Match 19
17th December 1932
Third Division
Queens Park Rangers v Exeter City
Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Barry

Whitlow the Stylist! 


City's Redoubtable Defence

Saturday, December 17th 1932.
EXETER CITY 3  (Clarke Whitlow 2)
Half-time 1 - 3.

"It would be a pleasure to beat any team on a ground like this" was the comment of Arthur Davies when the Grecians looked round the White City before the match with Queen's Park Rangers. The White City Stadium, indeed, looked a wonderful picture winter sunshine. in the

The turf was heavy and sticky, and after inspecting the pitch it was decided that Whitlow and not Poulter should lead the attack. Miller resumed at left back for the Grecians, and Queen's Park fielded the team which beat Torquay United in the Cup Replay on Thursday.

Barrie Hall 
Adlam Armstrong Goodier 
Marcroft Goddard Gofton Rounce Brown

Referee:- Mr L.E.Gibbs, of Reading.

Welsby Houghton Whitlow Higgins Scott Barber Childs Clarke
Miller Gray
Exeter City 

Miller won the toss, and when the match began, at 2.17 pm., the huge ground looked almost empty, with 2,500 spectators dotted about the terraces and stands. The Rangers made ground rapidly by means of clever and accurate inter-passing, and from Brown's centre Marcroft drove the ball strongly over the Exeter bar. The City half backs forced play to the other end, and Scott very nearly secured the lead for Exeter with a fierce cross shot which Beecham saved, flinging himself sideways and turning the flying ball round the post for a corner. Scott's centre from the flag was perfect, and Beecham had to make several saves as the eager City forwards swarmed round his goal.


The Exeter defence stood firm in face of persistent pressure by the home forwards, and when the Grecians retaliated Higgins sent wide from an easy position. The defence at both ends of the field was stronger than the attack, but in 31 minutes Exeter forced a corner which resulted in a goal being scored. The flag kick, by Scott, was fisted clear by Beecham, and Higgins gaining possession shot along the ground and the ball cannoned against a defender. Quick as lightning, Clarke dashed into the fray, and with a regular "pile-driver" sent the ball thundering into the roof of the Rangers' net. This goal put more life into the game, and in 37 minutes Rounce equalised with a ground shot into an empty net after Gray had kicked clear from the goal-line and Davies had come out in an unsuccessful attempt to capture the ball. Exeter should have gone ahead again immediately afterwards when a beautiful combined attack had the home defence chasing, but Higgins, shooting with terrific force, drove the ball high over the bar. Exeter, however, were not to be denied. The sparkling play of the forwards had the Rangers' defence guessing, and a neat inside pass from Houghton was skilfully turned to account by Whitlow, who whipped the ball into the net before Beecham could make a move to stop it. Two minutes later the Grecians obtained goal number three, and again it was Whitlow's skilful sense of positioning which made it possible. This time Hall turned the ball back to the goalkeeper, but there was not enough pace behind it, and Whitlow nipped in and beat Beecham with a fast ground shot which struck the post and rebounded into the net. Three Exeter goals in the first half was a pleasant change indeed from the lean time of the last few weeks. The City were good value for their lead, their teamwork being superior, while Whitlow was full of bright ideas as leader of the forwards. Whitlow nearly scored again after the interval, but his shot this time landed the ball on top of the net. The Rangers in the last fifteen minutes made their best advances of the afternoon but in Gray and Miller the City had two redoubtable backs who were both in their most brilliant form, and Davies was rarely troubled. Whitlow stood head and shoulders above all the other forwards on the field. His play at centre forward was as stylish as anything seen on the ground this season.

Southern League

Barry, who have gained only one point in the Southern League this season, were no match for the City Reserves at St James's Park. Their team included several amateurs, who strove pluckily but who lacked method and craft. Hurst (2) and Kennedy scored for Exeter in the first twenty minutes, and Halloran replied for Barry just after half-time. Courtney obtained Exeter's fourth goal, and from a centre by Gumm the ball was kicked into his own net by Thomas. Kennedy played a big part in Exeter's success, creating several fine openings, while Gumm, who scored the sixth goal, was in his best form on the right wing.


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