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Match preview: City v Lincoln City

All you need to know about our semi-final second leg play-off tie with the Imps

16 May 2018

Match Previews

Match preview: City v Lincoln City

All you need to know about our semi-final second leg play-off tie with the Imps

16 May 2018

Exeter City welcome Lincoln City to St James Park for the all-important second leg of their play-off semi-final.

The tie is evenly balanced after the 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank last Saturday meaning it’s a winner takes all affair as both sides look to book a place in the play-off final at Wembley.

Speaking ahead of Thursday night’s match, manager Paul Tisdale says the Grecians will have a strong squad to choose from against Danny Cowley’s side.

He said: “No one was injured from Saturday which is really good news and Troy Brown has had another week training. He’s close enough to be selected which poses a decision for me.

“That’s what you want as a manager, players who are in the team playing well and players not in the team training well. We are still without Lee Holmes, but apart from that, we’ve got a pretty well functioning team at the moment.

“I think we all know it will come down to the second half of the second game, it often does. You have to make sure you are in the game and you need to respond or make your advantage pay.”


The match at St James Park has already sold out ahead of Thursday but supporters without tickets can watch live on Sky Sports.


We would like to thank our match sponsors: Thatchers Cider, City Plumbing Supplies and RGB Building Supplies

For more information on any of our sponsors click the names of the companies above

We have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities. For more information contact Jake Wood at Exeter City at


Redevelopment work: Due to the ongoing work around St James Park, all entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers’ Big Bank. 

Turnstiles will open 15 minutes early, from 6.30pm, on Thursday to allow extra-time to get into the ground. We recommend that you come early to avoid missing any of the action.

Extra services from St James Park station on Thursday

Great Western Railway will be running additional services after Thursday's play-off semi-final second leg against Lincoln City at St James Park.

Due to the match being a sell-out, and the possibility of extra time and penalties, two additional services will be provided which are as follows:

  • 21:59 St James Park to Exeter St Davids calling at Exeter Central
  • 22:06 St James Park to Exmouth calling at all stations to Exmouth
  • 23:01 St James Park to Exeter St Davids calling at Exeter Central


We will have a special play-off semi-final matchday programme on Thursday evening. Inside is an extensive feature interview with Director of Football Steve Perryman conducted by Media Manager, Simon Larkins, as Steve discusses his time at City and the work he has done at the club over 17 years. In the interview you can also hear from former Grecians, Liam Sercombe, George Friend and Ollie Watkins as they pay tribute to Steve. Also, inside the programme, Ben Strange gives you the lowdown on our opponents and their recent form going into the semi-final second leg. There is also content regarding what the City Community Trust are up to over the summer and how you can get involved and we also look back at every single League Two play-off final, courtesy of Leigh Edwards.

You can pick up a copy of The Grecian for £3 in and around the ground on Thursday evening.



Junior Grecians Family Zone

The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 5.45pm tonight and then to the general public, including away fans, from 6.45pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football.


Our mascots for Thursday’s game are: Hannah Tarr, Ashton Cook, Nathan Quick and Ethan Pyle

You can read their profiles in the matchday programme on page 11. If you would like to be a matchday mascot next season then make sure to be in contact with our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at


We currently have a sale on at the club shop so if you would like to purchase any Exeter City merchandise, or a matchday programme then be sure to visit the club shop which will be open from 8.30am-30 minutes after the match

Ticket collections will be availalbe from 5.30pm on Thursday evening.

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