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City v Forest Green Rovers (Tuesday, December 26)

All you need to know ahead of Boxing Day's match at St James Park

24 December 2017

Match Previews

City v Forest Green Rovers (Tuesday, December 26)

All you need to know ahead of Boxing Day's match at St James Park

24 December 2017

Exeter City will take on Forest Green Rovers for the fourth time this season at St James Park on Boxing Day. Here is our guide to everything you need to know ahead of the game.


City manager Paul Tisdale will be hoping for an improved performance when his side host Forest Green Rovers on Boxing Day. He labelled their performance at Yeovil Town on Saturday as a 90 per cent display and has told his players they must do better if they want to get back to winning ways.

"90 per cent is not good enough," he said. "We need a full 100 per cent and there were elements and issues with our game at Yeovil Town that cost us. I was largely happy with the way the players entered into the game and committed to the things that I had asked them to, but they have to do better than that off the platform and foundation we had created. To concede some of the goals we did was really disappointing.

"Every game is an opportunity to bounce back and it just happens to be Boxing Day at home to Forest Green so we will get back on the bike and pedal hard again."

Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper is also looking for a response from his side as they are without a win in their last four matches in all competitions. However, his side have been hit with injuries and he admits they are struggling to cope with the hectic fixture schedule of Christmas. 

Cooper also questioned his players’ desire and said that new recruits could be coming in in January.

“We looked bereft of any real character and desire,” he said, after their latest defeat at home to Carlisle United. “We’re treading water and we need some recruits in quickly and I can’t dress it up any better than that.

“The goal is a free header in the box again. He gets a free header from eight yards out and the person who is marking him just lets him head it and we have a throw-in and we just throw it out for their throw-in.

“But look, I’m the manager and I’ll take the responsibility but I said to the players, ‘you’re not making it hard for me to replace you in January.’"


The IP Office Stand has sold out for Tuesday's game against Forest Green Rovers, meaning there are no seated tickets left to purchase. 

There are still plenty of standing tickets available for the match in the Thatchers Big Bank. You can also purchase these in advance, at a discounted rate, or on the day of the match – from the ticket booth in Red Square. You can also pay on the gate should you wish. You can purchase tickets for the match by going


Please note that due to Christmas closing hours, West Bromwich Albion ticket collections will not be available at the Forest Green game but will be available from reception from the 27th, and before the Barnet game on Saturday. Please note that, while you can purchase tickets for the West Brom game online, you will also not be able to purchase tickets for the West Brom game in person at Tuesday's game. In-person sales for phase 4 will start at 10am on Wednesday, December 27, from the ticket booth at St James Park, as normal. Thank you for your support. 


The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for the game due to redevelopment work at the club. All entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers' Big Bank. There will be no entry possible from the Jungle Path/Well Street side to the Thatchers' Big Bank. For more information read the following article.


The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and then to the general public, including away supporters, from 1.30pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football. For zone is located in Red Square. For more information on it read the following article


Please note that the kiosk in the Junior Grecian family zone is open to fans during half-time. If fans from the IP Office stand wish to use these kiosks it will reduce the queues at the other vending points in the ground.


Christy Pym is the feature interview in Tuesday night's matchday programme. There is also all the usual features and a special Christmas poem from our Bard of ECFC. You can pick up a copy of the programme for £3 from the club shop and various points around the ground.


The Centre Spot bar will be open to home and visiting supporters prior to kick-off and after the match on Tuesday. It has Sky Sports and will be showing the Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton game before kick-off and the Liverpool v Swansea City match after full-time. 

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