24th October 1959
Gloucester City (h)
EXETER CITY 2 GILLINGHAM 0
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24TH:
CITY'S NEW CENTRE FORWARD.
Signed earlier today from Port Vale at a substantial fee, the City's new centre forward, Jack Wilkinson, led the attack against Gillingham and celebrated his debut with a well-taken goal after 40 minutes. The first of Exeter's brace of goals was fired home by Stiffle, who received a nicely-judged pass from Mitchell on the penalty line.
City: Jones; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Harvey; Stiffle, Rees, Wilkinson, Micklewright, Calland.
Gillingham:- Simpson; Parry, Hannaway; Smith, Hughes, Albury; Bacon, Hunt, Patrick, Moore, Pulley.
The City, playing from the St James's Road end with a sun at their backs nearly scored in the first minute, Rees shooting across the face of the goal. Then Wilkinson fed Stiffle with a perfect pass, the ball being then transferred to Calland, who drove it over the bar. Nine minutes of the game had elapsed when Mitchell galloped down the right hand touch-line and lobbed the ball over to Stiffle, who shot first time into the net. Wilkinson as stated increased Exeter's lead five minutes before the interval. Exeter's new centre forward had hard luck for a second goal when his shot beat Simpson but bounced on top of the crossbar and out of play. But Exeter had a lucky escape when a goal-bound shot by Moore was finger-tipped over the bar by Jones. In the closing minutes Exeter pressed hard for a third goal, Stiffle, Wilkinson, and Micklewright all having good shots saved by Simpson.
GLOUCESTER CITY 1 CITY RES 0
Using more direct methods Gloucester appeared to be more dangerous than the City Reserves, but the defence showed competence in the manner in which they dealt with many spasmodic raids.
Gloucester:- Barton; Myers, Weston; Etheridge, Smith, Bell; Symington, Norris, Gallagher, Ireland, Bowman.
Exeter City: Lobbett; Rutter, Butterworth; Williams, Rapley, Thompson; Atkins, Pulman, Bennett, Hill, Rackley.
Forward play was weak in the first half, and the only shot of note was one by Hill which extended the home goalkeeper. Gloucester applied more pressure in the second half but it was not until nine minutes from the end that Ireland scored for them.
NO RECONSTRUCTION OF CITY F. C. BOARD.
There is to be no reconstruction of the Exeter City board, but as from last night's annual meeting the club will be without former direvctor Mr A.S,Line and Mr L,KerslakeMr Line the former chairman was not re-elected as a director and Mr Kerslake had to give up his seat on the board because of his connection with the red and white football competition on the ruling of the F.A. Chairman Mr George Gillin's confirmation as a director was unaminous, as was Mr J. F. Watt's re- election and the re-election of Mr J.G, Warne to the board, Mr Gillin said that during the recent differences in the boardroom, he and his directors had not wanted to be drawn into a prolonged argument outside the club and in fact had only issued a statement once and a complete one before the meeeting. Presenting the report of directors he said that the Exeter City F.Chad made a profit of £223, on the years working, Directors loans have increased from £2,000 to £5,750 and the mortgage against the freehold of the ground had risen from £12,000 to £13,000. The club now had liabilities of over £30,000, Mr Gillin said that when he was invited to join the board he immediately placed a large sum of money at the disposal of the board until 1965 free of interest.
Shareholder Mr Gwilliam proposed a vote of confidence in manager Frank Broome, this was seconded by Mr G,J,Greenslade and passed unaminously, Mr Broome said that he was grateful to think that the shareholders think that way about him, He had come to Exeter to do a job and hoped that he would be allowed to carry on and get it done. He wanted to give Exeter football and the Exeter supporters the best.
TUESDAY 27th OCTOBER 1959.
S. W. L.
EXETER CITY 1
Scorer Exeter City Rackley.