Hopes and Expectations
EXETER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
The Grecians: Season
Exeter City should do very well indeed this season. They have got good men, and moreover, a sufficient number on the list to be able to run a stronger reserve side than they have ever in the past been represented by in the Plymouth and District League. The policy of providing a reserve side in which the professional element will pre dominate to the extent of three to one is undoubtedly the correct one. For the past two seasons the second string has been run practically at a loss. The team has done nothing at all which reflects credit on the club, and the patronage has gradually dwindled until barely three or four hundred people attended reserve team matches at St.James's Park. The surprise, latterly, was that even that number could be found with patience enough to watch such exhibitions. At the latter end of last season the City Reserves' form could not even compare with the old sides that did duty in the amateur days. The Plymouth League is a good League, and there are teams in it well capable of holding their own in company little removed from first class. It follows, then, that if Exeter is making a good show in such a competition, there will be good "gates". In fact, it would be quite safe to prophesy that if, at the end of October, Exeter City is in the running for the championship of the League, crowds of at least 3,000 can be relied upon for each of the remainder of the reserve matches to the end of the season.
THE FIRST TEAM
With regard to the "firsts" one may be confident that last year's record will be materially improved upon, without laying oneself open to the charge of absurd optimism. There is of course no guarantee in the game, it is all a glorious uncertainty, and the fact that a club such as Chelsea, with all her unlimited resources, was relegated last year, is proof that money, even when backed by expert knowledge, can not command success. In that same season Brighton and Hove Albion, a club which for years had found difficulty in keeping its head above water, was able to win the Southern League. This was just a case of a poor club hitting upon a band of triers, among whom there existed a spirit of camaraderie, whole-heartedness, and attention to training and the rules of discipline. These, indeed, are the factors which count for most in a club's success, and given such essentials any number of "stars" can be disposed of and not missed. It is chiefly because it appears that Exeter City have assembled a team from whom can be expected camaraderie, whole-heartedness and attention to training that it is safe to predict their success in the forthcoming season. They are the most "likely" lot of men that Exeter City have yet had, in fact. Most of them, though still young, have received recognition from clubs of big repute, and have had at least some experience in first-class company. Most of them, moreover, are born athletes, and good at any number of sports in addition to their chosen profession. For example, Tom Griffiths and Enos Whittaker are two men who take a genuine pride in their fitness, are capable of holding their own in any professional sprint company, and are never likely to give their trainer a moment's anxiety.
A YOUNG AND FAST TEAM
It is a young team there is only one man over thirty - a fast team, and a team likely to prove a set of genuine triers. The new comers, there is little doubt, have taken kindly to their new club, their surroundings, and generally to the prospects before them, and there is likely, therefore, to be an entire absence of those little dissentions behind the scenes which do so much to handicap a side and pull it back. Of course, it may be that in the early matches there will be a number of injuries, and that in other directions, also, luck will be against the City. These things may happen to any club, and there is no magic panacea by which they can be forestalled and prevented. Let the team, on the other hand, be given as good luck as they had in their first season, and all will be well.
The greatest improvement will probably be at half-back. Chadwick may consider himself relieved of playing responsibility at last, for on this occasion, with five good men signed on (and between all five there seems to be very little difference) the difficulty will rather be to know which men to leave out, and not how to rake together a decent intermediate line. Then, again, the centre forward position has never been bettered. The only real centre the club has previously had was McGuigan, who, at his best, was without superior in the South, but who unfortunately was far from always at his best. Harrison and Green were neither of them, by any stretch of imagination, great pivots, and Bell, when put in that position, was always more or less wasted. But now there is James, a junior international, and undoubtedly a very clever player, and Smith, who may easily blossom out as a great goal-getter, while in addition there is the Scot, Hughes, of method very similar to McGuigan, who is equally at home in either of the City's inside positions. There should therefore be no difficulty about the centre forward position this year. Between the sticks, Walter Whittaker will bring into use an ex perience unsurpassed in the three great Leagues. The judgment of Jack Crelley will undoubtedly be missed at back, but in Evans and Coates there is a dashing pair at the club's disposal, and either will make a good partner to Jones. The half-backs have already been referred to. In this line there will be weight and speed, and opponents of Exeter City will find in the intermediate line a worrying trio against them, capable of keeping up the pace for the whole ninety minutes.
THE FORWARD LINE
The forwards are bound to be a fast line. Garside, Bell, and Watson have been playing at the top of their form in the practices, and each must realise that only this form can assure him a place in the first team. Parnell, too, is just as good as he was when at his best two seasons ago, and then, of the newcomers, there are James and Hughes, two men bearing the hall stamp of class. In each of the practices, in fact, James and Hughes have been the men most talked about, and have between them scored most of the goals.
SALVATION OF THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE
The system of relegation introduced into the Southern League last season is going to be the salvation of that competition, especially in view of the fact that the proposed scheme for enlarging the Foot ball League was not taken up. The keener competitive spirit which follows as a result of it was evidenced even last season, and will certainly be intensified this. There are now only twenty clubs in the Southern League (First Division) and therefore the task to avoid the two bottom places will be the more difficult. Furthermore, in the Second Division there is going to be a keen fight for promotion, and it seems likely that Reading, Stoke, Cardiff City, and Croydon will be the main contenders. The majority of clubs in Division One will probably be about on a par with last year, but Exeter City should certainly be in the fore front of those who evince improvement. Brighton and Hove Albion have the same material at command as won the Championship, and ought to again be included in the top notchers, but like Northampton they will find it very difficult to keep the Shield for a second year running.
EXETER CITY PLAYERS
W.Wells (*), W.Whittaker.
Coates, Evans, Heppell (*), Jones, White (*).
Half-backs: Bassett, Chadwick, Duffy, Griffiths, Latheren (*), Oliver (*), Pratt, Prideaux, Pym (*).
Bell, Cooke, Drew(*), Garside, Hughes, James, Martin(*), Parnell, Smith, Watson, E. Wells (*), E.Whittaker.
Secretary: Mr S.H.Thomas.
Ground and offices: St. James's Park, Exeter. Club colours: Green shirts with white sleeves, white knickers.
(*) denotes amateur.
CITY'S NEW MEN
All About their Football Careers: The following brief notes on Exeter City s new players are of interest. Speaking of them collectively, one may certainly say that they belong, without exception, to the best class of professional footballer, well conducted, good company, and with their hearts in the game. On the occasion of the annual Athletic Meeting at St. James' Park their general bearing and good sportsmanship favourably impress ed everyone present.
SPENCER BASSETT is the "Cockney" of the side, though not born within sound of Bow Bells, he first saw the light of day at Blackheath, and has spent the best part of his life in London. Aged 22, he stands 5ft. 9ins., and weighs 11st. 2lbs. He shows untiring energy, and if he never captured a permanency of first-class honours with the Arsenal, it was always because such old servants and stalwarts McEachrane, Ducat, Sands, and Dick stood in the way. As a boy he played for Earl Street School, close to the Gunners' ground, and it was the former glories of Woolwich Arsenal in the Southern world that imbued Bassett with his love of the game. Upon leaving school he joined North Kent United, which competed in the East London Thursday and East Wickham Leagues. Then, with Eltham United, he took part in the West Kent League, and also helped them to win the Kent Senior Cup and the Thames and Medway League. When 18 he signed professional forms and went to Maidstone, with whom he played centre-half for one season. Together with Lewis and Crews he migrated from Maidstone, and realised one of the ambitions of his school days when he signed for the Arsenal. For the last four seasons he has remained at Plumstead, and was one of the best and most consistent of the Londoners' reserve team, occasionally getting a chance in First League football. The Arsenal Management were loth to part with a player who, above everything, was conscientious in his work.
ARTHUR COATES is a Yorkshireman, having been born at Wensleydale. His best experience so far has been in the Lancashire Combination, but he has youth on his side, being only 22, and at Salford people long ago predicted that he would make a big name for himself if he ever got a chance in first-class company. Coates is 5ft. 10ins. in height, weighs 11st. 10lbs., and has resource and speed. He is a class defender in the making, and is similar in style to Tom Craig. From his first club, Parish Church Amateurs, he went to Unsworth, and as a back, helped them to win the Manchester Amateur League, whilst at 19 he signed professional forms for Salford, and played in the Manchester League. He remained there two years, and at the back-end of last season was transferred to Heywood United, and took part in the Lancashire Combination. During that short period he came rapidly to the front, and it was his Heywood reputation that got to the ears of Chadwick, and led to his being enticed to the Devon capital.
ARTHUR EDWARD COOKE. Into however fine a player Cooke develops, he will never play for England while the birth qualification rule remains as it is, for he is a Colonial. His parents migrated to Australia when the rush to New South Wales was at its height, and Arthur was born at Sydney. When he was only three years old his parents returned to their old home, Sheffield, and Cooke has been there practically ever since. He is slim in build, but at either outside-left or right he has proved his worth many times over. He was born 22 years ago, and is 5ft. 7ins. in height, and 10st.81b. in weight. For two seasons he was a member of the Oxford Street Sunday School Club, Sheffield, which during that time won the local League, and then, at 19, he joined Worksop, and was promoted very 9 quickly to the Midland League, playing outside-right. It was while there that his general utility and fast dribbling attracted the notice of Sheffield Wednesday, and Cooke was a proud youngster when the Wednesday management signed him on. For two seasons he played at outside right or left for them, assisting the Reserves in the Midland League, and helping them to win the local Charity and Challenge Cups, while last year he was included in the first team, which drew 2-2 at Chelsea. Occasionally he has played inside-forward, but the fact that he has been nearly always outside makes his goalscoring records quite remarkable. At Worksop he notched 19, which was his total again last year with the Wednesday; while in his first season with the Owls he registered no fewer than 22.
JOHN DUFFY is built on the lines of the ideal half-back. He is thick-set, well proportioned, and strong and speedy. Twenty four years of age, he is 5ft. 8ins. in height, and brings the scales up to llst. 91b. He was born in the far North of England, at Cleaton Moor, Cumberland, and comes, therefore, from a county not particularly noted for the number of first-class soccer players it turns out. In fact Duffy did not take to the game as early as most players. For instance, he never played at school, and his first club was Workington Central, and his position outside-right. He had just turned twenty when he became a professional, Workington then signing him. For two and a half seasons, practically always as a half back, he played for them in the Lancashire Combination, and then Bradford City came along with tempting offers, and last season he was a colleague of Lintott's in the Yorkshire club. He got his place in a few First League matches at centre-half, but he was signed by Bradford City as a right-half, and for the most part played for them in that position in the Midland League. When at Workington he played in eighty-four consecutive matches, a tribute to his fitness and consistency.
NOLAN EVANS comes to Exeter with fine Lancashire Combination cre dentials as a back. Aged 24, 5ft. 7ins. in height, and weighing 12st. 61b., he possesses exceptional strength and can kick with rare vigour. Moreover, he can recover himself speedily, and though of a build that does not suggest speed, surprised most people when he captured first prize in both the footballers' handicaps at the Athletic Meeting at St. James's Park. He was born at Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan, and was brought up to the colliery life. His first club was Bryn Amateurs, and he played outside-left for them when about fourteen. Then he migrated to Bryn Juniors, and was captain of the club for two seasons, later signing professional forms for Bryn Central and playing in the "B" Division of the Lancashire Combination. At first he was inside-left there, and again was captain for two seasons. Then he went to St.Helen's Recreation as a back, and was with that club throughout the 1908-09 season and last year. "Peggy", as his clubmates call him, found his ability as a back when with Bryn Central, more or less by accident. Bob Manson, who was in the team, asked Evans to change places with him during the course of a certain match, and so well did he take to the right-back position that he has stuck to it, and will appear in this position in the Exeter City team.
TOM GRIFFITHS is likely to soon become a prime favourite with the crowd. He is one of the best-framed footballers playing, - a model in player physique, in fact, and a born athlete. He takes a pride in keeping fit, and is never more happy than when training. It is not a mere eight months' training either, for in the summer he is hard at work with preparations for flat racing. On the football field his appear ance is deceptive to the forward who has not met him previously and consequently might think him of gentle, docile methods, for in any tight corner Griffiths can bring off charges of the old time order. Aged 22, Griffiths is 5ft. 10ins. in height and 13st. in weight, all bone and muscle. Born in Manchester, he started playing after he left school for Liverpool Telegraph Messengers and then went on to Clitheroe Central, playing as an amateur for three months in the Lancashire Combination. In that three months he made his name, and Blackburn Rovers took him over, with the result that he was there three seasons and three months. He was eighteen and a half when he first signed professional forms, and has always been either centre or left-half. The first season he was with the Rovers they won the Lancashire Combination, and several times he has played in the First Division of the English League. As a path and track runner, amateur and professional, he has won over one hundred pounds worth of prizes and once captured a £20 handicap.
ARCHIE HUGHES is regarded by many as one of, if not the best of the signings made by Exeter City this season. He is a Scotchman, the only one in the team, and is proud of it. Yet, singularly enough, with Walter Whittaker, he is the only one of the new men to have had previous experience with the Southern League. He is wonderfully fast off the mark and plays equally well in any of the three inside forward positions, though generally performing at inside-left. He is 23 years old, 5ft. 10ins. in height and 12st. in weight. He has all the wiles of the typical Scot, and there are plenty of goal keepers who can bear testimony to his shooting abaility. He was born at Barrhead, near Glasgow, and played first for Barrhead Fereneze after he had left school. From there he went straight to Arthurlie, a Scottish Second Division club, and from there Millwall enticed him to come South, this being four or five seasons ago. At Millwall he played centre or right half, and succeeded "Snowball" Frost, while the latter, singularly enough, followed the Scot back to the Millwall camp on the expiration of his suspension over the Manchester City affair. Returning to his old love, Arthurlie, Hughes subsequently found his way to Bury, and at centre-half and afterwards at inside right, played in the English League, while for the past two seasons he was at Manchester City as inside-left, and partner to James. He has more than once accomplished the "hat-trick", and at Manchester was regarded as the most consistent forward in the Reserves.
FRANK JAMES was a Junior International. When twenty years of age, as a member of West Bromwich Albion, he was selected to play for the Juniors of England v Juniors of Scotland, and is not likely to forget that match in a hurry, for it was the occasion when the English team were in a train smash on their way to Glasgow. None of the players were injured, but they were all shaken up, and James, like the rest of them, was right off his game. Born 22 years ago, James stands 5ft.9ins. and weighs 11st. 7lbs. He was born at Brownhills, near Walsall, and as a schoolboy played centre-forward and inside-right. In fact, he has rarely, if ever, played in any other position. His first club was Brownhills Albion, and from there he went to Bloxwich Strollers. A supporter of West Bromwich Albion saw him performing with Bloxwich and recommended him to the management at the Hawthorns, with the result that he joined the "Throstles" and became a professional. He appeared regularly with the Albion Reserves, and then migrated to Manchester City, for whom, in addition to being the regular centre-forward of the Reserves last season, he played in the Lancashire Cup with the firsts, and also in a few English League matches. Last year his bag was 26 goals, four of them being in Cup-ties. James is a born footballer, a true centre forward who has an eye always to his wings, and while backs find him as slippery as an eel, custodians stand puzzled by the unorthodox character of his shooting. James should make a name for himself at Exeter.
CHARLES PRATT. The fact that his colleague, Jimmy Bell, was at St. James's Park may have been an incentive to Pratt leaving Everton, where his prospects were good, and throwing in his lot with the Grecians. The two were formerly fast friends, and needless to say, Bell was the first to welcome Pratt when he landed in the "Ever Faithful". Pratt knows the game from A to Z, and like Griffiths and Duffy he is of sound physique, and also like Griffiths and Duffy can play the robust style and tackle hard when necessary. He was born 25 years ago at Birmingham, and weighing 12st, is 5ft. 9ins. in height. As a boy he played in Birmingham school teams and then joined a small local club, going from there to St. Mary's. When he was only 17 Birmingham picked him up, and he played for them in the Birmingham and District League. Like Bell, he subsequently found his way to Barrow, and for two years was a clubmate of "Daisy's". In 1908-09 he joined up with the Goodison Park camp, and that season and last played for Everton Reserves, with an occasional appearance for the firsts in the English League. He was centre-half most of the time there, but with Taylor as his rival had few chances in the premier competition. His worth was, however, fully recognised at Goodison Park, and the game he played at Manchester against the United last year won him warm praise.
G. F. PARNELL is not really a new player, for he came to Exeter in 1908 from Leeds City. At the conclusion of 1908-09 he returned North and joined Preston North End, for whom he appeared in 15 English League games last season at outside-right. Supporters of the City are pleased to see him back at St. James's Park.
FRED PRIDEAUX. If Cornwall's judgment is to be relied upon, Fred Prideaux will quickly make a name for himself now that he has joined the professional ranks. Mr W.Fenwick, who had charge of the Reserves last year, was principally instrumental in the Cornwall County man signing on for Exeter. Plymouth Argyle had previously endeavoured to entice him to Home Park, but he remained adamant to all overtures until last close season. Aged 25, Prideaux is 12st., in weight, and 5ft. 8ins., in height. He was born at Torpoint, and his first club was Torpoint Triumph, and then Torpoint Defiance. When these two sides amalgamated and became the Torpoint organisation as it is known now, Prideaux was one of the stars of the team which won three cups in one season, the Plymouth and District League Cup, the Charity Cup, and the Cornwall County Cup. He also played for Looe for two seasons, but returned to his native heath, so to speak, and was with Torpoint all last year. He has played five times for Cornwall County and has four County Badges, but in these matches has always been inside-right. But last season Torpoint persuaded him to play centre-half, and everybody connected with the Plymouth and District League put him down as the best half-back in that competition during 1909-10. Prideaux is a bricklayer by trade, and works part time at it in Exeter. On the field he is energy personified. He never tires, and is never more happy than when in the thick of the fray. He is determined to make a name now that he has come to Exeter, and he may certainly be put down as one of the most sincere of triers.
WILLIAM SMITH was born at Newcastle 22 years ago. He is an example of the good type of thrustful, bustling forward, measuring 5ft.10in. and weighing 12st. 71b. Previously he has never been far from home for his football, but came so prominently under notice last season with South Shields Adelaide that if Chadwick had not snapped him up there were other clubs waiting to give him a chance. His ability lies in his shooting power, and the strength of his rushes for 30 or 40 yards out. As a boy he played for Todnok, winners of the Newcastle Schools competition, and as centre-forward scored 18 goals in one season. On leaving school he played inside-right for Dentonbourne, six miles out of Newcastle, and from there he joined Jarrow. Last year he signed on for South Shields Adelaide, and scored 22 goals for them North Eastern League. He has played on the ground of in the the Newcastle. United club, St. James's Park, and is a cousin of Stanley Smith, the Hull City player.
ENOS WHITTAKER is a youngster of much promise, who will not attain his majority until October next. He is 5ft.9ins. in height, and in weight llst. 7lbs., This build, combined with a remarkable turn of speed, gives him some of the essential assets of a successful winger. He was born at Nelson, and at fifteen years of age played for a well known local club, Walverden United. He remained there until he was seventeen, when Nelson signed him and put him straight into the first team. For one and a half seasons he played for Nelson in Lancashire League football, then went to Haslingden, a club in the same League. as Nelson. Whittaker started his football as a back, but very soon went up to outside-right, and has since remained there. On the running path he has done exceptionally well, and a week before he signed on for the Grecians he won a £30 handicap at Dipton.
WALTER WHITTAKER. "Big Walt", as they call him in the dressing room, has seen more football than any man in the team, Bob Watson included, for he has played in his time for Blackburn, Grimsby, Derby County, Brentford, and Clapton Orient. He was a born custodian, and being a big lad was put between the sticks in the school team, and took to that position as a duck takes to water. When he left school. he was close on 5ft.10ins. in height, and afterwards put on another four inches, while his weight now is a good 14st. He was born at Manchester thirty years ago, and straight from his schoolboy football joined Fairfield Juniors. The reputation of the bulky youth who guarded the net for that club soon got about, and Blackburn Rovers got him into their fold. He played in the "firsts" for them, and then was coaxed to Grimsby in one of the seasons that the "Fishermen" were in the First Division. Grimsby Town got £400 for his transfer to Derby County, who were looking for a successor to Fryer, and later on Maskrey succeeded Big Walt at the Baseball ground. Whittaker then went South to Brentford, remaining there two seasons before joining Clapton Orient. During the last three seasons Walter served the East Londoners so well, that although they never occupied a very meritorious place in the Second Division, Whittaker's average was always one of the best in the competition. Last season, when the Orient beat Barnsley, the Cup Finalists, by 4-nil at Homerton, he was extensively reported in the London newspapers as making sensational saves with pretty well all the Barnsley forwards on him, and one of these incidents was the subject of numerous Press photographs at the time. Another of Whittaker's great games was at Reading, for Brentford in an English Cup-tie, for the Middlesex club was reduced to nine fit men, and Whittaker held up Reading practically on his own. Big Walt is one of the "hail fellow, well met" type, and there should be few dull moments on the longest journeys that Exeter City have to go this season in the carriage where he is.
LAST SEASON'S PLAYERS:
Jack Crelley has signed for St. Helen's Recreation,
Ambler for Colne,
Atkinson for Barrow-in-Furness,
Hartley for Rochdale.
Levi Copestake, one of the cleverest wingmen in the South of England, will have the chance of First League football with Bristol City.
Crossthwaite, the old goalkeeper, has joined the Metropolitan Police Force. McGuigan has retired from football.
EXETER CITY PRACTICE MATCHES
at St. James's Park:
Saturday, August 20th.
WHITES V GREENS.
A strenuous game was won by the Whites by a goal to nil. The main impression gained in watching the play was that there will be keen competition for places in the forward line, especially on the left wing.
Whites:- W.Whittaker; White, Jones; Bassett, Griffiths, Letheren; Parnell, Watson, James, Hughes, and Cooke.
Greens:- W.Wells; Coates, Evans; Duffy, Pratt, Prideaux; E.Whittaker, Camble, Smith, Bell, and Garside.
Wednesday, August 24th.
WHITES V GREENS.
Exeter City's second practice match took place in the evening, a crowd of about five hundred being present. Watson, who was slightly hurt on Saturday, and Griffiths, who was lamed playing cricket on Monday, stood down, but all the other professionals turned out.
Whites: W.Wells; White, Evans; Bassett, Pratt, Pym; E. Whittaker,
Hughes, James, Bell, and Garside.
Greens:- W.Whittaker; Coates, Jones; Oliver, Duffy, Prideaux; Parnell, Martin, Smith, Drew, and Cooke.
The Greens were the first to attack, but James retaliated with a smart run and pass to his wing. Bassett served Hughes with a neat ground pass, and the latter gave over to Bell, who swung round but missed by a couple of feet with a sharp screw shot. Smith and Parnell made a big effort at the other end but Wells leapt up and punched the ball clear. Walt Whittaker saved a "rasper" from Bell, after which James was repeatedly in the picture. Jones and Coates, however, were sound. Smith got in one long shot from 30 yards out, which Wells had difficulty in clearing, and the first goal subsequently came from Hughes, who received the ball from James and beat Whittaker with a lightning cross drive.
Drew made two splendid attempts to equalise just afterwards, and at the other end Whittaker saved a header by Bell, following a good centre by Enos Whittaker. Close on half time James got the ball, and boring his way through scored with a rising drive to the top of the rigging. In quick succession there were saves at each end by the two goalkeepers from Parnell and Garside, and at half-time the Whites led by 2-nil. Early in the second half Parnell was prominent with a good shot, then Smith attempted a rush through. Whittaker saved in marvellous fashion from Bell, but a minute later Hughes got possession while un marked and scored easily. The Greens forced an abortive corner, and Pratt severely tested Whittaker. Bell was applauded for a sparkling run after receiving from Bassett, who, with Pratt and Duffy, played a fine game. The Whites were almost always attacking, but shortly before the finish Smith broke clear with the ball, and having a clear field reduced the lead with a string drive Final: Whites 3, Greens 1.
Another good game, the outstanding feature being the smart work of the Whites' forwards, Hughes, James, and Bell, in the order named. Pratt and Bassett also got through a lot of good work, and the ex Everton man is a very good centre-half. Coates did much better than on Saturday, and Prideaux worked like a Trojan. The Whites were much the better side, and W.Whittaker had a chance of showing his worth. A fast pace was maintained throughout, and the amateurs did not do at all badly.
Saturday, August 27th.
GREENS V WHITES.
Fast Game at St. James's Park.
Exeter City's third practice match took place this afternoon, in fine weather, before a crowd of 4,000. All the professionals turned out, and a trial was given to Keast, a Dorset County and Salisbury City forward. Watson and W.Wells were the captains, and Bob won the toss. Smith kicked off at 3.35, the Greens quickly getting possession. Pym held up Parnell, stopping him at the second attempt, but Griffiths gained the leather and sent in a slow grounder which Wells cleared easily. Duffy gave Parnell a beautiful pass but the winger was pulled up for offside. Parnell forced the first corner, and Wells ran out and completely missed the ball, with the result that Bell easily screwed it into the net for the first goal. Bassett gave a chance to Keast, but in his over-anxiety the amateur passed badly and the chance was lost. White cleared from Bell, with some assistance from Bassett, and James then started another spirited attack by swinging a long pass across to Parnell. Wells cleared with difficulty, and Cooke struck the side of the net. Another corner fell to Cooke, and Hughes, who had been hit in the face by the ball, at this stage retired. James then got the ball, and swerving past Pratt, tried a hard grounder, the pace of which was too much for Wells, and the shot swept over his arm into the net.
A GOAL BY WATSON
The Greens continued to have much the best of matters, and Duffy and Parnell both narrowly missed. Watson, after a characteristic run, lost the ball to Evans, Cooke being immediately afterwards pulled up for offside when in a good position. Wells ca a high shot from Garside, then the Whites, though with only four forwards, made a plucky attempt to score, but Garside was stopped by Evans after he had partially overrun the ball. The best shot of the match so far came from Smith, but Whittaker saved it with some difficulty, then the Newcastle man came again, and with two men on him kept possession and drove the leather at a high speed over the bar. The Greens' third goal was scored by Watson, who "chanced his arm" with a long one and found Wells in two frames of mind, with the result that the ball dribbled into the net. Parnell tried the same, but was off the mark, and then Wells misjudged a high dropping kick by Griffiths, which went clean over his head and bounced just the wrong side of the post. A free kick to the Whites brought nothing tangible.
Half-time: GREENS 3-0 WHITES
Hughes was still an absentee after the interval, and Bell donned the white jersey, Martin coming out with the Greens. Watson dashed through in the first minute and Wells gave a corner, from which Griffiths headed over. Smith was stopped almost on the goal-line, but the Greens quickly returned to the attack. Wells saved a fast drive from Watson, but Smith, who was playing a very persistent game for the Whites, forced Whittaker to save, and the process was repeated by Bassett a minute later. Pratt and Bell combined well, Bell sweeping
the ball forward for Smith to take it on. Smith bowled Jones over in his effort to get through, but was finally hemmed in and beaten. Bell was applauded for his trickery, but was inclined to hold on to the ball too much.
Jones gave away a penalty in stopping Smith illegally, and the old South Shields forward had his revenge by beating Whittaker from the spot with a searing drive. Prideaux then twice stopped Smith when the latter, who was taking a very prominent part in the game, was dashing in to shoot. Whittaker saved a swinging shot from Cooke, and at the other end Wells just diverted a fine shot by James. White, Bassett, and Pratt were continually in action, and Wells, who had improved on his form of the first half, brought off another good save.
Play after this quietened down, but Bell and Garside each put in good shots, while Pratt also aimed for goal, but the ball rebounded off Griffiths on to the crossbar and rolled over for a corner. From a second corner in favour of the Whites, Pratt headed over. Martin fired just wide, and just before the close combination between Bell, Cooke, and Smith resulted in the latter nearly scoring. The game then ended with the score: Greens 3, Whites 1. Teams:
Greens: - W.Whittaker; Coates, Jones; Duffy, Griffiths, Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, James, Bell, and Garside.
Whites:- Wells; Evans, White; Bassett, Pratt, Pym; E.Whittaker, Keast, Smith, Hughes, and Cooke.
Second half: - Bell played inside-left for the Whites, with Martin substituting Bell for the Greens.
A good game, but disappointing because of the injury to Hughes, which kept him off the field for three quarters of the time. Evans, Bassett, Pratt, Prideaux, and Duffy, of the new men, got through any amount of work, and it will be interesting to see the choice of the Directors for the intermediate line for the Brentford match. Wells began shakily and was at fault with all the goals against him, but improved greatly later on. White was the best of the amateurs, and the passing of Keast left
much to be desired, otherwise he was quite a good player. Smith has plenty of dash and bustle and is a fine shot, but James is the more polished player. Walter Whittaker had not a great deal to do, but two saves very favourably impressed the crowd. The general verdict is that Exeter City will have a fast, clever team this season.