From Rivals To Comrades

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Regular readers of this column will know that I have followed the fortunes of Exeter City for many months, appalled at the carnage inflicted by our mortal enemy, Mike Lewis. It is down to his handiwork that either Swansea or Exeter lost its League status. Last Saturday, every single Swansea fan wanted to see Exeter fail (myself included)…now those same fans are rallying to Exeter’s cause to help them pick up the pieces.

Last Monday, I posted an appeal on this site for Swans fans to provide the Grecians with information and support in their battle against Lewis. That appeal has been answered…in spades!!! There have been some great postings on the Exeter message board, including an offer of help from Leigh Dineen (Swans Trust Chairman). In addition, more than one Swansea City fan has applied to join the Exeter Supporters Trust!

Just in case any of you need reminding of what we escaped from, and what Exeter are currently battling, here is an extract from an interview with Mike Lewis on TalkSport Radio last Thursday:-

Mike Lewis: “In terms of myself, I have been in the game for 30 years. Been at Tottenham, Reading, Fulham, Swansea and here at Exeter – I’m an unblemished character.”

Adrian Durham: “Hang on a minute, you say that and I know that an awful lot of fans don’t particularly like you…”

ML: “Yes, they hate me in Swansea.”

AD: “You couldn’t go back there when Exeter won there a few weeks ago!”

ML: “I couldn’t go back there because the police advised me not to.”

AD: “So why would that be if you are an unblemished character?”

ML: “I said, apart from Swansea – where I had 3 ½ good years. Listen, we took Swansea City from the brink of financial disaster in 3 ½ years. We won promotion, put the club on a very firm commercial basis, and in the last six months I made a bad mistake by selling to an Australian. David Conn [journalist with the Independent] said he put the club into administration – he didn’t; Tony Petty didn’t put the club into a CVA…the new Board did that!”

I sat there and listened to the whole interview, alternating between laughing my head off and shaking my fists in rage. What was apparent though is the fact that, once again, Mike Lewis has been caught out and the panic is starting to set in. As Adrian Durham and co-host Ray Houghton turned up the heat, Lewis became more flustered and aggressive.

Now is the time for the Jack Army to get its revenge. Email the FA and the Football League; if you have any concrete evidence in your possession then email David Conn (davidconn@independent.co.uk) of the Independent… or email Exeter City Football Club and let Mike Lewis know…IT’S PAYBACK TIME!

Swansea City and Exeter…separated by a football division but united against a common enemy.

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