Gordon Nisbet had a run of a dozen games for Exeter City at the start of the 1987/88 season having joined from Plymouth Argyle where he had made 281 league appearances. Also playing for West Bromwich Albion (where he converted from goalkeeper to right-back) and Hull City, his time at St James’ Park came at the end of a 622-game Football League career as he went into coaching at Home Park before joining the police.He had played youth football for Northumberland Schools, and at the age of 17, signed for West Bromwich Albion as a goalkeeper. Converting to right-back during 1971/72, he was to feature in 136 league matches for the Albion, before being transferred to Hull City in September 1976, but not before he had played for the England under-23 team four years earlier. Adding a further 193 league outings and one goal, he then signed for Plymouth Argyle in December 1980. He was a regular member of the Argyle team playing in 281 league matches and netting 14 goals.
Given a free transfer in June 1987, he joined Exeter City and played in the first twelve matches of the season until sustaining an injury, which effectively ended his playing career. He returned to Plymouth Argyle where he was a coach, and briefly served as carfetaker manager in 1992, before becomg a police officer with the Devon & Cornwall force.