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📝 Match Preview: Portsmouth (H)

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

29 December 2023

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Portsmouth (H)

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

29 December 2023

Exeter City are quickly back in action on Friday as we welcome League leaders Portsmouth to St James Park for a 7:45pm kick-off.

City put an end to a 13 match streak without a League win on Tuesday afternoon, putting in a huge shift to beat Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 thanks to Sonny Cox's goal and Vil Sinisalo's penalty heroics at the death and will be looking to build on this when top-of-the-table Portsmouth come to Exeter.

Pompey have been in fantastic form this season, but come into the match on the back of defeat against Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day but will prove a very strong test for City.

Tickets have sold well for the match so far, with all seats SOLD OUT, there is still standing room on the Big Bank so book early to avoid missing out!

Gary Caldwell's thoughts

Speaking after the win over Wycombe Wanderers, Manager Gary Caldwell said: "This is just a start and we have to build on it on Friday night.

"This stadium when it is full and positive and excited is an incredible place to play. It's under the lights which will be a fantastic occasion to play against a team at the top of the League - we are doing everyhting we can to give the supporters what they want and it took everything on Tuesday and we need the same again on Friday night.

"We can still make this a very successful season."

Vil Sinisalo's thoughts

On Friday, City take on table topping Portsmouth and it will be another huge test, but Vil feels that the team just need to build on Tuesday's performance.

"It doesn't get any easier! We are looking forward to it after today. Why can't we go and replicate something similar to Tuesday and start looking up the league and not worry about the teams below us.

"It's a funny league, anyone can go anywhere and get points and beat anyone. If you are not on your game you will lose. I'm sure there will be a spring in our step after Tuesday's win so we can't wait!" 

Hear more from Super Sinisalo ⬇️

Match Tickets

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Limited tickets remain in the Thatchers Cider Big Bank with seating SOLD OUT for the match! Book in advance to avoid missing out!


Admission prices 

Big Bank     Nevada Construction/Optimising IT    
Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £20 £22 Adult £27 £28
Senior £17 £19 Senior £24 £25
Young Adult 18-23 £17 £19 Young Adult 18-23 £24 £25
Under-18 £8 £10 Under-18 £13 £14
Wheelchair Area £17 £19 Wheelchair Area £24 £25
Junior Grecians   --- Junior Grecians   ---

The Kit

City will be in their traditional home kit for this match.


How to follow

If you can't join us at SJP, you can follow all the action on iFollow. Watch LIVE for just £10! Click here to grab a pass.


We will also be proving live coverage on our Twitter and Facebook pages and will have reaction from Gary Caldwell and a player after the match!

Exeter City on social media

Key Timings

  • 5:45pm: Players start to arrive and are happy to sign autographs or pose for selfies with you. Why not tweet your picture #SemperFidelis or on our other social media platforms.
  • 6pm: Hospitality areas are in full flow.
  • 6pm: Junior Grecian Zone available to all families (and everyone at half-time to catch the results or use the kiosk).
  • From 7pm: Watch out for engagement opportunities with your players in the Shop/Fan Zone!

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Support our local charities

When you buy a drink at the bar at SJP you pay a £1 returnable deposit for your cup. You can either return it for your deposit, keep it as a memento or you can return it to the bar or a collection bin to donate to charity!

Click here to find out more.

Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 5pm. After the match, draft pints of Tribute, Carlsberg and Thatchers are on offer for just £3.75 a pint

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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 all from 6pm 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 all day on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 23/24 season as well as a range of training gear and pocket money items.

Don't forget, Supporters' Trust members, Junior Grecians and season ticket holders save 10% on full prices purchases!


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 AVAILABLE!

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

Kiosk Menu

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Kenniford Farm will also be in the Fan Zone with their wide range of local produce including hog roast rolls and chips.

Match Day Programme

Make sure you grab special bumper edition of the Grecian at our two home matches next week!

The special 2-in-1 programme for our matches against Wycombe on Boxing Day and Portsmouth on December 29 has been specially created to work around Christmas print deadlines for our partners, Curtis Sport.

Taking inspiration from two holiday classics - The Holiday and Love Actually - the double-sided programme contains all the usual features and the eight stickers needed to add to your official Exeter City Sticker Album. 

The 64-page edition covering both matches, up from the usual 48, will cost just £4 and can be purchased from the club shop or around the ground on match day. 

Alternatively, you can pre-order direct from Curtis Sport here.If you've missed any programmes this season, you can also order direct from Curtis using the same link above.

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Previous Encounter

Portsmouth 1 Exeter City 0 (August 15, 2023) EFL Sky Bet League One

Exeter City lost for the first time this season as a single second half strike for Portsmouth separated the two sides, despite a strong defensive display.

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