Grecian Talk returns for the new season as Paul Martin and Paul ‘Hants’ Sussex join Ollie Heptinstall. They look back on City’s first three games of the campaign, discuss new signings Sam Parkin and David Wheeler and review Steve Tully’s time at St James’ Park. There’s also the usual League Two chat and preview of the Grecian’s next clash; Wimbledon at home on Saturday in ‘Brazil day’!
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Exeter City moved quickly at the start of the season to move the Accrington Stanley game to a Friday night. It will now take place on Friday 15th February with a 7.45pm kick off.
The move took place with little or no comment. With no questions being asked as to why the change took place.
However, the newly elected Trust Board soon got in on the act, not showing the timidity of the previous year’s Board. Questions were asked, and it seems that this was a unilateral decision by the Club Board without reference to the majority stake holder (the Trust).
The Club is interested in knowing the viability of playing more regularly, from next season, on a Friday night. The reasoning being that a lot of potential fans have other activities on a Saturday, so would be able to attend on a Friday night.
However, those that live outside of Exeter are not happy. The difficulties of getting to a game from work, and getting home after the game will be a significant problems for this group of fans. Numbering in their hundreds, the Club is at risk of not only losing them as paying spectators but as they find other clubs to watch on a Saturday afternoon then so too is the Trust at risk as membership numbers dwindle. The Club also want to avoid clashing with the Exeter Chiefs, though with their games being moved on a whim to satisfy TV requirements, it’s quite possible that we could still clash on a Friday night.
There is some back tracking by the Club, behind the scenes, about this only being a test. This is largely due to the Trust Board sticking up for fans. But there is a real intention of properly considering a move to Friday night football.
So, should fans vote with their feet to this experiment? Without a clear message from the Club, season ticket sales next season will be badly hit.
- Paul Sussex
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We take a look at where we have been scoring goals from and from where we’ve been conceding them.
Most of Exeter City’s goals are scored from shots in or near the 6 yard box. For the purpose of this article, any tap-in, backheels, etc are considered to be shots. Only the 1 goal has been scored from outside the box, Cureton’s first goal at Oxford United. Just the 2 headers, the other 18 goals have been shots.
The opposition have managed to score 4 goals from outside the box. Worryingly though is that nearly half (nine) the goals have been headers! Just the one penalty, that by Oxford United.
Click on the picture for a proper view.
If you want to know about when the goals where scored or conceded then pop over to Exeweb, where there is an article. Click here.
Have you checked this week’s podcast? A look back at Northampton Town and forward to Chesterfield. Click here.
A mixed set of results so far. City have only played four games whilst other teams have played six, so their position in 7th is a bit false. The South West Division has nine teams, the others being Oxford United Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United and Torquay United.
The results so far are:
1. Exeter City 0 – 0 Hereford United
2. Exeter City 3 – 1 Bristol Rovers
3. Swindon Town 2 – 0 Exeter City
4. Exeter City 1 – 0 Torquay United
The mini league to start this year’s cup should have started last Saturday, but poor weather put paid to any fixtures.
The Football League have made their announcements for Manager of the Month and Player of the Month for September. No nominations for Exeter City.
Micky Adams (Port Vale)
Fresh from plotting a 2-0 win over the Grecians, its hardly surprising to see Micky Adams nominated. 13 points out of 18 scoring a hefty number of goals. Port Vale currently in 2nd place.
John Coleman (Rochdale)
Another team with 13 points for the month, plus Rochdale inflicted a defeat on leaders Gillingham. John Coleman’s side are 5th on the same number of points as the Grecians.
Paul Sturrock (Southend United)
A big improvement on August saw Paul Sturrock’s Southend United climb the table and, despite a transfer embargo, they inflicted the only defeat on the road for City this season. The Shrimpers are now in 12th.
Britt Assombalonga (Southend United)
The 19-year-old loanee from Watford scored 5 goals in 6 games in September.
Tom Pope (Port Vale)
Leads the goal scoring charts in League Two over Jamie Cureton, helped by a brace on Saturday against the Grecians.
Andrew Tutte (Rochdale)
The young 22 year old captain, formerly of Yeovil Town, has been a key player in a successful month for Rochdale.
The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 10am.
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The real question of course, did it ever exist? A look back of the seasons would suggest that it did.
The following is done by working out how many points Exeter City won out of the potential number of points available, a full season being 69 points.
We’ve looked at all the seasons in which Tis has been at the helm.
Won 14, Drew 7 and Lost 2. Won 71.01% of the points.
Won 13, Drew 9, Lost 1. Won 69.57% of the points
Won 13, Drew 5, Lost 5. Won 63.77% of the points
Won 9, Drew 10, Lost 4. Won 53.62% of the points
Won 12, Drew 5, Lost 6. Won 59.42% of the points
Won 8, Drew 8, Lost 7. Won 46.38% of the points
2012/13 so far
Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 3. Won 38.89% of the points
That can be shown pictorially below. So yes, there has been a gradual decline. We’ll need to get that sorted if we’re to be serious promotion challengers this season.
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Swindon Town have been put under a transfer embargo as they have exceeded the League 1 limit of 65% of income on players.
There is some good money expected into Exeter City’s coffers from the Troy Archibald-Henville transfer. Some of that money that has been anticipated by the Club in current player wages.
We’ll bring you more when we know.
Details of the Troy and James Dunne tribunals can be found here on Exeweb.
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