27th December 1955
TUESDAY 27th DECEMBER 1955.
Exeter C v Bournemouth.
EXETER CITY 2
Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; Davey, Harvey, Dunne; Thomas, John, Iggledon, Murphy, Rees,
Scorers Exeter City Iggledon 2,
Iggledon the City centre forward really touched top form, he scored both goals and led the rampaging City forwards with tons of skill and spirit but his starmaking is not rated much above the rest of the team, for Exeter were a side with hardly a weakness. The defence looked and was unbeatable, and it deserves special credit because of the dual task of the usual duties plus the protection of the handicapped Hunter who strained his left shoulder in the first minute of the game. The City forwards brilliantly prompted by a splendid fighting halfback line ran riot, particularly in one purple patch just after half time, then gols were missed by a fraction with Eire International goalkeeper Godwin making a series of fine saves and the City forwards finding themselves offside time and time again, Thomas the weakest member of the City attack shot inches wide, Rees a sparkling danger to the Bournemouth defence headed two chances wide, Iggledon's first chance came in the 20th minute when he darted forward to beat Godwin in the air from a Rees centre. The second came two minutes before half time when another centre from Rees was switched by Murphy's side foot lob to the ever ready Iggledon, he controlled the ball and then shot past Godwin as the goalkeeper dived frantically in the mud,
Tuesday 27th December
Chelmsford 2-1 Exeter City Reserves Ellaway scored.
EXETER CITY'S CHRISTMAS PRESENT
3 GAMES 4 POINTS. BUT SIMPSON AND HUNTER INJURED IN BOSCOMBE ENCOUNTERS.
Exeter City's Norman Dodgin had to wait, like all football managers, until the day after Boxing Day before emptying his Christmas stocking. He found right at the top the welcome present of four points from the City's three holiday period games, a 1-1 home draw against the Orient, another draw 0-0 at Boscombe, and a 2-0 win at St James's Park in the return match. But below that, lurking miserably, was the news of bad injuries to a couple of the City's star players, Hunter and Simpson. Simpson was bundled into the railings surrounding the pitch at Dean Court on Boxing Day and badly ripped his knee. Hunter strained his left shoulder when he made a flying save in the first minute of the match at Exeter on Tuesday. He had cocaine injections at half time to deaden the pain and played on with his left arm practically useless. He may be fit for next Saturday's Devon Derby, but Simpson will be out for several weeks in all probability.