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📝 Match Preview: Portsmouth (H)

All you need to know

24 December 2022

Boxing Day Football is back at SJP for the first time in two years as we welcome Portsmouth to Devon for our first league meeting since January 2017.

After a 2-0 defeat to Bolto on their last run out, the Grecians will be looking to get back to winning ways against a Pompey side who themselves are winless in six league matches. They were beaten 2-0 by MK Dons at Fratton Park in their last match. 

Gary Caldwell's Thoughts

Gary Caldwell has given his thoughts as City prepare to take on Portsmouth at St James Park on Boxing Day.

"They're a good team in a false position," Gary says.
"But it's a game I believe we can win, against a team who are not in great from. So we have to capitalise on that and make SJP a difficult place to come to.
"That is on the supporters and the players. We have to show intent and be aggressive with and without the ball. We have already shwon in games against Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough that we can compete against teams higher up in the league."
Hear more from Gary 👇


Tickets for Boxing Day's clash with Portsmouth are now SOLD OUT!

The final tickets were snapped up on Thursday, December 8, we will communicate if we have any returns.

If you didn't manage to get a ticket, remember you can watch the match LIVE on iFollow for just £10! Click here to buy a pass.

Thank you for your incredible support!

How To Follow

Unable to get a ticket? Get the next best thing by watching it 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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First Time Visitor?

Making your first visit to St James Park on Monday?

We know that visiting a football ground for the first time can potentially be a confusing and daunting experience. That’s why we’ve put together some information about Exeter City Football Club, for those planning to make their first trip to St James Park.

Click here to view our first time guide.

Classic Encounter

Portsmouth 0 Exeter City 1 | 28/1/17 | League Two

David Wheeler scored the only goal as City won at Fratton Park. 

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 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 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 12pm - 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!

Hot Food


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: City 0 Portsmouth 0

City unable to find the knockout blow on Boxing Day

26 December 2022

Exeter City ended 2022 at St James Park with an entertaining, yet goalless draw against Portsmouth.

Both sides had plenty of chances in the game, with City stopper Jamal Blackman putting in a deserved man-of-the-match performance to earn his first clean sheet in nine matches.

Following City’s loss to Bolton last time out, Gary Caldwell made three changes to the starting XI. Pierce Sweeney, Matt Jay and Jack Sparkes come in to replace Jonathan Grounds, Kegs Chauke and Josh Key, with the latter two missing out due to illness that has wreaked havoc at the Cliff Hill Training Ground this week. 

A relatively slow opening ten minutes to the game at SJP saw very little chances for either side. However, the first chance fell to Harry Kite with the midfielder striking the ball from 25 yards with his effort stinging the hands of Josh Griffiths. The clearance from the keeper's save fell again to Kite, but this time his shot was deflected behind for a corner.

With 17 minutes played, a very bizarre piece of play occurred. After spilling the ball at the first attempt Jamal Blackman was able to smother the ball. However, in all of the commotion Blackman threw the ball straight to a Pompey player but they were unable to capitalise and hit the post with an open goal beckoning.

Not long after that scary piece of play, Blackman made himself the hero, with a spectacular one handed save down to his far right, keeping the score 0-0.

With the first half reaching its depths, Archie Collins made one of the tackles of the season sliding across the penalty area and taking the ball right off the toes of Pompey’s Ryan Tunnicliffe sending the ball behind for a corner.

Straight from the second half kick-off, City were on the attack immediately with Kite having the first chance of the half, but he struck the ball too well, with the ball just missing the goal.

The chances were coming non-stop in the second half from almost everyone on the pitch, with the 60thminute approaching it was the magic man Jevani Brown who ran the defence ragged and placed a ball across the box, but no one was able to connect to the cross.

From that, Portsmouth immediately went on the attack with Rocco Hackett-Fairchild hitting the ball from a good 20 yards but Blackman was able to get down and send the ball away at full reach.

With Stansfield on a yellow card, Gary saw it fit to take the youngster off and replaced him with Sam Nombe, for a straight swap in the attacking third. With the ball firmly in the City attacking third, the chances were not faltering, and this time it was Alex Hartridge who had a pop at the goal, but his effort was unable to trouble Pompey.

Now that the game was approaching its end, Gary made his second change of the game, another like for like change, this time it was Tim Dieng on for Matt Jay. With the game now in added time, Pompey found themselves on the counterattack and with them bearing down on the penalty area, Collins took it upon himself to take out two players, resulting in another yellow card.

The sides had to settle for a point apiece, with City perhaps the more pleased with the result.

The next game for City, is a short trip north up the M5 to take on fellow promoted side Bristol Rovers on December 29th. 

City: Blackman, Caprice, Sweeney, Diabate, Hartridge, Sparkes, Collins, Kite, Jay © (Dieng), Brown, Stansfield (Nombe)

Subs not used: Lee, Harper, Grounds, Beardmore, James

Portsmouth: Griffiths, Hume (Koroma), Robertson ©, Pack, Tunnicliffe, Bishop, Pigott, Dale, Hackett-Fairchild, Raggett, Morrison

Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Swanson, Ogilvie, Curtis, Morrell, Jacobs

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 7779 (1143 away)

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🎟️ Portsmouth clash on Boxing Day SOLD OUT!

Thank you for your support!

18 December 2022

Tickets for Boxing Day's clash with Portsmouth are now SOLD OUT!

The final tickets were snapped up on Thursday, December 8, we will communicate if we have any returns.

If you didn't manage to get a ticket, remember you can watch the match LIVE on iFollow for just £10! Click here to buy a pass.

Thank you for your incredible support!

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