Another graduate of Exeter City's famed youth academy, Christy Pym is an agile and athletic presence between the posts.
A local lad to boot, he has a special place in the hearts of the Big Bank faithful. At still only 23 years of age, Christy continues to be one of the brightest prospects in the Grecians’ squad.
17 – Christy was awarded his first professional contract in April 2013 at the age of 17, just two weeks before his 18th birthday. Having already been called on to the bench for a trip to Burton Albion, in place of an injured Artur Krysiak, the then under-18s captain was held in high regard by Paul Tisdale, signing his senior forms alongside former teammate, Matt Grimes.
251 – Christy’s first taste of senior football came a year later at Southend United, a full 251 miles away from his hometown. In what turned out to be a thriller, the Shrimpers took a 2-1 lead into the game’s closing stages, when late goals from Liam Sercombe and Eliot Richards stole the spoils, ensuring that the Grecians returned to St James Park with all three points.
3 – Having impressed as City’s starting goalkeeper for the final five games of the 2013/14 season, Christy began to turn heads at an international level, earning himself an England under-20s call-up. He would go on to make three appearances for the Young Lions, the most recent of which came in a 2-2 draw against Canada in November 2014.
0 – Whilst Christy made 27 appearances during 2014/15, the following campaign saw his career hit the buffers, when a spate of serious injuries allied with an increase in competition prevented him from making a single start. Such a statistic, however, illustrates the measure of the man as, refusing to be deterred, he battled his way back into contention. As a result, 2016/17 proved to be a far happier affair, seeing the young goalkeeper make 31 appearances, earning himself the club’s number one jersey along the way.
100 – Aged just 22, Christy made his 100th Exeter appearance in January 2018, when the Grecians played host to Forest Green Rovers. Throughout, he made a characteristically assured performance, keeping his 10th clean sheet of the season, whilst goals from Pierce Sweeney and Jayden Stockley at the other end helped City to a 2-0 win.
6 – Having enjoyed a stellar 2017/18, making 54 appearances in all competitions, Christy swept the board at the club’s end of season dinner, claiming an astounding six awards. These included the Hawksmoor Investment Management fans’ player of the year, the players’ player of the year, and the Junior Grecians’ player of the year.
Up next at St James Park:
City take on Macclesfield Town in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday, November 27, in a 7:45pm kick-off. Click here to buy tickets.