Hopes and Expectations

Splendid Prospects for the Season 1920/21

A Progressive Story

The Grecians' prospects were never so good as they are today, as the club stands on the threshold of a new season in which it will operate, for the first time, as a member of the Football League, Third Division.

Emboldened by the unprecedented success achieved last season, the directors, ably led by their popular chairman, Mr M.McGahey, have launched out in progressive fashion and there is every reason to believe that their commendable efforts will be supported to the full by the football public in East Devon. The Exeter City Club, in fact, has done its utmost to meet the wishes of its followers.

Ground Improvements: Many New Players.

Big ground improvements have been effected. The pick of last year's team has been retained; Pym, Coleburne, Mitton, Crawshaw, Makin, and Dockray, along with such useful men as Hetherington, Green, Lincoln and Loram. Jimmy Rigby has "hung up his boots" in order to concentrate on his business, but will nevertheless still be available in an emergency, and the captaincy of the club now rests upon the capable shoulders of Dick Pym, the goalkeeper.
And there are no less than 13 newcomers, all good men, and some tip-top quality, who mat be expected to become famous if they keep their heads.
Mr Chadwick, indeed, has once again demonstrated his unique gift for locating young players of genuine ability and tempting them South, for Lancashire, of course, has once more been his happy hunting ground. 

Reserves in the Western League.

With a total of 22 professionals on the books it will be possible to run two strong elevens, and the club's followers will find the Western League fare provided by the Reserves a tremendous advance on the Plymouth and District League. If one may judge from the experience of the practice games it seems that the popularity of the Western League team is already assured. Those youngsters are keen and can play fine football.
The new first eleven is a distinctly stronger side than that which did duty last season. The weak spots have been strengthened, and the only department about which their is any anxiety is at centre-half. At the moment neither Carrick nor Lakin has shown himself as good a player as Popplewell. But Carrick will improve tremendously as he gains experience, and when once he settles down, should be a real acquisition. He will make a rare spoiler, and he knows the value of the right sort of passes to the men in front. John Feebery, the old Bolton Wanderer, shaped very well in practices, and Charlie Vowles and Brayshaw are decided captures. Wright, the new centre-forward, is a strong player as is Hesmondhalgh.

Mr S.H. Thomas, the City secretary, is making a big name for himself in the football world, and the club's affairs could not be in better hands.

Exeter City F.C.
Headquarters:- St James's Park
Club Colours:- Red and White stripes, white knickers.


Messrs. M.J. McGahey (Chairman), J.I. Pengelley (vice-chairman), T. Neal, F. Parkhouse, A.N. Kendall, A.G. Chamberlain, E. Head, G. Middleweek.

J. Isherwood
R. Loram
R.H. Pym.

W. Betteridge
J. Coleburne
J. H. Feebery
R. Pollard.

J. Carrick
A. W. Crawshaw
P. Hilton
W. Lakin
J. Mitton
G. Taylor

L. Appleton
W. Brayshaw
J. Dockray
A. V. Green
T. Hesmondhalgh 
S. Hetherington 
C. W. Lincoln
T. A. McIntyre
J. Makin
C. Vowles
W. P. Wright.

New signings 
Leonard Appleton from Blackpool
Walter Brayshaw
from Sheffield United
James Carrick
from Plank Lane
Jack Feebery
from Bolton Wanderers
Tom Hesmondhalgh
from Rochdale
Percy Hilton
from Everton
William Lakin
from Barnsley
Robert Pollard
from Plank Lane
George Taylor
from Skelmersdale United
Charles Vowles
from 21st Lancers
J Isherwood
from Bolton Wanderers
William Wright
from Tranmere Rovers
Thomas McIntyre.

Of last year's team
Popplewell and Lovett have been transferred to Blackpool.
to Manchester United.
to Sheffield United.


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