Match 23
18th November 1978
Chester City (Home)

And in the Western League
Saltash (away)

Exeter City v Chester City 
November 18th 1978

After a week in which their transfer dealings made the biggest headlines Exeter City came back to the reality of playing football, but on their own ground before 3,985 supporters they were "doubled" by Chester 1-0, the Northerners having previously beaten the City 3-0 in the earlier match between the clubs, in August. The match was not a good one and Exeter were far from their best in it.

  • Earlier in the week the Exeter City directors had stated that they had no wish to part with their best scorer of goals since Banks was here, but that they may be forced into parting with Kellow if the right offer came along. To the undoubted disappointment of Fulham and a few other clubs Blackpool did come along with the right offer, so Exeter are now poorer by the loss of their Cornishman, who since coming up from Falmouth just over two seasons ago has rattled home exactly 51 goals for the Grecians in League and Cup games, but they are on the other hand richer by the £150,000 paid by Blackpool less the £25,000 they parted with to Millwall for the services of another smart forward, Ian Pearson, a 28 years old Yorkshireman from Leeds, who in between playing for Goole Town and Wycombe Wanderers, spent one season in Devon in the colours of the Plymouth Argyle club. He was given the "number nine" jersey, formerly worn with such merit by the departed Kellow, but with the whole team playing so badly had few chances to show what he can do.

The vast sum of money which changed hands for Kellow exceeds by many thousand of pounds anything that Exeter City have ever received in the past for one of their players, and it is most probable that it is almost the largest amount that Blackpool have ever paid for one, although in the distant past, when money was less plentiful the sum received from Bolton for the transfer of Pym was stated to be the most ever paid by one League club to another for a goalkeeper.

Western League  
Saltash v Exeter City 

The City Reserves at Saltash were beaten by the United and although Exeter's defence was uncertain Nute was in splendid form in goal and kept the score down. The City gave a trial in this match to the son of one of their old players, Steve Harrower, the 16 years old son of Bill, who played for both Torquay and Exeter just after the war.



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