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📝 Match Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

All you need to know!

31 October 2023

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

All you need to know!

31 October 2023

Exeter City's attentions turn to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night to face Championship side Middlesbrough in a 7:45pm kick-off at SJP.

The SOLD OUT clash under the lights at St James Park will be the first meeting between the two sides, and see the Grecians look to make history. City have matched their furthest run in the competition which was back in 1989 where they lost 5-2 in a fourth round replay against Sunderland after originally holding them to a 2-2 draw.

City will be looking to build on Saturday's 1-1 draw with Lincoln City which put the end to a run of six straight league defeats as they face a Boro side that had been in fantastic form ahead of the weekend which saw them move up to tenth in the Championship table. A run of six straight wins was halted by Stoke City on Saturday.

If you've got tickets, please come and sing loud and proud!

Gary Caldwell's thoughts

City manager Gary Caldwell says his side will prepare for Tuesday's huge Carabao Cup tie with Middlesbrough just like any other game.

Caldwell's men are on the verge of history with City aiming for the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history, and are buoyed by a positive second half performance against Lincoln City on Saturday. 

"There is an opportunity in front of us that we have earned," Gary said.

"This is a big moment for the players to do something that has never been done before but we have a huge task in front of us. We are playing a side who, in my opinion, are even better than the team we played in the last round."

Hear more from Gary:

Fan Display

Tomorrow a group of Exeter City supporters are putting on a display as the players enter the ground and we need your help!

There will be foils that will need to be held up in both seated stands. They are to be raised and held as the players are coming out up until the huddle if possible! 

If you are on a white seat, please hold the silver side facing the pitch, if you are on a red seat, please hold the red side!

There will be containers provided for both stands to put the foils in at the end of the match, so they can be re-used!

There will also be a large banner that will be going up bottom of big bank, and a surfer going over the top of it!


Match Tickets

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the match in advance - thank you for your support 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 by listening LIVE on iFollow. Purchase an audio match pass for just £2.50 in the UK and you'll get access to the stream which includes BBC Radio Devon commentary.

Please note there is NO live video streaming in the UK or Overseas due to the competition rules.

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

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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Sticker book reduced!

The official Exeter City Sticker Album is just £2 this weekend, so no better time to grab a copy from the club shop!

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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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 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 Grecian has a new look for this season, with designers Curtis Sports giving it a refresh!

This Tuesday's issue is a 32 page edition at £2 and can be purchased in the club shop or around the ground from one of our sellers.

Report an incident 

We pride ourselves on the atmosphere we create on a match day, the passionate support from our fans is appreciated by everyone, particularly the players. We consistently win awards for our family engagement and supporter experience. Help us to keep it that way and please ensure that passion for your club does not develop into unwelcome behaviour.

Thank you for helping us to make sure everyone has an amazing matchday experience.

You can read all of the ground regulations here.

If you want to report and incident:

Please either contact your nearest steward, or text 'help ecfc' to 62277.

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