Match 42
April 14th 1911.

Good Friday, April 14th 1911.



Exeter City paid their first visit to South Wales to appear in an exhibition match against Cardiff City, at Ninian Park. Cardiff City were founded as an amateur organisation in 1899, under the name of "Riverside" or the "Bluebirds" until last year, when they became a professional club, moving from Fir Gardens to Ninian Park, and at the same time changing their name to Cardiff City. 
Cardiff are at present playing in the second division of the South ern League, in company with four other Welsh clubs, namely Aberdare, Merthyr Town, Ton Pentre, and Treharris. Today's match was played in fine weather before a crowd of about eight thousand.

Cardiff : Husbands; McKenzie, Duffy; Lawrie, Lathom, McDougall; McDonald, Pinch, Haggard, Abley, and Evans.
Exeter: Whittaker; Evans, Coates; Duffy, Pratt, Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, James, Kent, and Garside.
Referee:- Mr Postle, of Ruabon.

The City started very well with some fast and entertaining football, and the home defence had to endure some trying moments. The Cardiff backs and halves were very sound, however, and the Welshmen were the first to score, though against the run of the play. McDonald beat the Exeter defence and put the ball across to Jack Evans, whose hearty drive from about nine or ten yards out gave Whittaker no chance. After Cardiff's goal Husbands had to punch away from James, but a sustained attack by Exeter was unproductive. Exeter City were on the attack almost continually throughout the second half, but the home backs, and Husbands, a brilliant goalkeeper, remained unbeaten.

Final: Cardiff City 1, Exeter City 0.  

Husbands is the goalkeeper who played for Wrexham against the City in the cup-ties of 1908-09.

  • BELL TRANSFERRED TO PORTSMOUTH. Following the departure of Hughes and Jones earlier in the season, "Daisy" Bell has now been transferred to Portsmouth, and every one of Exeter City's supporters will wish him luck. Bell has every reason to look back upon his stay at Exeter with pleasure, and it is safe to say that he was not eager to leave the many friends he has made in the "Ever Faithful". Two years ago he played in all but one of the League engagements and scored 23 goals; last season he played in 38 matches and scored 15 goals, while he is top of the list this year with 14 to his credit. Middlesbrough failed altogether to bring out the best in him, but at Exeter he found an ideal partner in Andy McGuigan, and that first season was undoubtedly the best of his career. His goalscoring propensities soon made him the pet of the crowd, and it is fairly safe to say that he has been the most popular of the City's players on the field. Bell needs a good partner to "nurse" him. When he finds a man who can work out the position for him and ply him with chances he is quite capable of doing the rest. He is a good dribbler too, and of unbounded energy, his one fault being that he often holds on to the ball for too long. He is quite young yet, and should have plenty of football left in him. The amount of the fee paid by Portsmouth has not been divulged, but it is not thought to be a very large one.


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