Match 33
12th February 1972
Stockport County (a)



STOCKPORT C 0. Ogley; Ormrod, Renwick; Chapman, Lawther, Wilson; Ryden, Chisnal, Brennan, Ingham Collier,

EXETER CITY 4. Wilson, Stacey, Blain; Parker, Giles (Jim), Balson; Rowan, Morrin, Binney, Bank Gibson,

Exeter City Gibson, Parker, Binney, Banks,
Attendance 2,166.

This was a tremendous all round display by Exeter. The best away performance for many years and on this form they looked unbeatable. The team was unchanged for the fifth week running, and this had brought consistency and confidence to their play. The final scoreline could have embarassed Stockport, because without any exageration the City's winning margin could have been double, Stockport were two goals down inside the first 15 minutes and never had a chance, They were completely outplayed by Exeter, whose fast fluent flowing brand of soccer was bound to bring results. The City build up was often outstanding with clean man to man passing and generally causing the Stockport defence all kinds of trouble. Dave Gibson, and what an excellent game he had, opened the scoring in the 5rd minute with his first goal for the club, 10 minutes later Graham Parker beat Chisnall and cracked in a shot past Thomson, Exeter never looked back as more goals followed when Fred Binney scored in the 61st ainute and within 2 minutes Alan Banks netted a fourth following a fine nove to complete Stockport's aisery.


It looks certain that 23 year old striker, John Neale, the Barnstaple Town amateur, will soon be a member of the St James' Park playing staff, He will not sign however until the North Devon side are knocked out of the F.A.Trophy, They play in the Second Round against Bexley United this afternoon. Neale is keen to turn professional and play for Exeter City after turning down a further trial with Charlton Athletic. Neale's amateur qualifications speak for themselves, He played for the North Devon Schools side, and after leaving school did not play again until he was 18, That was with village team, Britton Fleming, in junior football, In three seasons he netted 130 goals, including over 60 in one season, He then joined Barnstaple Town, and is now in his second season with the Mill Road club. Last year he had a months trial with Charlton Athletic and was invited back but he did not like London and declined the offer.


Joe Gadston, last season's second highest scorer at Exeter City has re-signed for the St James' Park club this week, following a months loan spell at Southern League club Poole Town, Poole wanted to keep him for a further month, but Gadston was not at all keen, and with a number of Fourth Division games coming up, City manager John Newman was pleased to have him back,



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