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29 July 2023 Venue St James Park Attendance

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Exeter City FC
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Coventry City
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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Coventry City (H)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's friendly

29 July 2023

Live football returns to St James Park for the first time in 82 days as City host Coventry City in a 3pm kick-off at SJP on Saturday.

The match is City's final pre-season friendly ahead of the 23/24 EFL Sky Bet League One season and sees the Grecians face the tough test against Championship side Coventry City, who agonisingly lost to Luton Town on penalties in the play-off final last season.

It will be the first pre-season fixture in front of fans at SJP since Swansea City visited in July 2019. Shrewsbury Town visited for a behind-closed doors fixture in the summer of 2021, running out 2-0 winners.

This will be our first meeting with with the Sky Blues since August 2019, when Coventry won 4-1 in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Gary Caldwell's Thoughts

After City's 3-2 victory over Weston-Super-Mare AFC on Tuesday evening, City's manager said: 

"We want as many supporters as we can at SJP. We've not had a home pre-season friendly with fans for a while so it will be nice to see a big turn out and great for the players a feel of a big game and build us up for the Wycombe game.

"We still have lots to work on and there are a lot of things we have to get better at before the new season."

New Kit on Sale

Our brand new third kit will be revealed and on sale in the club shop at SJP from 10:30am!

New sticker book

The official Exeter City Sticker Album launches this weekend! Collect 184 different stickers, ranging from current and past players, club legends, magic moments and more! Buy from the club shop from Saturday. The album includes the first eight stickers!

Each matchday league programme this season will have 8 stickers to collect to fill your book!

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Match Tickets

Tickets are now sale via your online ticketing account, or from the club shop during opening hours. You can also purchase on the day for this fixture via the ticket booth in the fan zone.


Big Bank

  • Adults £12
  • SNR/18-23 £8
  • Under-18s £3

Optimising IT/Selco BW Stand

  • Adults £15
  • SNR/18-23 £10
  • Under-18s £5


How to Follow

If you can't make it then we will providing a FREE livestream of the match on our YouTube page, click here to visit our page.

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.

Exeter City on social media

The Key Timings

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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.

Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 11am. 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.


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 10:30am to 5pm on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 22/24 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!

Our brand new third kit will be revealed and on sale in the club shop at SJP from 10:30am!


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!

Kiosk Menu


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 Greican has a new look for this season, with designers Curtis Sports giving it a refresh!

This Saturday's issue is a reduced 16 page edition with a poster in the middle and retails at just £1!


Previous Encounter

Coventry City 4 Exeter City 1 | 13/8/20 | Carabao Cup R1

Exeter City exited the Carabao Cup at the first round stage with a 4-1 defeat at St Andrew's against Coventry City. Pierce Sweeney scored for the Grecians.

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: City 1 Coventry 2

City lose at the death

29 July 2023

Exeter City's pre-season preparations came to an end with a late defeat to Championship side Coventry, despite a brilliant performance from the Grecians in front of a crowd of over 5,000.

Vince Harper's intended cross levelled the game following Matty Godden's second half opener, but Ben Sheaf's goal deep into stoppage time put paid to what would have been hard fought and deserved draw.

With this being the last game of pre-season, it was the last time for players to make an impression in front of the first team staff, with all places up for grabs as the first game of the season was only a week away. An important takeaway for the squad was the return of Kyle Taylor, named on the bench for the first time in 16 months following his horrific knee injury.

It was a quick start to the game for both sides, with attacks coming at both ends courtesy of Sam Nombe and Sheaf, but either keeper stayed untested.

A dangerous ball over the top from Carroll found the chest of Aitchison on the left-hand side whose ball into the box found James Scott, but the Scotsman was unable to make anything of the effort as he was tackled, and the ball cleared away. Shouts for a penalty from the home side but waved away by the referee.

There was a raucous applause from the Big Bank as the City back line and Sinsalo all stood firm after a Coventry barrage almost had the away side taking the lead. A triple onslaught had Sinsalo and Aimson standing firm chucking their bodies on the line to keep the score at 0-0.

It was a big chance from a dead ball situation for Coventry as Palmer was felled on the edge of the box by Carroll, but the away side were unable to do anything with the chance as Palmer fired the effort into the City wall.

A corner for City halfway through the first half with both wing backs taking charge of their respective wings, this time it was Rankine with his magic feet taking the Coventry defence for a ride. From the resulting corner, a ball chested down at the back post by Scott was half volleyed by Aitchison for a first shot on target for City, but it was well gathered by Collins.

After a huge clearance from Hartridge which sent the ball clearing the Big Bank, Coventry had a huge chance. A corner to the back post found the head of Thomas but his headed effort was only good enough to find the side netting.

The Sky Blues were on the attack again only moments later with Matt Godden forcing a superb save out of Sinsalo in goal for the Grecians, with his arms outstretched he was able to claw the ball away.

After the half time break Gary made his first change of the game James Scott being replaced by Reece Cole.

Coventry had their first big chance of the second half in the 55th minute as Godden was able to get a header on target but Sinsalo was able to match it and gathered with ease.

City went straight down the other end with an attack of their own, led by the marauding Rankine down the right-hand side, he played a ball into Cole who played a peach of a ball through to Nombe, but his attempted cutback was cut out by a collective of Coventry defenders.

City made their second change of the afternoon on 64 minutes as Mitchell was replaced by Vincent Harper, a straight swap in the left wing back position.

Coventry were starting to find their feet as the second half wore on with multiple efforts on the City all spearheaded by Palmer. And in the 67th minute they took the lead, a corner into the box found the head of Godden who was able to head past Sinsalo.

It was a double change for City in the 71st minute as Hartridge and Carroll made way for Pedro Borges and Zak Jules, with the latter making his debut for the Grecians.

Moments later and City made a triple change with Trevitt, Aitchison and Nombe replaced by Sonny Cox, Mitch Beardmore and a massive welcome back after 16 months to Kyle Taylor.

City equalised just after the 80th minute with a wonderful goal from Harper. Far out on the left-hand side the wing back sent a cross-cum-shot to the back post which alluded everyone bouncing off the back post and nestling into the back of the net.

With City about to walk away with a well-earned draw, up-stepped Sheaf to spoil the party, as the Coventry midfielder struck from range to earn Coventry the win right at the death.

It is back to league action for City in their next game as the first game of the season is an away trip to the Adams Park, to take on Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 5th August.

City: Sinsalo, Sweeney, Aimson ©, Hartridge (Jules), Rankine, Carroll (Borges), Trevitt (Taylor), Mitchell (Harper), Scott (Cole), Aitchison (Beardmore), Nombe (Cox)

Subs not used: Woods,

Coventry: Collins, Dasilva, Thomas, McFadzean, Sakamoto, Simms, Sheaf, Latibeaudiere, Godden, Eccles, Palmer

Subs: Moore, Binks, Kelly, Bidwell, Burroughs, Howley, Hamer, Eghosa, Obikwu

Attendance: 5147

Referee: Lee Swabey

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