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06 January 2024 Venue St James Park Attendance

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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Carlisle United (H)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match

5 January 2024

Exeter City host Carlisle United in EFL Sky Bet League One action on Saturday.

After picking up four points in two games over the festive period, the Grecians fell to a 3-2 defeat on New Year's Day away at Reading and will be looking for a response as a big three points are up for grabs.

The Cumbrians come into the game one place below City in the League, having left it late to take all three points against Port Vale last time out.

Earlier in the season, City were in fine form at Brunton Park, with goals from Ryan Trevitt and Demetri Mitchell sealing a 2-0 win in August.

Kevin Nicholson's thoughts

Ahead of Saturday's match, assistant manager Kevin Nicholson chats Carlisle United, Luke Harris joining on loan and the transfer market.

Match Tickets

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Save time and money with advance tickets!

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Admission prices 

Big Bank     Nevada Construction/Optimising IT    
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   ---

The Kit

City will be in their traditional home kit for this match.

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How to follow

If you can't join us at SJP, you can follow all the action on iFollow. Watch LIVE for just £10! Click here to grab a pass.

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We will also be proving live coverage on our Twitter and Facebook pages and will have reaction from Gary Caldwell and a player after the match!

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Key Timings

Check out the key timings for Saturday's match. The players start to arrive from 12:30pm so come along and grab a selfie or autograph!

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Support our local charities

When you buy a drink at the bar at SJP you pay a £1 returnable deposit for your cup. You can either return it for your deposit, keep it as a memento or you can return it to the bar or a collection bin to donate to charity!

Click here to find out more.

Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 11am and will be showing the early and late kick-offs.

After the match, draft pints of Tribute, Carlsberg and Thatchers are on offer for just £3.75 a pint

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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.

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Junior Grecians Zone

The Junior Grecians Zone is open from 12:30pm to members and 1:30pm to everyone, with plenty of activities for all our young Grecian supporters. 

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Club Shop

The club shop is open all day on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 23/24 season as well as a range of training gear and pocket money items.

Don't forget, Supporters' Trust members, Junior Grecians and season ticket holders 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 AVAILABLE!

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

Kiosk Menu

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Kenniford Farm will also be in the Fan Zone with their wide range of local produce including hog roast rolls and chips.

Match Day Programme

The matchday programme the Grecian has a new look for this season, with designers Curtis Sports giving it a refresh!

Saturday's issue is just £3.50 including a set of eight stickers for the new sticker book!

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Previous Encounter

Carlisle United 0 Exeter City 2 (August 19, 2023) EFL Sky Bet League One

Ryan Trevitt’s first goal for the club – his first in professional football - set City on their way, before Demetri Mitchell doubled the lead late on in the match as the Grecians secured a third clean sheet in four League One matches.

Report an incident 

Football should be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Please show your support in a positive way so we can all enjoy games over the festive period. 

We pride ourselves on the atmosphere we create on a match day, the passionate support from our fans is appreciated by everyone, particularly the players. We consistently win awards for our family engagement and supporter experience. Help us to keep it that way and please ensure that passion for your club does not develop into unwelcome behaviour.

Thank you for helping us to make sure everyone has an amazing matchday experience.

You can read all of the ground regulations here.

If you want to report and incident:

Please either contact your nearest steward, or text 'help ecfc' to 62277.

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: City 2 Carlisle 1

6 January 2024

Second half strikes from Reece Cole and Sonny Cox made it three points and three unbeaten at home for City as they were 2-1 victors over Carlisle United at St James’ Park. The result moves the Grecians out of the relegation zone and three points clear of Reading.

Following an agonising 3-2 loss away to Reading, City were looking to bounce back at St James’ Park and climb out of the relegation zone. The Grecians started the day in 21st place, just below last week’s opponents on goal difference. Carlisle started the game immediately below Exeter in 22nd place knowing three points on the South Coast would take them above the Grecians.

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Gary Caldwell made three changes to his starting XI from last week’s game, new signing Luke Harris made his first start since his loan move from Fulham, Pierce Sweeney came in to captain the side and Cox returned to lead the line. Among the absentees for City, Harry Kite who picked up a training ground knock and Will Aimson who continues to recover from an injury sustained against Portsmouth on December 29th.

Among the starters for the visitors were two new signings in the form of Luke Armstrong who joined for an undisclosed fee from Harrogate Town and Harrison Neal who joined from Premier League side Sheffield United.

It was an electric start by the Grecians, Cox doing well to dance down the touchline before pulling the ball back to Harris who was denied brilliantly by a sliding Carlisle defender after only a minute. Shortly after the Grecians threatened The Blues’ goal once again, Cole finding Harris once again inside the 18-yard-box, but the debutant could only drag his shot wide of the left post.

The visitors had to wait until the 17th minute of the match for their first shot of the match, Sean Maguire was found in space just outside the area but could only manage to blast his attempt high over Vil Sinisalo’s crossbar. Maguire was involved once again just minutes later when he squared up and cut past Cheick Diabate inside the box before drilling his cross low into Sinisalo. The City keeper palmed the attempt away but gathered on the second occasion after it deflected back off Sweeney and into the Finn’s grasp.

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The Grecians responded well as Dion Rankine wriggled his way past Jack Robinson and made his way into the penalty area. However, the winger was unable to find a red and white shirt in the middle to tap the ball into an empty net and the ball was cleared from danger by Paul Simpson’s men.

The biggest chance of the first half came just before the break as Carlisle found themselves three against two with the City defence on the counter-attack. Jordan Gibson played the ball through to Josh Emmanuel who had a clear run on the Grecians’ goal but could only drive his shot straight at Sinisalo after a poor first touch.

As the half time whistle was blown, there was a case for cautious optimism from the City crowd. The home side enjoyed the lion share of possession in the first 45 minutes and despite troubling Gabe Breeze in the Carlisle goal, the hosts had put together various promising moves.

Minutes after the restart it looked as though City has taken the lead, first through Aitchison whose low strike was smartly saved by Breeze and then by Harris who missed the ball completely on his first attempt before driving wide of the goal at the second time of asking. It looked as though the Grecians had let a big chance go to waste, but it wasn’t long before amendments were made. Harris’ driven cross towards Cox was cleared by the Carlisle defence before rolling nicely to Cole on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder let a fizzing shot fly which travelled past Breeze and into the bottom right-hand corner to give City a valuable lead.

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Gibson gave Carlisle the chance to respond just moments later but his strike from outside the box was steered wide of the right post and out for a goal kick. The visitors were left to rue their missed chances to respond when City doubled their lead with just over ten minutes remaining. Aitchison’s strike from just outside the area struck the left post before falling nicely to Cox who tapped into an empty net from six yards out to give the Grecians a commanding lead.

It looked as though City were going to cruise to victory until the 85th minute when the visitors grabbed a late lifeline. City did well to initially clear a dangerous corner kick, but substitute Dan Butterworth was on hand to steer his volley into the bottom left-hand corner from 18 yards out.

Carlisle continued to put pressure on the Grecians goal, but it was too little too late and City started off 2024 with a hard earnt win.

The result means the Grecians leapfrog Reading in the table, climbing out of the relegation zone and having a game in hand on a couple of the teams above. For their next instalment of league action, City travel to promotion-chasing Blackpool as they look to replicate their recent home form on their travels.

Exeter City: Sinisalo, Rankine (Scott 87'), Sweeney, Diabate, Hartridge, Jules (Niskanen 74'), Carroll (Taylor 78'), Cole, Aitchison, Harris, Cox (Wildschut 78'). 

Subs: Macdonald, Borges.

Carlisle United: Breeze, Lavelle, Gibson, Charters, Whelan, Robinson, Mellish, Maguire, Emmanuel, Neal, Armstrong.

Subs: Holy, Armer, Edmonson, McCalmont, Butterworth, Garner, McGeouch

Attendance: 6420 (294 away).

Referee: Carl Brook.

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Ticket News

🎟️ Tickets and Hospitality: Carlisle United

Join us at the Park

5 January 2024

The Grecians are next in action at St James Park on Saturday, January 6 to take on Carlisle United in a 3pm kick-off.

Don't forget, you save time and money buy purchasing tickets in advance!

With City's home league matches providing popular in the home areas so far this season it's worth booking early to gain admission!

How to Buy

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E-tickets

E-tickets are the easiest and quickest way to buy tickets for City matches. On ordering you can select to receive an e-ticket which will be emailed to your phone for you to show on the turnstile - no need to print!

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Admission prices 

Big Bank     Nevada Construction/Optimising IT    
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
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Junior Grecians Tickets 

Junior Grecians members get access to free match tickets when purchased alongside a paying adult. There are three family friendly areas available at St James Park, section E in the Nevada Construction Main Stand, in Block A of the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield Stand, and a section of the Thatchers Big Bank which is identified by the white barriers).

How to buy

To book Junior Grecians tickets, please make sure you are logged in first. Then select an Adult and either one or two Junior Grecian tickets to the basket. The system will validate you and change the Junior Grecians tickets to free.

Please note that this will not work if under-18 tickets are added, or tickets are selected in non-family areas. If you experience any issues, please email tickets@ecfc.co.uk who can help.

Tickets are limited and it is advisable to book early. Click here to find out more about the Junior Grecians. 

Match Hospitality

Why not upgrade your City experience with matchday hospitality! 

The ECFC Supporters Trust Suite

  • Access the lounge up to 3 hours prior to kick-off
  • Reserved seat in the main stand
  • Freshly prepared two course meal
  • Half-time tea and coffee
  • Complimentary matchday programme and teamsheet
  • Dedicated lounge host
  • Pre-match player interview
  • MOTM interview
  • MOTM presentation
  • Large screens showing Sky Sports and BT Sport
  • Premium cash bar with table service

How to Buy

Hospitality is available for just £60 per-person

For further information or to book tickets, please call our commercial team on 01392 411 243 Option 5, email commercial@ecfc.co.uk, or online via newtickets.ecfc.co.uk

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