24th December 1949
ECFC v Watford
And in the Southern League:-
Torquay United Res. v Exeter City Res.
CHRISTMAS-TIDE FOOTBALL: CITY'S DEFENCE TIGHTER.
THREE POINTS FROM SIX SLIGHTLY IMPROVES LEAGUE POSITION.
- December 24th: Exeter City 3 Watford 1 at St James's Park.
- December 26th: Exeter City 1 Southend United 1 at St James's Park.
- December 27th: Southend United 1 Exeter City 0 at Southend.
The most satisfactory feature of the game against Watford apart from the scoring of three goals was the greater steadiness and tightening up of the City defence following the introduction at centre-half of Ray Goddard, who was making his debut as a "Grecian." Greenwood scored for Exeter in the first half and Smart and Fallon added a goal each after the change of ends. Cumner, a former Arsenal winger and a Welsh international, replied for Watford.
The game, the first of the Christmas encounters, was watched by 7,565 people.
The teams were:
City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Clark; Fallon, Goddard, Powell; Harrower, Smart, Smith, Greenwood, Regan.
Watford: Morton; Eggleston, Harper; Paton, Oliver, Drury; Hartburn, Thomas, Worthington, Brown, Cumner.
Referee:- Mr B.M.Griffiths, of Newport.
Torquay United Reserves 1
City Reserves 3.