Match 41
15th March 1980
Blackpool (a)

Blackpool 1-0 ECFC 
Attendance: 4,155

It was a quick return to Blackpool for Exeter City striker Tony Kellow who had only rejoined the Grecians from the Lancashire club two days before in a transfer deadline day move for £65,000. Kellow was at the time, and indeed ended the season as Blackpool's leading goalscorer. Also making his debut for the City at Blackpool was Ray Pratt, who had been signed from Merthyr Tydfil. The return of Kellow was an extremely popular move among the Exeter supporters and manager Brian Godfrey had high hopes of his two new acquisitions.

A crowd of 4,155 were present at Bloomfield Road and it was Blackpool who secured the points with the only goal of the being scored by Paul Fletcher. Two players were also making their debuts for the home team, Ted MacDougall who had been signed from Bournemouth and Dermot Drummy on loan from Arsenal. Another familiar in the face in Blackpool side was Stan McEwan who moved onto Exeter City in 1982.

BLACKPOOL: lain Hesford, Paul Gardner, Terry Pashley, Bobby Doyle, Jack Ashurst, Stan mcEwan, Colin Morris, Ted MacDougall (Bobby Kerr), Paul Fletcher, Dermot Drummy, Wayne Harrison.

EXETER CITY: lan Main, John Hore, Tony Mitchell, Peter Hatch, Jimmy Giles, Phil Roberts, Dave Pullar, Peter Rogers, Tony Kellow, John Delve, Ray Pratt.

And from Dark Rock Diaries 
by Mike Blackstone 

Twenty-four hours later I had moved on to Blackpool not for for the delights that it offers, although that is debatable. personally cannot stand the place.  But this was for the all important fixture between Blackpool and Exeter City. The Grecians were 7th in the table whist Blackpool were struggling in 21st spot.

However, it was the hosts who got the win, thanks to the only goal of the game being scored by Paul Fletcher in the second half

Fletcher, who had also played for Bolton Wanderers, now an M.B.E.went on to become Chief Executive at Burnley Football Club. The attendance at Bloomfield Road for the Division Three fixture was 4,555, so considerably more than at Tranmere the previous evening.

Exeter City's team-
lan Main, John Hore, Tony Mitchell, Peter Hatch, Jimmy Giles, Phil Roberts, Dave Pullar, Peter Rogers, Tony Kellow, John Delve. Ray Pratt.

The game marked the return of Tony Kellow to the clubhaving ironically rejoined City from Blackpooland also the debut of Ray Pratt who had been signed from Southern League, Merthyr Tydfil.



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