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📝 Match Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

All you need to know!

31 October 2023

Exeter City's attentions turn to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night to face Championship side Middlesbrough in a 7:45pm kick-off at SJP.

The SOLD OUT clash under the lights at St James Park will be the first meeting between the two sides, and see the Grecians look to make history. City have matched their furthest run in the competition which was back in 1989 where they lost 5-2 in a fourth round replay against Sunderland after originally holding them to a 2-2 draw.

City will be looking to build on Saturday's 1-1 draw with Lincoln City which put the end to a run of six straight league defeats as they face a Boro side that had been in fantastic form ahead of the weekend which saw them move up to tenth in the Championship table. A run of six straight wins was halted by Stoke City on Saturday.

If you've got tickets, please come and sing loud and proud!

Gary Caldwell's thoughts

City manager Gary Caldwell says his side will prepare for Tuesday's huge Carabao Cup tie with Middlesbrough just like any other game.

Caldwell's men are on the verge of history with City aiming for the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history, and are buoyed by a positive second half performance against Lincoln City on Saturday. 

"There is an opportunity in front of us that we have earned," Gary said.

"This is a big moment for the players to do something that has never been done before but we have a huge task in front of us. We are playing a side who, in my opinion, are even better than the team we played in the last round."

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Fan Display

Tomorrow a group of Exeter City supporters are putting on a display as the players enter the ground and we need your help!

There will be foils that will need to be held up in both seated stands. They are to be raised and held as the players are coming out up until the huddle if possible! 

If you are on a white seat, please hold the silver side facing the pitch, if you are on a red seat, please hold the red side!

There will be containers provided for both stands to put the foils in at the end of the match, so they can be re-used!

There will also be a large banner that will be going up bottom of big bank, and a surfer going over the top of it!


Match Tickets

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the match in advance - thank you for your support Grecians!

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 by listening LIVE on iFollow. Purchase an audio match pass for just £2.50 in the UK and you'll get access to the stream which includes BBC Radio Devon commentary.

Please note there is NO live video streaming in the UK or Overseas due to the competition rules.

We will 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

  • 5:45pm: Players start to arrive and are happy to sign autographs or pose for selfies with you. Why not tweet your picture #SemperFidelis or on our other social media platforms.
  • 6pm: Hospitality areas are in full flow.
  • 6pm: Junior Grecian Zone available to all families (and everyone at half-time to catch the results or use the kiosk).
  • From 7pm: Watch out for engagement opportunities with your players in the Shop/Fan Zone!

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Sticker book reduced!

The official Exeter City Sticker Album is just £2 this weekend, so no better time to grab a copy from the club shop!

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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Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 5pm. 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 all from 6pm 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 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 NOW AVAILABLE!

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!

This Tuesday's issue is a 32 page edition at £2 and can be purchased in the club shop or around the ground from one of our sellers.

Report an incident 

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: Exeter City 2 Middlesbrough 3

City put on a show but fall victim in the last act.

31 October 2023

City's memorable cup-run came to an end as they lost 3-2 at home to Middlesbrough.

Following a night of stunning goals, it was a Middlesbrough penalty that separated the sides and put an end to City’s inspiring cup-run in which they beat first-tier opposition for the first time since 1981. 

This fixture proved to be a classic cup-tie. City took the lead thanks to a Ryan Trevitt volley and went into the half-time break ahead. Then, in what seemed to be a game of two halves, Middlesbrough turned up the tempo in the second half, quickly scoring two through Morgan Rogers and Sam Silvera. Trevitt stepped up again and equalised with a screamer from outside the box to give City fans hope before giving away a penalty at the other end that ultimately sealed the game for Middlesbrough. 


St James Park played host to the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time since 1989 when they forced a replay against second-tier side Sunderland. This time out, in the event of a draw, the game would go straight to a penalty to shoot-out to decide who goes into the hat. The Grecian supporters packed out SJP for an occasion that could see Exeter City book a ticket to the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time in their history. 

Manager Gary Caldwell named three changes from Saturday’s game with Zak Jules, Jack Fitzwater and Kyle Taylor being rotated into the starting XI. Reece Cole and Jack Aitchison missed the game due to injury and Pierce Sweeney was suspended due to accumulation of yellow cards.  

City’s Taylor kicked off to a roar from SJP, which had become a cauldron of noise for this Halloween fixture, and City quickly lobbed it forward to Admiral Muskwe who was in an offside position - an unfruitful start but a clear statement of intent from the Grecians who were up for the occasion. Despite their initial attack, the game quickly became back–and-forth, with Middlesbrough seeing the better of the chances and committing men forward – underestimating the City counterattack and specifically the Trevitt’s right boot.  

Muskwe did well to win a throw-in on the right of the pitch, ten yards ahead of the halfway line. City displayed great urgency to get the dead ball into the hands of Demetri Mitchell who took the throw quickly to the feet of Taylor. Taylor found some space on the wing and played the ball to Trevitt, about knee height. Trevitt, full of confidence from his goal at the weekend, volleyed on the half-turn: the ball looped over Tom Glover and in off the underside of the bar at the far-post. Elation at SJP as Exeter City found themselves one step closer to history. 

City carried their momentum forward and created some more chances but to no avail. Middlesbrough had the better of the chances over the following fifteen minutes, including a hairy moment where Emmanuel Latte Lath and Isiah Jones broke through concluding with an overhit pass and a City goal kick. Middlesbrough’s best moment came through some misfortune for City as Mitchell was forced off due to an injury and replaced by Vincent Harper. 


City looked like they could score another as substitute Harper began took take his influence on the game: twisting and turning on the right -side of the pitch, Harper delivered a high-ball into the Middlesbrough box and following some aerial pinball in the box, Middlesborough were able to launch a threatening counterattack. Faced by a swarm of pacey Smoggies, Will Aimson remained composed and diffused the situation with a sliding challenge. The teams went in at the half-time interval with City ahead and SJP beginning to believe. 

Middlesbrough came out with a vengeance and quickly showed the Grecians they were in for a difficult second half. Following a sustained period of pressure, Jack Fitzwater was caught in possession on the edge of the City box by Rogers and went down. Rogers capitalised on Fitzwater being momentarily taken out of the game by turning and shooting. The shot was a brilliant one, curling over Vil Sinisalo and into the top-right corner as Middlesbrough quicky found their equaliser. Fitzwater received some treatment and was thankfully able to continue. 

Fifty-minutes in and back on level-terms, City remained under pressure. Whatever Middlesbrough manager, Michael Carrick had said at half-time had made a difference as his side came out looking like a new team. Silvera found himself on Harper’s side of the pitch as he cut inside to beat his man, hitting a low, curling shot to put Middlesbrough ahead and deflate the atmosphere in SJP. 

The next period was thoroughly unenjoyable for City supporters. The only moments when City got a break from the relentless attack was when one of their players went down to receive treatment. City were in desperate need of some inspiration, and it just happened to come from that man again, Ryan Trevitt. City’s number 8 picked the ball up 20-yards out and released a strike that deflected off a Middlesbrough defender and beat Glover infront of the Big Bank. A superb game for the neutrals and an even more thrilling one for City supporters. 

The game continued to be a rollercoaster of emotion for both sides as Glover’s discomposure nearly led to James Scott tapping the ball in from one yard out and Middlesbrough’s wingers gave City’s defence a more-than-difficult time on the edge of the box, coming close on several occasions. Sinisalo kept City in the game on multiple occasions, once with a diving, one-handed save and the other coming out on top of a one-on-one.  


Disaster struck City with ten minutes to go as Trevitt tugged on a Middlesbrough shirt in the box as the ball was in the air. Latte Lath dispatched the penalty and City found themselves behind again with not a lot of time to turn it around. The clock began to run down as Middlesbrough fell victim to their own game-management with the fourth official indicating nine minutes of added time, there was still hope around SJP but it was fading.  

City fans thought for a second that James Scott was about to certify himself as a club legend as he spotted Glover off his line. Scott took aim from an outrageous distance and fired, beating the keeper but also the far post and the score remained 3-2 to Middlesbrough with 3 minutes of added time to go. So close, yet so far. Unfortunately, that was the tale of the evening as City failed to come out on top in a thrilling game. 

City fought to the very end and most importantly, they made the Grecian supporters believe. Following a run of poor results, the City players rewarded the loyalty of fans with a night they won’t forget any time soon. Although they were unable to book a ticket into the quarter-final, they showed very promising signs of what is to come from this club.  

City have the opportunity to kick-start a new cup-run on Saturday 4th November as they face Wigan at home in the first round of the FA Cup. 

Exeter City: Sinisalo, Mitchell (Harper 33’), Aimson (C), Fitzwater (Diabate 60’), Hartridge, Jules, Kite, Taylor (Richards 79’), Trevitt, Scott, Muskwe (Wildschut 60’) 

Unused subs: Macdonald, Dean, Richards, Cunningham. 

Middlesbrough: Glover (GK), Barlaser, Fry (C), Hackney, Latte Lath, Rogers, Dijksteel, McNair, Silvera, Bangura. 

Subs: Jones, Van De Berg, Clarke, Gilbert, Howson, Coburn, Coulson, Crooks, Engel. 

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 7601 (1031 away) 

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