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📝 Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers (H)

6 April 2023

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers (H)

6 April 2023

Exeter City will attempt to make to five home wins in a row as they welcome high-flying Bolton Wanderers to SJP on Good Friday.

Fresh from their stunning Papa John's Trophy Final victory over Plymouth at Wembley, where they won 4-0, the Trotters will be looking to arrest their run of four without a win in League One as they attempt to consolidate a place in the play-off spots.

The Grecians are buoyed by Pierce Sweeney's late leveller at Fleetwood as they drew 2-2 to make it three matches unbeaten. Gary Caldwell's men will be searching for a fourth match without defeat for the second time this season and continue their scintillating home form of late. 

This will be the first match at SJP between the Grecians and Bolton in front of fans since 1992 - their last visit in 2021 was behind closed doors. 

Kevin Nicholson's Thoughts

Wanderers head to Devon after 4-0 Wembley victory over Plymouth on Sunday, but Nicholson expects no Trotters hangover from their celebrations this week.

"They're a really good team with very good players," Nicho said. 

"On Sunday, everything that could have gone right for them went right and it was a shock to Plymouth's system. So from our point of view it's very similar to the Barnsley game in terms of we're facing another side who are fighting for promotion. 

"They're a big club with a massive fanbase and it'll be an incredible atmosphere, so what we have to do is go about our business as individuals and as units in a team to ensure we are difficult to break down as they play good football."

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Friday's match is a home SELL-OUT with no further tickets available. Thank you for your continued incredible support for your team. With our next home fixture against Plymouth Argyle also sold out, your next chance to watch City at SJP is against Derby on Tuesday 18 March. Grab your tickets below:


Match Day Family Fun

Going to the football with your family is the perfect way to make memories you treasure, and at St James Park there is plenty on offer pre-match to keep the whole family entertained, and ensure a special day out.

For full details of all the activities happening at SJP on Saturday, click here.

Previous Encounter at SJP

Exeter City 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 | 12/01/21 | Sky Bet League Two

A Ricardo Santos own goal and Arthur Ghanoua's finish saw the game behind closed doors end level.

Bolton's Last Match

Bolton Wanderers 4 Plymouth Argyle 0 | 02/04/23 | Papa John's Trophy Final

It was a sensational day under the arch for the Trotters as they blew Argyle away in style in the Papa John's Trophy Final. Kyle Dempsey, Dion Charles, Elias Kachunga and Gethin Jones were all on target.

How To Follow

Unable to get tickets for Friday's SOLD OUT clash with Bolton Wanderers? Why not get the next best thing with a stream on iFollow!


By purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK you'll get access to the stream which includes BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

The Key Timings


Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 11am and will be showing the day's early and late kick-offs on their selection of TV screens. After the match, draft pints of Tribute, Carlsberg and Thatchers are on offer for just £3.50 a pint

The Centre Spot is also home to The Famous Exeter City Real Ale and Cider Emporium, offering a great selection of real ales and ciders.


Junior Grecians Zone

The Junior Grecians Zone is open to members from 12.30pm and open to all from 1.30pm with plenty of activities for all our young Grecian supporters. 

In the Fan Zone, the bar and Kenniford Farm's van will also be open for refreshments and hot food.

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Club Shop

The club shop is open from 12pm to 5pm on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 22/23 season as well as a range of training gear and pocket money items.

Don't forget, Supporters' Trust members save 10% on full prices purchases!

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Jungle Path Kiosk

The kiosk on the Jungle Path will be selling pints of Thatchers Big Apple, cans of Thatchers Gold and bottle of Carlsberg, as well as all the usual half time snacks including pies, pasties and beverages. 

Food and Drink

One of the most important part of any match day! We have a wide range of hot and cold drinks and snacks available at the kiosk for away fans. CONTACTLESS CARD PAYMENT NOW AVAILABLE!

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Match Day Programme

Our award winning programme is available is priced at just £3 per copy! This week, Demetri Mitchell selects his dream 5-a-side team, plus there are the usual updates from Gary Caldwell, The Supporters' Trust and ECFC Women. Make sure you grab a copy from around the ground on Friday!

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