Arriving from Brighton with Lammie Robertson in exchange for Fred Binney, Exeter City found excellent value in John Templeman who made over 200 league appearances before leaving for Swindon Town. A member of Brighton’s 1971/72 promotion team, he enjoyed a second success when he appeared 35 times in Exeter’s own promotion in 1977.A versatile defender who played both wing-half and full-back, he joined Brighton and Hove Albion from Arundel in July 1966 and spent eight years at the Goldstone Ground playing in 226 league matches and scoring 16 goals.
He moved to Exeter City in May 1974 as part of an exchange deal that saw Grecians’ striker move to Brighton for £25,000 with John and Lammie Robertson joining in part-exchange. He made his debut at Barnsley on the opening day of the 1974/75 season and made 39 league appearances in his first season followed by 42 starts in his second. Then, when the Grecians won promotion in 1976/77 he played 35 times including all of the final twelve games.
Joining Swindon Town for £11,000 in July 1979, he played around twenty league games before moving back to Pagham, near Bognor Regis, where he became an agent for an insurance company and later a taxi driver. He briefly managed Arundel in the Sussex County League.
Appearances as Substitute
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