Match 37
24th February 1937
Gillingham (a)

First Representative Match
at Exeter City
FA Amateur X1 v Combined Universities

Wednesday, February 24th.

It was a welcome point that Exeter City obtained at Gillingham. Four goals were shared, and the Grecians, who made six changes from their Cup-tie team, impressed as the better side in a hard and interesting struggle. Exeter were in fact very unlucky not to have won. They had what appeared to be a perfectly good goal disallowed and failed to net the ball from the penalty spot, into the bargain. Archie Young, one of the six substitutes in the City team, was the most accomplished player on the field, and Stimpson was also in rattling good form.

Hartley Lester
Randle Armstrong Hopkins
Dodds Wilson Watson Duncan Wheeler
Referee:- Mr L. E. Gibbs, of Reading.

Owen McGill Williams Johnson Keane Shadwell Bamsey Young
Stimpson Brown

A quarter of an hour after the change of ends the City were two goals up but within eight minutes Gillingham had drawn level. The first incident of note, and one which should have brought the Grecians a goal, occurred twelve minutes after the start. Whitelaw advanced in an attempt to check Johnson. The goalkeeper timed his rush badly and the ball ran loose to Williams, who shot for apparently a certain goal but a defender deliberately punched the ball out as it was crossing the line. A penalty was awarded but Williams drove wide from the spot.
Exeter were again unfortunate when Keane crossed to Williams, who headed what looked like a very good goal. Keane had centred from near the goal-line, and the goal was disallowed on the linesman's signal. The linesman said that the ball had gone behind the goal line before Keane centred. Exeter players declared that it was in play by at least a foot. The general comment of the spectators was that it was the best goal of the match! The City pressed incessantly and ten minutes before the interval a free kick by Shadwell was placed nicely for Johnson to find the net with a perfect header. Shortly after the start of the second half Exeter increased their lead, Williams netting from McGill's down-the-middle pass. Wheeler and Duncan then scored for Gillingham.

    Thomas McLean, the former Blackburn Rovers and Exeter City inside left, has been signed by Barrow, and he will play against Wrexham next Saturday at inside right. After seven seasons with Blackburn Rovers McLean was transferred to Exeter City in 1935. His skilful play and extensive knowledge of the game were immediately apparent, and he captained the Exeter team in a number of matches. Unfortunately the climate of Devonshire did not suit him and after being placed on the open-to-transfer list he was eventually given a free transfer. McLean won a Cup Final medal with Blackburn Rovers in season 1927-28, and appeared at Exeter with the Rovers in the tie for the fourth round.




St James's Park, Exeter, was for the first time chosen as the venue for a senior representative match when on Wednesday afternoon the F.A. Amateur Eleven played the Combined Universities, the result being a win for the students by four goals to one. There were some clever footballers in the Universities' Athletic Union team, but very few in the F.A.XI which opposed them. The F. A. team, which was drawn solely from the South West counties, was below standard. A collection of individuals, they tried hard enough, but rarely blended efficiently as a team. There was not within their ranks sufficient method or cohesion, and the players also failed to adapt themselves to the heavy ground conditions. In contrast, the play of the Universities was pleasing. This team had speed and strength in abundance, and infinitely more aptitude and craft than their opponents. The outstanding player on view, by far, was Maurice Edelston, of London University, and a British Olympic team at Berlin last year. A bonny little forward is member of the Edelston, who possesses command of the ball, judgment in passing, and an excellent sense of positional play. He is already quite fit to step into Football League company. The teams were:


J.C.Stone (Portland United)
P.J.Lunnon (Wells City)
C.C.Mortimore (Plymouth Argyle)
A.Malton (Bournemouth & Bos)
H.J.Mathieson (Southampton)
E.T.King (Bristol City)
F.O.Brown (St Pancras Knowle)
E.O.Perkins (Cheltenham Town)
R.E.Cribb (Portland United)
L.Mealing (Bristol Rovers)
J.E.Wharton (Plymouth Argyle)


H.F.Reed (Bristol)
T.Barrow (Manchester)
J.Bottom (Sheffield)
J.S.Rowlands (Bangor)
J.Kirtley (Manchester)
G.A.Leary (Manchester)
J.Dunthorne (Nottingham)
L. Bradbury (Birmingham)
J.Lee (Oxford)
M.Edelston (London)
Wallace (Southampton)

The Varsities were the stronger and cleverer side. Edelston, who is the son of the Fulham F. C. manager, was the outstanding player on view, his footwork and passing being brilliant. The Universities showed more method in their work and were faster. Wallace scored their first goal with a cross-shot and Lee was the next scorer, from close range after Edelston had made the opening. In the second half Wharton hit the crossbar for the F. A. team but the Varsities increased their lead when a shot by Dunthorne went into the net off Mathieson. Wallace sscored the fourth goal and Brown replied for the F. A. 

  • Accompanying the F. A. team were Messrs T.Thorne, S. F. Rous, and P.A.Glanvill.

The depressing weather, with a thin drizzle of rain throughout the day, obviously affected the "gate" considerably, and barely 1,000 spectators turned up.


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