ECFC 1972/73

Squad Photograph from the 1972/73 season, Exeter finished this season in 8th place in Division Four, however in both the League and FA Cups they exited at the First Round stage.

  • League Stats: Position: 8th Played: 46, Won: 18, Drew: 14, Lost: 14 Goals For: 57, Goals Against: 51, Points: 50
  • FA Cup
First Round: Walton & Hersham (A), 1-2
  • League Cup
First Round: Brighton & Hove Albion (A), 1-2

First Team 
Results

12/08/1972 Southport  A L 0-1 2600 :      
19/08/1972 Bradford City H W 5-1 3849 Binney 2 Howell (og) Parker Wingate
26/08/1972 Mansfield Town A L 0-3 4177 :      
28/08/1972 Hartlepool United H D 1-1 4304 Gibson      
02/09/1972 Cambridge United H W 3-1 3249 Wingate Binney Morrin  
09/09/1972 Workington  A L 1-3 1345 Plumb      
16/09/1972 Stockport County H W 3-0 3384 Parker Binney Plumb  
20/09/1972 Aldershot H W 1-0 4013 Binney      
23/09/1972 Torquay United A W 2-0 8026 Wingate Binney    
25/09/1972 Darlington  A D 0-0 1374 :      
30/09/1972 Colchester United H W 1-0 5005 Plumb      
07/10/1972 Crewe Alexandra  A L 0-1 1911 :      
11/10/1972 Reading A L 0-2 4138 :      
14/10/1972 Hereford United H W 1-0 4516 Banks      
21/10/1972 Bury  A L 1-2 2870 Binney      
28/10/1972 Newport County H D 0-0 4588 :      
04/11/1972 Darlington H D 1-1 3991 Binney      
06/11/1972 Lincoln City H W 2-0 4319 Wingate Binney    
11/11/1972 Aldershot  A D 0-0 3737 :      
25/11/1972 Northampton Town  A W 2-1 2263 Balson Binney    
02/12/1972 Barnsley H W 2-1 3882 Balson 2      
16/12/1972 Gillingham H W 3-2 3866 Parker Binney 2    
23/12/1972 Chester  A W 1-0 2560 Binney      
26/12/1972 Torquay United H W 3-1 11296 Binney 2 (1p) Plumb    
30/12/1972 Bradford City  A L 0-4 5498 :      
06/01/1973 Mansfield Town H W 4-2 6744 Plumb 3 (1p) Morrin    
13/01/1973 Lincoln City  A D 2-2 3729 Plumb Binney    
20/01/1973 Cambridge United A W 3-1 3979 Balson Gibson Binney  
27/01/1973 Workington H W 4-2 6892 Plumb 2 Binney 2 (1p)    
09/02/1973 Stockport County  A L 0-1 3164 :      
12/02/1973 Peterborough United H D 1-1 5403 Binney      
17/02/1973 Southport H L 0-1 10122        
24/02/1973 Gillingham  A L 0-1 4695 :      
03/03/1973 Crewe Alexandra H D 0-0 5731 :      
10/03/1973 Hereford United  A L 0-1 11302 :      
17/03/1973 Bury H D 1-1 4560 Binney      
20/03/1973 Doncaster Rovers  A L 1-5 1823 Binney      
24/03/1973 Newport County  A L 0-2 4817 :      
31/03/1973 Northampton Town H W 4-1 3137 Binney 3 (1p) Plumb    
03/04/1973 Reading H D 0-0 3898 :      
06/04/1973 Barnsley A D 1-1 1428 Binney      
14/04/1973 Doncaster Rovers H L 0-1 3609 :      
16/04/1973 Colchester United  A W 2-1 3489 Binney 2      
21/04/1973 Peterborough United  A D 1-1 4593 Giles      
23/04/1973 Chester H D 0-0 3863 :      
28/04/1973 Hartlepool United  A D 0-0 1868 :      


Final Table 
League Division 4
                              P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A  Pts
 1. SOUTHPORT                46  17  4  2  40  19   9  6  8  31  29   62
 2. HEREFORD UNITED          46  18  4  1  39  12   5  8 10  17  26   58
 3. CAMBRIDGE UNITED         46  15  6  2  40  23   5 11  7  27  34   57
 4. ALDERSHOT                46  14  6  3  33  14   8  6  9  27  24   56
 5. Newport County           46  14  6  3  37  18   8  6  9  27  26   56
 6. Mansfield Town           46  15  7  1  52  17   5  7 11  26  34   54
 7. Reading                  46  14  7  2  33   7   3 11  9  18  31   52
 8. Exeter City              46  13  8  2  40  18   5  6 12  17  33   50
 9. Gillingham               46  15  4  4  44  20   4  7 12  19  38   49
10. Lincoln City             46  12  7  4  38  27   4  9 10  26  30   48
11. Stockport County         46  14  7  2  38  18   4  5 14  15  35   48
12. Bury                     46  11  7  5  37  19   3 11  9  21  32   46
13. Workington               46  15  7  1  44  20   2  5 16  15  41   46
14. Barnsley                 46   9  8  6  32  24   5  8 10  26  36   44
15. Chester City             46  11  6  6  40  19   3  9 11  21  33   43
16. Bradford City            46  12  6  5  42  25   4  5 14  19  40   43
17. Doncaster Rovers         46  10  8  5  28  19   5  4 14  21  39   42
18. Torquay United           46   8 10  5  23  17   4  7 12  21  30   41
19. Peterborough United      46  10  8  5  42  29   4  5 14  29  47   41
20. Hartlepool United        46   8 10  5  17  15   4  7 12  17  34   41
21. Crewe Alexandra          46   7  8  8  18  23   2 10 11  20  38   36
22. Colchester United        46   8  8  7  36  28   2  3 18  12  48   31
23. Northampton              46   7  6 10  24  30   3  5 15  16  43   31
24. Darlington               46   5  9  9  28  41   2  6 15  14  44   29
Exeter reforned their reserve side who were to play in the Western League, It had been disbanded at the end of the 1966/67 season for finacial reasons.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE RESERVES
The re-introduction of the City Reserves was a decision welcomed by every City supporter. The decision was a reverse of the usual trend of recent seasons which saw club after club deciding to operate with only one team.
The aim of the reserve side is to help local youngsters to develop and stop the promising youths from seeking soccer fame elsewhere. While one aim was to bring on local talent it is also intended that the reserve side will provide those professionals not in the first team with a game. This prevents players from becoming stale. A player for example could train as hard as he could, but without playing regularly he soon becomes stale.
Despite attempts to run the reserve side in the Exeter & District League certain problems were encountered. It was because of these problems that an application was made to join the Western League.
The man in charge of the reserve side is Keith Parsons. 
Keith seems well aware of the problems of running the reserve side. In fact, he disclosed to me that he would be happy if the reserve side "finished up half way in their first season". Keith, who works for the Exmouth Journal during the week, sees the main aim of the reserve side as a breeding ground for local players. "Naturally John (Newman) wants to give any good youngsters the chance to come through."
One youngster who has come through from the reserve side is Keith Clapham. Keith, of course, joined City from Bournemouth. He was recommended to City by Bournemouth's assistant manager. It is doubtful whether City would have signed Keith had we not had a reserve side because he had absolutely no League experience behind him. He made his debut for City at Torquay. 
As Keith Parsons told me, "Keith Clapham had been play ing well in the reserves. John Newman must have taken notice of the reports and decided to take the chance with Keith. I don't think John realised that he had signed such a competitive player."
The captain of the reserve side is Graham Mustard. He, in fact, was a member of City's last Western League side. I suspect he was made captain because of his Western League experience.
Keith Parsons seemed a little reluctant to single out any players. 
But I did gather that Dave Bassett and Rob Webber had impressed him most. He told me that "Dave Bassett is a very brave 'keeper. Rob Webber is a strong lad and we shall miss him while he is injured for the next three weeks."
Keith seemed relatively happy with the Western League performance. "At Bristol City we got a good point. Their combination side hadn't a game that day so we played them. At Mangotsfield we got another first-class point. Against St. Luke's we had to come from behind twice and to beat St. Luke's is a good thing."
Over all Keith felt that "some results had gone against us. In others we have been giving away early goals and possibly demoralising ourselves. Also we have had a lot of injuries". I'll vouch for that. Last week they drew at Frome with a player in goal who normally plays in defence.


Reserves 

Western League
Results 

Western League 1972/73
Exeter Reserves reformed 
12/08/1972 Cup Barnstaple Home 2-7 Clapham Neale      
19/08/1972 Cup Torquay Away 0-6 :        
23/08/1972 Cup Barnstaple Away 4-1          
26/08/1972 Cup Torquay Home 1-3          
31/08/1972 League Bridport Away 1-0          
02/09/1972 League Mangotsfield Away 1-1          
09/09/1972 League Devizes Home 0-2 :        
16/09/1972 League Bristol City Colts Away 2-2          
23/09/1972 League Frome Home 1-1 Neale        
30/09/1972 League Bridgwater Away 0-4 :        
07/10/1972 Cup St Lukes College Away 1-1          
11/10/1972 Cup St Lukes College Home 4-3          
14/10/1972 League Weston Super Mare Away 0-1 :        
18/10/1972 League Taunton Town Home 0-2 :        
21/10/1972 League Weston Super Mare Home 2-1          
28/10/1972 League Frome Away 3-3 Anthony 2 Weir      
04/11/1972 League Welton Rovers Away 2-2          
11/11/1972 League Ashtonians United Home 1-0 Anthony         
18/11/1972 League Avon (Bradford) Away 2-2 Anthony Hodge      
25/11/1972 League Bristol City Colts Home 4-0          
02/12/1972 WL Cup Frome Away 0-2 :        
09/12/1972 League St Lukes College Away 2-1          
16/12/1972 League Torquay United Away 1-1 Densham        
26/12/1972 League Barnstaple Away 0-0 :        
06/01/1973 League Glastonbury Away 1-3 Rowan        
13/01/1973 League Torquay United Home 3-1 Neale Steele Mustard     
20/01/1973 League Welton Rovers Home 0-1 :        
27/01/1973 League Devizes Away 3-5          
03/02/1973 League Ashtonians United Away 1-1          
10/02/1973 League Bridport Home 2-2 Banks 2        
24/02/1973 League Avon (Bradford) Home 1-1 Jones (Les)        
03/03/1973 League Taunton Town Away 1-2          
10/03/1973 League Mangotsfield Home 0-1 :        
20/03/1973 League Barnstaple Home 0-2 :        
22/03/1973 League St Lukes College Home 3-1          
24/03/1973 League Bridgwater Home 2-0 Gobson Neale      
13/04/1973 League Glastonbury Home 0-1 :        


Final Table 
Western League
                                   P  W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1.Devizes Town                   30 21  5  4  68  27  47
 2.Taunton Town                   30 19  7  4  69  26  45
 3.Mangotsfield United            30 21  3  6  69  35  45
 4.Bridgwater Town                30 17  7  6  65  24  41
 5.Weston-super-Mare              30 13  9  8  42  36  35
 6.Glastonbury                    30 14  6 10  45  44  34
 7.Barnstaple Town                30 13  7 10  57  52  33
 8.Bridport                       30 10 10 10  40  30  30
 9.Torquay United                 30 11  6 13  53  47  28
10.Frome Town                     30  9  9 12  30  44  27
11.Welton Rovers                  30  9  8 13  35  41  26
12.Exeter City                    30  7 11 12  39  47  25
13.St. Luke's College             30  9  3 18  33  73  21
14.Avon (Bradford)                30  6  3 21  27  68  15
15.Bristol City                   30  5  4 21  35  76  14
16.Ashtonians United              30  4  6 20  26  63  14

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