Match 17
24th October 1970
Cambridge United (h)


Wilson; Crawford, Morris; Wingate, Newman, Balson; Rowan, Banks, Binney, Gadston, Mitten,

Vasper; Grant, Meldrum; Walker, Eades, Slack; Leggett, Howell, Hardy, Gregson (Cassidy), Horrey,

Scorer Exeter Rowan,

Attendance 5,631,

Injury hit Exeter City squeezed a narrow win over newcomers Cambridge United to give them their second win in four daysCambridge vere a hard and disciplined side and there was a certain amount of luck about City's winning goal, After a fairly quiet opening, City began to get a grip on the game. Fred Binney had one effort disallowed and Joe gadston hooked a ball narrowly wide. In the 36th minute Barry Rowan crossed the ball in from the right wing and it went straight into the net after Vasper had helped it in when seemingly he had it well covered. At the start of the second half Mike balson shot from 30 yards and it sailed inches wide Cambridge were not making much of an impression on their first League visit to Exeter, Vasper saved wall from Fred Binney and then a John Wingate free kick almost got through the Cambridge defence as Exeter pressed forward for a second goal, Vasper came to the rescue again with a brilliant save from Rowan, Alan Banks should have increased City's lead in the 85th minute Buut at the other and Bob Wilson saved well from both Leggett and then Hardy.

Match Summary 

There was little to choose between the sides in the first half of the Exeter City Cambridge match at St. James' Park, and it was not until the 36th minute that Exeter broke the dead-lock. Rowan sent over a high centre from the right and. although Vasper got a hand to the ball he could not prevent a goal. Cambridge were well organised in midfield but lacked finish. Howell missed a good chance and Leggett shot wide.

Half-time: Exeter 1-0 Cambridge 
There was no further scoring in the 2nd half. 

Result:Exeter 1-0 Cambridge 


Exeter City's new look programme is a big improvement, but one thing disappoints. The missing column of Exeter statistician Maurice Golesworthy. Under the new set up Maurice is not being required to write programme notes, He has been a familiar face on matchdays at St James Park for the last 22 years and has produced columns of Interesting facts and figures in thousands of programmes. In fact ha must be the envy of most Football League clubs. He has a wealth of information at his fingertips - a statistician supreme,


Alan Riding the former Exeter City player has been forced to quit the game at the age of 25, he recently underwent a cartilage operation but was found to be sufering from a snapped ligament in his left knee, Riding joined Exeter as an amatuer when he was 16He became a part time professional and was on the verge of an extended run in the Football Legaue side. He then had spells with Yeovil Town and Minehead before joining Bridport in September 1967, and scored 58 goals for them in three seasons, His best performance was in the 1967-68 season when he scored 27 times, failing by just one goal to equal Bridport's Western League goal scoring record held by Brian Thresher and another former City player, Barry Pulman, Riding who lives in Ringwood and works for the New Forest Rural District Council at their offices in Lyndhurst, broke down in a pre season friendly with Bournemouth and that turned out to be his last match, he is a qualified accountant but has been off work for the last seven weeks because of the injury,


One of the basic problems for a club operating with one team is how to produce their own players, without a reserve or youth team, Recently Exeter Schools youngster Graham Browne signed for Charlton Athletic and there is little City can do about it or indeed the draining away of any future talent from under their noses. Naturally City would like to produce their own players, but this is impossible with only one team and a squad of 16 players, Any one signing for Exeter has to be taken on as first team material, Money is not available to operate another side at present, Last year there was talk of reviving a reserve team but nothing has been done.



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