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📝 Match Preview: Portsmouth vs City ( Trophy)

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's match

18 February 2020

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Portsmouth vs City ( Trophy)

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's match

18 February 2020

Exeter City are just one match away from a trip to Wembley Stadium as they travel to face Portsmouth at Fratton Park in Trophy semi-final action on Tuesday, February 18.

Ahead of the match, Exeter City's Matt Jay said the Grecians will take confidence from the fact that they have already beaten two Sky Bet League One sides out of the competition already and motivation from being one game away from a final at Wembley.

“Getting to Wembley is not something you think about when you start of this competition, but now we have got through the rounds and we have done quite well, it is definitely something that is going to motivate us, because we are only one game away," said Matt. “We have beaten some good sides along the way, some teams from higher divisions and some teams who have been doing well in their league and also the young Premier League sides. So, we will go into tomorrow’s game with a lot of confidence that we can cause a bit of an upset.”

Listen to Matt Jay's full interview here: 


Tickets are now on sale for City's Trophy semi-final against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday, February 18 in a 7:45pm kick-off.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased from the club shop until 4pm on Monday, February 17.

Ticket prices in the Milton End are as follows: 

  • Adults: £10
  • Senior (65+): £5
  • Young Person (18-22): £5
  • Wheelchair/Ambulant: £7
  • Under-17s: £1

Further details

  • Advance Discounts? YES, there is a £2 increase for all tickets apart from under-17s which increase by £1.
  • Matchday Purchase available? Yes. Cash only.
  • Ambulant: Pay age related price and carer free. Please contact 0345 646 1898 to purchase.
  • Wheelchair: Pay age related price and carer free. Please contact 0345 646 1898 to purchase.


Exeter City's Trophy semi-final against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday, February 18 will be shown in the Centre Spot Bar at St James Park.

The match, which kicks-off at 7.45pm is live on Sky Sports and will be screened along with Liverpool's round of 16 Champions League tie against Athletico Madrid.

Don't forget that Exeter City Supporters' Trust members can get 20% off drinks at the bar.


Portsmouth 2 Shrewsbury Town 0 | February 15, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League 1

Second-half goals from Ellis Harrison and John Marquis gave Pompey the three points against Shrewsbury on Saturday.


Portsmouth 0 City 1 | January 28, 2017 | EFL Sky Bet League 2

David Wheeler's second half goal, and his fifth in five games was enough to give City the three points and extend the unbeaten run to ten.


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


Portsmouth have played at Fratton Park since they were formed in 1898, and it remains one of the most characterful stadiums in the country. 

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The main stand was designed by well known football architect Archibald Leitchm and was described as an "Ornate Pavillion complete with Clocktower" which is similar to Fulham's Craven Cottage.

The Fratton End was opened in 1997 and is the most modern of the stands in the stadium, as well as the tallest. The seats have the outline of Jimmy Dickinson, the player with most appearances for the club. The North and South Stands are both two tiered, while the Milton End, which will host our fans next week, was once the only roofless stand in the Premier League.


  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 2:15pm for a fare of £25.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services). Junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton.) All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

How to buy

The easiest way to buy is online, or on your mobile using the clubs ticketing system.

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

Alternatively, drop into reception at St James Park to book.


For the fastest route to Fratton Park, follow the A30, A35, A31 and M27 to Mile End Road in Portsmouth. From here take the A2030 to Frogmore Road in Southsea. The car park at the stadium is reserved for home fans, which means visiting supporters are left with the choice of either street parking which is generally available due to a lack of parking restrictions near the stadium, or on of the matchday car parks which can be found at the Miltoncross academy or on Velder Avenue.


Trains from Exeter St David’s take around three to three and a half hours, with a change of service at either Salisbury or Westbury. However, while there are plenty of outbound services on the day, the is not a suitable train back from Portsmouth Harbour as the last leaves at 8.23pm.


Popular with away fans is the Good Companion pub, which is on the main A2030 about a five minute walk away from the ground. It is a large pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and away support. Other nearby pubs include the Brewers Arms, and the Milton Arms, both found on Milton Road.


Click here to find out all you need to know about visiting Fratton Park.


The total distance between St James Park and Fratton Park is 130 miles and it takes around three hours and five minutes to drive.
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Season tickets for the 20/21 campaign are now on sale and play a huge part in enabling your club remains financially stable and well prepared

By purchasing a season ticket in the super saver period, you will not only make huge and the best savings on admission for the campaign, but enable the club to operate fully whilst we have a period of no matches and minimal income. Find out more by clicking here.


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