1st January 1949
Norwich City v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Gloucester City
Saturday, January 1st 1949.
NORWICH CITY 3 (Eyre, Robinson, Dutton)
EXETER CITY 0Half-time 2-0, attendance 18,915.
Exeter City's weakened team fought gallantly at Norwich, but it was asking too much to expect them to avoid defeat. Six players in all were suffering from suspected food poisoning, and Jim Gallagher, the trainer, had to be pressed into service as deputy for Walker.
Robinson Morgan (D)
Pickwick Low Armes
Morgan (G) Kinsey Ashman Dutton Eyre
Referee:- Mr H.C.Williams, of Fulham.
Mackay Harrower Smith Smart Dymond
Fallon Gallagher Gibson
Spoiling tactics and determined defence kept the "Canaries" at bay for 20 minutes. Then Eyre scored for Norwich from a crossfield pass by Pickwick. Not until the interval was in sight did Norwich increase their lead, through Robinson, who beat Hoyle with a grand shot from 30 yards. The final goal was obtained in the second half by Dutton. Exeter's half back line, in which Gibson reappeared after being off injured since August 31st, toiled manfully, but the side's best men in this depleted team were Clark and Hoyle.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 1
GLOUCESTER CITY 2.
Making his first appearance for the City Reserves, Heagarty, amateur centre-forward of Wonford, scored their only goal in their first home defeat this season. It was his only chance of the match and he took it with a high shot just under the crossbar. The winners' goals were scored in the first half by Bazeley and Jenkins. City team:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Evans, Davey, Coles; Hutchings, Cumming, Heagarty, Grant, O'Hagan.