Classic Match | Leyton Orient 1951

On this day in 1951, City recorded one of their biggest league wins at St James Park when they beat Leyton Orient by six goals to one, in conditions not disimailar to those that we have had at the Park of late.

Having just been beaten soundly by Torquay United on Boxing Day, the manager George Roughton made one change to the line up by bringing in Brian Doyle for Ray Goddard.

In the first half, this minor change had not seemed to have made any change at all to the effectiveness of the City team, and at the interval they found themselves one-nil down to a Bryant goal, as they trudged off the boggy pitch, muddy and dejected.

The home fans were no more enthused by what they had seen, although they were more animated as they vocalised their frustrations at the team for almost completely failing to get out of their own half for the first 45 minutes.

However, the second half was a completely different story. Roughton may have made only one change to the line-up coming into the match, but at half time it looked like he must have changed the personality of the whole team.

In the first period the City players lacked pace and strength, as they tried to cope with playing on the heavy turf, but in the second half they were a team reborn as they scored 6 (six) goals withouth reply.

The first two came from penalty kicks, each of which were converted calmly by Charles McClelleand. Now with a lead to work with, the players making light work of the conditions with slick passing and purposeful running.

The third came from the centre-forward, Richard Walton, who met McClellands cross with the middle of his forehead to give Groombridge no chance in the orient goal.

McClelland, who seemed to be benefitting most from Roughtons half-time team talk, then completed his hat-trick by meeting one of Dennis Hutchings well placed corners with a shot into the roof of the net.

Ivan Ames, making only his third appearance for the club since his pre-Christmas transfer from Norwich, added the fifth when he was the first to respond to the rebound from his own free-kick, and then Richard Walton rounded off the spectacular turn-around in the Grecians fortunes when he banged in goal number-six.

Final Score: ECFC 6 (six) LOFC 1

Exeter City: Sngleton, Warren, Rowe, Armes, Doyle, Davey, Hutchings, Smart, Walton, Mackay, McClelland.

Leyton Orient: Groombridge, Evans, Banner, Blizzard, Aldous, Brown, Woan, Pacey, Bryant, Rees, Blatchford.

Man of the match: Charles McClelland

Attendance: 7,363.

Written by: Will Barrett


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