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📝 Big Match Preview: City v Grimsby Town

All you need to know ahead of the match at St James Park

28 December 2018

Match Previews

📝 Big Match Preview: City v Grimsby Town

All you need to know ahead of the match at St James Park

28 December 2018

The festive schedule continues for Exeter City as they welcome Grimsby Town to St James Park in a 3pm kick-off.

The Grecians go into the match following three consecutive wins over Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town, but take on an in-form Grimsby side who have steadily climbed up the Sky Bet League Two table.

Manager Matt Taylor admitted he may be forced to make some changes to his starting 11 due to the busy fixture schedule. Ahead of the match, he said: “We’ll assess it, I know the ones that are physically low.

“Going into this (the 2-1 win over Yeovil) game I took a bit of a risk by playing some of them. I can’t keep taking the risk because some will break down so there will be changes of personnel come Grimsby.

“They’ve had two games in quick succession as well so there’s no excuses going into it. As you saw with Chio (Chiedozie Ogbene), Tristan (Abrahams) and Tilly (Jordan Tillson) were all outstanding and did their jobs perfectly and they’ve got to do exactly the same again. I need everyone involved in the squad, we’ve still got players to come back from injury which we’re looking forward to, but that’s the future. The next two days are key and then going into Grimsby.”


The sides last met back in October at Blundell Park in what was a 0-0 draw. Despite having a number of chances in the second half, as well as a penalty saved, the Grecians were unable to break the deadlock.

Grimsby’s last visit to St James Park saw City run out 2-0 winners towards the end of 2017 when goals from Jayden Stockley and Liam McAlinden did the damage to give City all three poin


Online and mobile ticket sales for the match with Grimsby Town will be available until 3 hours before kick-off.

Please note that pay on the day will be available. Supporters can pay on the gate for the Thatchers' Big Bank and at the ticket booth in Red Square for both the IP Office Main Stand and Stagecoach Adam Stansfield stand.

Please note that pay on the day is available. Supporters can pay on the gate (cash) for the Thatchers' Big Bank and at the ticket booth in Red Square (cash and card) for both the IP Office Main Stand and Stagecoach Adam Stansfield stand.

Ticket prices are as follows:




As well as the chance to get your face-painted from 2pm, Les the Fez will be performing tricks, balloon modelling and japers.

Starting at 1:15 in the Junior Grecians Family Zone, and then touring the Park! Let’s hope he gets another standing ovation in the RGB Legends Lounge!


The face painters have made a valuable addition to matchdays and judging by the sights around the ground it is just as popular with adults as well as youngsters. 

Their normal route if you want to catch them is: Starting at the Tombola Stall they head through Red Square for the Centre Spot before heading back to the family Junior Grecian Family Zone. Leaving the zone for the stadium, they start with the IP Office Main Stand and Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand before finishing on the Thatchers Big Bank. 



For this week's match the lucky under-12s will be selected from the Big Bank. If your child has not taken part but would like to, please email:



Our match sponsors for the match with Grimsby are Dick Oliver Ltd, with Dream-A-Way our associate sponsors. T’s Barbering and La Fabrico are also ball sponsors for the match. We would like to welcome all of our sponsors to the match and wish them a pleasant day with us.


The match day programme will be available for £3.00 at the stadium, and the latest edition features an in-depth interview with CITY Community Trust, the football club’s charity partner. CCT are Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity and in the feature you can hear from the charity’s health and wellbeing officer Peter Ferlie, as well as Labour MP Ben Bradshaw and councillor Philip Bialyk about the current condition of health and wellbeing in Exeter and the hard work that is being done to help people to live a healthier life. You can also read regular features from local journalist Matt Bamsey and City fan Tony Morris, not to mention our regular quiz pages return.


The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and at 1.30pm for everyone else, including away supporters.

The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football. It is located near the players' entrance at the IP Office Stand.


You can read the mascot profiles in the match day programme which you can pick up in the stadium for £3.00 on the day.

For mascot booking or information, please contact


The club shop will be open from 11am to give you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match and will close at 5.30pm.


Season tickets for the 20/21 campaign are now on sale and play a huge part in enabling your club remains financially stable and well prepared

By purchasing a season ticket in the super saver period, you will not only make huge and the best savings on admission for the campaign, but enable the club to operate fully whilst we have a period of no matches and minimal income. Find out more by clicking here.


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