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📝 Match Preview: Cambridge United vs City

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup clash

8 November 2019

Exeter City kick-off their Emirates FA Cup adventures on Saturday with the long trip to the Abbey Stadium to take on Cambridge United in the first-round.

The match will be the Grecians' second at the Abbey Stadium in the last four weeks and City will be looking to make ammends for the 4-0 defeat they suffered last time out in Sky Bet League Two action.

Ahead of the match, manager Matt Taylor said: "On the back of going there and getting well and truely beaten on the day means the players should be highly motivated.

"It's an FA Cup game and a great compeition to play in so the players are certainly looking to put in a performance."


The Grecians come into the match on the back of last Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Bradford City. As for Cambridge they come into the match of a 2-1 win over Crawley Town at the Abbey Stadium.


Ahead of the match, Cambridge United manager Colin Calderwood said the following:

"We obviously know we can’t go in expecting to win 4-0 again, and that Exeter are a very capable side. Both teams will have the big motivation of getting through to the next round.

"Exeter have obvious dangers. And I really think it could be a rip roaring tie, because I think both clubs play at a good standard. Both teams will want to be in the hat for the next draw."


Cambridge United 4 Exeter City 0 (19/10/19)

Exeter City fell to a heavy defeat away at Cambridge United as they were beaten by four goals to nil at the Abbey Stadium.

The Grecians started the match slowly and gave away the ball too often in midfield in the first half as they went into the break deservedly behind. However, City began the second half with purpose and almost got back into the match before Cambridge United hit them with a sucker-punch just before the hour, with their second goal, and then added two more on the break.


The Abbey Stadium (CB5 8LN)

The Abbey Stadium has a capacity of 8,127 which includes 4,376 seats. The away fans are usually housed in the South Stand where 1,500 supporters can be seated, or in the South Habbin Terrace which has a capacity of 1,000.


The entrance to the away end is located on Coldhams Common, which can be accessed from either Newmarket Road or Coldhams Lane. From the club shop, head back out on to Newmarket Road, turn left and then turn left again to walk down the foot path and enter at the far end of the ground.


Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased from the club shop until midday on Friday, November .

Ticket prices are as follows:

South Stand (unreserved seating)

Adult: £20
Senior (64+/Student/Young Adult18-23): £15
Under 18: £10
Under 12: £5
Under 5: £0

  • Advance Discounts? Yes, all prices increase by £2 on day of game
  • Ambulant: Pay age related price and carer free
  • Wheelchair: Please contact CUFC on 01223 566 500.
  • Matchday Purchase available? Yes



Please note that there will only be live audio available in the UK and overseas for the fixture. This is due to it not being an EFL competition.

Grab an audio pass here.


As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor as he reflects on the result. You can also tune into BBC Radio Devon to listen to commentary as well.

Exeter City on social media


Grecian Travel departs Unit 1 nightclub at 7:30am and costs £38. Alternative pick-up points are at Honiton Road Park & Ride (by Miller and Carter steakhouse), Cullompton Services (junction 28), Tiverton (junction 27), Taunton (junction 25), and any other pick-ups en-route by prior arrangement.

You can book online by visiting Alternatively, drop into reception at St James Park to book.

For more information or to book please contact Chris Woolcott on 01392 250250 or John Bishop on 07904036334 or by email at: (after 6pm).


To travel to the Abbey Stadium, take the M5 and then the M42, before merging onto the M6 and taking the A14 into Cambridge.


You can fly from Exeter to London with City's main club sponsors Flybe. Click here for more details.


There are two railway stations in Cambridge, the main Cambridge Railway Station is around two miles from the ground and the new Cambridge North Railway station is just less than two miles from the ground. To get to Cambridge Railway Station from Exeter St David’s it would take between four and four-and-half hours with two changes.

The journey to Cambridge North would be similar. To walk to the ground from the station should take around 30 minutes at a good pace. When you leave the station, take the first right hand turn into Tenison Avenue. After the traffic lights, turn right into St Barnabas Road and follow this road over the traffic lights into Gywdir Road.

Go through the traffic barrier and take the first left into Norfolk Street. Then, take the first right turn beyond the newsagents into St. Matthews Street, pass the church and take the fourth right into New Street. Follow until you reach Coldhams Lane. Go left here and take the first right onto Newmarket Road where you will find the stadium.


There is parking on the streets surrounding the stadium and off road car parking behind the stadium. To find this, go past the ground entrance for 400 yards and turn left at the traffic lights into Coldhams Lane. Continue for about 300 yards, crossing a small roundabout and over a railway bridge. The car park is on the left about 50 yards after the bridge. Please note that there can be traffic after the game has finished, therefore parking further away from the ground may make your exit easier.


You can buy tickets for this game by visiting

Ticket prices are as follows:

South Stand (unreserved seating)

Adult: £20
Senior (64+/Student/Young Adult18-23): £15
Under-18: £10
Under-12: £5
Under-5: £0

  • Advance Discounts? Yes, all prices increase by £2 on day of game
  • Ambulant: Pay age related price and carer free
  • Wheelchair: Please contact CUFC on 01223 566 500.
  • Matchday Purchase available? Yes


There is a supporter’s club at the ground that normally allows entrance to away fans however it can get busy on match days and sometimes has to turn away fans because it is full. Along Newmarket Road going towards the city centre is the Wrestlers Pub, which also serves Thai food. A number of pubs in the area have recently closed down, meaning there isn’t much choice without travelling into the city centre.


Click here to find out all you need to know about visiting the Abbey Stadium.


The total distance between St James Park and the Abbey Stadium is 258 miles which would take around four hours and 20 minutes.



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