Exciting New Additions to the Dick Pym Collection
Dick, from a salmon fishing Topsham family, played 209 League and Cup games for the Grecians between 1911 and 1921. He also toured South America on the 1914 trip. Sold to Bolton Wanderers he went on to play in three Wembley Cup Finals – winning every time without conceding a goal. He was also capped three times by England. Dick retired to Topsham and died aged 95 in 1988. He is a founder member of the Exeter City Hall of Fame.
Now his grandson, Richard Pym, has kindly shared various items in the family’s collection of memorabilia with the History Group.
Pride of place goes to a ball that Dick brought back from the Argentinean leg of the South America tour. Writing on the ball indicates it was used in the first game v Norte and includes the City line up for that match. Norte won the game against a sea leg heavy Exeter team 1-0.
The ball has been donated to the Exeter City collection and has been specially filmed in 3D by the University of Exeter. The scan of the ball can be seen at:
Exeter City historian, Aidan Hamilton, says the ball has immense value. “Not only is it a wonderful relic of the famous tour but in football terms it is significant as it appears to have been used in the first ever match won by an Argentinean side against a British one”.
The Pym family has also lent a number of other items so that these can be digitised and added to the Grecian Archive website. These include a postcard showing Pym in 1912 City outfield kit, a photo that includes a superb view of City’s original grandstand (burnt down in 1925), photos from the 1914 tour to South America and personal records of Pym’s seasons at Exeter.
These items are now being added to the Archive with the help of volunteer interns from the University of Exeter who come in to the Club each week to work on the project.
Richard Pym says “As a family we are delighted to share these precious items with the Club so that they can be accessed by everyone with an interest in Dick. We are so pleased he is still remembered and honoured after all these years”.
The Exeter City History Group, part of the Supporters Trust, is always on the look-out for donations or loans of Grecian related memorabilia. Contact with the Group can be made on email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Reception at the Club.