Exeter City v Posh 24th September 1960

Venue: St James Park, Exeter

Attendance: 9,142

Score: Exeter City 3 v Peterborough Utd 4

Officials: R. Smith.

United had the last word – got the last goal – in a game full of incidents and goals which thrilled the large Exeter crowd.

With the game heading for a 3-3 draw Ripley blasted his way through the defence to give Bly the chance to complete his hat-trick and send Posh home with maximum points.

Peterborough fully deserved to win this high scoring match but they did not always have things their own way and on many occasions luck was against them.

Jack Walls in particular, has some very bad luck, but he made up for it all with a number of brilliant saves.

Jack’s first slip came after six minutes. He made it when going for a 30 yard effort from Wilson and found himself beaten all ends up.

It was not until the 31st minute that Posh got on level terms again. Bly rose high in the goalmouth to head home an accurate centre from Hails who had been sent away by Rayner.

Posh lost left winger Sheavills with an ankle injury, but this did not halt their attacks and they went ahead after 35 minutes thanks to an opportunist goal by Bly. The centre forward intercepted a back pass to the goalkeeper and touched the ball into the net with an outstretched foot.

Sheavills returned just in time to see Exeter get on level terms again four minutes before the interval with a strange goal. Walls had the ball safely in his arms to end an Exeter attack and the referee turned away expecting a long kick up field.

Walls appeared to stumble against the post, however, and the referee turned round to the appeals of the Exeter players to see a linesman flagging for a goal. The linesman ruled that Walls had stepped back over his own line.

The Posh goalkeeper certainly did put a foot over the line but it is very very doubtful whether or not he carried the ball over the line as well.

United were not at all upset by the incident and it was not long before Hails slammed the ball home to put them in the lead.

Wilkinson equalised for Exeter with a well placed header and just when it seemed that the game must end in a draw Ripley went roaring up into the attack and produced the final pass from which Bly was able to score his hat-trick.


Posh: Jack Walls, Ellis Stafford, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Jimmy Sheavills.

Exeter: Wilson, Wilkinson, rest unknown.

Goals: Posh – Terry Bly (3) 31 mins, 35 mins & 88 mins and Billy Hails 60 mins. Exeter – Wilson 6 mins, Jack Walls (Own Goal) 41 mins and Wilkinson 72 mins.