Hancock, Dave

Birth Date

24th July 1938


Exeter, Devon



Biographical Text

Dave Hancock played for Exeter City between 1964 and 1965. He joined the club from Torquay United and later played for Durban United in South Africa where he spent the rest of his life. He was a member of the team that won promotion in 1963/64.

Although born in Exeter and attending Hele's School where he won rugby honours as a scrum-half, it was with Plymouth Argyle that Dave began his career as a junior before signing a full contract in September 1955. But, after just two league appearances for Argyle, he made the move to Torquay United in January 1959 where he added 177 league appearances (scoring twelve goals) and was a member of the club’s 1959/60 promotion-winning side.

Dave switched to Exeter City on transfer deadline day in March 1964 for a fee of £1,000 having been on the transfer list at Plainmoor after losing his place in the Torquay side. Making his debut against Oxford United on 21 March 1964 he played a part in the Grecians’ first-ever promotion as he played in all of the final nine games of the campaign which resulted in four wins, four draws and a defeat with the Easter game against Torquay United at St James' Park being watched by over 16,000 spectators. 

Netting three times in 31 league outings during 1964/65, Dave turned down an offer to play in Canada before heading to South Africa to play for Durban United in March 1966.

Dave Hancock died in Cape Town on 6 June 2007. 







Vanessa Hancock

He was my Father's baby brother, my uncle and though quite young recall going to various matches with my Father here in Exeter and also Plymouth, a handsome man as all the brothers were.

He did well n South Africa I recall, working for a diamond mine after his football career finished.

Jonathan Hancock

That's my dad :)

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