Match 32
7th February 1953
Millwall (a)

Southern League.
Bedford Town (h)

Saturday, February 7th 1953.


The Den, New Cross, London.


The Irish International selectors kept a date at the Den to see the performance of two players. Hugh Kelly and Millwalls Gerry Bowler. For Kelly he looked every inch an International Goalkeeper in a grim goalless encounter. He made easy work of cutting out centres and made two brilliant saves. Exeters defence fought a dour battle against Millwall, particularly in the 2nd half, Walton, Doyle and Goddard got through a tremendous amount of work. The City team which had battled with 100 per cent resolution became the first side to take three points off Millwall this season.
Ken Rose never let up as the leader of the attack and Arnold Mitchell showed a capacity for work, indeed the City Outside right almost scored with a cross shot which flashed desperately close over the bar, later in the game he came back to lend powerful aid to the hard pressed defenders. Neville Black was very unlucky with a powerful shot from the angle of the penalty area. Finlayson making a half save before Fisher kicked off the line. Whilst Davey and Booth had fewer opportunities for constructive play than their less harrassed Millwall counterparts both did yeoman service in a spoiling role. Dailey at Inside right for the first time in Exeters colours was an industrious forager who was strong in possession, he had a useful match.

Teams :
MILLWALL Finlayson; Jardine, Fisher; Short, Bowler, Saward; Johnson, Smith, Shepherd, Monkhouse, Hartburn.

CITY Kelly; Walton, Doyle; Booth, Goddard, Davey; Mitchell, Dailey, Rose, Black, Howells.

Referee:- Mr G.W.Thorpe of Swindon.

Attendance: 18825

Southern League.

City Reserves 2-1 Bedford Town 

at Exeter.

Team:-Singleton; Anderson, Rowe; Fallon, Wood, Marsh; Bolt, Knight, McClelland, Murphy, Digby.

Scorers Exeter City Fallon, McClelland.


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