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📝 Match Preview: Chelsea Under-21s (H)

Papa John's Trophy campaign kicks off

24 August 2021

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Chelsea Under-21s (H)

Papa John's Trophy campaign kicks off

24 August 2021

Exeter City begin their Papa John's Trophy campaign on Tuesday evening when we welcome Chelsea's under 21-side to St James Park.

It is the first of three group stage games in the competition, with matches against Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town also to take place later in the season.

It is expected that Matt Taylor will name a much changed side to the line up that beat Rovers 4-1 in the league on Saturday, with plenty of academy graduates likely to be on show for the visit of the young Londoners. 

Chelsea's youngsters are managed by Andy Myers, who played for the senior side for eight years and also featured for Bradford City in the 90s before later moves to Colchester United and Brentford. 

While it is not quite known how Chelsea will line up, their squad is likely to be filled with future stars. In this same fixture in 2017/18's competition, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah all featured in their 3-1 win. 

Jordan Dyer's Thoughts

City defender Jordan Dyer is looking forward to the match. It is a competition Dyer knows well and he has stressed the importance that the Papa John's Trophy has on the progression of young players. 

"It is a valuable competition for us and it gives us an opportunity to prove ourselves to the manager, but it's also the chance to get to a cup final.

"It is a competition we want to win, but it's all about the experience that comes with it. It's such a good building block to bridging the gap between academy and first team football."

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Chelsea's Last Match

Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1 | 20/09/21 | Premier League 2

Chelsea's under-23's drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, but had Josh Brooking sent off. Harvey James Vale put them ahead from the spot after 73 minutes, but they were pegged back by Alvaro Fernandez Carreras with three minutes to go. 


The IP Office Main Stand will be open for the match, with the option of the Big Bank should ticket sales dictate the need to open the stand.

Ticket prices have been slashed for the match, with under-12s able to attend for just £1

Tickets are priced at:
  • Adults: £12
  • Seniors: £10
  • 18-23: £10
  • Under-18s: £4
  • Under-12s: £1

Papa John’s are giving away 50 FREE tickets to the matcn, but be quick as they are on a first come first serve basis!

All you have to do is visit and select two match tickets for Tuesday night's match. Then at checkout use code PAPAJOHNS241 and you will get a second one FREE, on them!

You can get up to two free tickets per order!

How To Follow

Tuesday's match is LIVE to watch on iFollow in the UK with a match pass for just £10.

Commentary will be provided in house by Jed Penberthy and Jon Beer.

The match pass revenue goes directly to the club, so you will be showing your support from home!

To purchase a match pass please click here.

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Junior Grecians

The Junior Grecians Zone will be open from 5.45pm for all the usual pre-match activities. The kiosk will also be open, selling our delicious selection of Chunk of Devon pies and pasties, soft drinks and snacks. 

Previous Encounter

Exeter City 1 Chelsea under-21s 3 | 28/11/17 | EFL Trophy

Reuben Reid opened the scoring for the Grecians but Chelsea fought back through goal from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Josh Grant.

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