Exeter City will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats away from home as they face Stevenage at St James Park on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off.
The Grecians have suffered back-to-back away defeats going into the fixture, but on the back of a few players returning from injury and a home record that has seen them lose just once at St James Park all season, they have plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
“We can delve deeply into the results last week and the fact that we didn’t pick up enough points, but our performances haven’t been too far away,” said manager Matt Taylor. “It is up to myself and this group of players to approach Saturday’s game in the right mindset, a positive mindset, because we are still in a fantastic position and people can’t forget that too quickly and we have to enjoy and pressures that come off the back of that.”
HEADS UP CAMPAIGN
Exeter City is uniting with football clubs across the country to kick off the biggest ever conversation on mental health.
On Saturday, February 8 at City's home match against Stevenage, the Grecians will join clubs across the nation to display the Heads Up emblem across stadiums, programmes and player kit, in a major unifying moment that aims to get the nation talking about mental health.
Click here to find out more.
Exeter City come into the match on the back of two defeats in their last two matches. The Grecians sit in fourth place in EFL Sky Bet League Two but have a game in hand on many teams around them.
Stevenage sit bottom of the Football League and are enduring a difficult season battling against relegation. They have picked up 22 points so far this season and are winless in their last three.
STEVENAGE'S LAST MATCH
Stevenage 0 Leyton Orient 3 | February 1, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League Two
Stevenage fell to a 3-0 defeat in their last match at home to Leyton Orient, as Sotiriou's double and Cisse took all three points.
Your support has been crucial to City's strong start to the season and once again we need your vocal backing to drive City to another 3 points.
Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Friday, February 7, so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance. Click here to book online.
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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).
Tickets are limited and it is advisable to book early. Click here to find out more about Junior Grecian ticket offers.
MATCH DAY COVERAGE
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 and a player as they reflect on the result. You can also tune into BBC Radio Devon to listen to commentary as well.
Over the coming days you will be able to watch short and extended highlights (extended if subscribed to iFollow) and the SJP 360 recap of the match.
LAST LEAGUE MEETING
Stevenage 0 Exeter City 1 | August 10, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two
The Grecians maintain their 100% start to the season, by beating Stevenage 1-0, courtesy of a late stunner from Nicky Law.
Our match sponsor is Marsh Kia, we hope they all enjoy their day at St James Park.
MATCH DAY PROGRAMME
Our award-winning match day programme returns this Saturday and as usual has a whole host of content for supporters of all ages. The feature interview for this edition is Nicky Law. Nicky swept up all of the individual honours at last season' awards night, but in this edition Nicky talks about the stregnth and unity of the squad and his hopes for the conclusion of the season.
Junior Grecians can take part in our quizzes and local journalists Matt Bamsey and Alan Richardson cast their eyes over the Grecians and the wider footballing world.
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 email@example.com.
The club shop will be open from 10:30am and closes once supporters have left SJP, giving you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match including the popular new third kit! There is a great range for all City supporters including training wear, mugs, scarves and a selection of pocked money items for kids.
As ever, football at the Park isn't just about the 90 minutes on the pitch, we've got a whole host of opportunities and experiences to make your matchday extra special.
Lez the Fez
Lez the Fez is back by popular demand, bringing his unique brand of magic and balloon modelling.
Ask him nicely and he might even make you one of his latest designs – Grecian the Lion. His route with anticipated timings for his exhausting run around is 1:15pm –2:45pm. He will start in the Junior Grecians Family Zone, move on to walking through Red Square Fan Zone then to matchday hospitality before entering the stadium and finishing in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield stand.
FREE Face Painting
The face painters are back for the match to help you show your colours. Popular with children and seemingly as many adults, face painting will be available in Red Square from 1:30pm and subsequently around the ground. Don’t worry if you miss them pre-match they will be mobile around the ground during half-time.
First visit photo opportunity
Bringing anyone under-12 to their first match at SJP? We would love for them to be part of a 'first visit to SJP' pitch side photo opportunity.
If you would be interested in marking the occasion, and want to make the experience extra special, please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and age so we can create a special 'first visit' certificate for them.
On a Saturday matchday, please head to the Junior Grecians Lounge in Red Square at 1:45pm, where you will be met by a member of staff and taken pitch side for a photo, certificate AND goody bag!
Please click here to view our 'First vist to SJP' guide.
Family photo opportunity
Another extra service that has really taken off is photos of away and City families in the respective dugouts. If you would like to record your visit with this 'Kodak moment; please ask at the Tombola stall at 1:50pm.
Other Activities in Red Square Fan Zone:
Don't forget those special selfie an autograph opportunities as the players start to arrive around 12:45pm!
We will be asking a home supporter to announce the City side and a Stevenage supporter to announce the away side as near to 2pm as possible. If you would like take on this responsibility please head to the Information Point before 2pm.
East Devon Grecians will also be supplying a quiz sheet for a small donation to their funds. Every penny then earn is used to improve things at St James Park and The Cliff Hill training Ground.
In Red Square Fan Zone will be the Kenniford Farm van serving hot food direct from their farm.
You can also pick up some free player stickers from the Ambassador Team situated around the outside of the stadium, the Information Point/Meeting Place and the Tombola Stand, this week's player is skipper Jake Taylor!
At the Tombola stall You can also take part in the Exeter City tombola where the first prize is a signed Exeter City football. Just pull out number 25 (Jake Taylor!) and you can take the second ball home. Team Sheets will also be available for a small donation with all funds raised go directly to the academy to support the future of the club.
To help boost the funds for the Academy you can also obtain a team sheet for a small donation at eth Tombola stall. The Academy donations through match day activities currently stand at £1666.21. Please help the Ambassadors reach their £2000 milestone.
Don't forget to take part the Supporters Club matchday 50/50 Draw at St James Park, with half the money going directly to the club, and half been given away to draw winners in prize money.
The team of sellers from the Supporters Club can be found in Red Square from 1:30pm and tour the stadium before the games kick off, selling draw tickets to supporters for 50p each.
Junior Grecians tickets
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).
Click here to find out more.
Join the Guard of Honour
All being well (weather permitting) the Guard of Honour should be back on Saturday. The lucky flag wavers should be selected from the IP Office Main Stand around 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 and Lexi 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” (a bag of sweets) and certificates of participation.
If your son, daughter or grandchild has not been involved in the Guard of Honour and you would like to make sure they do not miss out please email email@example.com.
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.
So, if you are visiting St James Park on a matchday with children, be sure to pop in to the family zone!
New for this season, is the Family Zone 2 in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, the astroturfed area includes a photo wall opportunity, table football, and beanbags where children can gather to play games and relax before kick-off.
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!
Take a look below to familiarise yourself with the key matchday timings here at St James Park.
For the Adults
On the Big Bank on Saturday?
We will again have the bottle bar in the triangle kiosk, with Carlsberg plastic bottles available at half-time for just £4.
Make sure you visit the Centre Spot bar after the match, where pints of Thatchers, Carlesberg and Tribute and selected Ales at the FECRACE bar are just £3.