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📝 Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers (H)

All you need to know about Saturday's match

12 January 2023

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers (H)

All you need to know about Saturday's match

12 January 2023

Exeter City kick off at home for the first time 2023 when they welcome Forest Green Rovers to St James Park on Saturday.

It is the third meeting between the two teams this season, following the first league clash and subsequent Papa John's Trophy group fixture, with each side winning once. Both outfits are well rested having not been in action since New Year's Day, though Forest Green Rovers should have faced Birmingham in the FA Cup last weekend - that clash was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the New Lawn.

Rovers opened 2023 with a 3-1 home defeat to Port Vale, while City recorded a superb 1-0 victory away at Oxford United thanks to Sam Nombe's late goal. 


With City's last three home matches being a sell out it's worth booking early to get the best seats and secure your spot on the Big Bank.

By buying tickets in advance you can save money and avoid the queues on match day.


Gary Caldwell's Thoughts

The Gloucestershire side travel down the M5 bottom of the table, but Caldwell expects them to make it difficult for his side despite their league position. 

"We found how difficult it was at Morecambe, we couldn't break them down second half and we have to be at our very best if we want to win these games," he said.

"This league has shown that between the teams at the bottom and those at the top that there's not much difference and we have to be focused on ourselves and play with the same intensity we did over the Christmas period.

"We know it will be a very diffucult one. They've spent money and done it early trying to change their squad, but that brings challenges in itself. We are not sure what they will play, or who will play, but again, we focus on ourselves."

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Match Day Family Fun

A trip to the football is a special family treat and at St James Park there is plenty on offer pre-matched to keep the whole family entertained and to make sure your St James Park experience is extra special.

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

Previous Encounter

Forest Green Rovers 0 Exeter City 4 | 24/09/22 | Sky Bet League One

City put on a show in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Jevani Brown fired in a hat trick, with Sam Nombe adding to the four goal haul.

How To Follow

Can't make it to St James Park on Saturday? Why not get the next best thing with a LIVE stream on iFollow?

By purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 overseas and £2.50 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.

  • For further details on iFollow, please click here
  • For a first time guide to iFollow, please click here

We will 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

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!

Hot Food


In the Fan Zone you will find the Kenniford Farm van serving local delicious hot food such as hog roasts and chips.

Match Day Programme

Our award winning programme is available is priced at just £3 per copy! The programme features lots of content on the men's team, including a new feature on the cover star's all-time five-a-side team!

Make sure you grab a copy from around the ground!


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