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Match preview: City v West Bromwich Albion

All you need to know about the Grecians Emirates FA Cup third round tie against West Bromwich Albion

5 January 2018

Exeter City host Premier League West Bromwich Albion in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Saturday, with kick-off at St James Park at 3pm.

The Grecians go into the match boasting the second best record for home league wins in all four divisions for 2017 with 17 victories.

West Brom, on the other hand, haven’t won in their last 20 matches in all competitions and come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat away at West Ham United last time out.

However, City boss Paul Tisdale does not think that will have any bearing on the game.

“Whatever they have done over the past few games is irrelevant,” said Tis. “They are a Premier League side with professional people who want to do their best. So I think we are looking forward to it and I think we realise that it is going to be a very tough game. 

“We start the game trying to win it, but we want to do ourselves justice, play really well and give our supporters something to cheer about. We are expecting a really tough opponent that has got a lot more experience and international caps and everything else that goes with being a Premier League team.”

Meanwhile West Brom boss Alan Pardew wants a good cup run this season.

“For us it will be something to build on and gain momentum from. I don’t think it’s going to relieve the pressure of winning in the Premier League," he said.

“But it’s important we win and get into the fourth round and create some kind of excitement for our fans, some kind of hope for them. We’ve got 350 fans going there and we need to deliver for them.”

The match is sold out, meaning there are no tickets left to purchase in the IP Office or Thatchers’ Big Bank. If you have ordered your ticket for collection please go to the ticket booth in Red Square, near the club shop & reception to collect.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY

As we have a sell-out crowd at the game tomorrow the turnstiles are opening at 1.45pm to allow fans to get into the ground on time. Please arrive in plenty of time to get into the stadium. If you arrive at the turnstiles with 15 minutes until kick-off you are likely to miss some of the opening minutes of the match.

SHOW YOUR COLOURS

If you are in the IP Office Stand on Saturday the Red Legion have organized a show your colours display for fans to get involved with. All the information can be found on this article.

Thank you to our match sponsors RGB Building Supplies, Gregory Distribution and City Plumbing. All three companies have been long-standing supporters of the Grecians and you can find out more about them by clicking on their name in this article.

We also have two ball sponsors for the game: Thatchers Cider and St Austell Brewery. Again both companies are long-standing supporters of the Grecians and you can find out more about what they offer by clicking on their name.

We have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities. For more information contact Jake Wood at Exeter City at jake.wood@ecfc.co.uk.

THE CENTRE SPOT

The Centre Spot bar is open to both home and away fans during matchday. After full-time there will be an offer of a four-pint pitcher, of Carlsberg, Thatchers or selected stocks, for £10 while stocks last.

 

The bar has big screen TVs and will be showing Fleetwood Town v Leicester City match before the game and the Norwich City v Chelsea game after full-time.

A special 84-page perfect-bound edition of the Grecian has been produced for our FA Cup match, with interviews from Ryan Harley and Alan Banks.

There is also a full guide to West Brom and all the usual features including a special FA Cup poem from our resident Bard of ECFC Rob Casey. You can pick this up around the ground, including the club shop & reception, for just £3

The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and to the general public, including away supporters, from 1.30pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens a refreshement stall and table football.

Supporters in the IP Office stand are also advised that the kiosk in this zone is open for supporters of all ages to use to get their half-time refreshments. You will find the queues in the family zone to have less waiting time than those at kiosks in other areas of the ground.

The Junior Grecian Family Zone is not open to members of the public after the game has finished.

Charlie Todd: Charlie is 10 and is football crazy. He trains at the ECFC performance centre and enjoys watching and supporting Exeter City and Chelsea. His favourite player for the Grecians is Jordan Moore-Taylor

Ross Blackmore: Ross is the third generation of his family to follow the City after his dad and grandad.  Ross enjoys football, boxing and playing his Xbox. He watches city both home and away and his favourite City player is Lee Holmes

The club shop will be open from 11am to 5.30pm for all your City merchandise needs! The club shop is located in Red Square, at the back of the IP Office Stand.


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