Ralph Nevin, from Lintz Colliery in County Durham, joined Exeter City from Gateshead and made seven Southern League appearances during 1912/1913. He died in a colliery accident at the age of fifty-one.
He came from a well-known footballing family of five brothers who all played football on a professional or semi-professional basis. As a schoolboy he played centre-forward and centre-half for Lintz Rovers as his local club won the Stanley and District League four years in succession. When the team broke up, he switched to Lintz Institute before joining Gateshead as a semi-professional whilst continuing to work as a miner.
Developing into a well-built full-back, he joined Exeter City in the summer of 1912 and made his debut in the third game of the season against Merthyr Tydfil on 14 September 1912. Never establishing himself in the side he made just six more appearances before leaving St James’ Park at the end of the season.
Moving back to the North East he returned to the mining industry as a goal hewer and was killed by falling rock in September 1939 at the age of fifty-one.
His son George played in 26 league games for Burnley in addition to making a handful of appearances for each of Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United.