6th April 1959
MONDAY APRIL 6TH:
EXETER CITY NOT PROMOTION CANDIDATES ON THIS FORM.
FANS DISAPPOINTED AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
Exeter City 1-1 Gateshead
NO PROMOTION LOOK HERE CITY.
EXETER CITY 1,
Lobbett; Foley, Whitnall; Butterworth, Oliver, Thompson; Rees, Mitchell, Calland, Nicholls, Dale,
Williamson; Dawson, Batty; Aitken, Trewick, Moffitt; Hogg, Appleton, K. Smith, K, Smith, Rydon, Scorers Exeter City Mitchell, Gateshead Smith, Attendance 7,670.
It's a good job that Exeter City are chasing the championship of the Fourth Division and that they have been pretty consistent in playing good football this season. Because if the match with Gateshead on Monday evening ever looked to be the general standard of soccer at St James's Park the majority of the people who attended would not bother to go again. It was a poor game indeed, and yet it was not all the fault of the City team. Gateshead were just the opposite of a skilful football team and they played a tough, spoiling game, and this, combined with almost a gale force wind ruined most of Exeter's attempts at playing good football and scoring goals.
Brian Whitnall, who came in at left back for MacDonald, had a very good Fourth Division debut, and he and Oliver were the City's two best defenders. Stiffle was omitted, Rees playing on the right wing and Dale on the left. Mitchell obtained Exeter's goal and Ken Smith Gateshead's, both in the second half.