Match 46
7th April, 1969
Bradford City (a)

MONDAY 7th APRIL 1969.



Exeter Team
Shearing; Smyth, Blain; Parker, Newman, Balson; Pleat, Curtis, Wingate, Binney, Mitten,

Scorer Bradford City: Rackstraw.

Attendance: 9,382,

No points for Exeter City in their fight to get away from the re-election area but although they lost to the only goal of the match, it was a goal that City hotly disputed. It came from the penalty spot in the 55th minute Rackstraw was adjudged to have been fouled, a very harsh decision indeed, and it was the same player who scored with the resultant penalty for his 100th Football League goal of his career, City deserved at least a point against the promotion chasing team. It wasa good all round display. They fought hard, covered well in defence, but Bradford City had more of the play in the first half, Exeter held them and with no score at half time City were in with a chance of getting soemthing from the game, Bradford did hit the post in the first half but apart from taht little danger came to Exeter, In the second half City moved forward more and had two good chances. Both fell to Fred Binney and the normally reliable striker missed bothIt was sometimes a hard and tough game and on one occasion Graham Parker and Rackstraw were spoken to by the referee after squaring up to each other.

Match Summary 

We gave a better all-round display in this game than we had done at Col chester and were unlucky to lose by the only goal scored, more especially as this was obtained with a penalty. Our defence was always sound under pressure and the attack was much livelier than it had been in the previous game, but, unfortunately, we fell short of the required standard when it came to finish ing and a couple of good chances were allowed to slip.
Bradford City's winner was scored by Charlie Rackstraw in the 55th minute from the penalty spot after he had been brought down.


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