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📝 Match Preview: Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle

All the details ahead of Saturday's Devon Derby

25 October 2019

The Devon Derby returns to a SOLD OUT St James Park on Saturday as Exeter City take on local rivals Plymouth Argyle in a 1pm kick-off.

Ahead of the match, Matt Taylor highlighted how much the team are looking forward to playing in front of a sold out, bouncing St James Park.

He said: "When the fixtures come out it's the first one people speak about and rightly so as it's a big game in this part of the country.

"Days like this at the Park when it's full and the Big Bank is bouncing are the ones you look forward to."


If you are one of the lucky ones to get tickets, please take the time to read the key details below, ahead of the 1pm kick-off.

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 8:30am to show England's Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand.


St James Road will be subject to a road closure from 12pm to 4pm on the day. During this time St James Road will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrian supporters other than Plymouth Argyle supporters. Please use an alternative route and allow sufficient time to enter the ground prior to kick-off.

The turnstiles will open from 11:30am allowing you plenty of time to enter the stadium. Please note that searching will take place at all turnstiles so please minimise any bags that you bring on the day.

You can play your part and help us to reduce foul and abusive language at the match and to eradicate all forms of antisocial behaviour at St James Park.

All we ask is that you respect that as a Supporter owned club which focusses on significant work in the community, that you consider the appropriateness of chanting. There will be many families attending the match and we want to make sure that it is enjoyable for all.

Don’t be offside, if you spot anything questionable, please inform the nearest Steward or text ‘HELP ECFC’ to 62277.



From Saturday 26 October to Friday 8 November, the line between Crediton and Barnstaple will be closed whilst Network Rail relay track. Buses will replace trains between these stations whilst trains will continue to run between Crediton, Exeter and Exmouth.

Any fans travelling from Barnstaple will need to catch a replacement bus to Crediton and then connect onto a train up to Exeter Central or St James’ Park.

Click here to find out more.


City come into the match on the back of back-to-back away defeats at Cambridge United and Scunthorpe United. 

Plymouth arrive on the back of a six match unbeaten streak, which saw them pick up home wins over Carlisle United and Leyton Orient.



Plymouth Argyle 2 Exeter City 2: October 3, 2017

The sides last met in the Checkatrade Trophy in 2017 and a young Grecians side held their Devon counterparts. The Grecians netted after 13 minutes when Matt Jay played in Liam McAlinden who finished well.

Ryan Edwards pulled a goal back six minutes later, but City went ahead on 70 minutes when loanee Kyle Edwards cut inside and finished well. But just five minutes later the home side were level again when Nathan Blissett’s goal took the game to penalties. The Pilgrims then managed to come out on top with a 5-3 penalty shootout win.


The match is SOLD OUT so no tickets will be available on the day - thank you for your support.


Our match sponsors are RGB Building Supplies, associate sponsor is Thatchers Cider and our ball sponsors are BSB, AllWood Buildings LTD and RLR Construction.

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 City-captain Jake Taylor, who discusses the season so far 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 10:30am 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.



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.

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 at 12:05pm. If you would like to do this head to the Information Point before 12pm.

There will also be the Red Square Quiz, 'tell us a joke and make us laugh' and a large connect four challenge!

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 IP Office Main Stand at 12:25pm.

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.

Matchday timetable

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

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For the Adults

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.

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 4 Plymouth Argyle 0

Goals from Nicky Law (2), Randell Williams and Tom Parkes gives City fans a game to remem

26 October 2019

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A second-half onslaught from Exeter City gave the Grecians a famous 4-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle, in what was a breahtaking Devon Derby at a sold-out St James Park on Saturday.

In what was the first league meeting between the two sides in three seasons, City totally blew away their Devon rivals after an initially cagey opening.


City boss Matt Taylor made a wholesale six changes to the starting XI from Tuesday night’s game- with Pierce Sweeney, Craig Woodman, Lee Martin, Nicky Law, Randell Williams and captain Jake Taylor all coming into the Grecian line-up for the derby.

The match began in typical derby fashion, and the Grecians started vibrantly, with Lee Martin going close with a double effort within the opening two minutes.

City then countered Plymouth in the fifth minute from an free-kick; Pierce Sweeney played an instinctive long-range ball to the feet of Nicky Law, who’s swerved cross found Ryan Bowman, but the target-man couldn’t connect properly from point-blank range.

It proved to be a scrappy midfield battle between the two Devonshire sides in the opening ten minutes, with challenges flying in around the park. In the 13th-minute City wide-man Randell Williams was put through by Nicky Law, and Plymouth’s Callum McFadzean was perhaps fortunate to have only been shown a yellow as Williams looked through on goal. Williams, however, fired straight into the Plymouth wall from the resulting free-kick.

City keeper Jonny Maxted was tested for the first time in the 17th-minute as Plymouth’s Joel Grant slid the ball into Antoni Sacevic’s feet, but his low-range strike was scuppered comfortably by the City keeper. It was to be Plymouth’s first of only two real chances of the first-half and Maxted stood firm.

In the 26th-minute Plymouth looked to have a chance on the break but Zak Rudden fluffed his lines as Joel Grant looked through on goal.

Lee Martin had two chances in the space of a couple minutes on the 30 minute mark as a wondering Nicky Law cut back a pass into Lee Martin, but his blazing effort flew over the bar. City attacked again moments later, falling to Martin once more, yet this time he couldn’t convert Williams’s drilled cross with a sliding effort.

The Grecians ended the first-half well, and were rewarded for their efforts in the 41st-miunte as they had a penalty as Josh Grant pulled the back of Lee Martin who was racing through on goal.

Nicky Law stepped up and left Plymouth keeper Alex Palmer helpless in goal as the No. 8 slotted the ball comfortably to the right-side of the goal in front of the Plymouth faithful. 

The second half began with Williams crossing for Tom Parkes to glance a header into the roof of the net. And, although Aaron Martin had to put in a crucial sliding challenge to deny Joel Grant from pulling a goal back almost immediately, City took control of the match from that point on.

The third goal was a move of real beauty as Jake Taylor, Nicky Law and Archie Collins passed the ball around well in midfield before sliding in Williams who dinked a shot over Palmer to send the Thatchers Big Bank in to raptures. 

City smelt blood and Bowman’s blocked effort a minute later was one of many before the Grecians added a fourth in the 84th minutes. 

Jake Taylor was the provider as he curled a great shot off the inside of the post from 25 yards. The ball rebounded out into the area where Law was left with a simple tap-in to complete a memorable afternoon for the Grecians. 

Exeter City: Maxted, Sweeney, Woodman, A Martin, L Martin (Antangana), Law (Jay), Williams, Bowman (Seymour), Parkes, Taylor ©, Collins.

Subs not used: Visser, Fisher, Moxey, Richardson.

Booked: Woodman, Bowman, Parkes

Plymouth Argyle: Palmer, Riley, Sawyer ©, Canavan, Sarcevic, Edwards, Joel Grant, McFadzean (Mayor), Josh Grant, G Cooper, Rudden (Moore).

Subs not used: M Cooper, Aimson, Taylor, Clarke, Randall.

Booked: McFadzean

Attendance: 7,924 (1,154, away)


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Ticket News

🎟 Devon Derby now SOLD OUT

Final tickets snapped up for the Plymouth Argyle match

8 October 2019

The Devon Derby against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, October 26 has now SOLD OUT.

The final release of Big Bank tickets were snapped up today. 

For safety and crowd-segregation reasons we are only able to open half block A in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand.

We will notify supporters should any further tickets become available.

Thank you for your support.
Please note: Exeter City FC tickets are sold subject to adherence of the club’s ground regulations. Tickets are non-transferrable and may not be offered for resale.

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