Exeter City v Port Vale Match day Thread

Grecian2K

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Looking forward to us being featured above Argyle as Devon's premier team on Spotlight..........
It will feature just after the article about hell freezing over and the exclusive about bears not defecating in forested areas.

PS: After today's results poor old Nastily Cornish has been granted at least a week's compassionate leave.
 

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MT has been open with the fact he's after someone of a different profile - those lads mentioned have a big part to play, but we will need that extra signing I think, particularly up against teams where we aren't dictating the pace of the game.
Need extra signings as we are a bit thin on the ground - injuries to Nombe or Brown OR both will be a real problem unless we send Jamal up front when his ankle is fixed !
 

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Interesting one.

Always a bit difficult comparing like with like as until 1958/9 the third tier had North and South Divisions.

It’s often argued that our 8th place in League One in 2010/11 is our highest ever finish. But was it? It’s easy to work out how many teams in the pyramid were above us - 20(PL) + 24 (Championship) + 7 (the teams above us in L1) = 51. So we were in effect 52nd.

BUT back in 1932/3 the Grecians finished 2nd in Division 3 South when only the top team in North and South got promoted. So close! At that time there were 22 (Div 1) + 24 (Div 2) + 1 (Div 3S winners) + 1 (Div 3 North winners) above us. So we were 49th equal with the North runners up.

At the moment (such early days) there are 20 (PL) + 24 (Championship) + 1 (L1 leaders) above us. So we are 46th. But of course this is not an end of season comparison. Someone with more time might do a season by season check on in season league placings to absolutely establish the answer to Szi’s question.

One thing this does remind us is that we should not forget the 1932/33 side or the side in that general era. 1930/1 - FA Cup Quarter Final (actually in semi final draw due to draw at Sunderland); 1932/3 - 2nd in Div 3 South and 1933/4 - Winners Div 3 South Cup - our first major trophy in our professional era. That must have been some team!
Totally agree and the team that pipped us to promotion Brentford went to further success and within a few seasons were playing in the old First Division.

I have often wondered whether given that it was more of a level playing field in those days had we been promoted instead of them with the team we had we might well have had the same success and totally changed the course of the Club’s history.
 

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Think the yellow was for kicking the ball away.

(the tackle was outstanding, btw - as was his recovery tackle when Hartridge was caught dawdling in possession)
That tackle was a key moment in the game Vale would probably have gone on and scored and taken the lead there….the outcome of the game could well have been very different.
 

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No doubt that Kite looks like another yet another amazing prospect but in a game where we have to work much harder out of possession we are still need of a defensive midfielder of quality in my opinion. Sounds like Kegs has been brought in with that role in mind.
We don't need a defensive midfielder, we play five at the back, it's just not how we play.
 
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