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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle (H)

All you need to know ahead of the Devon Derby

14 April 2023

Exeter City take on Plymouth Argyle in Devon Derby action at the Park this Saturday for the first time since 2019...

It's a match that every City fan has had penciled in the diary since the fixtures were released and one that sold out in quick time!

City come into the match on the back of a pair of defeats to high flying sides Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough but have a lot of positives to take from the performances as we face our closest rivals.

Argyle come into the match second in Sky Bet League One after Saturday's defeat to Lincoln City at Home Park.

Gary Caldwell's Thoughts

Gary Caldwell has given his thoughts as City prepare to take on Plymouth Argyle in Saturday's huge Devon Derby at St James Park.

The A38 clash is the first in EX4 since March 2019, and Caldwell, who has experienced one of the fiercest rivalries in world football - the Old Firm - has spoken about the importance of the game to the club, supporters and the city.

"This game means winning. The big thing in Derby games is winning, that's what everyone wants," he said.

"We are more prepared for this game, but ultimately it is all about winning and giving the supporters what they want. You're going into the lions den and you have to be brave and resilient. My experiences I can pass onto the players but at 12pm on Saturday I want the players to be coursageous and go and win the game, but I want them to feel free and not inhibited in any way.

"If I look back to the Barnsley game here, it was a big game and we needed bravery and relsiience in different moments. In big games you get put under pressure and we have to be a team where we don't concede easily. 

"I want the players to be fully ready, free, and go out there and enjoy a massive game of football."

Hear more from Gary 👇

Match Tickets

Saturday's 12pm kick-off is a complete SELL OUT! Please don't travel to SJP unless you have a ticket, you can watch the match live on iFollow!

Matchday Family Fun

A trip to the football is a special family treat and at St James Park there is plenty on offer pre-matched to keep the whole family entertained and to make sure your St James Park experience is extra special.

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

How To Follow

Unable to get tickets to Saturday's SOLD OUT Devon Derby with Plymouth Argyle? Why not get the next best thing with a stream the 12pm kick-off LIVE 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.

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Previous Encounter at SJP

Exeter City 4 Plymouth Argyle 0 | 26/10/19 | Sky Bet League Two

It was a Devon Derby demolition for Argyle as Nicky Law's brace alongside goals from Tom Parkes and Randell Williams secured victory at SJP.

The Key Timings

This Saturday the turnstiles open at 11am, we advise fans to arrive as soon as they can to avoid queues closer to kick-off!


Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 10am and will be showing the day's early and late kick offs ooffsn 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 10am and open to all from 10.30am, with plenty of activities for all our young Grecian supporters. 

In Red Square, 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 10am - 3pm 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!

Hot Food

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In the Fan Zone you will find the Kenniford Farm van serving local delicious hot food such as hog roasts and chips.

Matchday Programme 

Our award winning programme returns for the 22/23 season and is priced at just £3 per copy! The programme features lots of content on the men's team, including a new feature on the cover star's all-time five-a-side team!

Make sure you grab a copy from around the ground!



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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Exeter City 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

City beaten the Devon Derby

15 April 2023

City were unable to overcome league leaders Plymouth Argyle on home soil as the Pilgrims took all three points back to the other side of Devon, with a deflected Matt Butcher strike the difference.

Ahead of a game where City edged the better chances, Gary made three changes to the side that lost at Peterborough. Returning to the starting line-up after injury were both Jay Stansfield and Demetri Mitchell and also returning to the starting XI for the first time since international duty was Kegs Chauke.

Only two minutes into the game and referee Darren Drysdale had to bring out the first yellow of the game, with the ball punted up into the air, Chauke went in for a challenge and slipped as he did so catching an Argyle player up high, resulting in an early free kick to the visitors.

Excellent early pressure from the side in red and white saw the Grecians have the first big chance of the game. With Stansfield causing nightmares down the right-hand side, he wriggled his way past the Argyle back line and placed the ball into the path of Mitchell, but the wing backs strike was smothered by a combination of keeper and defender.

The first chance from Argyle came by way of free kick, after Chauke was adjudged to have fouled Cosgrove. The away side were playing mind games with Blackman trying to block the keepers view, but it meant nothing as the strike hit the wall and went behind. From the resulting corner Blackman was able to come out and clutch it out the sky with ease and just as he was about to send a kick up field he was fouled by Earley, taking the tally of yellows to two for the game.

After all the pressure was coming from City in the first 20 minutes, Argyle were starting to prove why they were fighting at the top of the table in the following ten. The away side were now starting to get in behind the City back three and as they did Earley tried to place a neat pass into the path of Ennis, but Aimson came through with a vital block.

With the first half entering the final five minutes, City were starting to see much more of the ball again with Aimson's excellent diagonal spray causing lots of problems and it almost resulted in an opener. The Cityn skipper found Nombe on the far-left hand side and as he steadied himself for a strike, Argyle defenders came across and blocked his route to goal and another chance went away.

Straight from kick off in the second period, Argyle immediately went on the attack, attacking towards the Big Bank with Cosgrove and Azaz teaming up on Sweeney, with the latter sending a strike towards goal but Blackman seemed comfortable as he let it go just wide of the post.

With 53 minutes on the clock, City had their first chance of the second period as a testing ball over the top had Burton and Nombe chasing head-to-head to the same ball, Nombe get their first but the ball skidded up right at the wrong moment and the striker sent the ball behind for a goal kick.

Seconds later and it was another big chance for City, Mitchell picked up the ball and played Stansfield in behind Wilson and after a jinxing run, he laid it back to Chauke but his floated effort into the box just missed the heads of Collins and Nombe and Burton came out to gather it up.

City were on top as the game ticked passed the hour mark, as Kite picked up the ball on the edge of the area and the box-to-box midfielder played it through to Nombe, but he was unable to trouble Burton too much and the keeper was able to smother the ball.

A break in play in the 65th minute led to both teams making changes, first up, Argyle made a double change with Cosgrove and Earley making way for Hardie and Gillesphey and the change for City was Chauke being replaced by Joe White, in what was an attacking change for the Grecians.

After all the City pressure, it was the visitors who took the lead, after a shortly taken corner, Butcher sent a cross into the box which took a wicked deflection off a red shirt, wrong footing Blackman and finding the back of the net.

With City needing something different higher up the pitch, Gary made a second change of the game with Kite making way for James Scott, which meant City now had three strikers on the field for the final period. Five minutes later came sub number three. With the Grecians needing an equaliser he sacrificed a defender to put a fourth striker on the pitch with Sonny Cox called upon to replace Hartridge.

It was one of the newly introduced subs who almost got that equaliser for City, Scott picked up the ball 20 yards out and wiggled his way through, but his left footed strike just flew over the bar, rattling the back wall of the away end.

The next game for City is another home tie, this time taking on the Rams, Derby County on Tuesday 18thApril.

City XI: Blackman, Key, Sweeney, Aimson, Hartridge (Cox), Mitchell, Kite (Scott), Collins, Chauke (White), Stansfield, Nombe

Subs not used: Woods, Grounds, Caprice, Sparkes,

Argyle XI: Burton, Houghton, Wilson, Scarr, Butcher, Edwards ©, Ennis (Wright), Cosgrove (Hardie), Azaz (Randell), Galloway, Earley (Gillesphey)

Subs not used: Parkes, Mayor, Matete

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 8046 (1246 away)

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