4th April 1959
Devon Professional Championship
Exeter City (h)
DEVON PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL.
EXETER CITY 6
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 0
AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
TEMPERS FRAY AS EXETER WIN THE DEVON DERBY.
As far as anyone can remember this is the first time that a Devon Championship match has been played on a Saturday; also it is the first time that the clubs have been represented by their reserve teams.
Exeter City: Singleton; Rutter, Whitnall; Cragg, Packer, Bulger; Atkins, Pulman, Hill, Carberry, Rackley.
Plymouth Argyle:- Smith; Doughty, Downs; Pemberton, Nightingale, Carter; Russell, Kearns, Waterfield, Jenkins, Arundel.
Referee:- Mr E.F.Ley of Barnstaple.
Rackley scored the City's first goal after 5 minutes and Carberry the second after 32. After 15 minutes of the second half a mistake by Downs let Pulman through, sending him an unintentional but perfect pass. Smith was able to cover Pulman's shot only to see Hill trap the ball and to drive it into the net from point-blank range. Tempers were beginning to fray and the referee had to keep a tight hold on the game. Exeter made it 4-nil when Carberry chested in a high ball across the front of the goal by Pulman. The game continued with the Argyle in dispirited mood and still appealing to the referee over an alleged infringement by Carberry. With the game now littered by fouls the City scored again from a penalty taken by Pulman, while the Argyle players protested again. One of the Plymouth players was involved in a scuffle with a spec tator, and in the last minute Hill scored Exeter's sixth goal.