Match 39
15th March, 1969
Rochdale (h)



Shearing, Smyth, Blain; Parker, Sharples, Newman; Pleat, Binney, Wingate, Kirkham, Mitten,

Harker; Smith, Ryder; Leech, Parry, Ashworth; Whitehead, Rudd, Buck, Jenkins, Butler,

Exeter Mitten, Binney.
Rochdale Buck 2.


A jar of Vick, a bowl of hot water and a towelThe patient was Fred Binney, suffering from a bad cold, but this ailment did not prevent him from scoring 5 minutes from the end of the game to save a point for City, It was a superb indiviual effort as Binney left three players in his wake and shot past the keeper Exeter were perhaps a little lucky to share the points after their poor second half display. They gave the ball away too much and some players stopped working and running. Rochdale took control and went ahead immediately after half time through a goal from Buck and they looked set for two promotion hunting points until Binney equalised, In the first half Exeter began well and in the first 20 minutes could have been ahead had they taken two or three opportunitiesRochdale as well missed chances before half time. Had both sides taken all of them this would have been a high scoring game, Rochdale went ahead when Buck scored in the 27th minute, John Mitten equalised for City in the 40th minute. This goal just before the interval when Exeter badly needed one, should have given them confidence to go into the second half, but instead they struggled in the heavy conditions.
Match Summary 

Considering the heavy going this game was surprisingly entertaining with plenty of incident, especially in the first half. We gave a good account of ourselves before the interval and fully deserved to be on level terms when Johnny Mitten shot an equaliser five minutes before the interval, but we did not maintain the same standard later on, and when Tony Buck got his second goal just after the restart it seemed that the visitors might run away with victory. However, we withstood their early second half pressure and although they always looked the more likely to score it was the City who found the net again when Fred Binney was on hand to take advantage of a bad mis-kick by one of Rochdale's defenders and raced in to drive the ball home.

MONDAY 17th MARCH 1969.

Keith Whatling, Exeter City's young left winger has asked to come off the transfer list. He went on the list at his own request last November. 


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