• Phil Bater

Senior Reds Bulletin

Updated: Apr 12

One of the reasons we started the Bulletin twelve months ago was to encourage the sharing of memories. This issue is a good example of what we’d hoped to achieve, with significant memories being recalled by Steve Manuel, Dave Phillips and Phil Wright. We’d like to hear yours, be it relating to a memorable game, favourite player or special occasion.

We now know that Exeter City will face Leicester City in the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup, with City having home advantage. Leicester beat Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 last Friday and, at the time of writing, we wait to hear on which date the game will be played. We hope it’ll be streamed for us to watch, as previous games have been. Statistics show that Ollie Watkins has hit the woodwork seven times this season – that’s the highest by any player in the Premier League during this current campaign Things can move quickly in football. In our last issue, I mentioned that former Grecian Matt Gill had been placed in charge of Ipswich Town following the departure of Paul Lambert. Just 24 hours after I typed that, Paul Cook was appointed as the new manager. Over at Oldham, Keith Curle has become their new manager, a move which sees him become their 8th manager since 2018! Lockdowns have seen people take up new hobbies and challenges, return to old ones, learn new skills or simply catch up on those jobs that kept getting put off.

Stuart Fishleigh and Vic Morgan have both taken up energetic challenges – Stuart on his bike and Vic running. Meanwhile Dave Phillips, a top athlete himself, has derived hours of pleasure sorting through his significant collection of memorabilia, and we’re grateful to him for sharing some of those memories with us.

I've taken on a "virtual" challenge of running from Lands End to John O' Groats, 874 miles. Sue is very encouraging - I think she enjoys the peace and quiet whilst I'm out. Having completed a run, I simply go onto the appropriate website, log in my mileage that day and move along the map. Since starting on 5th January, I've covered 335 miles and, ironically, reached Walsall on 7th March, which was exactly 12 months to the day since we were there for the final City game of last season before the first lockdown. If you’ve taken up a new hobby, learnt a new skill or simply found an enjoyable way to pass the time during lockdown, please feel free to let us know. Here’s a quick question:

As I type this (on Sunday, March 7), Exeter City have scored three or more goals in eight League Two games this season. How many of those eight opponents can you name?

The answer is at the end of this newsletter, as are the answers to our regular feature, ED'S QUIZ. Here’s the latest batch of questions from Ed. 1) Which former City player made a record breaking 516 appearances for the club but no testimonial was staged for him?

2) City’s last major Cup Final win (not including the Devon Bowl) was way back in 1934. It was the Third Division South Cup. Who did they beat 1-0 in the Final?

3) Where have an entire City team been arrested after bathing in the sea?

4) Name three ex-City players who were born in Budleigh Salterton?

5) For which City player did the club receive a then world record fee when he was sold? What was the fee and which club paid it?

As I say, the answers are at the end of this newsletter.


In relation to Exeter City, I remember February 2019 fondly for two reasons. Firstly, an interesting and very enjoyable day at SJP on the second of the month. I'd booked myself onto the stadium tour (which was well described in a recent edition of this bulletin).

We heard about the history of Exeter City and St James Park, visited the boardroom, hospitality areas, museum, the recently opened changing rooms and then went into the security room for an explanation from the team there of their role on a matchday. It was really well presented by our volunteer guide and I'd thoroughly recommend the tour to anyone who's never done one before, or not done one for a while.

The main reason for the timing of me doing the tour that day was that it enabled me to take some time looking around the newly opened and impressive Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand (having previously spent many seasons watching from the old grandstand) before I took my seat for the first time, to watch us send Paul Tisdale's MK Dons packing on his first return to SJP. As I said earlier, an interesting and very enjoyable day. Secondly, a few days later in February 2019, I was reading Exeweb (one of the independent online ECFC fan forums) and I saw a post promoting a new podcast about Exeter City. I listened to it and thought it was really good so have carried on listening to it and now almost two years and 70 plus episodes later The Big Bank Theory Podcast is still going strong.

The podcast is presented by Jon and Dan who, as far as I know, are just supporters like the rest of us. They produce an episode, lasting about 40 minutes, most weeks. In it they chat about the previous game/s, preview the upcoming game/s but often go off on some strange and amusing tangents in the process! Just like most other football fans I suppose.

The podcast is a great example of two fans showing their support for our club in their own way. Before writing this piece, I dropped them a line to check they were agreeable with me writing about their podcast here. They were fine about it and were interested and complimentary about the way that Senior Reds are keeping connected through our bulletins in the absence of being able to meet in person. I hope that if you weren't aware of the Big Bank Theory Podcast before, you have a look for it