2nd April 1949
Watford v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Gravesend
4th April 1949
Steve Walker Benefit
Exeter City v Southampton
Saturday, April 2nd 1949.
EXETER CITY (Johnston) 1
Half-time Watford 0 City 0.
For their visit to Watford Exeter City made changes at half-back and forward. Bartholomew was rested and Walker captained the team. Fallon played right-half and Johnston was preferred to Harrower at inside-left.
Paton Hunt Fisher
Surtees Woodroffe Thomas Davies Cumner
Referee:- Mr C.J.Wakeley, of Somerton.
Regan Johnston Durrant Mackay Hutchings
Powell Walker Fallon
When Johnston headed a free kick taken by Fallon past the hesitant Watford goalkeeper Exeter City stole two points. By this goal, which came in the last minute of the game, the City were lucky winners of a contest in which the rival forward lines showed little craft and finishing strength. Territorially there was only one team in it. Watford did sufficient attacking to have earned a division of the points at least. Thomas troubled Hoyle with two close range shots and missed narrowly with a flashing header. Hoyle's most anxious moment was when Cumner shot unexpectedly from the edge of the penalty area. Morton, apart from punching a fast drive from Mackay over the bar and stopping an angled shot from Johnston, had little to do, but he was at fault when Exeter scored.
*Colour photo of Watford game ‘Watford Observer, colourisation by Colin Payne of Watford Treasury magazine’
RESERVES ON TOP
Exeter City Reserves beat Gravesend at St James's Park by four goals to one.
At home to Gravesend Exeter City ran out winners by four goals to one. The forward line sparkled with well directed attacks, and Gould, in the Gravesend goal, was kept busy. Smart and Rew each got two goals, one of Rew's being the outcome of a brilliant solo effort. Hawkins got the visitors' only goal.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Gibson, Davey, Jeffery; Grant, Smart,
Rew, Harrower, Smith.
Monday, April 4th 1949.
EXETER CITY (Mackay) 1
SOUTHAMPTON (Goodship) 1
Half-time City 1 Southampton 0.
Benefit match for Steve Walker, attendance 11,000.
Receipts £769. 9s. Od.
Such is the glamour of Tommy Lawton that nearly eleven thousand people attended St James's Park on Monday evening, when the Notts County and English International centre-forward led Exeter City's attack against Southampton, who fielded mainly a reserve side. Lawton, although not taking any risks, showed many masterly touches. His ball control, heading, passing, and positional play were of the highest class, and the only forward to approach his standard in the City side was Mackay.
Fallon Walker Powell
Hutchings Smart Lawton Mackay Regan
Referee:- Mr S.C.Smyth.
Mitchell Goodship Sharpe Scott Gallego Mignot Clements Ballard
Mackay gave Exeter the lead in the first half with a magnificent shot from the inside-right position. The ball was in the top far corner of the net before Fountain could move. By contrast, the equalising goal, just after the interval, was lucky. The ball, carried by the wind, sailed over Walker's head. Hoyle, on the edge of the penalty area, was challenged by Sharpe, and lost possession. In the subsequent skirmish Goodship drove first time into the empty net. A draw was a fair result of an entertaining game in which the young Southampton side played attractive football. Outstanding players in the visiting ranks were Scott, Gallego, and Clements.