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Lots of talk of Bolton not fulfilling fixture against Brentford in the news. Heard a comment on the radio yesterday that last team to do this was Exeter City but missed the details. Anyone know what happened?
 

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Lots of talk of Bolton not fulfilling fixture against Brentford in the news. Heard a comment on the radio yesterday that last team to do this was Exeter City but missed the details. Anyone know what happened?
1973-4 vs Scunny. We couldn't raise a team due to injuries. We were fined. Remains a scandal to this day as big club break all the rules but have clever lawyers!
 

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It was in about 1973 or so (just checked - the 73/74 season) - due to an illness (flu?) sweeping the squad we had something like 8 players available (including two goalkeepers). Despite the doctor's evidence saying we couldn't raise a side, the Football League insisted we had to play at Scunthorpe. We told the FL to FRO, they awarded the match to Scunthorpe.

The end of season table has us and Scunthorpe each playing 45 matches.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973–74_Football_League#Fourth_Division
 

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From Wikipedia:

In the 1973–74 season, City refused to fulfill their away fixture against Scunthorpe United, which resulted in Scunthorpe being awarded the two points. City were experiencing severe financial difficulties which had restricted the club to a small squad of players. City then had an injury crisis which left them with only eight registered players that were fit. The Football League refused to postpone the game, despite City explaining that they would have to field unregistered players in order to fulfill the fixture. As a result, City did not turn up to the game and were fined £5,000 by the League plus a further £1,334 to compensate Scunthorpe and pay for the match officials' expenses. The League's reason for refusing City's request was their impatience with uneconomic clubs and their acceptance that some would go bankrupt.
 

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Back to the OP, I'm not sure Exeter were the last club to fail to fulfill a fixture in the FL. In 2015, Blackpool vs Huddersfield on the final day of the season wasn't completed due to fans coming onto the pitch and staging a protest. Maybe Exeter were the last team to not even bother showing up for the game though.

EDIT: Just reading up on it and the the FL ruled that the 0-0 scoreline at the time would stand as the result.
 
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The Grecians were never going to get much change out of the Football League Management Committee at that time,with Alan Hardaker & Bob Lord on it,they had little sympathy for a small club like Exeter.
Bob Lord said if we could not raise a team perhaps Exeter should not be in the FL.

How we laughed when Lord’s beloved Burnley ended up in Division 4 & nearly dropped out of the League just a few years later.

The headline on the back of the Daily Express(then a paper with huge circulation & kudos) was ‘Football Mutiny’ Little Exeter Stand up to the Football League,under the threat of expulsion.
 

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Lots of talk of Bolton not fulfilling fixture against Brentford in the news. Heard a comment on the radio yesterday that last team to do this was Exeter City but missed the details. Anyone know what happened?
#feckinboblord

Bob Wilson, of Arsenal fame, was incensed on Grandstand.
 
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