Today is not a good day to be a Grecian

Thursday, 11 February 2010

It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife. Or something. Exeter City pay their first transfer fee for a player since 2003, and what does he go and do? Only gets bloody injured until the end of the season. Yes, Troy has damaged cartilage and requires surgery. Arse.

Even more worrying, and a huge loss to the team, is the injury that puts Stanno out for a month. He's not a regular scorer, but for working a gameplan and harrying defenders, there's no-one better. He's a serious contender for player of the season. He will miss be missed.

Troy's injury leaves us very light at the back. Big Rob will probably continue in central defence alongside Matt Taylor but we need cover in case either of them get injured. Plus, Edwards is 37 and can't play every game between now and the end of the season.

Up front, Stanno's injury probably means a recall for Fleetwood to play alongside Corr (although Stewart and Corr would be my preferred line up). It's no secret that Fleetwood hasn't exactly set the world on fire, so this is his chance to show he can cut it at this level. Let's hope so.

But all of this pales into insignificance with news of the death of former Grecians manager Brian Godfrey at the age of 69.

Godfrey's era started in 1979 before leaving in 1983, and included Exeter's memorable FA Cup run of 1981 when City knocked out Leicester and Newcastle before losing to Spurs in the quarter-finals.

In truth, Brian Godfrey's side was a bit before my time - I was born during that cup run year - but many fans speak of his side and era as one of the best they had witnessed at St James Park, and Godfrey is regularly mentioned as one of City's greatest ever managers.

RIP.

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