Tag: Exeter City

Video of the Day: Cambridge United vs Exeter City, April 1978

We’re taking a detour to the lower divisions for this morning’s video of the day, to The Abbey Stadium for a Third Division match between Cambridge United and Exeter City. Cambridge had been elected into the Football League in 1970 in place of Bradford Park Avenue, winning promotion to the Third Division in 1974 before being relegated straight back from whence they came. In 1977, however, the team was promoted again, this time as champions under the management of one Ron Atkinson. Atkinson left the club in January 1978 to manage West Bromwich Albion in the First Division, but...

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The FA Cup Third Round: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Call me an outlier, but I miss the presence of mud at professional level football matches. Pitch technology has moved forward in such leaps and bounds over the last few years have meant that the vast majority of pitches look like bowling greens all year round. Indeed, for several seasons groundsmen with a creative streak have been etching designs into their turfs, and it’s far from implausible that, at some point in the future sponsors will start getting in on the act, surreptitiously getting their logos on on this particular action. A combination of this and the onward march...

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Exeter City Face A Fan-Ownership Crisis

Eleven years ago an unassuming revolution took place in Devon. There were no triumphant shouts of proclamations of the new regime. Instead a dedicated group of volunteers grimly rolled up their sleeves, surveyed the damage in front of them and got to work. Now, over a decade since the Supporters’ Trust was invited to take control of the battered and near-critically wounded Exeter City, another potential revolution is in the offing. It’s even more bloodless and yet could end up killing the very thing that many City supporters treasure – fan ownership. It’s no exaggeration to say that the future of the Trust is at stake over the coming weeks. Currently under a transfer embargo, things could get a lot worse for the Grecians over the coming weeks. The challenges of fan ownership mean that a club of Exeter’s size will always be at a financial disadvantage to some of the division’s big spenders but the last few seasons have been particularly unkind to Exeter. Relegation from League One followed by missing out on the playoffs the season after and a battle against relegation this season has led to plenty of glum faces at St. James’ Park. Off the field, postponements, failure to progress in cup competitions and no recent player sales has stretched finances. But this is a fan owned club. Should it not be living within its...

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Hard Questions & Hard Times For Exeter City’s Supporters’ Trust

Just over decade ago, Exeter City were struggling both on and off the pitch, battling to stave off both administration and relegation to non-league. Fast forward ten years and Exeter City are again battling to stave off relegation to non-league, punctuated with worrying messages about cash flow. But while their main issue in 2003 was the convicted fraudster at the helm, the Grecians’ main enemy this time around is something less obvious but equally worrying: apathy. The latest low point came against a relegation-threatened but rejuvenated Northampton Town at St James Park last night. A sub-3000 crowd saw the Grecians collapse to another 1-0 home defeat and fail to muster a shot on target during the entire game against a team that has spent most of the season in the bottom two. Three points now separate the Cobblers from Exeter and with City failing to win a home game since October, a return to the Conference seem a distinct possibility. More worryingly, those who would normally rally the club over the on and off pitch issues have slipped quietly away The story of Exeter City’s last decade is both remarkable and yet typical of the fluctuating fortunes of a football club. Relegated from the League in 2003 with debts of over four million and a chairman helping Her Majesty’s finest with their enquiries, the Supporters’ Trust took control to...

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Back To The 80s: 1980/81, Part Nineteen – The FA Cup Fifth Round

They’re down to the last sixteen in the 1980/81 FA Cup, and the distinctive aroma of Wembley is in the air. First up are highlights from the second half of the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wrexham – note the gap between the pitch and the main stand at Molineux at that time – and this is followed up with (very) brief highlights of the match between Peterborough United and Manchester City. Finally, we have a replay from the following week. Exeter City had already knocked First Division Leicester City out of the competition, and they’d made a long trip to earn a draw against Newcastle United. The replay saw the two clubs travel from St James Park to St James Park for the right to travel to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the competition. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here....

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