Exeter Football Club’s Double Premierships

Sunday Mail MastheadExeter defeated Seaton Ramblers for the A2 Premiership and the Reserves won against Flinders Park to secure the A2 Reserve Premiership.

Sunday Mail – 29th September 1963

Exeter were demoted to A2 last season and now are back again. A mighty effort sustained throughout the 1963 season made up of 15 consecutive wins.

From the first bounce the Tigers attacked with grim determination and a dazzling speed that left the Ramblers flat-footed. They peppered their goals and although they were hotly pressed they were able to kick 2-6 whilst the Ramblers only had the ball in their zone once and dribbled a behind.

Exeter forced the issue in the final. Final scores: Exeter 5-13, Seaton Ramblers 4-10. Goalkickers: Bruce Taylor, Rob Davies, Trevor Pudney, Roger Freeman and Barry Delbridge, all 1 each.

Best Players: Darrell Cooper, Denis Quinn, Peter Boddington, Terry Hunt, Roger Freeman and John Duke.

EXETER FOOTBALL CLUB A2 PREMIERS 1963 BACK ROW: N. Pollard (Trainer), L. Gilbert (Trainer), A. Hogan, J. Coulter, A. Blackleter, A. Aspinall (Goal Umpire), B. Grigg, P. Jemsen, R. Freeman, A. Hoare, A. Reinberg. CENTRE ROW: D. Cooper, T. Hunt, D. King, R. Cooper, T. Boddington, G. Todd, C. Moore, J. Duke, D. Quinn, K. Biglands. FRONT ROW: B. Jepp, T. Opie, A. Taylor, N. Winter (Mascot), B. Taylor, P. Boddington, T. Pudney. INSET: B. Delbridge. ABSENT: J. McKinley

In the curtain raiser Exeter Reserves attacked with telling results to win a thrilling game. 8-7 to 5-2.

Goal kickers: R.Richards 4, Ricky Brooks, Graham Wolman, Graham Willoughby, Wayne Johns all one each. Best Players: Jim Coulter, Graham Willoughby, Bob Winter, Graham Wolman, Geoffrey Hodge and R. Richards.

EXETER FOOTBALL CLUB A2 RESERVES PREMIERS 1963 BACK ROW: N. Pollard (Trainer), L. Gilbert (Trainer), R. Davies, J. Coulter, J O’Donoghue, A. Aspinall (Goal Umpire), J. Boddington, R. Thompson, D Underdown, A. Hoare (Trainer), M. Quinn (Manager) CENTRE ROW: P Clauson, J. Cornish, G. Willoughby, R. Cooper (Coach), G. Lister, (Captain). G. Todd (President), B. Winter (Vice Captain) D. Newland, I. Hannaford. FRONT ROW: J. Pritchard, M. Drewer, R. Brooks, N. Winter, (Mascot) Hogan (Mascot), G. Woolman, H. Kepler, R. Richards.

EXETER FOOTBALL CLUB A2 RESERVES PREMIERS 1963
BACK ROW: N. Pollard (Trainer), L. Gilbert (Trainer), R. Davies, J. Coulter, J O’Donoghue, A. Aspinall (Goal Umpire), J. Boddington, R. Thompson, D Underdown, A. Hoare (Trainer), M. Quinn (Manager)
CENTRE ROW: P Clauson, J. Cornish, G. Willoughby, R. Cooper (Coach), G. Lister, (Captain). G. Todd (President), B. Winter (Vice Captain) D. Newland, I. Hannaford.
FRONT ROW: J. Pritchard, M. Drewer, R. Brooks, N. Winter, (Mascot) Hogan (Mascot), G. Woolman, H. Kepler, R. Richards.

Seaton Ramblers Captain Coach came into the Tigers room after being ‘chaired off’ and amid complete silence, congratulated Exeter on winning two premierships in the afternoon, and added that it was a pleasure to play against Exeter because of their fitness, speed and fairness.

Later in the evening there was a procession along Semaphore Road and all the Tigers and their supporters attended. Heading the procession under the Tiger banner was coach Ray Cooper being wheeled in a wheelbarrow. The procession finished at Ray’s home.

The Club will hold a players and officials dinner Sunday next at the club rooms, at the Largs Oval with a variety show commencing at 10.30AM.

Coach Ray Cooper is wheeled down Semaphore Road in the post match celebrations.

Coach Ray Cooper is wheeled down Semaphore Road in the post match celebrations.

Exeter Football Club 1963 Grand Final Starting Line-Up:

Exeter Football Club 1963 Grand Final Starting Line-Up:

 Coach Ray Cooper The coach of the winning Exeter A Grade Team in the 1963 A2 Grand Final. Later that night as part of the celebrations Ray was wheeled down Semaphore Road in a wheelbarrow.

Coach Ray Cooper
The coach of the winning Exeter A Grade Team in the 1963 A2 Grand Final. Later that night as part of the celebrations Ray was wheeled down Semaphore Road in a wheelbarrow.

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