23rd October 1948
ECFC v Reading
And in the
Gravesend v Exeter City Reserves
Saturday, October 23rd 1948.
EXETER CITY 1 (Regan)
READING 2 (Edelston 2)
Half-time City O Reading 1.
Attendance 10,534, receipts £761. 17s.
In the thirty years that professional football has been played at St James's Park there can have been few less interesting matches than the one this afternoon between the City and Reading. Both teams were woefully deficient in craft and thrust and the one and only polished attacker was Ronnie Dix, who started his career with Bristol Rovers in 1928. Though age had taken the edge from his speed, and despite a lack of stamina to last through a gruelling 90 minutes, Dix remained a very astute schemer. The old ability to split the defence with a prompt and accurately made pass was there today in full degree.
Bartholomew Walker Evans
Dymond Smith Johnston Mackay Regan
Referee:- Mr W.J.Edwards, of Yeovil. Linesmen:- Messrs F.Toms and W.E.Keel.
W.G.Amor Dix McPhee Edelston Fisher
Henley Brice Reeve
Dix gave Edelston the opening goal when Exeter were battling a man short in the temporary absence of Bartholomew, who twisted a knee, and was a limping passenger for most of the game. Regan equalised for the City midway through the second half from a pass by Bartholomew, now on the right wing, and Edelston scored the winning goal for Reading with the end of the match in sight.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 0.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Fallon, Davey, Coles; Hutchings, Harrower, Powell, Grant, Jeffery.