Walter, Dave

Birth Date

3rd September 1964


Holsworthy, Devon



Biographical Text

Goalkeeper Dave Walter, a farm manager from North Devon, took over from Mel Gwinnett and later appeared in the first eighteen games of Exeter City’s 1989/90 championship season before giving way to Kevin Miller. He also played for Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United. 

Dave, who had previously appeared for Torrington and Yeovil, was playing for Bideford and working as a farm manager near Shebbear when he signed for Exeter City in November 1988 after a short trial. Aged twenty-four he went straight into the team, and replacing Mel Gwinnett, made his debut against Colchester United on 3 December 1988. Appearing in 26 of the remaining 29 games in 1988/89 (with recent signing Kevin Miller playing in the other three fixtures), Dave retained his position at the start of the following season until being displaced by Miller after eighteen games. 

Having made his 44 league appearances for the Grecians in a 47-match period, but now clearly second-choice, Dave signed for Plymouth Argyle in a £10,000 transfer in July 1990 and made fifteen appearances before having a solitary game for Torquay United at the start of the 1992/93 campaign. He then played non-league for many years for clubs such as Saltash United, Holsworthy and Torrington before continuing in North Devon League football with Putford whilst running the family sheep farm between Holsworthy and Bideford. 





Peter England

A very good goal keeper and a gentleman. A realy nice guy.

He signed as cove r for me as Holsworth manager.

I seem to remember a penalty shootout in the Torridge Cup > I thought we were out with Dave as the oppostion goally.

But the youngsters from Holsworthy and no fear ( and didnt know he was an expro ) and we somehow manged to win the shoot out.

I also have a connectiion with Exter via Shaun Talor > my protigy > well not really > but we played a lot of football together >Mayflower  5 aside > SW League > Sunday League > Devon Count Side

He was released by Argyle and came to play at Holsworth seconds > I believe when was a16 / 17 year old. 

Did not take him long to progress to the first team.

Played his first game at left back and was a little worried.

Shaun had a great game and loved to attack. Had a great left foot but very good inn the air.

I am not sure if he was at Exeter with Dave Walters.

Moved to St Blazey, where I also moved to > 2 for the price of one !

Played with him in the Devon side before he moved to Bideford with Jonny Hore.

Bideford were financially strapped released their contract players & Shaun was snapped up for free by Exter

Later he developed into the centre half you Exeter fans all know !

He went onto Swindon for a big fee to pay alongside Glen Hoddle ! My all time favourite player ! How lucky was Shaun !

Stay safe & well.

All the best, Peter

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