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Exeter City to host Football Express Cup Final for East Devon grassroots game.

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Exeter City has graciously offered to host the final in response to a request from Devon & Exeter League publicity officer Collin Goodwin. Tony Phillips, the Express & Echo sports editor, presented Collin with the trophy at St James Park as skipper of Newton Poppleford exactly 60 (sixty) years ago.

The Popples beat Chudleigh Athletic 7-2 in the 1964 final. That final was also the 50th Express final, and ten years later, in 1974 (the 60th final), Collin won his second medal as a part of the Feniton team that defeated St Loyes Hotel 4-1 in Topsham.

Collin, a former Exeter City colts player and East Devon Cup committee member, persuaded Exeter City to host this year’s final on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m., and hopes to present the trophy himself.

The Express & Echo created the cup, and the first champions in 1908 were Bovey St Johns, who also overcame St Leonards Exeter 2-1 at St James Park.

The semi-finals will be contested this week. The Ex Dons play Beacon Knights on Wednesday, April 24, with the other semi-final between Otterton and Exeter University 7ths taking place the next day.

Exeter City manager Gary Caldwell stated that, if available, he will attend the final.

 

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