GRECIAN LIGHTNING

07-Aug 14:46, by E17 Addick

Exeter City had a significant role in the Addicks history as they were Charlton’s first ever league opponents back in 1921 . Our man in the East goes 4-2-3-1 for a mutual team which in some cases goes back to the 1920s.

In compiling this team I would like to give credit to the excellent Exeter fans website The Grecian Archive which details the history of Exeter City since 1914. It contained some useful biographical information.

When there is a wide selection pool and the fact that I haven’t seen many of the historical players perform I normally select players on the basis of what level of football that they played for at least one of the clubs.

For this team I break this normal rule to pair Jimmy Giles and Matt Taylor at centre back rather than use Jonathan Fortune and Simon Webster. I do this because of their excellent service to both Exeter and Charlton.

I also move the legendary Welsh International Leighton Phillips into midfield for a similar reason.



Goalkeeper

Ben Hamer . Like Dean Kiely, Ben had played at a Football For A Fiver at a packed Valley before becoming an Addick . He played when Exeter beat Charlton 3-1 during his loan spell from Reading in 2011. The following season he was the Addicks number one when Charlton gained promotion to the Championship. He left to join Leicester in 2014 .

Other options were Alan Clarke, Ken Jones and Jeff Wood .


Defence

Right-Back Danny Butterfield .Lincolnshire born Danny joined Charlton on loan in 2009 from Crystal Palace where he had been involved in a promotion to the Premier League in 2003/04. Indeed Danny got promoted a second time to the Prem with Southampton in 2011/12 .He ended his career at St James Park playing 69 times in a three year spell between 2013/16 .


Left-Back Theo Foley . Former Addicks boss Theo only played 6 times for Charlton in 1967/68 but had earlier played for 155 times for Exeter after signing in 1955 from Home Farm. He left Exeter in 1960 to join Northampton where he was part of the Cobblers meteoric rise from the Fourth to First Division. He also won 9 International caps for Eire.


Centre Backs . Jimmy Giles . ‘Farmer Giles’ started his career at Swindon in 1965 before moving on to Aldershot and then Exeter in 1971. At St James Park he is regarded as a club legend having won the Player of the Year three times in 1971/72, 1972/73 and 1974/75. He joined Charlton in 1975 after the Addicks had been promoted back to the second tier. He scored 6 goals in 93 appearances at the Valley before re-joining the Grecians in 1977 where he remained until 1981 when he became Yeovil’s Player Manager.


Matt Taylor . Matt started his career as a goalkeeper but converted to centre back. He was promoted with both Exeter and Charlton. He went up with the Grecians twice, from the Conference in 2008 appearing in the Play-Off Final against Cambridge and from League Two a year later. After joining the Addicks Matt was an integral part of Chris Powell’s League One Championship squad of 2011/12 .


Other defensive options were Jonathan Fortun , Ray Harford , Alan Kimble , Danny O’Shea , Dan Seaborne , Peter Shaw , Stephen Stacey and Simon Webster .




Defensive Midfield

Leighton Phillips . Britton Ferry born Leighton had a stellar career with Cardiff and particularly Aston Villa where he captained them to a League Cup win in 1977. Although primarily a sweeper style central defender, versatile Leighton could play with distinction in midfield. Indeed he could also fill in up front. He joined Charlton in 1981 from Swansea City when he was part of the Welsh squad who were trying to reach the 1982 World Cup. He received an extra two Caps whilst an Addick which raised his overall appearance record to 58. Leighton finished his league career at Exeter in 1983 after leaving the Valley playing 10 times.


Maurice Setters. Maurice ended his illustrious career with 8 appearances for the Addicks in 1969/70 . A native of Honiton in Devon he started at Exeter in 1954. A big money move to West Brom occurred in 1955 after just 10 appearances .He later played for Manchester United where he won the FA Cup in 1963, Stoke and Coventry. Although never capped by England he was on standby for the 1958 World Cup squad. Maurice did eventually get to football’s premier tournament but not as a player. He was Jack Charlton’s assistant manager for Eire in 1990 and 1994 .

Another option was 1920’s star Scotsman Alexander Hardie who played for Plymouth in between playing for Charlton and Exeter .


Attacking Midfield

Carl Harris. Carl didn’t add to his 24 Welsh caps at the Valley but had a good three year spell with the Addicks between 1982-1985 where he played 82 times scoring 7 times despite some bad injuries. In his early career with Leeds United he was considered an exciting prospect . Exeter was his last league club and he played 16 times in 1988/89.

Brendan O’Connell . Brendon moved to St James Park from Portsmouth in 1986 . At this time of his career he was a forward . After spells at Burnley , Huddersfield and Barnsley he joined the Addicks in 1996 as a midfielder. He scored twice in 38 league appearances in his one season at the Valley. He then moved on to Wigan where injury prematurely ended his career the following season.

Mark Robson . Newham born Mark was a product of the Grecians Youth set up .He made his debut in 1986 and soon attracted the attention of Tottenham . Mark moved to White Hart Lane just a year after his debut. At Spurs he was often injured and sent out on loan. Indeed he briefly returned to Exeter in January 1992.. He came to Charlton via West Ham and he made 105 league appearances as an Addick between 1993 and 1997. He later coached at Charlton.

Other options were Peter Godfrey and Gary Kimble


Forward

Frederick Whitlow. I go back to the 1920’s to find Bristol born Frederick , and what an amazing scoring record he had . He scored an impressive 65 goals in 100 appearances for Charlton between 1927 to 1931 playing at both the second and third tier. After leaving the Valley his record at St James Park was even more prolific scoring 61 times in 83 games before joining Cardiff in 1934.

Other striking options were : Stuart Fleetwood ,John Henderson , Raymond Keeley , Harold Kirk , John Kennedy , Dickie Plum and Jim Ryan .


My Team:

GK Ben Hamer, RB Danny Butterfield ,LB Theo Foley, CB Jimmy Giles CB Matt Taylor, DM Leighton Phillips DM Maurice Setters RAM Carl Harris , CAM Brendon O’Connell, LAM Mark Robson , ST Fred Whitlow .

Ex Addicks coach Jock Basford became Exeter manager in 1966. He can be in the Dugout.

 

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