Farrell, Vince

Birth Date

11th September 1908


Preston, Lancashire



Biographical Text

Signing from Clapton Orient, Vince Farrell played half-a-dozen times for Exeter City during 1937/38 before returning to his former club. Managing to score four times during his brief stay at St James’ Park, he had started with Preston North End and was to head back to Lancashire at the end of his playing career.  

Commencing his career with Preston works team Dick Kerr, Vince received his Football League opportunity with Preston North End in 1930 and went on to net 5 goals in 16 appearances before moving to Clapton Orient in the summer of 1934 where he was able to score 21 times in 79 league games.

Moving to Exeter City three years later, he made a dramatic start in the Grecians’ colours scoring both goals in the opening day 2-2 draw at Newport County on 28 August 1937. Yet he was to play just five more times for the club - including a run of three games in December 1927 when he scored against both Clapton Orient and Crystal Palace - before returning to Clapton Orient after a solitary season in Devon. 

Back in East London, Vince was unable to reproduce the form he had shown in his first spell at the club and failed to make a first team outing. Returning to Lancashire he played for Leyland Motors and died in the Preston area on 24 April 1987 aged 78.







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