ECFC 1913/14

The Squad photo from the 1913/14 season where Exeter finished 12th in the Southern League, Division One, and made it to the Second Round of the FA Cup.



EXETER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
Season 1913-1914:

It is not proposed, at this stage, to go into any long story about the prospects of Exeter City's reconstructed team, for the discussion of prospects before the serious work begins is all a somewhat futile undertaking. Reading some of the lengthy columns which are written at this time of the year on clubs' prospects, it becomes clear that the guessing at prospects is a very hazardous business. Lost newspapers which circulate over wide areas devote several columns to contributions from their correspondents at all the football centres; each correspondent deals with the outlook before the particular club in his centre, and the percentage of clubs who are expected, according to those correspondents, to win their respective Leagues, and have a big say in the Cup, works out at about ninety!
Suffice to say that, on paper, there is a "likely" look about the new Exeter City team. The defence, at any rate, appears to be remarkably solid, though Strettle's ability is being accepted on his past record rather than what he has done in the trials. At centre-forward, of course, Lovett has his spurs still to win, and unless he makes some remarkable advance, it does not appear as if the Grecians will be any stronger in this position than they have been in the past. Indeed, except on the right wing, where Kirby and Whittaker should prove as strong as any pair in the League, there is a good deal of the speculative character about the City attack, so much so, in fact, as to cause one to hesitate before assuming that it will be as good as last year's.
The defence is likely to be better than last season's, but the attack, on the other hand, may prove either very good or quite ordinary

Esprit de Corps.

One thing about the men Mr Chadwick has got together for 1913-14 can, whatever else is disputed, be said with certainty, namely, that there are absolutely no "rabbits" among them. None of the new men will be so much money in wages thrown away, and few managers pick up a considerable number of new players in the summer and get no "passengers". Exeter had a passenger last year, in Clay. There is no player of his utter lack of promise on the books at the present moment. Indeed, of the Plymouth League side, it is quite likely that it will be a better reserve string than Exeter City has ever had. For instance, there are worse defences even in Southern League first teams today than Loram; Goddard, Harding; Smith, Lagan, and Marshall.What the City Management need to be principally concerned about is the maintaining of a good feeling that permits of no jarring note, a feeling that is based on contentment. Mr McGahey was quite right when he suggested that "Esprit de Corps" was the City's most useful player last year; it is to be hoped that he has signed on again.


EXETER CITY
1st Team
Southern League

Month 

Date 

 Opponents

 Venue 

Score 

 Scorers

Sep

6

Southampton  

away

0-2

 

 

13

Reading          

home

0-1

 

 

15

Merthyr Town(*)

away

1-2

Lovett.

 

20

Crystal Palace            

away

0-0

 

 

27

Coventry City

home

0-0

 

Oct

1

Merthyr Town

home

3-0

McCann, Brooksbank, Whittaker.

 

4

Watford

away

1-0

Lee.

 

11

Norwich City

home

0-1

 

 

18

Gillingham

away

0-2

 

 

25

Northampton Town

home

2-0

Whittaker 2.

Nov

1

Southend United

away

0-1

 

 

8

Brighton and Hove

home

4-1

Marshall, McCann, Holt, Whittaker.

 

15

Portsmouth

away

2-2

Whittaker 2.

 

22

Millwall

home

3-1

Whittaker 2, Marshall.

 

29

Queen's Park Rgrs

home

0-0

 

Dec

6

Cardiff City

away

1-1

Whittaker.

 

13

Swindon Town

home

0-2

 

 

20

Bristol Rovers

away

1-1

McCann.

 

25

West Ham United

away

1-1

Marshall.

 

26

West Ham United

home

1-1

Holt.

 

27

Southampton

home

2-0

Lovett, McCann.

1914

 

 

 

 

 

Jan

3

Reading

away

2-2

Lovett, McCann.

 

10

Portsmouth(**)

away

4-0

Holt 2, Marshall 2.

 

17

Crystal Palace

home

1-1

Marshall.

 

24

Coventry City

away

2-1

Goodwin, Holt.

 

31

Aston Villa(**)

home

1-2

McCann.

Feb

7

Watford

home

1-1

McCann.

 

14

Norwich City

away

1-3

McCann.

 

21

Gillingham

home

2-0

McCann, Goodwin.

 

28

Northampton Town

away

1-2

Whittaker.

Mar

7

Southend United

home

0-0

 

 

14

Brighton and Hove

away

1-2

Whittaker.

 

21

Portsmouth

home

1-0

Brooksbank.

 

28

Millwall

away

1-3

McCann.

Apr

4

Queen's Park Rgrs

away

3-2

Whittaker 2, Lovett.

 

10

Plymouth Argyle

away

0-0

 

 

11

Cardiff City

home

0-1

 

 

13

Plymouth Argyle

home

0-0

 

 

15

Merthyr Town

away

0-1

 

 

18

Swindon Town

away

1-1

McCann.

 

25

Bristol Rovers

home

1-1

McCann.

 

29

Plymouth Argyle(***)

away

1-0

Goodwin.

(*) = Southern Charity Cup.  (**) = English Cup. (***) =Spooner Cup

 

CITY RESERVES: PLYMOUTH MID DISTRICT LEAGUE

Month

Date

Opponents

Venue

Score

Scorers

Sep

6

Argyle Reserves

Home

2-0

Lewis, Brooksbank.

 

13

Argyle Reserves

Away

0-2

 

 

20

St Austell

home

4-2

McCann 2, Baker, Lewis.

 

27

Torpoint

away

1-0

Gerrish.

Oct

4

Gordon Highlanders.

home

7-0

Lovett 2, Hunt, Holt, Kirby 3.

 

11

Royal Scots

away

1-1

Gerrish.

 

18

Torquay Town

home

2-1

Lewis, Gerrish.

Nov

1

Royal Irish

away

3-0

Tucker 2, Kirby.

 

15

Royal Marines

home

4-1

Evans 2, Orr, Lovett.

 

22

Torquay Town

away

2-2

Evans, Gerrish.

 

29

St Austell

away

1-1

Lewis.

Dec

13

Gordon Highlanders

away

4-1

Lovett 2, Brooksbank 2.

 

20

Babbacombe

home

2-2

Bell and another.

 

27

Millbrook Rangers

away

1-3

Lewis.

1914

 

 

 

 

 

Jan

17

Argyle Reserves(*)

away

0-1

 

Feb

7

Babbacombe

away

2-1

Evans, Pratt.

 

14

Royal Marines

home

5-0

Lewis, Whittaker 3, Evans.

 

21

Royal Irish

away

5-0

Cox, Orr, Evans, Marshall, Walker.

 

28

Royal Scots

home

2-1

Marshall 2.

Mar

14

Oreston Rovers

home

5-0

Pratt, Evans, Marshall, Rose, Budd.

 

21

Oreston Rovers

away

0-1

 

 

28

Middlesex Regiment

home

3-1

Rose 2, Goodwin.

Apr

4

Torpoint

home

3-0

Walker, Pratt, Evans.

 

18

Royal Naval Bks

home

0-0

 

 

25

Royal Naval Bks

away

0-3

 

 

29

Middlesex Regiment

away

1-2

Davey.

 

30

Millbrook Rangers

home

2-0

Greenaway, Whittaker.

(*) Devon Senior Cup.

 

EXETER CITY GOALSCORERS
Southern League

Whittaker 13, McCann 11, Marshall 4, Holt 3, Lovett 3, Brooksbank 2, Goodwin 2, Lee 1.

 

Plymouth League

Evans 8, Lewis 6, Lovett 5, Gerrish, Kirby, Marshall, Whittaker, each 4, Brooksbank, Pratt, Rose, each 3, McCann, Orr, Tucker, Walker, each 2, Baker, Bell, Budd, Cox, Davey, Goodwin, Greenaway, Holt, Hunt, and one other, each 1.

 

APPEARANCES: SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Brooksbank

25

Lagan

23

Pratt

16

Evans

6

Lee

6

Pridham

2

Fort

33

Lewis

4

Pym

38

Goodwin

15

Lovett

20

Rigby

37

Harding

7

McCann

35

Smith

29

Holt

30

Marshall

18

Strettle

37

Kirby

5

Orr

2

Whittaker

30

 

Where They Played

Goal: Pym 38.

Right Back: Fort 33, Harding 5.

Left Back: Strettle 37, Harding 1.

Right Half: Rigby 36, Harding 1, Smith 1.

Centre Half: Lagan 23, Pratt 15.

Left Half: Smith 28, Marshall 5, Evans 4, Pratt 1.

Outside right: Holt 29, Whittaker 9.

Inside right: Lovett 19, Whittaker 5, Brooksbank 4, Lewis 4, Kirby 3, Pridham 2, Rigby 1.

Centre forward: Brooksbank 21, Whittaker 16, Lovett 1.

Inside left: McCann 35, Kirby 2, Marshall 1.

Outside left: Goodwin 15, Marshall 12, Lee 6, Evans 2, Orr 2, Holt 1.


SOUTHERN LEAGUE TABLE

 

 Team

P

W

D

L

 Goals F-A

Pts

Swindon Town

38

21

8

9

81-41

50

Crystal Palace

38

17

16

5

60-32

50

Northampton Town

38

14

19

5

50-37

47

Reading

38

17

10

11

43-36

44

Plymouth Argyle

38

15

13

10

46-42

43

West Ham United

38

15

12

11

61-60

42

Brighton and Hove

38

15

12

11

43-45

42

Queen's Park Rangers

38

16

9

13

45-43

41

Portsmouth

38

14

12

12

57-48

40

Cardiff City

38

13

12

13

46-42

38

Southampton

38

15

7

16

55-54

37

Exeter City

38

10

16

12

39-38

36

Gillingham

38

13

9

16

48-49

35

Norwich City

38

9

17

12

49-51

35

Millwall Athletic

38

11

12

15

51-56

34

Southend United

38

10

12

16

41-66

32

Bristol Rovers

38

10

11

17

46-67

31

Watford

38

10

9

19

50-56

29

Merthyr Town

38

9

10

19

38-61

28

Coventry City

38

6

14

18

43-68

26

 

Plymouth and District League Table

 

 

Pld

Won

Drn

Lost

Goals

Pts

Royal Naval Barracks

26

20

4

2

70-21

44

Plymouth Argyle*

26

20

3

3

93-25

43

Exeter City*

26

16

5

5

62-25

37

Millbrook Rangers

26

12

7

7

62-41

31

St Austell

26

13

4

9

64-51

30

Babbacombe

26

11

4

11

58-61

26

Torpoint

26

10

6

10

48-55

26

Royal Marines

26

10

5

11

46-53

25

4th Middlesex Regiment

26

9

6

11

49-44

24

Torquay Town

26

10

4

12

55-52

24

Royal Scots Regiment

26

9

1

16

43-56

19

Oreston Rovers

26

7

3

16

39-85

17

Gordon Highlanders

26

4

4

18

26-72

12

Royal Irish Regiment

26

1

4

21

20-94

6

*Reserve teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXETER CITY'S BRIGHTER OUTLOOK

Whilst Exeter City do not hold such an exalted position in the Southern League table as last season, the club has never on any previous occasion finished a campaign more settled or with better and brighter prospects. They have dropped from the seventh to the twelfth position in the League table, and the number of goals they have scored is fewer than any other club in the League, with the exception of Merthyr Town, who have scored one less. These facts naturally indicate that the present constitution of the team is not all that could be desired, and undoubtedly fresh blood will have to be introduced if the record is to be improved upon during next season.
Re-signing has commenced, and it is understood that Mr. Chadwick is in search of new players. Exeter's weakness in attack has been admitted on all sides, and with the exception of Whittaker and McCann the team does not possess what might be termed a. goalscoring forward. McCann has been the most consistent forward, and comes next to Whittaker in the matter of goalscoring, but he has not signified his intention of remaining at Exeter. If he does not, the directors will have difficulty in finding an equal substitute.

Fewer Goals Against.

Only 38 League goals have been scored, - nine less than in the previous season - and of these Whittaker, with 13, and McCann, with 10, have obtained 23, but six fewer goals have been let in. Twice as many games have been drawn, and the number of matches lost was the same as last season. Generally, by far the best performances of the City have taken place away from home, and the one outstanding game being. the Cup-tie at Fratton Park against Portsmouth, which will be looked back upon with pride for many years to come. There have been exceptions, however, at St. James's Park, notably against the celebrated Aston Villa, when the Grecians gave one of the best displays in their history, and were praised to the skies by London newspapers.

The Promise of Smith.

One of the chief features of the team has been the consistency of the intermediate line, and if the whole of the half-backs are retained no anxiety need be felt in that department. Smith has no doubt caught the eye more than the others, for once having settled in and secured a regular place he very quickly came to be regarded as the most promising player on the City's books.
Lagan and Pratt at the central positions, and Rigby, the captain, on the other flank, have all done great service, and have been signed on for a further season. Fort and Strettle could probably not be improved upon, and it is to be hoped that the former will remain with the club.

The small number of goals which Pym has let pass indicates his worth, and he has shown himself to be a goalkeeper of far more than ordinary ability. Furthermore, he was discovered almost on Exeter City's doorstep, so to speak, playing for Topsham.
Financially the season has been a record one. The "gates" from matches in the Southern League have shown a great improvement, and the Plymouth and District League games have also been fairly well patronised.

EXETER CITY FOR THE ARGENTINE

The average Southern League gates have been greatly in excess of any previous season, whilst the club also did well out of the Cup Competition. The result is that the bank overdraft has been reduced from £1,500 to £600, which means the saving of a large part of the annual drain for interest and charges. But there is yet to be paid certain transfer fees on two or three players.
In previous years the directors were always faced with the difficulty of having to start each season with a fresh team owing to the lack of means to pay summer wages. This great disadvantage has happily been removed this year, in consequence of Exeter City having been chosen to represent the League on an Argentine tour, from which, too, some amount of profit may be anticipated.

Thus the team's defence, one of the strongest in the League, has been retained intact, whilst the following five forwards have also been re-signed: Holt, Lovett, Whittaker, Marshall, and Goodwin, and Mr. Chadwick, the manager, is at present in the
North on the search for others.

The Supporters Club, which has frequently rendered considerable monetary assistance (by the promotion of social functions and other events) has decided to make a further donation of £100 towards the summer wages fund.

FULL STEAM AHEAD
City Players Embark for the Argentine:

Exeter City Football Team sailed from Southampton, on May 22nd, on the "Andes" for their tour in the Argentine, which will extend over three months. The party were looking forward with pleasurable anticipation to the trip. Mr Thomas, with Mr Norman, travelled with the party to Southampton to wish them "bon voyage". As previously announced, eight matches will be played, including six against representative sides of the Argentine Football Association.

Most of the games will take place in Buenos Ayres, and matches at Rosario and Rio de Janeiro on the way back, will enter into the tour. The party is in charge of Mr. McGahey, with two of the other directors, Messrs. Parkhouse and Middleweek. The whole of the fifteen players embarked:- Pym, Loram, Fort, Strettle, Harding, Rigby, Lagan, Pratt, Smith, Marshall, Holt, Lovett, Whittaker, Goodwin, and Hunter, recently secured from Clapton Orient.
The party leave the Argentine on July 13th, arriving at Liverpool on the "Drina" on August 4th.

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