📝 Match Preview: Macclesfield Town

Exeter City open their 2019/20 campaign when they welcome Macclesfield Town to St James Park in Sky Bet League Two in a 3pm kick-off.

The Grecians have been put through an intense pre-season period which began at the end of June, and manager Matt Taylor believes his squad are in good shape going into the new season.

He explained: “We’ve played the best part of eight or nine intense games and done a lot of hard work which started the best part of six weeks ago. I think we’re ready for a proper game of football and a league game and it’s one we’ve got to look forward to.

“We feel the lads are fit and in good shape but it’s about producing a performance.”


The Grecians came up against Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield towards the end of last season. They went ahead on to occasions at Moss Rose but were pegged back and ended up being beaten 3-2 with an own goal proving the difference between the two sides.


Archie Collins in action against Macclesfield last season


Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Saturday, August 2, so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance.

Tickets are available online via Mobile, tablet or desktop by visiting: tickets.ecfc.co.uk, by calling: 01392 411 243 or by visiting the club shop/reception at St James Park.

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*Junior Grecians members get access to free match tickets when purchased alongside a paying adult. There are two family friendly areas available at St James Park, section E in the IP Office Main Stand and a section of the Thatchers Big Bank which is identified by the white barriers)


Our award-winning match day programme from the 2018/19 season returns for the new campaign and once again it’s packed full of engaging content for readers of all ages. New features include an ‘On this day in history’ piece which profiles the upcoming week and all the things City related that have happened on individual days. We’ve also introduced a new ‘City and Me’ feature which gives supporters the chance to tell their Exeter City story. Familiar faces in journalists Matt Bamsey and Alan Richardson return to cast their eye over pre-season and discuss the new campaign and lifelong fan Tony Morris is also back to give his view on things as well as recall some of his earlier memories following the club. We’ve also got updated quiz pages so you can test your City knowledge!


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 andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk


The club shop will be open from 11am to give you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match and will close after supporters have dispersed.


The club shop opens from 11am on match day


Rodeo Bull!

How long can you hold on to the spinning, jumping and Bucking Bronco Rodeo Bull? Once again it’s a free to participate activity, but if you want to you can make a donation to the Exeter City Academy. Just tip some odd coins (or notes) in the bucket nearby.

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Join the guard of honour!

Want to be on the pitch as the players enter SJP? Then be part of the flag waving, Guard of Honour! This Saturday lucky children will be chosen from the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand at 2:25pm.

After assembling, the Guard of Honour (and parents) move to the far side of ground to get some practice in waving their flags, which also presents an opportunity for Grecian to pose for photographs.


When the players finish their warm up the Guard of Honour go on their 'lap of honour' in front of the stands to the players’ tunnel. After they have been on the field and welcomed the teams and officials onto the pitch they receive their “gift” (normally a packet of sweets) and certificates of participation.

If your son, daughter or grandchild has not been involved in the Guard of Honour, please email customerservices@exetercityfc.co.uk.

Junior Grecians Lounge

The Junior Grecians are the Official Junior Supporters Club of Exeter City FC.

The room provides a safe comfortable environment for families to enjoy pre-match entertainment, such as a large screen TVs, Playstation consoles and Table Football, as well as the option to enjoy refreshments from the Zone’s very own kiosk.

A feature wall displaying a packed Big Bank also provides a photo-sharing opportunity using the #jgzone hashtag. There are activities and competitions to suit all junior age groups, from FIFA19 and Table Football tournaments to free Activity Packs for younger children.


The Zone also features a VIP party area and there are several party packages available to book throughout the season.

The Family Zone and Stadium Family areas are supervised by Junior Grecians volunteers who have undergone DBS checks and our aim is to make a family visit to St James Park as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible.

So, if you are visiting St James Park on a matchday with children, be sure to pop in to the family zone!

Stadium Tours

Did you know that the Supporters' Trust offer FREE tours around St James Park?

The free guided tours are great for anyone who’d like to get a behind the scenes view, whilst finding out about the history of their club. The tours and are open to all; you don’t have to be a Trust member to come along.


Tours start at 11am on matchdays from Red Square and take in many parts of the ground that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see, including the boardroom, the brand new players’ changing rooms, match officials’ facilities and the security hub.

Lasting around 90 minutes, you will almost certainly learn something you didn’t know before, and maybe you’ll be able to tell us something from your experiences of coming to City that we didn’t know!

To book your place, please contact reception on: reception@ecfc.co.uk or call 01392 411 243, or email: andybratt1@gmail.com.

Matchday timetable

Take a look below to familiarise yourself with the key matchday timings here at St James Park.


FREE Face Painting

The face painters are 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 Thatchers Big Bank, before finishing on the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand.

Other Activities

You can also pick up some free player stickers, featuring players that have come through the Exeter City Academy on the day in Red Square.

You can also take part in the Exeter City tombola where the first prize is a signed Exeter City football. All funds raised go directly to the academy to support the future of the club.

FREE Ice sticks are available for kids from the Tombola stall. Any leftovers will be distributed in the Big Bank at half-time.