Exeter City Women's Team

Exeter were Devon League Runner's up in 1977/78.

They were Dean Trophy Winners 1977/78 and also Salvidge Youth Cup Winners in 1977/78. 
In 1977/78, Exeter reached the final of the Pat Sowden Trophy, but lost both finals. 





Womens football got underway in this country as a direct result of the 1966 World Cup Competition, when women all over the country decided it was time to break into this male dominated sport. Nearly 10 years later in 1974, a group of Exeter City supporters formed what was to become Exeter Ladies Football Club

In the 1975-76 season the club entered the Dean Developement Trophy, a local competition for Devon Womens Football Clubs. It was to be the start of an era for ladies football in Devon, Exeter won the cometition and along with other clubs who took part, formed the Devon Womens Football League which finally got under way in September 1976.


Exeter Ladies completed the season undefeated and collected the championship along with the Dean Development Trophywhich they successfully retained by beating Tiverton 2-1 in the final.

As a finale to the season, Exeter represented Devon in the Southern England 6 a side Championships and in reaching the semi - finals, suddenly found them selves being the talked about team. Within hours of arriving home started coming in from top clubs wishing to play Exeter. With their thoughts , requests firmly placed on League Football, Exeter Ladies have been accepted into the Western League where they will play clubs of an extremely high standard, and next season England team players will be among the opposition.

Because of the success, many new players have joined Exeter, and the club will be among the first, certainly in the south west, to run two sides. The second team will play in the Devon League.

Players have already reported back for training which takes place at Wyvern Barracks on Wednesday evenings, and the hard work they put in is a good indication to the seriousness they are taking their entry into the Western League.


The teams next game is in the southern England 9 aside Championship against spurs or Waterlooville, which is being played at Pontins, Brean Sands, on 31st July, Success will take them into the last eight again, and an all out effort will be made to reach the finals of this competition. Exeter Ladies are looking ahead for success, and will obviously welcome your support. Their games will be advertised so do your best to cheer on a successful Ladies Football Club.


1977/78 (Western League)
11/09/1977 League Newport Home 2-4          
25/09/1977 League Llanedeyrn Away 6-1          
16/10/1977 League Bristol Bluebirds Home 5-1          
30/10/1977 League Bath City Away            
20/11/1977 League Tiverton Away 4-1 Dunlop 2 Byrne Thomas     
11/12/1977 League Plymouth Pilgrims Away            
01/01/1978 League Warminster Home 2-1 Dunlop  Byrne      
15/01/1978 League Newport Away 8-1   Byrne 4 Dunlop Lake Carpenter  Yeo (A)
29/01/1978 League Llanedeyrn Home            
05/02/1978 League Warminster Away            
19/02/1978 League Bristol Bluebirds Away 8-0 Byrne 4 Thomas 4      
05/03/1978 League Bath City Home            
12/03/1978 League Tiverton  Away            
19/03/1978 League Plymouth Pilgrims Home 5-1 Byrne 3 Langman Lake    

League Table

Cup Results 

Womens FA Cup 

WFA Cup (The Pony Cup)
02/10/1977 WFA R1 Plymouth Pilgrims Away 3-5          

Dean Trophy

Dean Trophy
13/11/1978 QF Tiverton Motel Away
08/01/1978 SF Tiverton Home 3-0 Byrne 2 Thomas
26/02/1978 Final Torbay LFC Neutral      

Pat Sowden Trophy

Pat Sowden Cup
27/11/1978 QF Avon County Away        
22/01/1978 SF Newport Home 4-1 Carpenter  Thomas 2 Brailey
20/04/1978 Final Torbay LFC Neutral

Western Leaue Cup

Western League Cup
23/10/1977   Copenacre Away        


04/09/1977 Friendly Avon County Away 10-1          
18/09/1977 Friendly Cornish League X1 Away 5-4          
11/02/1978 Friendly Cornish League X1 Away            


Exeter B (Devon Woman's League)
24/12/1977 League Cranford Away 1-3 ?        
  League Tiverton Motel   9-0 Wilson 5 Yeo (A) 3 Bowen    

Full International

May 2nd 1978

England v Eire 

In May 2nd 1978 England beat Eire at St James Park 6-1, with goals from Lopez 2, Foreman 2, Day and Dobb.

A sliver tankard commemorating the Women's friendly International game between England and Eire held at St James Park. 



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