Match 32
January 14th 1967
Bradford City (a)

Western League
Bridport (h)

Bradford City v Exeter City
January 14th 1967:



Knowles; Smith, Cooper; Stowell, Barlow, Leek; Hall, McAnearney, Ingle Bannister, Shergold,

Smout; Embery, Blain; Wilkinson, Harvey, Thompson; Keeley, Kennedy, Ryan, McNeil, Godfrey.

Bradford City Hall
attendance; 6,090,

Exeter City grabbed another point, but on the whole it was not a very good or entertaining match, Bradford City had more of the play but were slow and weak in front of goal, Exeter were disappointing and their forward line never really got goingRay Keeley missed two easy chances in the first half but made amends by getting the equaliser only seven minutes after Bradford had gone ahead, Jin Ryan He was not in the game a good deal, but gave the opposing centre half some anxious moment especially in the air and overall had a fair debut, tity were not as convincing in midfield as they have been in past weeks. In the 65th minute Bradford City took the lead when Hall got up well to head in off the post. Bradford had most of the second half but they were poor in front of goalThe City equalised and certainly put more life into the game but City were unable to break throughIngle appeared to be brought down by Keith Harvey, but the vociferous penalty appeal was waved aside by the referee. Not an inspiring game by any means but John Smout and Jimmy Blain both played well,


Exeter City grabbed another "away" point in their bid to climb the Fourth Division table when they held Bradford City to a 1-1 draw at the Valley Parade Ground. But on the whole it was neither a very good or a very entertaining match. Bradford had more of the play but were slow and weak when in the vicinity of the Exeter goal. The City were equally disappointing, and their forward line never really got going. Keeley missed two easy chances in the first half, but made amends by getting the equaliser only seven minutes after Hall had scored for the Northerners. Jim Ryan, Exeter City's new centre-forward from Hastings United, was not in the game a great deal, but he gave the Bradford centre half, Barlow, some anxious moments, especially when the ball was in the air. Ryan, who before joining Hastings played for Charlton Athletic, and Millwall Athletic, signed for Exeter last week. He was bought to replace George McLean, who has never really settled at Exeter, and who has now been transferred to Workington, who seem to like Exeter City centre-forwards. Ken Rose, Jim Currie, and Jim Dailey all went to Workington from Exeter City.

Western League 

Jones; Goad, Nash; Balson, Harford, Buckingham; Stuckey, Elliott, Wingate, West, Smith,
Turner; Holder, Darby; Frampton, Walbridge, Greig; Radcliffe, Greening, Pulman, Flann, Irons,

Exeter Stuckey, Elliott, Wingate
Bridport: Greig.

Bridport shocked City by taking the lead after 5 minutes, Greig hitting  magnificent rising shot into the netAfter this Exeter struggled to get into the game, but in the 55th minute a cross from the left found Ray Elliott who smashed a first time shot into the net Then Bruce Stuckey gave City the lead, with the best Western League goal seen at the Park for some time, A 25 yard drive that flashed past Turner. All at once City were on top and bewildered Bridport found themselves pushed back into desperate defence, John Wingate scored a scrambled goal two minutes from the end to clinch matters for Exeter,

Exeter Stuckey, Elliott, Wingate,


Exeter City's decision to scrap their present reserve team could mean that Exeter and District football will alternate with the first team at St James' Park on Saturday afternoons next season, Instead why not keep Western League football there without the expense of travelling to away fixtures and paying extra staff? This could be done simply by loaning St James' Park to the St Lukes College team on days when City's Football League side are playing away. The college side would improve playing on a better pitch than at their Cat and Fiddle ground which is more suited to cloggers than their clever close passing style of play.


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