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Warrington Town/Exeter City player link.....

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I thought you guys and gals up there might find this of interest.....

 

Warrington link with Exeter City's 1914 game with Brazil

This Friday's FA Cup match between Warrington Town and Exeter City comes 100 years after a local Warrington lad played for Exeter against Brazil. 


Sammy Strettle, a full back, was born in Warrington in 1885. His football career started out with the Lively Polly Soap Works XI in Liverpool. He then joined Everton in 1906, playing four games between 1907 and 1910.


Chesterfield bought Sammy for £800 and he stayed there for four and a half years, captaining the side during the whole period.


He signed for Exeter City in the summer of 1913 and became a regular member of the Southern League team. He was part of the 15 man squad that toured Argentina and Brazil in the summer of 1914 and played in ten of the eleven matches.


The last of the games, with Strettle in defence, was against Brazil in Rio , the five time World Cup winners first ever match. Exeter lost 2-0. It was a match commemorated this summer when Exeter City returned to the same Fluminense Stadium for a centenary game.


Strettle came back to play every game for Exeter in the 1914/15 season. But like many other footballers he was soon off to the front. In 1915 he enlisted with the Royal Engineers 58th Division Signal Company and served in France and Flanders - one year at Ypres and another on the Somme.


He was awarded the Military Medal in October 1918.


After the War Sammy played for Exeter in the 1919/20 season before leaving to sign for his hometown team Warrington.


You can see a photo of Strettle on the Trust's Grecian Voices website which includes an A-Z of our players:


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Cheers Gary.  Another Exeter City connection with the town of Warrington concerns full-back John Rutter. He was born in Warrington and signed for Exeter from AFC Bournemouth in the summer of 1974.

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I didn't have a bet on and I have no fingernails left either. I hardly took a breath in the second half and I finished up watching the from behind a cushion.  I don't even like football.... well usually !!!

Absolutely bloody brilliant :D :D :D :D :D

WELL DONE WARRINGTON TOWN !!

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I must say it was refreshing to see a football match free of the actions of divas & to see genuinely injured players up on their feet so quickly without the attention of half the Warrington A&E department. The football was the basic stuff that most of us remember from our youth & Exeter probably showed the more structure & composure in the second half & let the ball do much of their work ,but all credit to the grit ,determination & effort of the Town lads . Well done boys !

 

(Unfortunately i only managed to see the second half)

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I watched the second half of the game In Weatherspoons and it was if we'd just won the word cup.

 

Well done to all on the team!

 

 

Bill :)

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I watched the second half of the game In Weatherspoons and it was if we'd just won the word cup.

 

Well done to all on the team!

 

 

Bill :)

The word cup - is that for spelling lol :lol:

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A good draw out of the bag, a very good result then a very very good draw out of the bag.  Short trip to Manchester or Liverpool.  :lol:

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A good draw out of the bag, a very good result then a very very good draw out of the bag.  Short trip to Manchester or Liverpool.  :lol:

Wish we could play United or Liverpool on our own pitch - fancy our chances!!!

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I was there on Friday night and have refrained from posting until now as I was waiting for my tears and depression to abate!!!

 

Just wanted to say well done to your team and good luck in the next round.....I will be watching out for you!!

Hope you all have a good season however it goes from here.

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I was there on Friday night and have refrained from posting until now as I was waiting for my tears and depression to abate!!!

 

Just wanted to say well done to your team and good luck in the next round.....I will be watching out for you!!

 

Hope you all have a good season however it goes from here.

Thanks Pete - you have to agree it is the magic of the FA Cup! Much more exciting than the Premier League and Champions League!

See you can get odds of 5,000-1 for us to win at Wembley :lol:

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