Derek HEADON 6th April 1925 to 22nd September 2014

Derek sadly passed away peacefully on the 22nd September 2014, he is remembered here for all his hard work in relation to Exeter and District Basketball Association that he put in throughout his life.

He was married to Jean, and leaves 3 children – Carole, Samantha and Hugo (both Samantha and Hugo attended QE and also played basketball).

Derek was a founder member of Exeter basketball club between 1954 and 1960, he also formed and played for Exeter Saracens between 1960 and 1970, but is was in 1960 that he formed Exeter and District Basketball Association and held many posts (Chair, Fixtures Secretary, and Referee’s Secretary) within the association until he retired in 1996 aged 71.

Between 1960 and 1990 he was part of South West Basketball Association and held posts including the Technical Secretary.

He was the Vice President of A.B.B.A. between 1973 and 1974, was a National League Commissioner in 1974, received the Keith Mitchell cup for services to refereeing in 1979, and as recently as 2010 attended the 50 years anniversary of the Exeter and District Basketball Association Cup Finals.

He kept in regular contact with members of the E.D.B.A. and even recently in September 2014 was having a conversation with Paul Green as to the new rules of basketball for 2014.

Exeter and District Basketball owes a lot to those humble beginning of the league in 1960 and we thank Derek for his insight and all his work through the years.



Tributes have poured in for a ‘legendary’ retired Exeter teacher who taught hundreds of pupils in the city and has sadly passed away.

Max Matthews, a teacher for more than 40 years at Vincent Thompson Secondary School – now known as St Luke’s – died on Christmas Day aged 91

Max was, for many years, a highly respected basketball referee, Max qualified as a referee in 1950. He was a founder member of Exeter basketball club, and eventually stopped playing in 1974, and was a Committee member of the Exeter & District Basketball Association from its outset until 1996. He was well respected in the basketball fraternity, as a player, as a referee with a real feel for the game and within the Committee.

As recent as 2009, at the age of 83 Max attended the EDBA basketball cup finals to award the Ladies winners with the cup.

After retiring, leaving Vincent Thompson in a helicopter, Max continued to organise Devon schools football, and taught at a local language school and was a regular and much-loved visitor to the new St Luke’s Science and Sports College site.

Max had two children, Guy, 58, and Peter, 53, and two grandchildren, Daniel, 19, and Hannah, 17.

Around eight years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and spent the last six years of his life in a care home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, near his eldest son.

RIP Max and condolences from all at EDBA to his family and friends.