ECFC 1954/55

As the squad photograph for this season had not yet been located, we have the City line-up from the away fixture against Reading on the 9th April 1955, which ended up as a stalemate. Exeter City narrowly avoided relegation in this season, placing 22nd in the Third Division South, just six points above the drop-zone. Exeter also did not enjoy an FA Cup run in this season, exiting in the First Round at the hands of Millwall.
  • League Position: 22nd Played: 46 Won: 11, Drew: 15, Lost: 20 Goals For: 47, Goals Against: 73 Points: 37
  • FA Cup
First Round: Millwall (A), 3-2.

  • 1st photo Chris Gillard says " I think all five Crediton footballers who played professional football for City are shown in this photo. Keith Harvey, Fred Davey and Bill Ellaway were at the time playing for City, former City player Stan Hurst can be seen standing second from the right and Ian Grinney (pictured seated on the right) was playing for Crediton. After the game City Manager I think Frank Houghton invited Ian to join City as an amateur."
 
  • 2nd photo Back Arnold Mitchell, Fred Davey, Charlie McClelland, Richard Walton, Keith Harvey, Norman Douglass, Front Row Gerry Priestley, John Anderson, Angus Mackay, Bill Ellaway, Maurice Setters, Is actually August 1954 in a match at Crediton.

First Team 
Results

21/08/1954 Crystal Palace H W 2-0 12467 McClelland Houghton  
25/08/1954 Colchester United H D 2-2 9100 Houghton Ellaway  
28/08/1954 Northampton Town  A L 0-2 9248      
02/09/1954 Colchester United  A W 2-1 7063 Ellaway McClelland  
04/09/1954 Watford H D 0-0 9304      
08/09/1954 Norwich City H L 0-1 9770      
11/09/1954 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic  A L 0-2 11310      
15/09/1954 Norwich City  A L 0-3 15929      
18/09/1954 Queens Park Rangers H W 2-1 8901 Ellaway Mackay (p)  
21/09/1954 Southend United  A D 0-0 10000      
25/09/1954 Newport County  A L 1-2 10000 Rees    
29/09/1954 Southend United H W 2-1 7142 Ellaway Mackay  
02/10/1954 Torquay United  A L 0-1 11027      
09/10/1954 Brentford H W 3-2 9700 MacKay 2 (1p) Callan  
16/10/1954 Coventry City  A D 1-1 13619 Ellaway    
23/10/1954 Southampton H L 0-1 10125      
30/10/1954 Bristol City  A L 0-2 26230      
06/11/1954 Leyton Orient H L 1-7 8874 McClelland (p)    
13/11/1954 Gillingham  A D 1-1 9100 Kaile    
27/11/1954 Shrewsbury Town A D 1-1 5733 Priestley    
04/12/1954 Walsall H D 1-1 8000 Ellaway    
18/12/1954 Crystal Palace A D 1-1 6906 Thomas    
25/12/1954 Swindon Town H W 2-1 6527 John Murphy  
27/12/1954 Swindon Town  A L 0-2 9550      
01/01/1955 Northampton Town H W 3-1 7040 MacKay McClelland John
22/01/1955 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic H D 1-1 7476 McClelland    
29/01/1955 Brighton and Hove Albion H W 3-1 7042 Houghton Dunne McClelland
05/02/1955 Queens Park Rangers A W 2-1 9576 Houghton Murphy  
12/02/1955 Newport County H D 1-1 6545 John    
19/02/1955 Torquay United H L 1-2 11160 MacKay    
26/02/1955 Brentford  A L 0-1 7450      
05/03/1955 Coventry City H D 0-0 7581      
12/03/1955 Southampton  A L 0-3 12419      
19/03/1955 Bristol City H L 0-1 12111      
23/03/1955 Brighton and Hove Albion  A L 3-5 3624 Houghton Mitchell John
26/03/1955 Leyton Orient  A L 0-5 11500      
02/04/1955 Gillingham H D 1-1 5179 Thomas    
08/04/1955 Aldershot  A L 2-4 6183 Houghton Thomas  
09/04/1955 Reading  A D 0-0 8271      
11/04/1955 Aldershot H L 0-1 6959      
16/04/1955 Shrewsbury Town H W 1-0 4944 McClelland    
23/04/1955 Walsall  A L 0-1 10953      
27/04/1955 Reading H W 3-1 4968 Davey Mackay (p) McClelland
30/04/1955 Millwall H L 1-4 6426 MacKay (p)    
02/05/1955 Millwall  A D 2-2 4930 Walton McClelland  
06/05/1955 Watford  A D 1-1 4125 Thomas    


Final Table 
League Division 3 (South)
                              P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A  Pts
 1. BRISTOL CITY             46  17  4  2  62  22  13  6  4  39  25   70
 2. Leyton Orient            46  16  2  5  48  20  10  7  6  41  27   61
 3. Southampton              46  16  6  1  49  19   8  5 10  26  32   59
 4. Gillingham               46  12  8  3  41  28   8  7  8  36  38   55
 5. Millwall                 46  14  6  3  44  25   6  5 12  28  43   51
 6. Brighton & Hove Albion   46  14  4  5  47  27   6  6 11  29  36   50
 7. Watford                  46  11  9  3  45  26   7  5 11  26  36   50
 8. Torquay United           46  12  6  5  51  39   6  6 11  31  43   48
 9. Coventry City            46  15  5  3  50  26   3  6 14  17  33   47
10. Southend United          46  13  5  5  48  28   4  7 12  35  52   46
11. Brentford                46  11  6  6  44  36   5  8 10  38  46   46
12. Norwich City             46  13  5  5  40  23   5  5 13  20  37   46
13. Northampton              46  13  5  5  47  27   6  3 14  26  54   46
14. Aldershot                46  12  6  5  44  23   4  7 12  31  48   45
15. Queen's Park Rangers     46  13  7  3  46  25   2  7 14  23  50   44
16. Shrewsbury Town          46  14  5  4  49  24   2  5 16  21  54   42
17. Bournemouth              46   7  8  8  32  29   5 10  8  25  36   42
18. Reading                  46   7 10  6  32  26   6  5 12  33  47   41
19. Newport County           46   8  8  7  32  29   3  8 12  28  44   38
20. Crystal Palace           46   9 11  3  32  24   2  5 16  20  56   38
21. Swindon Town             46  10  8  5  30  19   1  7 15  16  45   37
22. Exeter City              46   9  7  7  30  31   2  8 13  17  42   37
23. Walsall                  46   9  6  8  49  36   1  8 14  26  50   34
24. Colchester United        46   7  6 10  33  40   2  7 14  20  51   31
Reserves 
Southern League
Results
Southern League 1954/55 Comments
21/08/1954 SL Tonbridge Away 1-2 John      
25/08/1954 SL Guildford Away 0-0 :      
28/08/1954 SL Dartford Home 3-1 Houghton 2 Setters    
01/09/1954 SL Cup 1 Bath City Home 2-2 John Doyle   Two Legs
04/09/1954 SL Hastings  Away 0-5 :     Attendance was more than 4000
08/09/1954 SL Cup 1 Bath City Away 2-2 John Doyle   Morton played in goal
11/09/1954 SL Weymouth Home 1-3 John      
15/09/1954 SL Gloucester City Home 2-3 Murphy 2      
18/09/1954 SL Lovells Athletic Away 2-1 Dodgin Murphy    
22/09/1954 SL Chelmsford Home 4-2 Houghton  McClelland  Anderson  Walton 
25/09/1954 SL Kettering Home 2-2 McClelland Walton    
02/10/1954 SL Worcester City Home 0-1 :      
06/10/1954 SL Guildford Home 3-0 Mackay 3      
09/10/1954 SL Kidderminster Away 1-2 Doyle      
14/10/1954 SL Gloucester City Away 1-1 John      
16/10/1954 SL Yeovil  Home 2-3 Rees Murphy    
20/10/1954 Sl Cup 2 Yeovil  Away 1-1 Donaldson      1st Leg
23/10/1954 SL Llanelly Away 0-4        
28/10/1954 Sl Cup 2 Yeovil  Home 1-3 Houghton     2nd Leg
30/10/1954 SL Hereford Home 5-2 Ellaway 3 Murphy  Dunne  
06/11/1954 SL Barry Town Away 1-1 Houghton       
13/11/1954 SL Cheltenham Home 3-1 Houghton  John Rees  
20/11/1954 SL Gravesend United Away 3-2 Houghton John 2    
27/11/1954 SL Bedford Town Home 1-0 Anderson      
04/12/1954 SL Headington Home 4-2 Walton 2 Jones Anderson  
11/12/1954 SL Barry Town Home 2-0 Houghton Anderson    
18/12/1954 SL Tonbridge Home 1-0 Houghton      
25/12/1954 SL Bath City Away 0-3 :     Attendance 3000
27/12/1954 SL Bath City Home 0-3 :     Attendance 4861
01/01/1955 SL Dartford Away 1-0 Priestley      
08/01/1955 SL Merthyr Home 3-0 Donaldson Murphy Rees  
22/01/1955 SL Weymouth Away 0-3 :      
29/01/1955 SL Kettering Away 2-1 Anderson Robinson    
05/02/1955 SL Lovells Athletic Home 3-2 Priestley MacKay Donaldson  
12/02/1955 SL Merthyr Away 1-1 MacKay      
19/02/1955 SL Worcester City Away 0-3 :      
05/03/1955 SL Yeovil  Away 0-3 :      
09/03/1955 SL Hastings  Home 1-0 Priestley      
12/03/1955 SL Llanelly Home 0-2 :      
19/03/1955 SL Hereford Away 1-6 Donaldson      
02/04/1955 SL Cheltenham Away 2-4 Donaldson Houghton    
08/04/1955 SL Chelmsford Away 4-2 Priestley 2 Donaldson Mackay  
09/04/1955 SL Kidderminster Home 2-0 MacKay (pen) Anderson    
16/04/1955 SL Bedford Town Away 0-3 :      
23/04/1955 SL Headington Home 0-2 :      



Final Table 
Southern League
                                   P  W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1.Yeovil T                       42 23  9 10 105  66  55
 2.Weymouth                       42 24  7 11 105  84  55
 3.Hastings U                     42 21  9 12  94  60  51
 4.Cheltenham T.                  42 21  8 13  85  72  50
 5.Guildford C                    42 20  8 14  72  59  48
 6.Worcester C                    42 19 10 13  80  73  48
 7.Barry T                        42 16 15 11  82  87  47
 8.Gloucester C                   42 16 13 13  66  54  45
 9.Bath C                         42 18  9 15  73  80  45
10.Headington U                   42 18  7 17  82  62  43
11.Kidderminster H                42 18  7 17  84  86  43
12.Merthyr T                      42 17  8 17  97  94  42
13.Exeter C                       42 19  4 19  67  78  42
14.Lovell's A                     42 15 11 16  71  68  41
15.Kettering T                    42 15 11 16  70  69  41
16.Hereford U                     42 17  5 20  91  72  39
17.Llanelly                       42 16  7 19  78  81  39
18.Bedford T                      42 16  3 23  75 103  35
19.Tonbridge                      42 11  8 23  68  91  30
20.Dartford                       42  9 12 21  55  76  30
21.Chelmsford C.                  42 11  6 25  73 111  28
22.Gravesend & Northfleet         42  9  9 24  62  97  27

Exeter City “A”
Results



Exeter and District League
Premier League
PREMIER
P W D L F A PTS
1 St Lukes College 27 24 3 0 156 47 51
2 Tiverton Town 28 21 2 5 95 43 44
3 Exmouth Town 28 17 3 8 77 51 37
4 Exeter City A 27 15 5 7 82 49 35
5 Heavitree United 28 15 4 9 78 59 34
6 Ottery St Mary 27 12 5 10 81 77 29
7 Topsham Town 28 13 2 13 57 73 28
8 Friernhay   25 10 5 10 68 63 25
9 Chelston   27 11 3 13 72 81 25
10 Clyst Valley 27 9 5 13 53 80 23
11 Torrington 27 9 3 15 51 79 21
12 Axminster Town 27 9 4 14 57 69 20
13 Dawlish Town 28 5 8 15 46 72 18
14 Lympstone 28 3 4 21 40 113 10
15 Budleigh Salterton 28 2 4 22 47 104 8

Exeter City B 
Exeter and District League 
Senior 1

SENIOR 1
1 Beer Albion  25 20 2 3 111 30 42
2 I.T.C.RM    26 19 2 5 145 50 40
3 Sidmouth Town 26 17 5 4 95 47 39
4 Rockbeare 26 16 3 7 104 56 35
5 Exeter City B 23 16 1 6 90 36 33
6 Cullompton 26 15 0 11 90 63 30
7 St Lukes College Res 23 14 1 8 89 57 29
8 Tiverton Town Res 23 10 2 11 53 83 22
9 St Marks   * 25 6 3 16 63 103 19
10 Seaton Town 23 8 2 13 74 83 18
11 Dawlish Town Res 25 8 1 16 59 117 17
12 Heavitree United Res * 25 4 3 18 41 88 9
13 British Rail 21 2 1 18 22 119 5
14 Colyton  * 24 1 2 21 35 139 4

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