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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers (H)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match

9 March 2024

Exeter City return to action to host high-flying Bolton Wanderers at St James Park on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off.

The match is the first of our 'Her Game Too' double header with the aim to promote 'Football for everyone', with Exeter City Women hosting Maidenhead United Women at the Park on Sunday in a 2pm kick-off.

City will be looking to get back to winning ways at the Park, after last Saturday's narrow defeat to promotion contenters Peterborough United.

The Grecians are up against another side pushing for automatic promotion and will be looking to show how far they have come since the sides met last in November.

Gary Caldwell's thoughts

Men's first team manager Gary Caldwell and women's first team joint-managers Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley have sat down together at the Cliff Hill Training Ground to preview this weekend's double header at SJP.

Match Tickets


There are just 10 seats left in the ground, with plenty of availability in the Big Bank.

As always if you book early you get advance ticket prices and save time on matchdays!


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   ---

Her Game Too Weekend

The men’s Sky Bet League One clash with Bolton Wanderers and women’s FA Women’s National League Division One South West fixture with Maidenhead United will shine a light on the work of Her Game Too in tackling sexism within football.



For both matches, the two sides will warm up in Her Game Too t-shirts and there will be stadium announcements, big screen graphics and articles in the match day programme about Her Game Too. Alongside this, Her Game Too will be providing mini-flags for supporters, and there will be a selfie board in the fan zone for supporters to grab some pre-match snaps.

We will also be promoting the campaign across our social media channels to highlight some of the issues faced by women within a sporting environment.

Matchday 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.


The Kit

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


How to follow

If you can't join us at SJP, you can follow all the action on iFollow. Listen live in the UK for £2.50 or watch LIVE for just £10! Click here to grab a pass.


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

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.


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!


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

Saturday's programme is a double header that covers our 'Her Game Too' weekender with Exeter City vs Bolton Wanderers and Exeter City Women vs Maidenhead United Women.

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


Previous Encounter

Bolton Wanderers 7 Exeter City 0 | 25/11/23 | EFL Sky Bet League One

Exeter City suffered their heaviest league defeat in 65 years at the hands of table-topping Bolton Wanderers.

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: City 2 Bolton 2

9 March 2024

Two quickfire goals from Sonny Cox helped Exeter City pick up an impressive 2-2 draw against promotion chasing Bolton Wanderers at SJP.


After a first half that saw the Trotters lead at the break through Maghoma, Cox swung the game on its head inside five minutes of the second half, scoring two fantastic goals but Eoin Toal's late header pegged the Grecians back.

Manager Gary Caldwell named one change to the side that faced narrow defeat against Peterborough the weekend before as Jack Aitchison came into the starting XI, returning from injury, and replacing Vincent Harper who moves to the bench. 

Bolton kicked off aggressively, with a high defensive line, launching the ball deep into City territory, only to be cleared by the head of Zak Jules. Bolton’s plan to start the game fast was stunted as they were forced into an early substitution as Jon Böðvarsson came on to replace Victor Adeboyejo. Despite this, they came close just inside the ten-minute mark as Aaron Collins struck the bar from distance. Wanderers were on top in the opening 15. 

City’s first chance of the game came as a one-two between Ilmari Niskanen and Tom Carroll saw the latter release the Finn down the wing. Niskanen delivered a dangerous cross to the back post, forcing a defensive header to concede a corner. The resulting corner was played short and whipped in by Pierce Sweeney. The ball fell in the box to Ryan Woods who played the ball back to Aitchison on the edge of the box. The ball took a bobble as Aitchison went to hit it but he adjusted well and troubled Joel Coleman in goal who spilled his save but there were no City attackers close enough to pounce before the Bolton keeper smothered the ball. 

A City attack nearly turned calamitous as Woods failed to get the ball out of his feet and had his pockets picked by a Bolton attacker. Wanderers appeared to be through on goal, with two attackers having nothing but Vil Sinisalo between them and the City goal. Will Aimson put on the afterburners and caught up with the attack, timing his sliding challenge perfectly to put an end to the attack. 

Bolton’s attacks paid dividends just beyond the half-hour mark as Maghoma smashed the ball past Sinisalo from inside the box. Following a well-worked move that saw the ball floated in behind City’s defensive line, the ball sat for Maghoma on the inside edge of the area who, running onto the ball, hit it with conviction. Sinisalo dived for it but couldn’t match the speed of the shot. 

After four added minutes, the first half drew to a close with City needing to overcome a one goal deficit in the second half, playing towards the Big Bank. 

And they did so within about ten seconds! Sweeney pumped the ball forward from kick-off, the ball fell to Ben Purrington who nodded it on to the feet of Cox. Cox, with the ink still wet on his contract extension, hit a delicious volley, looping the ball over Coleman who was caught off his line. Sonny had drawn his club level, but he wasn’t done there. 

Just four minutes later, Cox was played through again, this time by Luke Harris who slid Cox through. City’s number 19 still had a lot to do with the gargantuan figure of Ricardo Santos breathing down his neck, Cox stayed composed, kept the ball in his control and rifled the ball through Coleman and into the top of the net. A sensational strike that sent St James Park into pandemonium. 

A goal to the good, the Grecians were brimming with confidence now, playing fluid football across the park as every twist and turn appeared to be falling in their favour. Down at the other end, incase City needed reminding of just how good Sinisalo is, he caught a Böðvarsson’s header from close range, putting an end to Bolton’s attack as they tried to claw themselves back into the game. 


Coleman’s instinct save denied Cox his hattrick with 20 minutes remaining of the match. Niskanen took control of Sweeney’s through ball and beat his man on the by-line. Managing to squeeze the ball across the face of goal, it looked as though Niskanen had set up Sonny’s third, but the Bolton keeper had other ideas, pulling off a superb reactionary save to deny Cox from close-range.  

At the St James Road end, Bolton were not having much luck getting past the combination of Jules and Aimson. Aimson, in particular, was playing a fantastic game that, if it weren’t for Cox’s brace, would likely have seen him take player of the match. 

Cox walked off to a standing ovation as injury forced him off the pitch with 15 minutes remaining. Carroll also came off and the pair were replaced by Mo Eisa and Millenic Alli with the former coming on for his first home match in red and white. Shortly after, Eisa nearly found himself on the scoresheet. So did Alli, Aimson, and Purrington as the ball ricocheted around the six-yard box, somehow not finding its way into the area. 

Another standing ovation for another substitute as Aimson was also forced off due to a knock. Replaced by Cheick Diabate, City’s centre back had made life tough for Bolton’s attackers all game, especially in the second half.  

City’s celebrations were put on hold as the towering Toal headed Bolton back into the game after a textbook cross was floated into the six-yard box. Toal headed the ball down at the feet of Sinisalo who was just unable to smother the ball as it squeezed its way across the line. 

This game had been a rollercoaster for all onlookers, but it wasn’t over yet as the fourth official indicated that there would be nine more minutes to enjoy/ endure. Which it would be, only time would tell. 

In the end it was a mix of both as the game ended level, despite both teams coming close in additional time. The ball just couldn’t find its way beyond either keeper as Coleman’s saves kept Bolton level. One big, hard-earned point for Exeter City against tough competition. 

Exeter City have a quick turnaround before their next game as they face Shrewsbury Town at 19.45, Tuesday 12th March. 

Exeter City: Sinisalo (GK), Jules, Purrington, Sweeney (C), Aimson (Diabate 83’), Carroll (Alli 77’), Woods (Harper 89’), Cox (Eisa 77’), Harris, Aitchison, Niskanen. 

Unused Subs: Macdonald, Rankine, Wildschut. 

Bolton Wanderers: Coleman, Santos (C), Toal, Jones, Iredale, Thomason, Sheehan, Maghoma, Collins, Adeboyejo, Williams. 

Subs: Ogbeta, Ashworth, Forrester, Dacres-Cogley, Dempsey, Böðvarsson, Jerome. 

Referee: D. Middleton. 

Attendance: 6748 (948 away). 

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