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📝 Match Preview: Grimsby Town vs City

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match

18 January 2020

Exeter City make the long trip to face Grimsby Town on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off

Both sides head into the match on good form, with Grimsby unbeaten in five and on the back of a revival under new manager Ian Holloway and City having lost just one of their last 16 matches in all competitions.

Ahead of the match, manager Matt Taylor was keen to emphasise that the Grecians go into the match in a confident mood. “We are in good form,” said Matt. “We have been consistent of late. We want to keep that consistency going and we want to keep on picking up points. We know, it is going to be difficult it always is when you go away from home, let alone to a team that are on the up under a new manager. They’ll be a real good feel factor about the Grimsby this weekend, but we have got to back our players, we have got to back our supporters – who are going to make the long journey up there. Hopefully they are going to be a good voice and hopefully we can repay them with a performance.”

TICKET NEWS

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased from the club shop until midday on Friday, January 17.

Grimsby Town are offering a kids go free initative at the request of manager Ian Holloway, meaning that one free child ticket is available with every paying adult.

If you have already purchased you will be entitled to a refund, please contact the club on 01392 411 243 or by email on tickets@ecfc.co.uk.

Pre-match ticket prices are as follows (please note there is a £2 increase on the day for adults and concessions)

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults: £20
  • Young adults (15-18): £13
  • Seniors (65+): £13
  • Students: £13
  • Juniors (unaccompanied 12-14): £7

Ambulant and wheelchair tickets can be booked directly with Grimsby Town by calling 01472 605050.

THE CONTEXT

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

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Grimsby Town have picked up under Ian Holloway and are unbeaten in their last five league matches. They sit in 17th place having picked up thirty points so far this season.

LAST MATCH

Leyton Orient 1 City 1 | January 11, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

A goal in stoppage time from Lee Angol meant that Grimsby Town had to settle for a point last time out away at Leyton Orient.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER

Exeter City 1 Grimsby Town 3 | September 29, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Ryan Bowman’s consolation wasn’t enough as City suffered a rare home defeat.

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 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

STADIUM: BLUNDELL PARK (DN35 7PY)

Blundell Park has a capacity of 9,052 which is all seated. The away fans are seated in one corner of the Osmond stand where just less than 600 supporters can be housed. 

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GRECIAN TRAVEL

You can book Grecian Travel for the price of £40. Grecian Travel will depart from outside Unit 1 nightclub, in Summerland Street, at 6.30am.

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.

For more information or to book please contact Chris Woolcott on 01392 250250 or John Bishop on 07904036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

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

BY ROAD

Use the M5 and then take the M42, M1 to get to the M180. Take the M180 onto the A180 into North Lincolnshire. The follow the a180 to Imperial Avenue in Cleethorpes where you will find the ground on your left.



BY RAIL 

The journey from Exeter St David's to Cleethorpes Railway Station takes six-and-a-half hours and would require at least one change, normally at Sheffield. When you arrive in Cleethorpes, walk left along the seafront until you see the ground and then cross the bridge, turn right and proceed down the road. This will lead you to the away entrance. This walk should take 15 to 20 minutes and has chip shops and pubs along the way.

PUBS/FOODS

Visiting fans will be sure of a warm welcome to Blundell Park with your dedicated bar inside the ground. Although an old room it is full of character and is decked out in flags, scarvesm shirts ec, that have been kindly donated from previous clubs who have visited over time. The bar opens at the same time as the turnstiles (1.30pm on Saturday). 

Scotties Bar is run by the Mariners Trust, a supporters' organisation which has the aim of raising money for the club. They are asking for any donations of away (scarves, shirts, pennants) to make it a true football bar. So, if you have something spare that you can take along then it would be appreciated. Please note that the entrance to Scotties Bar can only be gained from inside the ground, once you have entered through the away turnstiles.

Grimsby and Cleethorpes is also renowned for its fish and chips and Grismby Town FC recommend that you visit the County Fish and Chip shop on Grimsby Road, which is just a short walk from Blundell Park. They also recommend Steel's Fish and Chip restaurant in the Market Place in Cleethorpes.    

AWAY FANS' GUIDE

Click here for a comprehensive guide to visiting the Blundell Park. 

TOTAL DISTANCE

The total distance between St James Park and Blundell Park is 303 miles and can take around five hours to drive. 

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🎟 PLACE YOUR TRUST IN CITY 🎟

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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