Rod Hawker

Rod joined Exeter as a 13 year old in 1963, under the guidance of Jack Edwards, who was instrumental in further developing  the youth team. He continued to play under Jack Edwards,  Bert Edwards and then Ellis Studdart and Jock Basford.

Rod played for the A team in 1966.

He went on to manage Newtown in the Devon and Exeter League, and Wellington, Barnstaple, Heavitree and Dawlish Town in Western League.

In the late 70's he coached and managed the Exeter Women's team and contributed to and enabled the game to develop, when it was far from easy for those early players who often faced criticism for even playing the game. (What we currently have now did not happen by accident).

After managing the Exeter Woman's team in 1970’s he became the SW Regional Coach for Women’s FA from 1980 to 1990, working also with the National team under the management of the late Martin Regan.

He has a doctorate and in 2020 was still Chair of Tedburn St Mary FC and the Devon Women's Football League.



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