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💬 George Friend: "I used to dream of playing at St James Park."

Former City captain and full-back reflects on his time at the club

28 May 2020

Former Exeter City full-back George Friend took the time to speak to marketing manager Scott Palfrey about his time at the club.

George, from North Devon, was at Exeter City as a youngster and made his debut in April 2006 before going on to help the Grecians to promotion back to the Football League in 2008.

Since then George has gone on to win promotion to the Premier League with Wolverhampton and Middlesbrough. He is currently captain of the Teeside club where he has been for the last eight seasons.  

However, speaking about his time at Exeter, George said his highlight was just playing football regularly.

“I lived for the games every weekend,” he said. “I used to dream of playing at St James Park and I didn’t really think about what level it was at – being the Conference at the time – I was just so pleased to be playing there. I learned things every single game from people like Rob Edwards, Matt Gill. The senior players were just so good to me and I learnt a lot."

“We had a very good team," he added. "I always look at that team and see where all those individuals dispersed throughout the Football League. Some went on to play in the Premier League and all had pretty good careers and are still having good careers. It was a great group to be part of.”

Watch the full interview below:


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