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🔢 City players by numbers: Jordan Tillson

A look at some of the key numbers behind City's defensive midfielder

2 October 2018

The son of former first team coach, Andy Tillson, Jordan came up through the ranks at Bristol Rovers before moving to St James Park in 2012 to complete his football education.

A tough tackling defensive midfielder, he has enjoyed loan spells with Gloucester City, Chippenham Town and Weston-Super-Mare, but in recent times has been a solid fixture in the first team line up. Having helped the Grecians to two consecutive play-off finals, he will be hoping to go one better this time out.

344 – Jordan made his first team bow on the final day of the 2013/14 season, making the 344-mile journey to Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United. Having started the game in defence, he was tasked with marking former Premier League striker Marlon Harewood. He acquitted himself admirably, helping the Grecians to sign of their campaign with a 2-0 win.

32 – Having made five appearances the following season, 2015/16 proved to be a breakthrough campaign for Jordan, seeing him make 32 appearances in red and white, scoring two goals.

19 – Jordan opened his account for the Grecians in an FA Cup tie at home to Port Vale, then of League One. With City having made much of the early running, he took his chance in the 19th minute, nodding in one of Lee Holmes’ trademark in swingers. This proved crucial in setting up a money-spinning third round tie with Premier League giants Liverpool.

3 – Unfortunately, Jordan’s run in the team came to an abrupt end just four games into the new season, when, having fractured his ankle against Portsmouth, he was forced out of action for three months. However, exhibiting the same determination that had endeared him to the City faithful, he fought his way back, still managing to play a crucial role in the Exeter side that marched their way to the play-off final the following May.

574 – As the clock ticked into the seventh minute of City’s home clash against Crewe Alexandra last September, the ball pinballed around the box. With characteristic calmness, Jordan stood up and rifled it into the net. Whilst the goal will be remembered as the first in a comfortable 3-0 win over the Railwaymen, it was more significant to the man himself, constituting his first in a full 574 days since he found the net at home to Notts County in February 2016.

44 – Aside from marking an end to his goalless run, 2017/18 proved to be Jordan’s best campaign to date, seeing him make a 44 appearances, as the Grecians battled their way to a second consecutive appearance at Wembley.


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