Player of the year, Devon Bowl,
JIMMY IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
Jimmy Giles, the Exeter City centre half, is the clubs Player of The Year. Last night 25 year old Giles was presented with the award by former Exeter captain Arnold Mitchell. The runner up in the voting was top scorer Fred Binney, Giles overcame a poor start to the season and has played a consistent role in the heart of the City defence to emerge as a key player, This is the second time that Giles has won a Player of The Year award, the other occasion being whilst he was with Aldershot,
MONDAY 4th MAY 1972.
NEALE STARS IN ECLIPSE OF ARGYLE. DEVON PROFESSIONAL BOWL SEMI-FINAL.
EXETER CITY 3, Wilson; Crawford, Stacey; Parker, Giles (Jim), Balson; Morrin, Banks, Binney, Neale (Blain), Wingate,
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1, Balac; Davey, Sullivan; Hore, Darke, Hague; Brown, Allen, Hinch, Rickard, Latcham.
Exeter Banks 2, Wingate,
Exeter City gained a well deserved win over their neighbours, Plymouth Argyle, No one can argue about the fairness of the result, for City were the better side showing more determination and aggression. Exeter had the better of the first half when not much was seen of Argyle. Indeed it was not until late into the second half that Plymouth began to show any form, City won the game with a three goal spree in 25 minutes after the interval, and the man who had a hand in them all was John Neale, he received generous applause when he limped off 15 minutes from time, The first goal came in the 47th minute. Neale fed Fred Binney, who crossed for Alan Banks to sweep the ball into the net. After 64 minutes Neale centred for John Wingate to smash the ball home, after Balac had partially cleared, The score was 3-0 after 70 minutes, and again it was Neale who set it up, with a cross to Binney, who laid the ball off to Banks to apply the finishing touch, Plymouth began to go forward more after this, and with 20 minutes remaining Hinch hit a low drive wide of Bob Wilson to pull a goal back.
FRIDAY 5th MAY 1972.
CITY FREE GADSTON, GILES, AND MORRIS.
Three players have been given free transfers by Exeter City. Not included on the club's retained list announced by manager John Newman today are, Joe Gadston, John Giles, and Steve Morris. Gadston joined Exeter from Bristol Rovers in November 1969, while Giles and Morris were both signed from Bristol City in the close season of 1969,
Barry Rowan has gone to Canada to play during the Summer and when he returns to St James Park, he will become a part-time professional with the City, Rowan has been offered a good job outside of football and City agreed to take this into consideration,
GRUNT AND GROAN SHOWS FOR CITY. Wrestling at the Park
Exeter City are going into the grunt and groan business to raise money for the club, During the close season, wrestling is to be staged at St James' Park, and the club have already booked the first three promotions. The first will be at the end of May. The ring will be erected in front of the main stand and prices will range from 35p to 75p.
MONDAY 8th MAY 1972.
THE BOWL STAYS AT TORQUAY. DEVON PROFESSIONAL BOWL FINAL.
TORQUAY UNITED 1,
Mahoney; Sandercock(K), Sandercock (P); Lucas, Harrison, Hill (Welsh); Stuckey, Skirton, Tearse, Jackson, Stocks,
EXETER CITY 0,
Wilson; Crawford, Blain; Parker, Giles (Jim), Balson; Morrin, Banks, Binney, Neale, Wingate,
The goal, one fine piercing header scored by Tearse settled the destiny of the Devon Professional Bowl, and so for the third successive year it stays at Plainmoor. The goal came in Torquay's first attack in the 8th minute. Exeter went onto fight hard all the way and went close to taking the match into extra time, City were the more persistent attacking side in the first half but could not quite make it count in front of goal, Mike Baison and Alan Banks had efforts cleared at the last second, Graham Parker went close, and Banks just missed an inviting cross ball, Mahoney, in the United goal never put a foot wrong all through the game with his safe and confident handling. Torquay were a more menacing combination in the second half when Welsh replaced Hill but Exeter were always in with a good chance, Their well drilled set pieces just outside the United penalty area almost came off and Parker was an inch away from equalising. At the other end Bob Wilson saved well from Tearse and Jimmy Blain cleared off the line from the same player,
TUESDAY 9th MAY 1972.
TIVERTON TROPHY FOR CITY. TIVERTON HOSPITAL CUP.
TIVERTON TOWN 1.
EXETER CITY 4.
Wilson; Crawford, Blain; Newman, Harvey, Balson; Morrin, Banks, Binney, Giles (Jim),
Wingate, Scorers Tiverton Steele. Exeter Giles 2, Binney, Balson. Attendance In front of a sparse crowd at Ladysmead, Exeter City gained their only trophy of a long season when they beat Tiverton Town in the annual charity match for the Tiverton Hospital Cup. Jimmy Giles playing in the unaccustumed role of striker scored with two fine headers, fred Binney drove home a third, and Mike Balson scored a second half goal, City hit the woodwork on three occasions. Young Hedley Steele pulled a goal back for a very game Tiverton side,
MONDAY 15th MAY 1972. £500 MORE FOR CITY KITTY.
Exeter City have had a successful fund raising weekend with almost £500 raised of the club, David Denley the Chelsea C.I.D. officer, whose home is at Budleigh Slaterton, completed the 33 mile Metropolitan Police walk from Barking to Southend, for which he was sponsored to the tune of £150. Around £100 of that will go towards two match balls, and 0.A.P, stand tickets for next season. The remainder is being put into the Buy A Player fund. City's 10 mile sponsored walk yesterday raised about £230 for the same fund, All 26 competitors completed the course,
TUESDAY 16th MAY 1972.
CITY SECRETARY LEAVES CLUB.
Russell Thomas, 49, secretary of Exeter City is leaving the club next month. He is returning to Police administration work as a civilian, Thomas, who lives at Teignmouth, has been appointed senior clerical officer at the Devon and Cornwall Police H.Q. at Middlemoor. He previously carried out similar duties for the Essex County Police in Chelmsford, before joining the City on 3rd May 1971.
CITY APPOINT DEVON COACH FOR THE RESERVES.
THURSDAY 18th MAY 1972.
Bob Bearpark, Devon's F.A. Coach and player coach of Dawlish Town, will be in charge of Exeter
City's Western League side next season at St James' Park, His appointment was announced today and he officially starts on 1st Juy in a part time capacity. He will be responsible for the coaching and training, and looking after the reserves under John Newman's supervision, He is to live in Exeter and will be working at St Lukes College, Newman said that there had been several poeple in the running for the post, but having interviewed each of them, he felt that Bearpark was the best man for the job.
SATURDAY 20th MAY 1972.
THE BIG BRUSH OFF AT THE PARK.
Twenty Exeter youths have agreed to paint the stanchions and the front of the stand, this follows approaches from the club and the supporters club to the young men, one of whom visited Exeter City director Walter Rice, They gave a bit of trouble on several occasions last season, and the club have been trying to persuade them to be involved at St James' Park in a practical way. This they agreed to, and a painting session was arranged,
THURSDAY 1st JUNE 1972.
EXETER CITY SIGN SCOTT.
An orthodox vinger, Tony Scott, the man who played a major part in putting such a big price on the head of 49 goal Bournemouth striker Ted MacDougall joined Exeter City today. Although no fee was involved, Bournemouth had retained him. Scott who has business interests in Exeter will be moving to the City to live. He joined Bournemouth from Torquay United two years ago and made 69 appearances. Scott was formerly with West Ham United, City manager John Newman completed the deal today before setting off on a two week coaching course at Lilleshall,
SATURDAY 10th JUNE 1972.
WORK BEGINS SOON ON NEW CLUBHOUSE.
Work is expected to start within the next week or so on the long awaited Exeter City supporters clubhouse costing £8,500. Of the cost, £6,500 wil be provided at a low rate of interest by a local firm, and £2,000 has been made available by the Exeter four man board of directors. The building will be 64 foot long and 24 foot wide. It will contain a long bar and a skittle alley, and will be well furnished. It will be built on the banking behind the Old Tiverton Road goal above the practice pitch, and near to the railway line and grandstand, City Director and P.R.O. Walter Rice said, "The club's directors have been most anxious to have the building in the past year but I am sure that supporters do not know what difficulties have been involved, First there was the question of the alternative site under the grandstand which was reluctantly turned down because of the cost and the dislocation of accommodation. Secondly there was the problem of negotiating the final sponsorship for a large poart of the construction and furnishing of the new clubhouse, Until then the design could not be finalised. The board are keen to get the building started at once, both to bring in additional income and to privde a home for the Supporters Association where they can meet together with the players, officials, and directors,"