16th October 1948
Notts County v ECFC
And a Friendly
Exeter City Reserves v Bristol and District League X1
Saturday, October 16th 1948.
NOTTS COUNTY 9 (Nine)
(Hold, Sewell 4, Lawton 4)
EXETER CITY 0
Half-time Notts 2 City 0.
For the first time in the 28 years that Exeter City have been in the Football League, the Grecians' defence conceded nine goals when away to the Tom Lawton-led £50,000 Notts County side at Trent Bridge. It was the second occasion this season that Notts had scored nine.
Gannon A.Brown Adamson
Houghton Sewell Lawton Hold Johnston
Referee:- Mr L. Brown, of Barnes.
Hutchings Mackay Smith Harrower Dymond
Evans Walker Bartholomew
On this form Notts County were well above 3rd Division class. Their attack, with Lawton looking every inch an England leader, moved with machine-like precision, and once it was in top gear the slow Exeter defenders had no effective counter. The margin of their success might easily have been greater, so much were they the masters in the final hour of this fantastic game. From the City's point of view this was a sad day. They showed not a semblance of skill or team work after the first 15 minutes. In the half-back line there was no-one capable of withstanding the almost continuous pressure, and Walker was baffled by Lawton's wiles.
CITY RESERVES 4
BRISTOL AND DISTRICT LEAGUE 1.
Jim Cumming, Exeter City's new inside right from Hamilton, who made his debut for the Grecians at Chingford last week, appeared for the first time at St James's Park this afternoon in the friendly match between the City Reserves and the Bristol and District League.
City team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Cutting, Davey, Coles; Fallon, Cumming, Johnston, Grant, Regan.