Tony Brooks

Tony was a young "B" team player, who made his debut for the reserves in a friendly against Chudleigh, at Chudleigh.

A former pupil from Ladysmith School, Exeter, he played at Left Back, appearing in Four Exeter & District Schools finals at the Park at Junior & Senior Levels. Playing  for Two consecutive seasons for Exeter Schools in the English School's Shield.

Tony represented  Exeter Youth against Portsmouth Youth, and also represented Devon Youth.

He played a full season as part time professional for Minehead Town in the Western League, and later came to back to play for Exeter City A again in the 1956/57 season.

After Tony had hung up his boots, he was persuaded to become a referee, by local ref Dick Smythe. He started in refereeing in early 1958 and finished in August 1962 he was referee of a cup game between Aldershot and Reading.

In 2020 Tony wrote:

"I am still alive & kicking and living in Andover, Hampshire. I really enjoyed my years playing for Exeter, unfortunately, my playing days with them ended, when I broke my Arm for a second time. I have supported Exeter City all my life, I used to go to matches quite regularly until a few years ago. When a good friend took me to a match in Aug/18, we kindly were given a delightful tour of the museum, which we really enjoyed. You may be interested to know, that my supporter's Cap that I wore to matches, is now in the Time Capsule with a photograph of me wearing it, which appeared in one of the programmes."



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