Match 19
09/11/1957
Coventry (a)

SATURDAY 9th NOVEMBER 1957.

A CITY DISASTER DAY.

COVENTRY 6.

EXETER CITY 1,
Hunter; Foley, Mitchell; Butterworth, Harvey, Simpson; WilsonAtkinson, Calland, Churms, Dale,

Scorers
Coventry Patrick 3, Sambrook, McPherson, Timmins,
Exeter City Atkinson

Attendance 12,707,

Exeter City watched by Bath City manager Bob Harrison were thrashed, This was D for disaster day, disaster from the first few minutesIn the fourth minute with City already escaped a penalty award when Foley handled, Simpson pushed the ball back to Hunter, it stuck in the mud and Patrick hammered the ball past the helpless Hunter, It was not Simpson's day for half an hour later he was carried off on a stretcher with a bad knee injury. In between these two accidents City had conceded two more goals.

Patrick scored his second and Coventry's second goal direct from a free kick in the 23rd minute. Five minutes later Harvey fouled SambrookTimmins scored from the penalty spotUp till then City were completely outclassed, but down to ten men they showed a definite improvement and were rewarded when Dale's perfect lob found Atkinson who shot City's only goal.

City fought determinedly in the second half, Churms and Atkinson in particular working hard foraging and tackling. Dale hit the crossbar but then Coventry broke away and McPherson scored from another Sambrook centre, Patrick completed his hat trick and Sambrook completed the scoring.  


Southern League 

EXETER CITY RESERVES 0.
Bell; John, MacDonald; Beer, Packer, Waterman; Robinson, Hill, Rapley, Rees, Skuse,

CHELTENHAM 0.

TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER 1957.

CITY MANAGER SEES NICHOLLS IN CARDIFF.

Exeter City manager Bill Thompson is in Cardiff today bargaining for Cardiff's ex WB.A, and England inside forward Johnny NichollsExeter face great competition for the 26 year old forwardMillwall, Norwich City, Walsall, Coventry City and Southampton have all enquired after the player who has said he prefers to move back to the Midlands if possible,

WEDNESDAY 13th NOVEMBER 1957. CITY SIGN JOHNNY NICHOLLS FROM CARDIFF

. Johnny Nichols travelled unexpectedly to Exeter today and signed for Exeter City with nearly a dozen clubs after him, Exeter had to pay out a fee of £4,000 for the Cardiff inside forward, 26 year old Nicholls joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur when 16, he went on to win England International honours and holds a cup winners medalHe later signed for Cardiff City and was expected to return to a club in the Midlands yesterday instead of signing for Exeter.

THURSDAY 14th NOVEMBER 1957.

CITY AGREE TO BELL'S TRANSFER REQUEST.

Alec Bell, City's goalkeeper joins first choice goalkeeper George Hunter on the transfer list, So City are in the unique position of having both first and reserve team goalkeepers wanting to move on, Bell 24, joined Exeter from Partick Thistle and was wanted by Torquay United at one stage during last season,


TICKET SELL OUT.

City had 100 stand tickets for the Bath City cup tie on sale from 10 a,m, this morning at St James's Park, Seven minutes later all 100 were sold and many disappointed supporters were turned awayThe match is not all ticket and there will be plenty of room, both seats and standing available on the day of the match at Bath,

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