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Match preview: City v Cambridge United

All the information you need to know as City welcome Shaun Derry's team to St James Park

4 August 2017

Exeter City kick-off the new season at home to Cambridge United on Saturday.

The Grecians, who reached the League Two play-off final last season, will be looking to go one better this time around and have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for the opening match.

Only summer signing Dean Moxey is a doubt having missed a few weeks of pre-season training. However, Tis is not ruling out the former Derby County and Crystal Palace defender, who has rejoined his hometown club, from playing a part.

“Most players will be fit for Saturday if not all of them,” said Tis. “Dean Moxey is probably the question mark. He has been in training this week but how soon I play him I don’t know. Maybe he will start as a sub, but everyone else is ready to go.”

City face a stern opening test in Cambridge United. They beat City twice last season and have strengthened considerably in the summer.

“I’m expecting a tough challenge,” said Tis. “They have got a very similar set-up and a manager who has been there from last season and understands his team and has been able to improve it where he wanted to.

“You have to assume that he’s developed his team and they were quite a strong outfit last year. We will be looking at last year’s games against them. We will be looking at what we know about them from last year because they have a manager who has carried on. However, in the same way, they will be looking at us.”

The IP Office Stand is sold out for the match against Cambridge United, meaning there is only standing tickets available in the Thatchers Big Bank, the largest standing terrace in the football league, and famous for its atmosphere!

Tickets should still be available to purchase on the day, but the club is advising that supporters purchase tickets in advance. You can do this by the clicking on the following link.

Hospitality is also available for these and all home fixtures. To enjoy a city match in style email: commercial@ecfc.co.uk or call 01392 413957 for further information or to book.

THANK YOU to our matchday sponsor, RGB Building Supplies.

For more information on them visiting the following page.

We have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities. For more information contact Jake Wood at Exeter City at jake.wood@ecfc.co.uk.

 

Redevelopment Work:

The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for Saturday’s game due to the redevelopment work at the club.

All entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers Big Bank. There will be no entry possible from the Jungle Path/Well Street side on to the Thatchers Big Bank.

For more information read the following article.

A new look for the Grecian

The Grecian was voted fourth best programme in the country and second best in League Two for the 2016/17 season by Soccer Club Swap Shop.

However, not content with a fourth-placed finish, the programme has undergone a redesign. Make sure you pick up a copy of The Grecian for £3 for an in-depth interview with David Wheeler, a guide to the visitors and a talk with title winner Chris Vinnicombe on his first, best and worst moments in an Exeter City shirt.

CITY COMMUNITY TRUST LAUNCH

Exeter City’s Football in the Community charity has been relaunched as CITY Community Trust. The game of the season is being used to inform fans of this name change, with players warming up in CITY Community Trust t-shirts before the match and special double page spread in the programme being featured on the charity’s work.

For more information on the name change click on the following page.

New Junior Grecians Family Zone

The new Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and then to the general public from 1.30pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football.

The zone is located in Red Square. For more information on it read the following article.  

Our mascots for today’s game are the following: Riley Edwards, Eddy Gray, Oliver Tuckett, Louis Parker, Quinn George Elliott, Evan Hunt and Jake Rickards.

Read their profiles on page 13 of the matchday programme. If you would like to be a matchday mascot at one of our games contact our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk.


The club shop will be open from 11am to 5pm on matchdays and will be selling our new Flybe-inspired third kit. The club shop is located in Red Square, at the back of the IP Office Stand.

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City 1 Cambridge United 0

Reuben Reid's goal gives the Grecians victory at St James Park

5 August 2017

Exeter City began their Sky Bet League Two campaign with a 1-0 win over Cambridge United at St James Park.

An early goal from Reuben Reid proved to be the difference between the two sides despite the Grecians having a host of chances in the first half.

City boss, Paul Tisdale, kept the same side that ran out 6-1 winners over Dorchester Town in the Grecians’ final match of pre-season, and named a strong substitutes bench with new signing Ryan Brunt amongst the likes of Lee Holmes and Ryan Harley.

The Grecians made the perfect start to their season as they took the lead after just two minutes through Reuben Reid. Jordan Moore-Taylor’s long ball towards David Wheeler was handled by United’s Jake Carroll and referee Trevor Kettle pointed to the penalty spot.

Reid’s penalty kick was then saved well to David Forde’s left, but the Cambridge goalkeeper was only able to parry the ball into the City striker’s path for him to fire home from a couple of yards out.

City then had two excellent chances from corners, but were unable to add to their early advantage. Troy Brown’s aerial challenge with Leon Legge saw the City defender’s header deflected for a corner. From Craig Woodman’s delivery David Wheeler then saw his flicked header come back off Forde’s post as United cleared.

The away side, who looked to test City in the air early on, saw their crosses dealt with well by the likes of Brown and Moore-Taylor, as Tisdale’s men looked to hit their opponents on the counter-attack through the likes of Liam McAlinden and David Wheeler.

The Grecians were given their first real scare in front of the Big Bank when Luke Berry charged down Christy Pym’s clearance after 15 minutes. Thankfully, Berry’s tight-angled attempt was turned the other side of the post by Pym as he rushed back to clear.

McAlinden then had a golden opportunity to extend City’s lead five minutes later when Wheeler set up the forward with a header from close range, but his rushed attempt saw the ball edge just wide of Forde’s goal.

Lloyd James then had the chance to finish off a well worked move set up by McAlinden and Jake Taylor, but the midfielder could only place his effort over the crossbar.

But the away side, who looked dangerous through the likes of Jabo Ibehre and Luke Berry, then broke well with the former played in on goal but, thankfully for City, he was unable to keep his effort on target after shooting wide.

McAlinden, who proved a nuisance all half for Cambridge, then managed to nick the ball away from Legge to play in Reid down the left-hand side. Unfortunately, the striker was unable to bring the ball under his spell as it deflected off him following a challenge on the by-line from the United defence.

Berry then managed to find space in front of the City box just after the half hour mark to strike low centrally, but strong hands from Pym saw him save well.

Pierce Sweeney then saw his thunderous attempt from distance rise just over Forde’s goal a couple of minutes before the break, which meant City went into half time with their one goal advantage.

City started the early moments of the second half strongly with Wheeler darting across the edge of the box and shooting left footed, but the United defence stood strong to block well.

McAlinden then had another opportunity just yards out when Reid did well to shake off his man and roll the ball across goal, but the City number 19 was unable to keep his effort on target shooting over.

He then forced a good save from Forde as he shaped to curl into the bottom corner after finding space in the box, which then saw James’ follow up effort blocked well.

United full back, Leon Davies, then found himself in good position on the right-hand side and crossed low for Ikpeazu. The substitute, who was in good space, was unable to connect with the ball as City cleared.

Moments later, he found space on the left and drove inside forcing Pym into a comfortable save down low.

Cambridge then had a wonderful opportunity to draw the teams level when Berry volleyed over from Ikpeazu’s cross as the away side searched for a way back into the match.

The visitors seemed to rally as the half wore on and the Grecians were made to work harder for their chances, with Ibehre and Ikpeazu proving a real handful for Moore-Taylor and Brown.

City fans were then given a real scare when Ibehre worked his way past Woodman into the area and crossed low, but for Sweeney who prevented the onrushing United attack from tapping in as the City defender slid in to clear excellently.

The Grecians then had the chance to double their lead just a couple of minutes from time, and make the remaining minutes feel less nervy, when Wheeler did well to cut inside and tee up Harley, but his shot was well blocked from 12 yards out.

Nevertheless, Reid’s early goal was enough to give City a hard fought win over Shaun Derry's side

Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, Moore-Taylor, Brown, Woodman; Taylor, Tillson, James; Wheeler, Reid (Brunt, 79), McAlinden (Harley, 64).

Subs not used: Hamon, Archibald-Henville, Holmes, Jay, Croll

Cambridge United: Forde; Carroll, Deegan (Dunk,70), Taylor, Legge, Mingoia (Elito, 45), Berry, Ibehre, O’Neil, Maris (Ikpeazu, 45), Davies

Subs not used: Mitov, Azeez, Osadebe, Darling

Booked: Deegan

Attendance: 4,282 (Inc, 318, away)

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IP Office Main Stand close to sell-out for season's opener

Fans urged to buy seated tickets in advance to avoid disappointment

26 July 2017

A cracking atmosphere is expected for Exeter City’s opening game of the season as tickets for the IP Office Main Stand are selling fast.

There is a high chance that the stand could be sold out for the game which will help maintain a wonderful atmosphere inside the ground despite the redevelopment work closing the Stagecoach Family Stand and the away terrace.

As demands for tickets are high, fans are being urged to buy a ticket in advance if they want to guarantee a seat.

The club has just over 100 seats left for sale in the IP Office Main Stand so, while purchasing a standing ticket for the Thatchers Big Bank on the day of the match shouldn’t prove a problem, if you want to guarantee a seat for the first game then you must buy in advance.

You can do so by visiting clicking on the following link or calling the club shop and reception on 01392 411243 

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