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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Exeter City vs Forest Green Rovers

All the details ahead of Saturday's match at St James Park

12 October 2019

Exeter City will be looking to get back to winning ways in EFL Sky Bet League Two on Saturday as we face league leaders Forest Green Rovers in a 3pm kick-off.

Ahead of the match, Matt Taylor was keen to highlight the importance of getting something from these matches. He said: "It's another good game for us to look forward to and being back at the Park is an added bonus.

"When you are challenging at the top end of the table you want these fixtures to keep on coming and we want to keep on picking up points from these games. It's another test of a different sort from Crewe last week, but one we have to look forward to."


Exeter City's match against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday is dedicated to the mental health charity Mind,

Mind is joining with Exeter City for the fixture to help raise awareness among fans about mental health and the support the charity provides. Alongside this they hope to raise vital funds to tackle mental health problems.

Click here to find out more.



City come into the match on the back of last Saturday's 1-1 draw away at Crewe Alexandra. The Grecians currently sit second in EFL Sky Bet League Two a point behind Saturday's opponents Forest Green Rovers. The Green Devils come into the match on the back of a 3-1 win over Crawley Town last Saturday.

Both teams were in action in the Trophy in midweek with City beating Newport County 2-0 and Forest Green Rovers drawing 0-0 with Coventry City, but picking up a bonus point from a 8-7 penalty shootout win.

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Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper had the following to say ahead of the match.

"We take the same approach as every week. We are playing at a very good club that I spent time at and lived down there, I really enjoyed it.

"They are doing really well and did well last year. We are fully respectful of all their threats and know we have to play very well to get anything from the game."


Forest Green Rovers 0 Exeter City 0 (4/5/19)

Exeter City were unable to seal a place in this season’s Sky Bet League Two play-offs despite a 0-0 draw with Forest Green Rovers. Despite Newport County only being able to collect a point at Morecambe, the Grecians just needed that all-important goal but it didn’t arrive despite a number of chances throughout the match.


Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Friday, October 11 so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance.

Tickets are available online by visiting:, by calling: 01392 411 243 or by visiting the club shop/reception at St James Park.

Admission prices 

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Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £20 £22 Adult £27 £28
Senior £17 £19 Senior £24 £25
Young Adult 18-23 £17 £19 Young Adult 18-23 £24 £25
Under-18 £8 £10 Under-18 £13 £14
Wheelchair Area £17 £19 Wheelchair Area £24 £25
Junior Grecians   --- Junior Grecians   ---


Our match sponsors for the match Carlsberg, and our ball sponsors is Adrian Kavanagh.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and wish them a pleasant day at St James Park.


Our award-winning match day programme returns this Saturday and as usual has a whole host of content for supporters of all ages. Inside we’ll have a feature interview with Lee Martin, who discusses the dressing room spirit at Exeter City. 

Junior Grecians can take part in our quizzes and local journalists Matt Bamsey and Alan Richardson cast their eyes over the Grecians and the wider footballing world.


You can read the mascot profiles in the match day programme which you can pick up in the stadium for £3.00 on the day. For mascot booking or information, please contact



The club shop will be open from 12pm and closes once supporters have left SJP, giving you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match including the popular new third kit! There is a great range for all City supporters including training wear, mugs, scarves and a selection of pocked money items for kids.



Your chosen pre-match playlist 👇

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As ever, football at the Park isn't just about the 90 minutes on the pitch, we've got a whole host of opportunities and experiences to make your matchday extra special.

Lez the Fez returns!

Back by popular demand! Lez the Fez will bring his unique blend of magic, balloon modelling and humour to St James Park.

Lez the Fez is one of the most popular magicians and entertainers in Devon with his amazing sleight-of-hand close up magic, balloon modelling and humour putting him at the top of his magician profession. 

Lez will be undertaking a walking performance through the Centre Spot, Red Square, Junior Grecians Family Zone and all the hospitality areas.


FREE Face Painting

The face painters are a valuable addition to matchdays and judging by the sights around the ground it is just as popular with adults as well as youngsters.

Face painting will be available in Red Square from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand from 2:30pm to 3pm.

First visit photo opportunity

Bringing anyone under-12 to their first match at SJP? We would love for them to be part of a 'first visit to SJP' pitch side photo opportunity. 

If you would be interested in marking the occasion, and want to make the experience extra special, please get in touch by emailing: with their name and age so we can create a special 'first visit' certificate for them.


On a Saturday matchday, please head to the Junior Grecians Lounge in Red Square at 1:45pm, where you will be met by a member of staff and taken pitch side for a photo, certificate AND goody bag!

Please click here to view our 'First vist to SJP' guide.

Announce the team in Red Square

Steve Darke, the master of ceremonies for the match will be asking a home supporter to announce the City side and a Forest Green Rovers supporter to announce the away side at 2:05pm. If you would like to do this head to the Information Point before 2pm.

There will also be the Red Square Quiz, 'tell us a joke and make us laugh' and 'Play your Cards' right.  

Junior Grecians tickets

Junior Grecians members get access to free match tickets when purchased alongside a paying adult. There are two family friendly areas available at St James Park, section E in the IP Office Main Stand and a section of the Thatchers Big Bank which is identified by the white barriers).

Click here to find out more.

Join the Guard of Honour

Want to be on the pitch as the players enter SJP? Then be part of the flag waving, Guard of Honour! This Saturday lucky children will be chosen from the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand at 2:25pm.

After assembling, the Guard of Honour (and parents) move to the far side of ground to get some practice in waving their flags, which also presents an opportunity for Grecian to pose for photographs.

When the players finish their warm up the Guard of Honour go on their 'lap of honour' in front of the stands to the players’ tunnel. After they have been on the field and welcomed the teams and officials onto the pitch they receive their “gift” (normally a packet of sweets) and certificates of participation. 

If your son, daughter or grandchild has not been involved in the Guard of Honour, please email

Junior Grecians Lounge

The Junior Grecians are the Official Junior Supporters Club of Exeter City FC

The room provides a safe comfortable environment for families to enjoy pre-match entertainment, such as a large screen TVs, Playstation consoles and Table Football, as well as the option to enjoy refreshments from the Zone’s very own kiosk.

A feature wall displaying a packed Big Bank also provides a photo-sharing opportunity using the #jgzone hashtag. There are activities and competitions to suit all junior age groups, from FIFA19 and Table Football tournaments to free Activity Packs for younger children.

The Zone also features a VIP party area and there are several party packages available to book throughout the season.

So, if you are visiting St James Park on a matchday with children, be sure to pop in to the family zone!


New for this season, is the Family Zone 2 in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, the astroturfed area includes a photo wall opportunity, table football, and beanbags where children can gather to play games and relax before kick-off.

Stadium Tours

Did you know that the Supporters' Trust offer FREE tours around St James Park?

The free guided tours are great for anyone who’d like to get a behind the scenes view, whilst finding out about the history of their club. The tours and are open to all; you don’t have to be a Trust member to come along.

Tours start at 11am on matchdays from Red Square and take in many parts of the ground that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see, including the boardroom, the brand new players’ changing rooms, match officials’ facilities and the security hub. 

Lasting around 90 minutes, you will almost certainly learn something you didn’t know before, and maybe you’ll be able to tell us something from your experiences of coming to City that we didn’t know! 

To book your place, please contact reception on: or call 01392 411 243, or email:

Matchday timetable

Take a look below to familiarise yourself with the key matchday timings here at St James Park.


For the Adults


On the Big Bank on Saturday?

We will again have the bottle bar in the triangle kiosk, with Carlsberg plastic bottles available at half-time for just £3.50


Post-match Pint

Make sure you visit the Centre Spot bar after the match, where pints of Thatchers, Carlesberg and Tribute and selected Ales at the FECRACE bar are just £3.


Don't forget Exeter City Supporters' Trust members save 20% off all other drinks!

Other Activities

Signed team sheets will be available for a donation.

You can also pick up some free player stickers, from the Ambassadors, the Information Point and the Tombola Stand, this week's player is September's player of the month Lee Martin!

Any City supporters who want a family picture in the home dug out to the Tombola stall by 1:50pm.

You can also take part in the Exeter City tombola where the first prize is a signed Exeter City football. All funds raised go directly to the academy to support the future of the club. There are TWO opportunities to pull out number 25 (Jake Taylor!) and win a signed match ball.


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Match Reports

📝 Match report: City 1 Forest Green Rovers 0

Ryan Bowman first half strike gives City three points at home to Forest Green Rovers

12 October 2019

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A first-half strike from Ryan Bowman proved the difference as Exeter City beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at St James Park on Saturday.

Grecians’ boss Matt Taylor made two changes to the starting XI for the fixture, with Jonny Maxted making his league debut for City, while Aaron Martin also came in for Dean Moxey, who dropped to the bench.


City started brightly and, after an intense opening two minutes of pressing, narrowly missed out on reaping immediate rewards as Aaron Martin headed just wide from a corner. A superb piece of skill from Ryan Bowman then set up an incisive attack through Lee Martin, but his eventual cross was blocked having cut inside.

But City were rewarded for their bright start with 11 minutes on the clock – Jack Sparkes drove down the left-hand side, and somehow kept the ball in play under immense pressure, and delivered a superb cross that Ryan Bowman directed home for his fifth league goal of the season.

Bowman’s ferocity nearly earned City a second as he won the ball on the right-hand side, and crossed for Nicky Law – but the latter’s mishit effort rolled just wide of Lewis Thomas’ goal.

The visitors grew into the game after the initial onslaught City had provided on their goal, and Jack Aitchison was the first to test Jonny Maxted with a low driven shot, but Maxted was equal to it and held on to the ball well. An incisive attack down City’s left-hand side nearly produced a chance for the visitors, but Aaron Martin anticipated and slid in late to make a superb block.

City were nearly gifted a second goal after 37 minutes as Nicky Law won the ball off the last Rovers man, but his improvised chip from distance landed well over the visitors’ goal. A harsh decision given against Lee Martin – for a foul on Farrend Rawson – then stopped another dangerous City attack.

Into the second-half, and an entertaining opening 15 minutes proved one of ultimately few chances, the clearest of which fell to the visitors when Adams found himself in space down the left, but his fiercely-hit shot was saved well by Maxted in the Exeter goal.

Nigel Atangana came on for his league debut for City in the 71st minute, adding steel to the City midfield as the Grecians looked to double down on their narrow lead.

Jonny Maxted then produced one of the saves of the season to deny Aaron Collins in the 78th minute – a cross was whipped across the face of goal and Collins, in a yard of space, headed powerfully goalwards, but Maxted threw his body across the goal and did enough to keep the ball out.

Randell Williams then came close to single-handedly doubling City’s lead five minutes later; the winger picked up the ball from Pierce Sweeney down the right-hand side, before beating his man and cutting inside, only to see his eventual shot deflect wide off Rawson. Jake Taylor then had an effort on the volley blocked bravely from the resulting corner.

City were able to see out the remainder of the game to secure a huge three points at St James Park. 

Exeter City: Maxted, Sweeney, A Martin, L Martin (Fisher 78), Law, Williams, Bowman, Parkes, Sparkes, Taylor ©, Collins (Atangana 71). Subs not used: Visser, Atangana, Jay, Fisher, Richardson, Moxey, Seymour.

 Booked: L Martin, A Martin, Williams 

Forest Green Rovers: Thomas (Wollacott 45), Bernard, Rawson, Winchester, Stevens, Collins, Adams, Kitching, Godwin-Malife (Mondal 69), Mills ©, Aitchison (Morton 64). Subs not used: Allen, Taylor, Covil.

Booked: Adams, Godwin-Malife, Winchester.

Attendance: 5,312 (446 away)

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Ticket News

🎟 Forest Green Rovers match tickets available at advance prices

8 October 2019

Exeter City return to action at the Park on Saturday, October 12 in a 3pm kick-off against league leaders Forest Green Rovers.

The Grecians have kicked-off the 2019/20 season in style and are only a point behind the league leaders and could potentially go back to top with a win.

Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Friday, October 11 so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance.

Admission prices 

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Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £20 £22 Adult £27 £28
Senior £17 £19 Senior £24 £25
Young Adult 18-23 £17 £19 Young Adult 18-23 £24 £25
Under-18 £8 £10 Under-18 £13 £14
Wheelchair Area £17 £19 Wheelchair Area £24 £25
Junior Grecians   --- Junior Grecians   ---

Match day Hospitality

Fancy watching the match in style? Either for corporate matters or personal use, our matchday hospitality is one of the best ways to enjoy the ECFC matchday experience.  

There are two packages (one with, one without food) available for the match against Forest Green Rovers. Click here to find out more.

How to Book

To find out more, or to book please call 01392 411 243 or email:

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