of their existence before the war the Exeter City club
had only five managers, Arthur Chadwick, Fred Mavin, David Wilson (who did not stay long), Billy McDevitt, and Jack English. In less than 12 complete seasons since the war ended there have been three managers, and very shortly no doubt there will have been four, the reigns having been held so far by Messrs Roughton, Kirkman, and Dodgin. On Monday, April 8th, Norman Dodgin tendered his resignation, despite a letter of protest signed by fourteen first-team players, and the only news from the club is a very short statement, signed by Mr Line, the new chairman, to the effect that "Mr Dodgin and myself are, and remain, the best of friends."


Exeter City, playing casually and at half-pace, literally strolled into the Devon Professional Cup Final with a 3 goals to nil win over an eager and brawny Barnstaple Town team at St James's Park. Churms (first half), Currie and Buckle (second) scored the goals by which Exeter won.

Team:- Hunter; John, Mitchell; Lackenby, Harvey, Major; Buckle, Thomas, Currie, Churms, Divers.


Mr A.S.Line Exeter City's new chairman outlined some of the clubs aims and hopes for the future.

1. The first spending will be on re-establishing Exeter City F.C. instead of having it close down. The
supporters must find the rest of the money to build their own team, for it is their team.

2. The immediate aim is to be in the top half of the Third Division South next season to get a place in the new National Third Division the following season,

3 We will not sell any promising youngsters at the club as long as public support is sufficient to keep it going.

4. We hope to improve football gradually and eventually reach higher circles in the Football League,

5. An improvement of relationships between players and staff in general, including directors. Any player should be able to approach any director at any time about anything. Mr Line after spending a large chunk of the past five days at St James's Park dealing with Exeter City business left last evening to spend a few quiet days taking the fresh moorland air at Haytor.


Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>