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📝 Match Preview: Coventry City (H)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's friendly

29 July 2023

Live football returns to St James Park for the first time in 82 days as City host Coventry City in a 3pm kick-off at SJP on Saturday.

The match is City's final pre-season friendly ahead of the 23/24 EFL Sky Bet League One season and sees the Grecians face the tough test against Championship side Coventry City, who agonisingly lost to Luton Town on penalties in the play-off final last season.

It will be the first pre-season fixture in front of fans at SJP since Swansea City visited in July 2019. Shrewsbury Town visited for a behind-closed doors fixture in the summer of 2021, running out 2-0 winners.

This will be our first meeting with with the Sky Blues since August 2019, when Coventry won 4-1 in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Gary Caldwell's Thoughts

After City's 3-2 victory over Weston-Super-Mare AFC on Tuesday evening, City's manager said: 

"We want as many supporters as we can at SJP. We've not had a home pre-season friendly with fans for a while so it will be nice to see a big turn out and great for the players a feel of a big game and build us up for the Wycombe game.

"We still have lots to work on and there are a lot of things we have to get better at before the new season."

New Kit on Sale

Our brand new third kit will be revealed and on sale in the club shop at SJP from 10:30am!

New sticker book

The official Exeter City Sticker Album launches this weekend! Collect 184 different stickers, ranging from current and past players, club legends, magic moments and more! Buy from the club shop from Saturday. The album includes the first eight stickers!

Each matchday league programme this season will have 8 stickers to collect to fill your book!

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Match Tickets

Tickets are now sale via your online ticketing account, or from the club shop during opening hours. You can also purchase on the day for this fixture via the ticket booth in the fan zone.

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Big Bank

  • Adults £12
  • SNR/18-23 £8
  • Under-18s £3

Optimising IT/Selco BW Stand

  • Adults £15
  • SNR/18-23 £10
  • Under-18s £5

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How to Follow

If you can't make it then we will providing a FREE livestream of the match on our YouTube page, click here to visit our page.

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

The Key Timings

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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.

Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 11am. 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.

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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 10:30am to 5pm on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 22/24 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!

Our brand new third kit will be revealed and on sale in the club shop at SJP from 10:30am!

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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!

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

The matchday programme the Greican has a new look for this season, with designers Curtis Sports giving it a refresh!

This Saturday's issue is a reduced 16 page edition with a poster in the middle and retails at just £1!

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Previous Encounter

Coventry City 4 Exeter City 1 | 13/8/20 | Carabao Cup R1

Exeter City exited the Carabao Cup at the first round stage with a 4-1 defeat at St Andrew's against Coventry City. Pierce Sweeney scored for the Grecians.


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