4th April 1959
Crystal Palace (a)
SATURDAY APRIL 4TH.
CITY EARN ONE MORE VITAL PROMOTION POINT.
21,000 SEE TUSSLE WITH THE PALACE
Exeter City earned a valuable point in their promotion quest, when they drew 1-1 with the Glaziers in London this afternoon. It was a tough and unrelenting tussle between two good sides, and the result was a fair one. After a goalless first half Rees put Exeter ahead, the game being then 69 minutes old, but the Palace equalised ten minutes later and the visiting defence had to withstand some heavy pressure. There was a "gate" of 20,979, Crystal Palace's best of the season, and the largest crowd to have watched the City in any game of the current campaign. The two sides, fifth and sixth respectively in the League, were as even a match for each other as they could be. They were just about equal in skill, with the City slightly faster on the ball and more determined. Exeter were slightly superior in the second half after being too inclined to fall back on defence before the interval. Particular praise, however, must be given to Exeter City's defence, which had to hold a great deal of pressure from Crystal Palace both in the first half and late in the game, and to Arnold Mitchell, who was the City's most tireless worker, playing at inside right.
Palace:- Rouse; Howe, Noakes; McNichol, Choules, Long; Brett, Summersby, Barnett, Byrne, Colfar.
Exeter City: Lobbett; Foley, MacDonald; Butterworth, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Mitchell, Calland, Nicholls, Rees.
Referee:- Mr R.J.Leafe of Nottingham.