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Exeter City v Liverpool (24/08/2011) - Double Agents
Monday, 22nd August 2011

In advance of our Carling Cup Second Round tie on Wednesday, YNWA looks at the careers of those who have represented both the Grecians and the mighty reds.


Grecian greats
Inside-forward Alan Banks signed from Rankin Boys in May 1958. He netted on his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion four months later, scoring six times in just eight games for the reds in total, leaving for Cambridge City in 1961 and going on to enjoy far greater success in the lower divisions including two spells with Exeter, for whom he bagged 101 goals in 258 League outings. In a PFA survey published in December 2007, he was voted as Exeter's all-time favourite player.


Full-back Jimmy Gray was born in Glasgow but played international football for South Africa. He signed from Transvaal in 1926 but only played one first-team game for the reds, a 2-1 home League defeat by Sheffield United in September 1928. He left in January 1930 to sign for Exeter City, where he is remembered as one of their greatest ever players, playing 221 games for them and helping them to finish runners-up in Third Division South in 1933. He had a testimonial match between Exeter and the reds in May 1935.


Most recently
Defender Alex Watson signed professional terms in May 1985 but made just nine first-team appearances, before joining Bournemouth for £150,000 in January 1991. He joined Exeter from Torquay United on a free transfer in July 2001. He played 51 times for the basement side before moving to nearby Dr Martens League side Taunton Town two years later.


Up front
Scottish inside-left Andy McGuigan signed from Hibernian in May 1990 and bagged fourteen goals in 37 reds games, including five against Stoke at Anfield in January 1902, as he became the first red ever to score so many in one game. He was part of our first League title-winning side in 1901, and later returned to Anfield as a trainer, helping us to back-to-back titles in 1922 and 1923, having turned out as an amateur with Exeter in the meantime.


Forward James Garside arrived from Accrington Stanley in 1904, but only played five games before returning to amateur football with Stanley in 1906, moving on from there to Exeter.


Other double agents
Right-half David McMullan signed from Belfast Distillery in October 1925, failing to score in 35 first-team games before making an audacious move to join New York Giants in August 1928, later ending his career at St. James' Park.


Full-back Steve Parr made twenty appearances without notching after signing on a free transfer from Farrington Villa in May 1948. He moved to Exeter after seven years at Anfield, moving on to Rochdale at the end of 1956 to end his playing days.


Forward William Hunter's only reds game was a 2-0 defeat at Preston North End in March 1909, having signed from Airdrieonians in December 1908. He moved to his hometown club Sunderland after just two months at Anfield, later ending his career at Exeter.





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