The Giant Killers

Every F A cup giant killing since 1888

                  EXETER CITY

Born in 1904 out of a merger of Exeter United and St Sidwells, Exeter City first entered the F A cup in 1909 as a Southern League outfit, clocking up a club record 14-0 victory that still stands in their first ever cup tie. Entry as original members of Division Three followed in 1920 but The Grecians were never able to break into the second tier and became founder members of Division Four in 1958. Most of Exeter's history has seen them in these two divisions before hitting their lowest ebb with relegation to The Conference [level five] in 2004. Exeter's cup history centres around two great runs fifty years apart that took the club to the quarter finals on each occasion with a five goal thriller against Derby in 1931 as the stand out result.

Magic Moments

1931

3-2 vs Derby County


Third round: Saturday January 10th 1931

Attendance: 16,500

Scorers: Percy Varco, Billy Armfield, Harold Houghton

Ranked at the time:21

Today: Inside the top 100

Team: 1:Arthur Davies, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:Charlie Miller, 4:Nobby Clarke, 5:Jack Angus, 6:Percy Varco, 7:Billy Armfield, 8:Stan Barber, 9:George Purcell, 10:Harold Houghton, 11:Dick Doncaster

3-1 vs Leeds United

Fifth round: Saturday February 14th 1931

Attendance: 19,130

Scorers: George Purcell, Billy Armfield {2}

Ranked at the time: 61

Today: Outside the top 100

Team: 1:Arthur Davies, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:Charlie Miller, 4:Nobby Clarke, 5:Jack Angus, 6:Percy Varco, 7:Billy Armfield, 8:Stan Barber, 9:George Purcell, 10:Harold Houghton, 11:Dick Doncaster

1981

3-1 vs Leicester City

Fourth Round replay: Wednesday January 28th 1981

Attendance: 15,268

Scorers: {Exeter} Tony Kellow {10, 75-pen, 85}: {Leicester} Jim Melrose {69}

Ranked at the time:103

Team: 1:Ian Main, 2:Martyn Rogers, 3:Peter Hatch, 4:Dick Forbes, 5:Lee Roberts, 6:Phil Roberts, 7:Ian Pearson, 8:Peter Rogers, 9:Tony Kellow, 10:John Delve, 11:Dave Pullar. {Manager:Brian Godfrey}