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📝 Match Preview: City vs Cambridge United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match at SJP

11 January 2020

Exeter City are back in EFL Sky Bet League Two action this Saturday as the Grecians welcome Cambridge United to St James Park for a 3pm kick-off.

The Grecians have been in inspired form at St James Park this season, picking up seven wins from twelve matches and having suffered only one defeat back on September 28.

City take on Cambridge for a fourth time this season, having suffered defeat in the league at the Abbey Stadium, but were victorious over two legs in the Emirates FA Cup.

Ahead of the match, Matt Taylor said: "As much as we've played them three times already this season I think it might be slightly different this time. 

"On the back of a positive Christmas period we go into it with a bit of confidence about us."

PARK LIFE

Media manager Simon Larkins is joined by supporter liasion officer Richard Knight to preview Saturday's match 👇

THE CONTEXT

The Grecians come into the match in fine form and are unbeaten in their last eight league matches. City sit second in EFL Sky Bet League Two, just three points behind leaders Swindon Town with a game in hand.

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Cambridge come into the match on the back of two straight league defeats and sit in 13th place in the League having picked  up 31 points from their 26 matches so far.

CAMBRIDGE'S LAST MATCH

Macclesfield Town 1 Cambridge United 0 | Saturday, January 4 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Last time out an early free kick from Arthur Gnahoua was enough for Macclesfield to pick up the three points against Cambridge at Moss Rose.

TICKET NEWS

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, January 10 so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance. Click here to book online.

Admission prices 

Big Bank     IP Office/Stagecoach    
Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £17 £18 Adult £23 £24
Senior £14 £15 Senior £20 £21
Student £14 £15 Student £20 £21
Under-18 £6 £7 Under-18 £11 £12
Wheelchair Area £14 £15 Wheelchair Area £20 £21
Junior Grecians £FREE* --- Junior Grecians  £FREE* ---

Junior Grecians

*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.

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LAST LEAGUE MEETING

Cambridge United 4 Exeter City 0 | October 19 - EFL Sky Bet League Two

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

MATCH SPONSORS

Our match sponsors are Thatchers Cider, the match ball sponsors are ExeWeb and DMS Bricklaying Services. 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 City shot-stopper Jonny Maxted who discusses moving to Devon from Yorkshire, and competing for the goalkeeping position.

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.

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MASCOTS

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.

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CLUB SHOP

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.

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Matchday Activities

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.

The return of 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.

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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: junior.grecians@ecfc.co.uk with their name and age so we can create a special 'first visit' certificate for them.

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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:

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.

We will be asking a home supporter to announce the City side and a Cambridge 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.

50/50 draw

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.

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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 Big Bank around 2:25. 



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.

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

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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.

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: david_luxton@sky.com.

Matchday timetable

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

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For the Adults

BOTTLE BAR

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 £3.50

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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.

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The late kick-off sees Spurs take on league-leaders Liverpool in a 5:30pm kick-off, so why not stay at the Park and take advantage of the drinks offers. 

🎟 UP NEXT AT SJP 🎟

Tickets are on advance sale for City's home match against Stevenage on Saturday, February 8 in a 3pm kick-off. Click here to buy now!

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