Match 49
25th April 1964
Workington (Away)



When Exeter City arrived at their Carlisle hotel last night, messages were awaiting wishing the team good luck for their match against Workington today, They included telegrams and cards from Belmont Bowling club in Exeter and one former Exeter City full back Bob Pollard, there was one from a long distance fan in the Canary islands, When the City party reached the Workington ground they found their dressing room table loaded with good luck telegrams from organistaions and individuals, including one from the players of Exeter Rugby club, Hundreds of Exeter fans have travelled overnight for the game and there was the atmosphere of a cup tie.


Ower; Chapman, Lumsden Murphy, Brown, Burkinshaw; Lowes, Carr, Hooper, Moran, Martin,

Barnett; Smyth, Macbonald; Mitchell, Harvey, Anderson; Rees, Banks, Curtis, Hancock, Thorne,

Attendance 8,600,

The best kept secret of Exeter City's promotion winning goalless draw with Workington was that Banks should not have played, he was far from fit, with his arm injury, but he was desperately keen to play himself and it proved to be a great morale booster, The game was a grim, grudging battle which was only any kind of spectacle if one knew exactly how much hung on the outcome. Everyone worked hard as City stuck to their highly successful plan of defending and waiting to make the odd breakaway attack, it was a difficult game from the start with both sides equally edgy and easily prone to mistakes, but with Mitchell marshalling his side wonderfully, the City gradually settled down. They only had two scoring chances in the whole game but it did not matter, it was more important to keep out for that vital point, Beutifully co-ordinated covering from everyone saw to that efficiently and when Workington did get through with a shot or a header, Barnett was in top form. The last 15 minutes were the most harrowing, for if Workington had scored then, there would have been little time to recover, but City held on, and made club history and won promotion.

Workington 0, Exeter City 0

MOST of the critics of this game seem to have forgotten the vital thing that there was too much on the outcome for either team to worry about the niceties of football. Exeter wanted a point for promotion, Workington wanted two for a chance of the championship. Neither was willing to give an inch in their tactics. Both were over-anxious about making mistakes. The result was not an attractive game to watch, but a fascinating study of the clash of two contrasting styles. Workington, sure of promotion, anyway, went all out on attack from the start. Exeter started with the intention of keeping their one point and played an 11-man defence for as long as it suited them.

Banks' handicap
The Devon side's plan was to keep holding out and break away, only if they saw a good enough gap. Even in this they were handicapped, for top scorer inside-right Alan Banks was playing with an injured arm only partially deadened by a pain-killing injection and he was only half as effective as usual. So in the whole game Exeter had only one real scoring chance in the second half when Banks flung himself at a Mitchell cross and headed a yard wide. In spite of Exeter's tactics, Workington's waspish inside forwards managed to get near enough to send in some dangerous balls-and only brilliant goalkeeping by Alan Barnett stopped shots from Moran and a header from Lowes. It wasn't until the second half, when they had a really strong wind behind them, that Exeter were able to ease up for any length by of time. 

No penetration

Even then their attack lacked any real penetration because there was no backing from the wing - halves, who had been instructed not to commit them selves by getting left up field. But they got a point and the final piece of proof that team manager Jack Edwards had been right to make them stick to the 4-2-4 system all season, even in the face of criticism for playing over-defensive football.

Ower; Chapman, Lumsden; Murphy, Brown, Burkinshaw; Lowes, Carr, Hooper, Moran, Martin,
Barnett; Smyth, MacDonald; Mitchell, Harvey, Anderson; Rees, Bank's, Curtis, Hancock, Thorne.

Attendance 8,600.

Western League 


Exeter City Symington.

MONDAY 27th APRIL 1964.


"Up the City" tens of thousands of voices have echoed this cry in over 50 years of football, but it is only now that it has fond its true meaning for Exeter City are up at last, promoted to the Third DivisionThey got there after 90 minutes of nail biting that was almost too much to bear for the 500 City supporters who made the ong journey to Workington on Saturday to witness the greatest day in Exeter City's history, The tension was so bad for some in the last 15 minutes that they left their seats in the stand to go nearer the touchline to shout City on, The final whistle went and pandemonium broke out, for Workington had got promotion as well, supporters swarmed onto the field in front of the grandstand, shouting and chanting their heroes names until each of the 22 players appeared in the directors boxBack in the City's dressing room for tots of whisky and then back to the hotel in Carlisle where the team stayed and how the champagne flowed. The hotel management made a special cake in City's colours with "Well done Exeter" iced on the top.


Many of the City supporters travelled back from Carlisle on the same train on Saturday night as the team, they cheered the triumphant Exeter side onto the train and again at 12,30 am, on Creve station as they and the team changed trains for Exeter and as they got off at St David's station on Sunday morning they were joined by hundreds more, Wearing scarves and real rosettes, waving rattles and banners, cheering and shouting the waiting crowd surged forward as the train pulled in, They surrounded the players inside and outside the station for about a half hour, cheering for one and then another and carrying placards that read "Thanks Banks and all the ranks." And "Grand show Exeter now Division Two,"



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