A rallying cry ahead of televised Devon Derby with Torquay
We’re calling on all Grecians to turn St James Park into a sea of red and white for the visit of local rivals Torquay United on Monday 28th January (kick-off 7.45pm).
With the game being shown live on Sky Sports, it is a welcome opportunity for City fans to show off our vibrant and passionate support to the rest of the world. So dig out your red and white hat, gloves, and scarf… and wear your City shirt over the top of your jacket if you have to!
Tickets are readily available to buy – you can either buy tickets in advance from Reception or online at Ticket Zone, or you can pay on the evening of the game itself from the appropriate ticket booths or turnstiles.
We’ll be vying to keep our undefeated record in 2013 going, for another game at least – so every pair of lungs cheering on the Grecians will make a difference. The Tiverton Town Band will be drumming up a good atmosphere in the build-up to the fixture in Red Square.
And we will look forward to welcoming former Exeter City player Martin Ling, who is now first-team manager at the Gulls, as well as welcoming back former City captain Chris Todd as a guest of the club. Toddy won promotion with the Gulls in 2009 after battling leukaemia, and we are delighted that he will be our ‘interviewee’ in the Flybe Suite hospitality and conducting our 50/50 Draw at half-time.
And in addition to all this, Jamie Cureton is all set to make his 700th appearance in English football. So we would love to see the Park full to the brim with supporters ready to show their appreciation as Curo aims to hit the landmark figure, and in doing so joining a very select few in the 700 Club.
Exeter v Torquay was also featured on television back in 2007, when a bumper gate of 7,839 fans saw the Grecians triumph 4-3 en route to securing a play-off place. Now with the Gulls making their first visit to the Park for over four years, and with City on the hunt for promotion again, a similar attendance would be welcomed – as would a similar scoreline!
City manager Paul Tisdale says: “Our support this season has been exceptional, home and away. We’ve had fantastic support through all our ups and downs at home, and we’ve come out on the other side in fourth place in the table. And away from home, we’ve taken spectacular numbers with us – as shown when we took almost 1,500 fans to Plainmoor for our last game against Torquay.
“It’ll be another special derby under the floodlights, and I hope as many supporters as possible come to play their part rather than staying home. We don’t often get the opportunity to show what we’re all about to the rest of the world, so it’s a chance for the fans to have their moment in the spotlight.”