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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers (H)

6 April 2023

Exeter City will attempt to make to five home wins in a row as they welcome high-flying Bolton Wanderers to SJP on Good Friday.

Fresh from their stunning Papa John's Trophy Final victory over Plymouth at Wembley, where they won 4-0, the Trotters will be looking to arrest their run of four without a win in League One as they attempt to consolidate a place in the play-off spots.

The Grecians are buoyed by Pierce Sweeney's late leveller at Fleetwood as they drew 2-2 to make it three matches unbeaten. Gary Caldwell's men will be searching for a fourth match without defeat for the second time this season and continue their scintillating home form of late. 

This will be the first match at SJP between the Grecians and Bolton in front of fans since 1992 - their last visit in 2021 was behind closed doors. 

Kevin Nicholson's Thoughts

Wanderers head to Devon after 4-0 Wembley victory over Plymouth on Sunday, but Nicholson expects no Trotters hangover from their celebrations this week.

"They're a really good team with very good players," Nicho said. 

"On Sunday, everything that could have gone right for them went right and it was a shock to Plymouth's system. So from our point of view it's very similar to the Barnsley game in terms of we're facing another side who are fighting for promotion. 

"They're a big club with a massive fanbase and it'll be an incredible atmosphere, so what we have to do is go about our business as individuals and as units in a team to ensure we are difficult to break down as they play good football."

Hear more from Kev 👇


Friday's match is a home SELL-OUT with no further tickets available. Thank you for your continued incredible support for your team. With our next home fixture against Plymouth Argyle also sold out, your next chance to watch City at SJP is against Derby on Tuesday 18 March. Grab your tickets below:


Match Day Family Fun

Going to the football with your family is the perfect way to make memories you treasure, and at St James Park there is plenty on offer pre-match to keep the whole family entertained, and ensure a special day out.

For full details of all the activities happening at SJP on Saturday, click here.

Previous Encounter at SJP

Exeter City 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 | 12/01/21 | Sky Bet League Two

A Ricardo Santos own goal and Arthur Ghanoua's finish saw the game behind closed doors end level.

Bolton's Last Match

Bolton Wanderers 4 Plymouth Argyle 0 | 02/04/23 | Papa John's Trophy Final

It was a sensational day under the arch for the Trotters as they blew Argyle away in style in the Papa John's Trophy Final. Kyle Dempsey, Dion Charles, Elias Kachunga and Gethin Jones were all on target.

How To Follow

Unable to get tickets for Friday's SOLD OUT clash with Bolton Wanderers? Why not get the next best thing with a stream on iFollow!


By purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK you'll get access to the stream which includes BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

The Key Timings


Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 11am and will be showing the day's early and late kick-offs on their selection of TV screens. After the match, draft pints of Tribute, Carlsberg and Thatchers are on offer for just £3.50 a pint

The Centre Spot is also home to The Famous Exeter City Real Ale and Cider Emporium, offering a great selection of real ales and ciders.


Junior Grecians Zone

The Junior Grecians Zone is open to members from 12.30pm and open to all from 1.30pm with plenty of activities for all our young Grecian supporters. 

In the Fan Zone, the bar and Kenniford Farm's van will also be open for refreshments and hot food.

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Club Shop

The club shop is open from 12pm to 5pm on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 22/23 season as well as a range of training gear and pocket money items.

Don't forget, Supporters' Trust members save 10% on full prices purchases!

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Jungle Path Kiosk

The kiosk on the Jungle Path will be selling pints of Thatchers Big Apple, cans of Thatchers Gold and bottle of Carlsberg, as well as all the usual half time snacks including pies, pasties and beverages. 

Food and Drink

One of the most important part of any match day! We have a wide range of hot and cold drinks and snacks available at the kiosk for away fans. CONTACTLESS CARD PAYMENT NOW AVAILABLE!

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Match Day Programme

Our award winning programme is available is priced at just £3 per copy! This week, Demetri Mitchell selects his dream 5-a-side team, plus there are the usual updates from Gary Caldwell, The Supporters' Trust and ECFC Women. Make sure you grab a copy from around the ground on Friday!

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: City 0 Bolton 1

City’s unbeaten home run comes to an end

7 April 2023

After a goal early on from Conor Bradley, City were unable to make any of their chances in either half count, with Bolton travelling back to Greater Manchester with all three points as the first game of the Easter extravaganza ending in defeat.

Gary made two changes to the starting XI that travelled up to Fleetwood in the previous game. With Jay Stansfield and Demetri Mitchell missing out due to injury, James Scott and Jack Sparkes take their places. Further changes were the return of Pedro Borges and Sonny Cox from their respective loans at Tiverton and Bath.

It was a quick start from both sides as either attack had chances in the opposing box, but it was City who had the biggest of chances early on. Coming from a corner, Alex Hartridge sent the ball goalward, but his glancing header just missed the target.

Another close effort for City came in the tenth minute, with Bolton struggling with the long ball over the top, City’s wingbacks were taking full advantage. The ball founds it way from Sparke to Archie Collins at the back post, but City’s number eight was unable to take the ball under control and shot wide.

As the first half was trundling along, the game was starting to open up more and more with both sides seeing quite an even amount of the ball, however, it was Bolton who took first blood. A ball over the top from Josh Sheehan found Conor Bradley and in a one-on-one with Blackman the Wanderers player came out on top and slotted it underneath the onrushing keeper.


35 minutes in and City though they had equalised after the ball had found its way into the back of the net, but from a Key corner the ball was alleged to have deflected in off the hand of Will Aimson and the referee ruled it out.

Moments later and City came close once again, this time it was Key on the right hand who sent a looping cross into the box and found the head of Nombe, but his header was only good enough to rattle the bar. Coming in for the follow up was Scott, but he was unable to connect with the ball, instead clattering into a Bolton defender and their keeper resulting in a free kick for Wanderers.

As the second half was set to start, Bolton were the only side to make a change with Declan John replaced by ex-Grecian Randell Williams.

It was a quick start to the second half for the Grecians, after a very direct run from Key the ball was played through to Nombe but his effort at the near post was palmed away by Trafford in the Bolton net.

After Sparkes was bundled over in the corner, City were awarded a free kick, but the short routine to McDonald didn’t pay off and it was only enough for a corner. City were seeing all the ball and having the chances but just could not find the back of the net, but still plenty left play with 60 on the clock.

Being clinical was City’s problem once again, after a marauding run through the middle of the park from Sparkes, his effort on goal was too tame and easily saved by Trafford. With all the pressure from City it was Bolton who had the best effort on goal so far in the second half, with the game in its 65th minute, Williams sent the ball goalward but a fantastic block from Kite sent the ball flying behind for a corner.

Both sides needed changes and a break in play aided that. First off, Bolton brought on Victor Adeboyejo and Dan N’Lundulu for Dion Charles and Elias Kachunga. City also made a change and taking the place of Scott was returning youngster Sonny Cox making his first appearance of 2023.

City players, staff and fans were all up in arms as the game ticked past the 70th minute mark as it seemed that Nombe was wiped out by Wanderers keeper, but the referee seemed to see nothing wrong and waved away all penalty claims. Replays suggest Trafford made contact with the ball. Immediately, Bolton went down the other end and with loads of space on the edge of the area, Adeboyejo was played the ball, but the newly introduced forward could only blaze it over the bar.

Gary made a double change for City, with Pedro Borges and Jake Caprice called upon to replace Jack Sparkes and Harry Kite. With Borges making his league debut for the Grecians after only just returning from his loan spell at Tiverton.

A vintage Caprice run down the left-hand side had everyone in the ground on their feet, after taking on multiple players the wing back was dispossessed before he could let loose on the Bolton goal, however a collective sigh could be heard from the Big Bank as the ball was eventually cleared away.

City: Blackman, Key, Sweeney, Aimson ©, Hartridge, Sparkes (Caprice), Kite (Borges), McDonald, Collins, Scott (Cox), Nombe

Subs not used: Lee, Grounds, Coley, Harper,

Bolton: Trafford, Jones ©, John, Johnston, Sheehan (Thomason), Charles (Adeboyejo), Morley (Williams), Bradley, Dempsey, Kachunga (N’lundulu), Mbete

Subs not used: Williams, Shoretire, Lee,

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 7530 (961 away)

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Ticket News

🎟️ Bolton Wanderers match SOLD OUT!

Back the boys at the Park

3 April 2023

Tickets for Friday's clash with Bolton Wanderers are now SOLD OUT!

The final tickets were snapped up on Monday, April 3 meaning yet another home sell out this season!

Thank you for your incredible support this season Grecians!

This season's average attendance has been 6709 which is up 1385 fans per game on last season's 5324!

SJP: Somewhere Just Perfect!

Early Bird Season Tickets are now on sale and will allow you to guarantee your perfect spot in the ground. Increased attendances mean seats are at a premium, so buy or renew your season ticket early to guarantee your place at next season’s games! Click here to find out more.


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