April 29th 1967
Bristol City Res. (a)
May 3rd 1967.
St Luke's College (h)
SATURDAY 29th APRIL 1967.
THE VISITORS WERE POOR.
EXETER CITY 2
Smout; Smyth, Ley; Wilkinson, Embery Thompson; Keeley, Blain, Ryan, McNeil Stuckey,
Carling; Jones (R), Bennett; Seaton, Sinigeton, Evans; Hauser, Metcalf, Ryden, Jones (L) Morris,
Scorer Exeter McNeil, Singleton (og)
There have been some pretty poor sides at St James Park this season, but Chester must rate as the worst, Yet it seems incredible that for 80 minutes the City were only one goal ahead and that was scored by Chester defender Singleton in the 8th minute, who turned George Ley's cross into his own net, City were entirely to blame for not cashing in on a weak team. They missed chances galore. The result should have been put beyond doubt in the first half but city could not score. They really made hard work of the game. Exeter badly needed a goalscorer, a player like Alan Banks would have had a field day against a Chester side that did not mark tightly and with a defence full of holes, City had even more of the second half and still they failed to take advantage of clear cut opportunities until Dixie McNeil broke the spell with an 80th minute goal. Chester were not in the game very much but they almost made City pay dearly for those missed chances. John Smout pushed a shot onto the inside of the post and the ball was cleared,
BRISTOL CITY 'A' 1 EXETER CITY 1
Jones; Goad, Nash; Clarke, Balson, Buckingham; Broom, Richardson, Courtney, House, Smith,
Bristol City: Archibald,
Exeter City: House.
A good performance by the City who were a goal down in the first half after just 15 minutes when Archibald scored. They fought back to get on terms and equalised through Bobby House, The Exeter defence did well to hold the fast moving Bristol City team and Mike Balson turned in a particularly good performance
BARNEY SINGLETON AT OTTERY.
Former Exeter City goalkeeper is now on the administration staff at Ottery St Mary Football Club, and his advice, particularly to the Ottery keepers has proved valuable together with his wide experience of coaching, playing, and managing the Exeter City, Exeter and District League side. Barney who was born in Doncaster became a member of Lincoln City's groundstaff at a very tender age. After 6 months he went to Wolverhampton Wanderers, just three weeks before War broke out at 14 and a half years of ageThe war hashed things up as far as his career was concerned but he did play in the War time sides with many well known players such as Billy Wright, Singleton signed for Exeter City in January 1948 and remained a favourite at the Park until joining Yeovil TownHe later returned to Exeter City to assist with the 'A team, but also making a playing comeback including a few games in the City reserves side, Now in his third season with Ottery he has great hopes for the future of the team.
MONDAY 31st APRIL 1967.
LEY SIGNS FOR PORTSMOUTH.
George Ley, Exeter City's talented 21 year old full back signed this afternoon for Portsmouth for a fee of £8,000, He signed for the Second Division club after having lunch with Portsmouth manager Mr George Smith who has watched Ley for several weeks, Ley was put on the transfer list at his own request last January, The Exminster born full back was successfully converted from an outside left to a left back at the beginning of the 1965-66 season, and since then has been a fairly regular player in the first team.
WEDNESDAY 3rd MAY 1967.
EXETER CITY 2,
Jones; Mustard, Nash; House, Goad, Buckingham; Godfrey, Elliott, Balson, Keeley, Smith.
ST LUKES COLLEGE 0;
Scorers: Exeter Elliott, og
Both teams deserved a lot of praise for putting on such fine entertainment, despite the torrential rain which never let up during the whole 90 minutes, When a certain goal from a header by Mike Balson had been handled, Ray Elliott put City in the lead from the penalty spot. The second goal was scored with the last kick of the match by a St Lukes defender turning the ball into his own net, Balson showed up very well at centre forward and Bobby House had his best game of the season at right half.