ECFC 1977/78

Squad photo from the 1977/78 season.

Exeter finished 17th in Division Three after being promoted from Division Four. The Grecians enjoyed an FA Cup run to the Third Round, and exited the League cup at the Second Stage.

  • League Stats: Position: 17th Played: 46, Won: 15, Drew: 14, Lost: 17 Goals For: 49,Goals Against: 59, Points: 44
  • FA Cup:
First Round: Newport County (A), 1-1. Replay 4-2
Second Round: Minehead AFC (A), 0-3
Third Round: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), 2-2. Replay 3-1
  • League Cup
First Round (over two legs): Plymouth Argyle, (H) 2-2, (A) 0-0. Replay 0-1. Exeter won 3-2 on aggregate
Second Round: Aston Villa (H) 1-3

First Team 
Results

20/08/1977 Walsall  A W 3-1 5174 Beer 2 Kellow  
27/08/1977 Bury H D 2-2 5236 Hodge Kellow  
03/09/1977 Shrewsbury Town A W 2-0 3302 Atkins (og) Kellow  
10/09/1977 Port Vale H W 4-1 5026 Robertson 2 (2p's) Hodge Holman
13/09/1977 Rotherham United  A L 0-1 4889 :    
17/09/1977 Peterborough United A D 1-1 5016 Kellow    
24/09/1977 Portsmouth H L 0-1 5875 :    
26/09/1977 Carlisle United H L 0-1 5106 :    
01/10/1977 Chesterfield A D 0-0 3771 :    
03/10/1977 Tranmere Rovers  A L 1-2 3807 Roberts    
08/10/1977 Wrexham H L 0-1 4722 :    
12/10/1977 Sheffield Wednesday H W 2-1 4564 Jennings Holman  
15/10/1977 Lincoln City  A W 2-1 4704 Randall Kellow  
22/10/1977 Preston North End H W 2-0 5444 Jennings Kellow  
29/10/1977 Swindon Town A L 0-4 7021 :    
05/11/1977 Oxford United H W 2-1 4830 Hodge (p) Bowker  
12/11/1977 Gillingham  A L 0-1 5714 :    
19/11/1977 Bradford City H W 1-0 4747 Hodge (p)    
03/12/1977 Cambridge United H L 2-4 4932 Kellow 2 (2p's)    
09/12/1977 Colchester United  A L 1-3 3267 Holman    
26/12/1977 Plymouth Argyle A D 2-2 12349 Roberts Kellow  
27/12/1977 Hereford United H W 1-0 6722 Bowker    
31/12/1977 Oxford United  A D 0-0 4688 :    
02/01/1978 Chester H D 1-1 6193 Ingham    
14/01/1978 Walsall H D 1-1 5149 Kellow    
17/01/1978 Sheffield Wednesday A L 1-2 9596 Bowker    
21/01/1978 Bury A L 0-5 3730 :    
28/01/1978 Shrewsbury Town H D 1-1 3906 Kellow    
08/02/1978 Port Vale  A L 0-4 3333 :    
11/02/1978 Peterborough United H W 1-0 4017 Holman    
28/02/1978 Portsmouth  A D 1-1 10260 Cahill (og)    
04/03/1978 Wrexham  A L 1-2 15317 Bowker    
08/03/1978 Rotherham United H W 1-0 4016 Kellow    
11/03/1978 Lincoln City H W 3-0 4280 Bowker Holman 2  
18/03/1978 Preston North End A D 0-0 9189 :    
22/03/1978 Swindon Town H D 0-0 4449 :    
25/03/1978 Hereford United  A L 0-4 4436 :    
28/03/1978 Plymouth Argyle H D 0-0 8334 :    
01/04/1978 Chester  A L 1-2 1996 Holman    
03/04/1978 Carlisle United A L 0-2 3693 :    
08/04/1978 Gillingham H W 2-1 3982 Bowker Kellow  
15/04/1978 Bradford City A W 2-1 4924 Holman Kellow  
18/04/1978 Chesterfield H D 0-0 3200 :    
22/04/1978 Colchester United H D 0-0 3853 :    
26/04/1978 Tranmere Rovers H W 4-2 3156 Bowker 2 Delve Hatch
29/04/1978 Cambridge United A L 1-2 8741 Bowker    


Final Table 
League Division 3
                              P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A  Pts
 1. WREXHAM                  46  14  8  1  48  19   9  7  7  30  26   61
 2. CAMBRIDGE UNITED         46  19  3  1  49  11   4  9 10  23  40   58
 3. PRESTON NORTH END        46  16  5  2  48  19   4 11  8  15  19   56
 4. Peterborough United      46  15  7  1  32  11   5  9  9  15  22   56
 5. Chester City             46  14  8  1  41  24   2 14  7  18  32   54
 6. Walsall                  46  12  8  3  35  17   6  9  8  26  33   53
 7. Gillingham               46  11 10  2  36  21   4 10  9  31  39   50
 8. Colchester United        46  10 11  2  36  16   5  7 11  19  28   48
 9. Chesterfield             46  14  6  3  40  16   3  8 12  18  33   48
10. Swindon Town             46  12  7  4  40  22   4  9 10  27  38   48
11. Shrewsbury Town          46  11  7  5  42  23   5  8 10  21  34   47
12. Tranmere Rovers          46  13  7  3  39  19   3  8 12  18  33   47
13. Carlisle United          46  10  9  4  32  26   4 10  9  27  33   47
14. Sheffield Wednesday      46  13  7  3  28  14   2  9 12  22  38   46
15. Bury                     46   7 13  3  34  22   6  6 11  28  34   45
16. Lincoln City             46  10  8  5  35  26   5  7 11  18  35   45
17. Exeter City              46  11  8  4  30  18   4  6 13  19  41   44
18. Oxford United            46  11 10  2  38  21   2  4 17  26  46   40
19. Plymouth Argyle          46   7  8  8  33  28   4  9 10  28  40   39
20. Rotherham United         46  11  5  7  26  19   2  8 13  25  49   39
21. PORT VALE                46   7 11  5  28  23   1  9 13  18  44   36
22. BRADFORD CITY            46  11  6  6  40  29   1  4 18  16  57   34
23. HEREFORD UNITED          46   9  9  5  28  22   0  5 18   6  38   32
24. PORTSMOUTH               46   4 11  8  31  38   3  6 14  10  37   31
Reserves Report and Fixtures by Chris Davey

ROVING WITH THE RESERVES'

The start of a new season in the Rothmans Western League for our Reserve Team brings an even greater challenge now that the 1st team are competing in the third division again. It is imperative that the gap between the two teams is kept as small as possible and that both teams are similarly organised, but that is not an easy thing to achieve for many reasons. A small professional staff, part-time coaches, some amateur players, make the job difficult but not impossible!

The clubs new training and coaching programme has been carefully devised to try and overcome these disadvantages. Many of the 1st team patterns and set pieces have been rehearsed by the Reserve and Youth team squad during an intensive pre-season build up. Special all day coaching sessions have taken place which hopefully will make the clubs other teams as well organised and attractive to watch as our first XI. Under Trainer/Coach KEN RAMSDEN, the lads have achieved a high level of fitness and certainly no player should be lacking in that respect!

The Reserve Team, I am sure, will be unrecognisable to supporters from last years side and two of the new signings include 21 year old midfield man DICK FORBES.  Dick has played for Brighton F.C,  the England Schools Under 18 team and has also represented the Western League XI. Fullback TONY MITCHELL was formerly with Leatherhead in the Isthmian League and has represented the Western League and Surrey County. Both players are currently studying at St Lukes College and I am hopeful that they will follow in the footsteps of other St Lukes lads, Alan Pinkney and John Baugh, straight into the first team.

Other young players to watch should be last years Youth Team Skipper JEFF WEEKS (Graham's brother), striker ANDY WHITE and hard tackling ANDY ROWDEN. They all played for last seasons Youth Team and will be fighting hard to establish themselves in the coming season.

The purpose of a Reserve Team is not just to win matches but to facilitate the technical and tactical development of individual players. But if that can be achieved in a winning team then everyone is happy. I hope it can, please support the lads and see!
CHRIS DAVEY
RESERVE TEAM MANAGER.

Western League
Results 
Western League 1977-78
20/08/1978 League Bridport Home 0-3 :        
03/09/1977 League Shepton Mallet Home 1-1 Ireland        
10/09/1977 League Paulton Rovers Away 1-2 Rowden        
17/09/1977 League Saltash United Home 1-1 Mitchell (T)        
24/09/1977 League Falmouth Away 1-5 Ireland        
01/10/1977 League Welton Rovers Home 1-0 Bob Jackson        
15/10/1977 League Frome Home 1-0 Forbes        
18/10/1977 League Tiverton Town Home 1-1          
22/10/1977 League St Lukes College Away 0-0 :        
29/10/1977 League Clevedon Home 4-1 Ireland        
02/11/1977 League Bideford  Away 3-1 Ingham  Ireland Roberts    
05/11/1977 League Welton Rovers Away 1-1          
12/11/1977 League Glastonbury Home 0-0 :        
19/11/1977 League Shepton Mallet Away 2-4 Ireland Rowden (pen)      
26/11/1977 WL Cup Barnstaple Away 0-2 :        
03/12/1977 League Clevedon Away 2-3          
10/12/1977 League Falmouth Home 0-3 :     Att 1000  
17/12/1977 League Bridport Away 0-0 :        
26/12/1977 League Dawlish Away 2-1 Mitchell (T) Ingham   Paul Gidley debut  
07/01/1978 League Barnstaple Away 1-2 Hartnell         
21/01/1978 League Paulton Rovers Home 3-1 Ingham  Ireland Gidley (P)    
04/02/1978 League Bridgwater Away 1-1 White (A)        
11/02/1978 League Glastonbury Away 3-1 Gidley 2 White       
25/02/1978 League Mangotsfield Away 1-2 Ingham         
28/02/1978 League Bideford Home 0-0 :        
04/03/1978 League Bridgwater Home 4-1 Hartnell 2 Forbes Ingham    
14/03/1978 League Barnstaple Home 6-0 Dave Jackson Ford (K) Ingham Ireland Weeks G
24/03/1978 League Saltash United Away 1-1          
25/03/1978 League Dawlish Home 1-1 Jennings        
27/03/1978 League Frome Away 1-2          
05/04/1978 League Tiverton Town Away 0-0 :        
11/04/1978 League Weston Super Mare Home 1-0 Ingham         
13/04/1978 League Mangotsfield Home 4-0 Jackson 2 White  Ireland    
22/04/1978 League Weston Super Mare Away 2-2          
29/04/1978 League St Lukes College Home 0-0 :   St Luke's final football game! 


Final Table
Western  League - Premier Division
                                   P  W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1.Falmouth Town                  34 26  5  3  98  30  83
 2.Bideford                       34 25  8  1  86  25  83
 3.Barnstaple Town                34 18 10  6  75  37  64
 4.Saltash United                 34 17  7 10  66  53  58
 5.Bridport                       34 14 13  7  44  21  55
 6.Clevedon Town                  34 16  9  9  62  41  55 (2 points deducted)
 7.Frome Town                     34 14  8 12  43  39  50
 8.Paulton Rovers                 34 15  5 14  55  52  50
 9.Weston Super Mare              34 14  8 12  44  48  50
10.Exeter City Reserves           34 11 13 10  48  41  46
11.Bridgwater Town                34 12  9 13  52  56  45
12.Tiverton Town                  34  8 10 16  47  61  34
13.Shepton Mallet                 34  9  6 19  52  93  33
14.Glastonbury                    34  9  5 20  46  77  32
15.Mangotsfield United            34  7 10 17  50  75  31
16.Welton Rovers                  34  8  6 20  34  68  30
17.Dawlish Town                   34  6 10 18  39  67  28
18.St. Luke's College             34  1 10 23  20  78  13

South West and Wales Youth League
Results


South West and Wales Youth League
29/08/1977 League Torquay United Home 2-0 Ireland 2        
04/09/1977 League Cardiff City Away 2-5 Steve Baxter 2        
18/09/1977 League Bristol Rovers Home 1-1 Harry Hawes        
21/09/1977 League Clevedon Away 2-1 Baxter Russell (M)      
27/09/1977 League Bath City  Home 3-2 Ireland  Phil Kellow 2      
  FAY Cup QF 1 Clevedon Home 8-2          
13/10/1977 FAY Cup QF 2 Torquay United Home 1-2 Harry Hawes        
24/10/1977 League Swansea City Home            
13/11/1977 League Bath City  Away 3-6 Ireland Carpenter 2      
20/11/1977 League Cardiff City Home 1-1 Gidley (P)        
  League Mangotsfield Away            
16/01/1978 League Torquay United Away            
27/01/1978 League Hereford Away            
  League Bristol Rovers Away            
  League Swansea City Home            
21/02/1978 League Swansea City Away 1-2 Gidley (P)        
13/03/1978 Cup Torquay United Home 0-6 :        
23/03/1978 Friendly Minehead Away 3-1 White (Steve) Ireland Gidley (P)    
04/04/1978 League Cheltenham Away 4-3 Ireland 2 Smythe 2      
12/04/1978 League Cheltenham Home 0-1 :        
13/04/1978 League Mangotsfield Home 3-0 Gidley (P) Rowden Bickley    
19/04/1978 League Clevedon Home 6-2 Bickley 2 Ireland 2 Smythe Rowden  
28/04/1978 League Hereford Home            

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