Match 19
November 4th 1966
Stockport County (a)

November 5th 1966
Western League
Andover (h)

A History of St Luke’s College

Stockport v Exeter City 
November 4th 1966 


Milhearn; Haydock, Goodwin; Stuart, Woods, Shawcross; Allchurch, Quixall, Lord, Allen, Henderson,

Jones; Embery, Ley; Wilkinson, Harford, Blain; Godfrey, Keeley, Elliott, McNeil, Kennedy,

Scorer : Stockport : Lord,

Attendance: 8,960,

One of the reasons why Stockport County are heading the Fourth Division is because of the tremendous backing they are getting from their followersThey never let up and Exeter City fans could take something of a lesson from them, Stockport did not have everything their own way, yet the crowd still cheered them on, City certainly looked better than in recent matches, They worked hard and in the first half had as much of the game as Stockport, Mulhearn in the Stockport goal had a fine game and did not make a mistake all evening. He was only beaten once, that in the 43rd minute when Jack Kennedy's 20 yard drive flew inches wide, If a couple of half chances had been taken City, may well have come away with the point they deserved. Stockport were a fast side with Allchurch and Henderson very dangerous, It was a former Plymouth Argyle centre forward, Lord, who scored what proved to be the winning goal after only five minutes, when he hooked in a cross past Ken Jones. There was an element of luck about the goal, but it was the kind of half chance that means the difference between a winner or a defeat, Lord took his, but City did not take theirs, City were never outplayed and gave their best performance for some time.


Friday by floodlighting. One of the reasons that the Stockport County Football Club is heading the Fourth Division at the moment is because of the tremendous backing they are getting in home matches from their followers. They never let up, and it is worthy of note that supporters of a few other clubs might take something of a lesson from them. Those at St James's Park, for instance. Stockport have dropped only one point at home this season, and they won again on Friday when they beat Exeter City at Edgley Park, by a goal, scored by Frank Lord, the former Plymouth Argyle forward, to nil.

Western League
Reserves v Andover

November 5th 1966

Andover looked much the better side at St James's Park in the early stages and Harvey was beaten for speed by McCall, and Goad had to scramble the ball clear.

With Exeter appealing for a penalty the ball ran loose to Mustard, who fired the ball yards over the bar. Then West scored with a strong shot but the referee disallowed the goal on the grounds that McLean was offside. McCall had a golden opportunity for Andover but shot wide, and the same player with another chance drove the ball straight at Smout, who cleared. Evans in the second half got two goals for the City, and Cranmer with almost the last kick scored for Andover.

City Reserves 2 Andover 1.

Smout; Goad, and Nash; Mustard, Harvey, and Balson; Stuckey, West, McLean, Evans, and Richardson.

Saint Luke's College 

November 7th 1966
There are only about half a dozen soccer clubs in the country who have been in existence for 100 years or more. One of these is St. Luke's College A.F.C., Exeter, who this year are celebrating their centenary. And tonight they are holding the annual dinner, at which some of the top names in football will be present. The club is naturally very proud of the fact that it has this season been admitted to the Western League, and hopes to get beyond the last eight in the F. A. Amateur Cup. The history of the College Club goes back to 1876, when a student at that time recorded that in his time at college the tenth anniversary of a college soccer pitch was celebrated. So soccer dates from 1866, although undoubtedly it was played in some form before this date. From then on there are a number of relevant dates connected with the club.

1884-85: A student recalls that in the 1870s college soccer was of a very high standard, and for several years reigned supreme with the students. The principal had banned Rugby football, considering it too dangerous for students. Later college soccer declined because of a lack of fixtures, but was still played throughout those years, and in 1895 was on its way up. And it was around that time that Exeter City  Football Club began, although the club was not always known as Exeter City in those days.

1900: Soccer standards were very high, fielding two sides from the number of students at the college, 110. The first team was regarded as the best amateur side in Devon, and headed the East Devon Senior League for many years.

1900-08: This was the club's golden era, and in 1908 the College won the East Devon League, as they had in 1902, 1903, and 1904. 1905-07: The College had its first international player, the famous Evelyn H.Lintott, who went on to play for Bradford City and Queen's Park Rangers, and in 1907 captained England.

1906-08: C.Hodson, who played for the Wolves, and who turned down an offer from West Bromwich Albion to come to the College, was offered a Welsh international cap but had to refuse. He was not a Welshman. 1910: The College withdrew from the East Devon League and joined the Exeter and District League, which they soon topped.

After the War

1920: After the war soccer was back on its feet at the College. The most notable student in this period was Stanley Rous (now Sir Stanley Rous), from 1919 to 1921, who captained the College and played for them in goal. His vice-captain was George Reader, who played twice for Devon and once for Exeter City. He later played for Southampton and is now their chairman.

1933-34: One of their players was Ken Aston, who later went in for refereeing. He became a famous referee and was in charge of some of the World Cup matches in Chile in 1962 and the 1963 Cup Final.

1942: The College was bombed, and the remaining forty students went to St Paul's College, Cheltenham. 1946: St Luke's was re-opened. 1950: The first team finished top of the Premier Division, Exeter and District League, a position they further occupied seven times. 1955-56: The club entered the F.A.Amateur Cup for the first time. 1960-61: During the whole season the first three teams were defeated only three times between them.

1963-64: The club held its first annual dinner, Sir Stanley Rous of the F.A. being the chief guest. The first team entered the South western League, winning the League Cup and the "most sporting club" trophy. 1964-65: Beaten in the final of the South-western League Cup, after playing a total of 145 minutes of football. It was probably the best side the College has ever had, with eight county players in the team.

1965-66: Again won the South-Western League Cup. At the end of the season resigned from the League and were elected to the Western League. Held Exeter City first-team to a draw last month. Then comes this season. As usual they started late and badly in the absence of trials and with a completely new team. But they have at
last shown steady improvement, and it is now evident that, without injuries, they can more than hold their own in the Western League. This is a brief history of the soccer club, and at tonight's dinner much of this past history will be talked about.

The guest list includes: The Mayor and Sheriff of Exeter, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (M.P. for Exeter), Sir Stanley Rous, Mr Dennis Follows (the F.A.), Lord Roborough, Mr Ken Aston, Mr J.L.Manning (The Daily Mail), the chairmen of Southampton, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay football clubs, the president, chairman, and secretary of Devon County F.A., the Western League, the secretary of the Exeter and District League, and the Bishop of Crediton.

Exeter City

The Exeter City chairman Mr Reg Rose has confirmed that an approach has been made to Mr Ronald Blindell, the former Argyle chairman, to join the City club or take over the chair, which means investing a substantial sum of money in the club. The Exeter City board of directors are aware that for health reasons Mr Rose finds it necessary as soon as possible to retire from both the chair and directorship of the club. Earlier this week Mr Blindell said that he had been invited to take over the chairmanship of a football club and would make a decision this week-end.

Round One.


Exeter Team 
Hutchings; Warren, Popplestone; House, Taylor, Saunders; Broom, Baglow, Wingate, Richardson, Yeo,

Scorers: Exeter : Wingate 2,



John Evans, Exeter City transfer listed inside forward has signed for Barnsley. He played in a practice match for them a couple of weeks ago, along with George McLean who is also on City's transfer list, Barnsley paid a small fee for Evans who joined Exeter last March from Carlisle United,


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