Exeter City under-23 kick-off their under-23 Premier League Campaign this Thursday, October 3 against Aston Villa under-23s in a 7pm kick-off at St James Park.
The competition, now into the group stages, will see City’s under-23 team take on their counterparts from Aston Villa, Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth, home and away over the next five months with the aim of finishing in the top two places of their group to qualify for the knockout stages.
Speaking ahead of the match, under-23s' coach Dan Green says the fans have a huge part to play on Thursday as Exeter City host Aston Villa in the Premier League Cup:
“We talk about getting the players first-team ready by the opposition you play, but a huge part of it is having the fans there, playing under that support and having them (the fans) push you on when a game is tough,” he said. “It is all part of the players development and I know a special part of this competition is the fact that they get to play in front of the fans at St James Park so the fans are a massive part of the development and progression of our young players.”
The IP Office Main Stand will once again be the only stand open on the night, with Individual match tickets available on the night, cash-only. Turnstiles will open at 6:15pm.
Admission prices are as follows:
- Adults: £5
- Senior/Student: £4
- Under-18s: £2
How to buy
Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below:
Exeter City Supporters' Trust members can save £2 on the above admission fees when booking tickets in advance and should have received an email with an exclusive code. You can also take advantage by visiting the club shop with your membership card.
Junior Grecians members are able to come to the match for free, and should have been sent a code by email to redeem their ticket, or by visiting the club shop with their membership card.
Please note the discount will not be available on the day.
About Aston Villa under-23s
The Aston Villa Under-23s compete in Premier League 2 (division 2) of the Professional Development League and the Leasing.com Trophy for the 2019–20 season.
The side has been successful in recent years, as well as becoming national champions in the 2003/04 and 2009/10 seasons, the team also clinched four out of five Southern Championships between 2007 and 2012, before the format changed to the Professional Development League.
The side also won the NextGen series in 2013, a Europe-wide tournament for elite academies.
Aston Villa under-23s currently sit eighth in division 2 of the Premier League 2 and last time out beat Manchester United under-23s 4-1 at the Bescot Stadium
For those who are unable to make the match, full match coverage will be available on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Interviews with Matt Taylor and a player will follow after full time, and a SJP 360 version of the match will be avaiable the following day.
Team sheets, signed by a player will be available for a donation, which goes directly to the academy to support our future stars.
The club shop will be open until 7pm on Thursday, giving you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match including the popular new third and away kits!
There is a great range for all City supporters including training wear, mugs, scarves and a selection of pocked money items for kids.