Huxford, Cliff

Birth Date

8th June 1937


Stroud, Gloucestershire



Biographical Text

Cliff Huxford played in the majority of Exeter City’s games during a single-season stay in 1967/68. Starting at Chelsea, and having made over 270 league appearances for Southampton, he departed St James’ Park for Worcester City. 

Signed as a full professional by Chelsea in February 1955, Cliff made six league appearances for the Stamford Bridge club as a wing-half before moving to Southampton in May 1959 where, over the course of eight seasons, he played in 278 league games (scoring four goals). 

Aged thirty, Cliff was regarded as quite a signing when he arrived at St James’ Park in June 1967 and he was straight into the team for the opening fixture at Bradford City on 19 August 1967. In what proved to be a disappointing season for the club, Cliff started forty league games (plus one substitute appearance) with a single goal early in the season at Halifax Town. 

With the final game of the season against Darlington ending goalless, it proved to be Cliff’s final Football League appearance before he continued his career with Southern League Worcester City ahead of returning to Hampshire and becoming manager of Brockenhurst (two separate spells) and Eastleigh. Eventually owning a decorating business in Bishops Waltham, Cliff died - with Alzheimer’s after many months in care - in August 2018 on the day of his wife's funeral. 



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