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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

07 July 2023 Venue The Ian Moorcroft Stadium Attendance 1,611

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Tiverton Town
0 - 1
Exeter City FC
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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Tiverton Town (A)

All you need to know ahead of our pre-season friendly

7 July 2023

The Grecians make the annual trip to the Ian Moorcroft Stadium to face Tiverton Town on Friday night to open their pre-season account ahead of the 23/24 League One season.

The match is a 7pm kick-off and usually proves a very popular occasion for City fans to make a short trip to back their team, whilst providing valuable funds for our neighbours.

Tivvy finished 12th in the Southern League last season, with a squad that featured several Grecians loanees including Ed James.

Gary Caldwell's thoughts

Exeter City manager Gary Caldwell has said that the players are looking forward to the Grecians opening pre-season match at Tiverton Town.

"The boys are looking forward to it so the running decreases!" said Gary. "It's been a difficult start to pre-season, they have been working really hard and have come back in good condition.

"There will be a mixture of first team players, academy players. There will be two teams for 45 minutes each and we are training the morning of the game too so it's not like a normal game where we are fully rested.

"I'm not expecting to see the finished article of what we want to be during the season because the players are still very much playing and training under fatigue, but there are some tactical things we want to see in the game and we want to win the game - that's the mentality whenever we play."

Speaking about the importance of playing our local teams, Gary added: "I've done it wherever I've been manager, it's really important we support our local teams and next season we will aim to add more. It's important we get as big a crowd as we can for Tiverton to get some finances in and it's important we go and show our professionalism and humility and play in the right way. 

"I'm sure it will be a difficult game as the Tiverton players will be up for it and will want to show how good they are and we will have to perform at our best on the day."

Hear more from Gary ⬇️

Admission Prices

Admission is pay on the day for the friendly with the following prices:

  • Adults: £10
  • Concessions £5
  • Under-16s: £1

Tiverton would appreciate it if fans could play with cash to speed up entry through the turnstiles!

The Stadium

Address: Ian Moorcroft Stadium, Bolham Rd, Tiverton EX16 6SG

Opened in 1946, The Ian Moorcroft Stadium, sometimes known as Ladysmead, has a capacity of 3500 with 520 seats. 

The record attendance at the ground is 3000, which came when Tiverton hosted Leyton Orient in the first round of the FA Cup in 1994. 


Supporters driving to the ground are directed to park at the Morrisons supermarket behind the ground, Halfords opposite, or the High School in close proximity. Please be aware that time restrictions do apply in these areas, and always be respectful of local residents if parking on streets.

Match Coverage

We will be provide match updates across our social media channels throughout the evening, as well as post-match interviews. The match is not being streamed.

There will be an SJP 360 style video available in the days after the match!

Exeter City on social media

Last time out against Tiverton

Last season, City named three separate XIs over the 90 minutes and were beaten 2-1, in a match that was delayed due to issues on the M5.

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Tiverton Town 0 City 1

Winning start to pre-season for the Grecians

7 July 2023

Exeter City’s long-awaited pre-season kicked off with a 1-0 win at Tiverton Town, as trialist Julien Dacosta got the only goal of the night.

It was a game of two very different halves for the Grecians as Gary Caldwell fielded two completely changed XIs for each 45-minute stint. With a mix of first teamers, academy and trialists taking to the field.

There was a big chance early on for City, as new summer signing Vincent Harper was able to show off his silky skills and he took on the Tivvy right back, sending a ball to the back post but City trialist Julien Dacosta was only able to find the side netting. 

A big chance for the home side followed as Tivvy found space behind the City backline but were unable to finish his chance as his shot flashed past the Gary Woods and the far post and behind for a goal kick.

With 19 minutes on the clock, Harper and James Scott were linking up well down the left-hand side, causing big headaches for the Tivvy back line. After some trickery from Harper, the ball rolled back to trialist Reece Cole who cannoned an effort off the underside of the bar. However, unbeknownst to everyone in the ground the ball spun away from the goal and was cleared away.


As the game approached the 30-minute mark, Tivvy should have taken the lead. A long ball over the top caught out every player in red, leaving Thompson baring down on goal, with all to aim for, the man in yellow sent it just wide of the post.

City were starting to see much more of the ball as the game approached half time and with Will Aimson starting to dictate play through the middle of the park, a lovely link up with Sonny Cox allowed the City youngster to play Dacosta in behind the Tivvy defence but a swift sweep of the leg took the trialist down.

The resulting free kick was taken by fellow trialist Cole, but his strike went over the bar, as his up and over technique didn’t come to fruition after being too close to the goal to trouble the keeper.

With the pressure on, City found themselves with a corner, as it cleared the area, Scott picked it up on the far side and laid it back to Kite on the edge of the area. As Kite lined up a trademark screamer, a few Tivvy players started to run him down forcing the midfielders shot wide of the goal.

Right on the cusp of half time, City opened the scoring after a combination of both wing backs. Running down the left-hand side, again causing trouble, Harper jinxed his way to the by-line, sending in a peach of a cross to Dacosta, with the right wing back finding the back of the net.


The second half saw 11 changes for the boys in red and white, with another debut handed to Jack Aitchinson, whilst Lewis Spence and Brad Young were given minutes while on trial at the club.

Tiverton started the second half the brighter of the two sides, testing Harry Lee on a few occasions in the opening ten minutes. With a whole host of trialists on show for the home side, they were really trying to make themselves seen.

As the second hand was reaching its halfway point, City had their first proper chance of the half, a corner sent into the area, found the head of captain Pierce Sweeney, but the Irishman’s glancing header went just wide of the post.

City almost made it two, with the game just edging past the 75th  minute mark, Young found himself through on goal but his shot on target was blocked by a Tivvy defender and cleared away.

It was City once again, with Aitchison linking up with Young, with the latter sending a ball into the box which was more a shot than a cross in the end, with the keeper comfortably collecting.


That was that for City as they saw the game out as 1-0 victors, after a tough 90-minute battle against the yellow part of Devon. 

The mighty Grecians are next in pre-season action on Tuesday, July 11 as they travel south to take on Southern League Division One South outfit Mousehole in a 7pm kick-off at Trungle Parc.

City First Half Team: Woods, Dacosta, Billington, Aimson ©, Hartridge, Harper, Kite, Cole, Cox, Beardmore, Scott

City Second Half Team: Lee, Caprice, Sweeney ©, Diabate, O’Connor, Mitchell, Spence, Borges, Young, Aitchison, Nombe

Tiverton: Saunders, Trialist A, Jones, Trialist B, Jones, Richards, Morison, Allen, Bath, Thompson, Garside

Second Team: Vowles, Trialist C, Trialist D, Trialist E, Trialist F, Trialist G, Trialist H, Trialist I, Trialist J, Trialist K 

Attendance: 1611

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Ticket News

🎟️ Tickets and Travel: Wycombe Wanderers (5/08/23)

Join us on the road to kick off 2023/24

30 July 2023

Tickets are now on sale for our 2023/24 League One season opener at Wycombe Wanderers on August 5.

We have been allocated 906 tickets in the WhiffAway Stand at Adams Park with prices as follows:

  • Adults - £27
  • Senior (65+) - £24
  • Mid Adult (22-25) - £22
  • Young Adult (19-21) - £20
  • Junior (12-18) - £16
  • Child (11 and under) - £7

There are also six pairs of wheelchair and PA tickets, available at the relevant age category.


Supporters can pre-book parking via from one week before the fixture at a cost of £10 per car. There are 8 disabled spaces available - supporters for these spaces should call the WWFC ticket office on 01494 441118.

How to Buy

Tickets are available via your online ticketing account or in the club shop.


Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Adams Park, however we are awaiting the details.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 8am for a fare of £32.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact Simon Carnall on email at:

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