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City v Grimsby Town

All you need to know about Saturday's game at St James Park

10 November 2017

Exeter City will be looking to record back-to-back home wins on Saturday when they take on Russell Slade’s Grimsby Town.

The Mariners go into the game unbeaten in their last seven League Two matches, while the Grecians will be looking to pick up their first victory in League Two since a 4-1 victory over Morecambe on September 30. 

However, manager Paul Tisdale has a strong squad to choose from going into the match.

“We have players who have been out for a long time who are gradually making progress,” said Tis. “Lloyd James has picked up an injury but he is suspended for Saturday anyway.

“It brought him off the pitch on Sunday but it is small injury and should keep him out for just the one week. Apart from that everyone is okay and we have got a good squad. Yes, we have got injuries but I have got no worries about the ones who will be selected on Saturday.”

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Saturday, November 11, is the 99th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One. As such there will be a number of activities taking place at the game. The club will be holding a minute’s silence prior to kick-off. We also welcome representatives from the Devon branch of the Royal British Legion and Royal Marines from Commando Training Centre in Lympstone who are going to give a short unarmed combat display also before kick-off.

Exeter City is also pleased to welcome any serving member of the armed forces into the match free of charge. They will just need to go to the ticket booth in Red Square and show their military identification card to collect their ticket for free admission.

A number of wreaths will be laid in front of the IP Office stand by a representative from both clubs, The Royal British Legion, The Royal Marines, a Grimsby Town supporter and an Exeter City supporter. 

The players will also be wearing their purple kit for the match with poppies on the front of them and poppy armbands. As the third kit is closely linked with our sponsors Flybe, representatives from the company will also be at the game to pay their respects to those who lost their lives fighting for our country in both world wars and conflicts that have followed.

Fans are also reminded that the turnstiles will not be in operation whilst the minute silence’s is taking place as the clicking of fans coming through the gates can be heard by supporters inside the ground. Therefore, we urge fans to get in to the ground before 2.50pm.

FLYBE PHOTO COMPETITION

Flybe will be running a photo competition prior to kick-off in Red Square for a chance to win a purple shirt signed by all the players. All you have to do is get your photo taken with their board to be in with a chance of winning.

The IP Office Stand is sold out for the match for Saturday’s against Grimsby Town, meaning that there are only standing tickets in Thatchers Big Bank available. Fans can purchase these tickets by calling 01392 411243 or by clicking on the following link. Tickets will then be available to collect on the day from the ticket booth in Red Square. 

Standing tickets in the Thatchers Big Bank will still be available on matchday, but there is a £1 increase on the day so again we advise purchasing tickets in advance. 

For more details on pricing visit the following link.

Thank you to our match sponsor Exeter College, our associate match sponsor Thatchers and our ball sponsor Shield Environmental Services. 

Exeter College is a large, thriving and growing tertiary college, which places teaching, learning and student success as its top priority. They enjoy an excellent regional reputation. The College was judged as outstanding by Ofsted in a pilot ‘no notice’ inspection in 2012, and again in a full inspection in 2014. The college was also awarded the Times educational supplement outstanding provider of the year in 2012 and BTEC College of the Year in 2014. For more information about Exeter College click here

Thatchers Cider has, for over four generations, been crafting quality cider on our family farm in Somerset. You can find more information about their products here.

Since 1979 Shield has been one of the UK's leading Environmental Service Solutions specialists. You can find out more about the services they offer by clicking here.

GROUND INFO

Redevelopment work: The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for Saturday's 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.

 

FACEPAINTERS

Facepainters will be in attendance at Saturday’s game for any fans who want to add a bit of colour to their support. You can find them in Red Square, the Junior Grecians family zone, the Thatchers’ Big Bank and in the IP Office Stand.

The service is free of charge and they have black-and-white, as well as red-and-white, should any Grimsby supporters wish to join in.

Lee Holmes is the feature interview for Saturday’s programme where he gives some fascinating thoughts on social media and abuse players suffer at football grounds along with his great relationship with the City supporters and why he enjoys going to events in the community.

We also have an interview with Jon Brown, who drove down from Barnsley last October for the Eamonn Dolan Memorial match. Jon who represented City in the early 1990s recalls his first, best and worst moments of his career.

There is also a feature, on the Old Grandstand, with a piece from Pete Martin on the grandstand fire that brought down the old, old grandstand in 1921.

You can pick up a copy of the matchday programme in the club shop & reception and around the ground for just £3.

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

KIOSKS

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.

MASCOTS

There are eight mascots at today’s game. They are as follows: Jessica Ferlie-Nolan, Daniel Pritchard, Alexander Foley, Frankie Mason, George Roberts, Toby Haywood, Josh Saunders, Tyler Gregory. You can read their profiles on page 39 of the matchday programme.

If you would like to be a matchday mascots at one of our games contact our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk.

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open from 11am to 5pm on matchdays. The club shop is located in Red Square at the back of the IP Office stand. 


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