Goalkeeper John Chapman born in Bolton, signing from Bolton Wanderers and leaving to join the army, played in the Southern League for Exeter City during 1911/12 making half-a-dozen appearances as Walter Whittaker’s understudy. He faded from the scene as soon as Dick Pym arrived at the club.After arriving in August 1911 he played in Exeter City reserves opening match against the Royal Marines at St James’ Park. His first team chance arose when regular City keeper Walter Whittaker sustained a broken finger. Making his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers in October 1911, John had a run of five games before making a sixth appearance later in the season.
Still appearing for the reserves in 1912/13 John was now understudy to Dick Pym, who didn't miss a game all season, and subsequently left the club to join the Army.