26th April 1958
Shrewsbury Town v Exeter City
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Gravesend
THE SHREWSBURY MATCH:
Saturday April 26th,
Shrewsbury Town 1 (Tucker)
Exeter City nil.
Shrewsbury:- Crossley; Hobson, Skeech; Maloney, Wallace, Walters;
Price, Edgley, Smith, Pountney, Tucker. Exeter:- Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Harvey; Stiffle, Hill, Calland, Wilson, Dale.
Referee, Mr. J. S. Pickles, of Stockport.
Today (30th April 1958) ends Exeter City's fiftieth season as a professional soccer club and a limited liability company. And it ends, or rather, has ended on Shrewsbury's Gay Meadow with the successors of those professionals of 1908 fighting to avoid having to apply to the Football League for re-election, a fight which failed by the narrowest of margins, a single goal scored by Tucker of Shrewsbury near the end of the match. But even if today's fight had been successful Exeter City have, after thirty-eight years' effort, got out of the Third Division. For they have dropped so dismally into the new Fourth Division at the conclusion of the most disastrous of all those fifty seasons. The "new era" of the chairman, Mr. A. S. Line and his board has begun with a season of pitch blackness, relieved by just a thimble - full of scattered bright colour.
City Reserves v Gravesend
Exeter City Reserves 0 Gravesend 1 at St James's Park.