16th December 1967
Bradford City (h)
SATURDAY 16th DECEMBER 1967.
Exeter City 4-1 Bradford City
CORR'S EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT.
EXETER CITY 4
Smout; Embery, Smyth; Blain, Newman, Huxford; Fudge, Banks, Curtis, Crawford, Corr.
BRADFORD CITY 1.
Liney; Smith(Shergold), Cooper; Swallow, Hallett, Leek; Hall, Bannister, Aimson, Rackstraw, Taylor.
Exeter Curtis 2, Corr 2.
Bradford City: Bannister,
John Corr who will be 21 on Monday celebrated his belated League debut for Exeter City with two fine goals for an early birthday present, He scored a goal in each half, Dermot Curtis also hit two, which earned City a good win against a side so high up the table as Bradford CityExeter's first goal came after 20 minutes from a well worked free kick, involving Campbell Crawford, Jimmy Blain, and Alan Banks, with Dermot Curtis applying the finishing touch, In the 26th minute, City scored again, a long ball over the Bradford defence found Corr racing through to beat Liney as the defenders stopped appealing for offside. In the second half Bradford had to move forward and this gave City even more room. After 60 minutes Banks passed to Curtis to score with a fine low shot, City were well on top now, Micky Fudge had an effort well saved by Liney and then from a corner, Curtis headed the ball across for Corr to firmly head past the keeper for his second goal and City's
fourth. With 5 minutes left for play Bradford snatched a consolation goal when Bannister beat John Smout after one shot had been blocked.
This was one of the shock results of the day. After struggling so hard only three days earlier without being able to score against Nuneaton we hit our biggest score of the season against one of the best sides in the Fourth Division. Exeter took all their chances with dash and style that completely belied their lowly League position. Johnny Corr registered a remarkable League debut by hitting two of our goals and it is obvious from these that he has a power of shot which could bring him a lot more goals before the season ends. Dermot Curtis netted the other two, thanks to a couple of fine passes by Alan Banks. It was a real treat to see the old Banks-Curtis partnership working so well again.
Team-Smout; Embery, Smyth; Blain, Newman, Huxford; Fudge, Banks, Curtis, Crawford, Corr.