• Phil Bater

Senior Reds Bulletin

Our Zoom meeting earlier this week went very well, and thanks go to Martin Weiler and Pete Ferlie for acting as chair and host respectively. Our guest Jamie Cureton was excellent and gave us a real insight into his career, which of course is still ongoing with his current role being that of player-manager at Enfield.


We start this week with a note from Elaine Davis concerning the defibrillator which has now been installed at the training ground. You’ll recall that the Senior Reds, together with other Grecian Groups, made a contribution towards the purchase of this vital piece of equipment.


Thank you so much for your donation which helped to make it possible. Let's hope it never needs to be used. Take care, Elaine.

Now for some follow ups from recent articles, starting with Jimmy Giles and the Wolves home game: I can remember this game well - we were playing well when the Wolves supporters broke down the fence at the St James Road end, causing the game to be held up while the police sorted it out. We were leading 2-1 at the time and I think it definitely affected Exeter afterwards allowing them to equalise near the end of the game. I can’t remember too much about the replay except we lost 3–1. I think. My memory of the game was affected because as a boy I supported Wolves and often went to watch them, so I was a bit star struck playing at Molyneux !! Also, while playing for Charlton, I played at Millwall a few times and the crowds there definitely affected the away team with their behaviour. Take care, Jim


Dave Phillips follows up his own Wolves article by sharing a conversation with fellow Senior Red Stuart Board: WOLVES FOLLOWERS - I'm reluctant to call them fans. At least one person read my piece about crowd problems in the 70s. Stuart Board has been in contact to say, "I was also present at both the Exeter and Torquay matches and have no hesitation in saying the Torquay game was the most frightening experience I've ever had at a football match. I vividly remember Wolves supporters coming at us from three sides of the ground and us thinking how can we get out of this? " Dave also pointed out that Ollie Watkins has achieved even more fame:


We're all aware of Ollie Watkins' amazing season so far. Perhaps the icing on the cake is that he's been mentioned on The Archers (Radio 4). Roy Carter, a Villa fan, suggested his hat trick v. Liverpool be included as positive news in a time capsule for 2020... I own up to trying to catch all the episodes!


Next, Steve Manuel tells us about two more Dublin born players...


Like many others, I enjoy reading Ed's Quiz in each bulletin and I often learn something new because my experiences and memories of Exeter City don't go back beyond the 1980s.

However, he posed a question recently that I think I can contribute to, namely Exeter City players who were born in Dublin.


My wife is from Dublin and we've been many times, so I've always been interested in any connections between there and ECFC.


In addition to the three players Ed mentioned, I'd like to add the strangely similar sounding:


Glenn Cronin 2000-2006


Glen Crowe loan spells in 1997 and 1998

Ironically, after leaving Exeter both turned out for Dublin club Bohemians and on one of our visits, we saw Glen Crowe play for them at their home ground, Dalymount Park. He subsequently went on to win two full caps for the Republic of Ireland only four years after his second loan spell with Exeter.

ED'S QUIZ

1. Ollie Watkins was recently called into the England squad and played against San Marino. Name two other ex-City players who previously played for the England first team? 2. Which ex-City player was included in an England World Cup squad as a reserve player but didn’t travel to the tournament or play any matches for England? 3. Name four ex-City players who’ve played for the England Under 20 team? 4. Name six players who played for both Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers? 5. Name three City players who were born in Exmouth?



CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SUPPORTING THE CITY

Dave Luxton

My home was a good goal kicks length (give or take a yard or two) from St James’ Park. My earliest recollection of the City is as a very young boy lying in bed and hearing the noise of the crowd attending evening matches. I cannot recall the first match I attended but at a young age, and without the benefit of pocket money, a friend and I would stand outside the big gates at the St James Road end waiting for them to open up 15 minutes from the end of the game.


Thankfully there was no crowd segregation between home and away supporters back then as, apart from local derbies, how many supporters travelled