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16th March 2016

Promotion for men’s football teams

The Exeter College men’s first and second football teams both secured promotion in Hilary term.

The 2014-15 season ended on a low note for the Exeter first team, winning only one of their last nine games and being relegated from the premier division. In the 2015-16 season it was important to halt the slide, which they did admirably with three consecutive wins at the start of the campaign. Rather than just surviving the season, it started to look likely that Exeter could push for promotion and bounce back into the premier division. At Christmas the first team was second in the league, one point ahead of Pembroke and two behind Queen’s, having lost just one of their six league games.

A crucial draw with Pembroke at the start of 2016 allowed Exeter to hold second place, and wins against St Anne’s, LMH and Balliol ensured they held onto second place to secure promotion at the first attempt to the premier division.

The men’s second team, meanwhile, dominated the reserves’ league second division from the first game of the season. They dropped just two points in the eight-match season, topping the table comfortably to secure first division football next season.  This is the second season in a row that the second team has been promoted.

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