Match 46
May 4th 1963
Chester City (h)

And in the FA Youth Cup
Arsenal away

And in the Western League
Chippenham (a)



Exeter City still need to win two of their remaining home games to be absolutely sure of not having to look for re-election, for well up the table as they are, there is a wholesale congestion of teams just below them with nearly as many points as themselves. And it is possible that Exeter might have to meet Chester in their next match, at St. James's Park next Saturday, without the captain and right half, Arnold Mitchell.

For Mitchell, who has played in all but four of the City's League games this season, and who has been the key man in the team's recently successful run, injured his leg at Southport on Monday.

  • The Exeter City Youth XI got int the news on Wednesday when they were drawn against the Arsenal Youth team in the cup competition, but although they put up a game fight on the famous Highbury ground they were out-manoeuvred and out-matched by the young "Gunners," who have already learned to play like veterans. The City lost by 3 goals to 1, but had the misfortune to also lose their goalkeeper, Barry Sidey, who suffered a broken arm 20 minutes from the end, when he dived at Radford's feet to stop a certain fourth goal.

Match Report (from the Liverpool Echo)


Chester Fight Back


Weather and ground con- ditions were ideal for the last but one of the home matches at Exeter, where Exeter City received Chester. Exeter City played the same team which beat Southport last Saturday. Chester made no latte changes. There was certainly no end- of-the-season look about the early play. Play moved quickly from end to end, and in the firs minute Exeter got a shock goal, They were attacking on on the left when Rees fas- tened on to a pass by Harvey. His low centre looked harm- fess with three defenders ready to intercept. FLEMING did just that, but put through his own goal in an attempt to back pass to Hardie. The pace did not slacken. Each end was visited in turn. Free kicks to both sides produced nothing tangible. Exeter's attack was a little more decisive, but Fleming and Molineux were not seriously troubled, although too prone to pass back under pressure. Following a quiet spell an Exeter raid looked promising. but was pulled up. Molineux blocked another Exeter raid, and when Chester launched a left wing assault, Fitzgerald might have done better than put behind. Tinsley came out to clear a centre from Read. and at the other end Carter headed wide. Fleming gave away corner. Welsh took the kick. It was well placed, but cleared under pressure. In the next minute Henderson had a good chance of getting a second goal, but miskicked with the target wide open from almost under the bar. Exeter were certainly on top at this stage. Rees was twice pulled up for offside in clever approach movements. Again Henderson was at fault when he hesitated with the defence in a tangle and was easily dispossessed by Fleming. So far Tinsley had not been called up on to save a direct shot. In contrast, Hardie had been kept busy, mainly in handling back passes by his colleagues. One great shot he handled confidently was from Sells. In the 37th minute Exeter got a second goal. An attack developed on the left. Rees put into the middle; Carter met the ball with his head and nodded it on to SELLS, who heaed it into the net well out of Hardie's reach. Chester were definitely playing second fiddle. They were too busy defending to do much in the way of attacking. McGowan was doing his best to get out of the clutches of Harvey. He succeeded once or twice, but failed to get beyond Smyth and Patrick. One good shot he got in was blocked on its way.
The game was still full of thrills, with Exeter continuing to have the better of the exchanges.

Half-time. Exeter City 2-0 Chester.

Exeter were worthy of their interval lead, but Chester looked far from a beaten side. Corbishley, however, certainly prevented a third Exeter goal when he climbed behind a scoring shot by Rees. The corner was easily cleared. CORBISHLEY again distinguished himself in the 53rd minute when he headed a perfect goal from a corner by Kead. It put more life into the Chester attack, and a shot from Starkey brought Tinsley to his knees. Fitzgerald proved a dangerous raider but was held in check by Smyth. Exeter had a possible chance of going further ahead from a close-up free kick, but Rees was pulled up for offside.
Chester continued to have the better of the exchanges They raided frequently, with McGowan the spearhead. Exeter defended stubbornly They were fortunate when Tinsley was in a position to take a back header from Patrick.

Tinsley: Sunyth, Patrick; Mitchell, Harvey, Anderson; Welsh, Sells, Henderson, Carter, Rees.

Hardie; Molineux, Fleming; Hewitt, Butler, Corbishley: Read, Morris, McGowan, Starkey, Fitzgerald.

Referee: Mr. H. Horner (Coventry).

Match Summary 


When Fleming of Chester attempted to make a pass back to Hardie, the goalkeeper, something went wrong, and the ball finished up in the net. Then Charlie Sells scored, and Exeter were two goals to the good at half-time. But then something went wrong with the City, a whole lot of things in fact, for after getting a goal in the second half the visiting team played up so well that the City players were relieved to hear the final whistle.

  • The Western League match at Chippenham between Chippenham and the City Reserves, played yesterday evening, resulted in a draw with nothing scored.


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