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Played For Both: Exeter City

13 February 2020

Ahead of our next Sky Bet League Two clash against Exeter City on Saturday, we look back at some of the players who have travelled the 220 miles between the two clubs

Eli Bullock

Suffering from partial deafness from birth, Eli was the youngest of thirteen children and started his footballing career with a number of Potteries teams after serving in the army during the First World War.

He signed for Macclesfield in 1920 and became an ever-present in the team that season following his debut in the December. Scoring fourteen times in twenty appearances he then made the move to Exeter City in 1921, playing twenty-seven times before being sidelined by ongoing injury problems.

Eli met his wife whilst in Exeter before returning to the Potteries in 1922. He re-joined Macclesfield the following summer, playing in a number of positions before leaving to join Runcorn in 1924.

Eli retired in 1925 due to increased deafness and passed away in March 1984, aged 88.


Mark Cooper

Son of former Leeds and England full-back Terry Cooper, midfielder Mark joined Exeter for the first time in 1989.

Managed by his father, he made fifty appearances and scored twelve goals before leaving St James’s Park in 1991 to move to Birmingham City. Spells at Fulham and Wycombe followed before he returned to Exeter in 1994.

After another eighty-eight appearances for The Grecians, Mark moved to Hartlepool in 1996 and spent eight games on loan to the Silkmen in 1997 - scoring twice.

A number of clubs followed but he failed to make an impact at any, excluding Tamworth where he made over one hundred appearances.

Mark moved into management in 2004, most recently in charge of the First Team at Forest Green Rovers


George Pilkington

Starting out as a Everton trainee, defender George spent a short spell out on loan to Exeter City during his time as a Toffee, playing twelve times.

Released by Everton in 2003 he then joined Port Vale under ex-Macc manager Brian Horton and went to captain the side - making over 250 appearances over a five year period.

Four years at Luton followed, before George came to Macclesfield on loan in 2014 from Mansfield -  joining the Silkmen permanently at the end of the season.

Described by then-manager John Askey as a “Proper Pro”, the solid defender became an ever-present over the next four years, winning Player of the Year three times and helping the club to promotion last season.

George announced his playing retirement in the summer 2018 and joined subsequently joined John Askey at Shrewsbury Town for a short period as First Team Coach.


Graeme Tomlinson

Graeme started his career on schoolboy terms with Bradford City, moving to apprentice before making his first team debut at the age of seventeen in the FA Cup.

Good scoring form as well as a strong appearance in the Youth Cup caught the eye of Manchester United, who he signed for in 1994 for £100,000.

A lack of opportunities saw Graeme go out on loan to Wimbledon, Luton, Bournemouth and Milwall, before he left Old Trafford to join Macclesfield in 1998.

During his first season Graeme finished as top-scorer with eight goals, at a time where the overall strike rate of the team was poor.

The following season saw opportunities dry up and he moved to Exeter City in the summer of 2000. Fifty-six appearances over two seasons followed, before Graeme joined Stevenage ahead of dropping down the leagues which saw him hang up his boots in 2005.


Honourable mentions: Darren Boughey, Freddie Donaldson, Geoff Gay, Fred Goodwin, Percy Hilton, Brian Joy, Wilfred Livesley, Phil Noon, Billy Owen, Jim Storey, Donovan Wilson.

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