The Grecians weren’t in action this weekend but we return from our ill-timed week off with another dose of Exeter City discussion. Paul and Hants join Ollie to look back on City’s recent defeat to Rotherham, plus they discuss Elliott Frear, Tom Nicholls and Jake Gosling’s loan spells, Tommy Doherty’s new contract and the trial of Friday Night League Two Football in February. There’s also a look back at the weekend’s three League Two ties and Dorchester Town’s FA Cup exit. Not forgetting, of course, a look ahead to City’s trip to Rochdale on Saturday.
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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Ollie returns this week and he’s joined by Paul Martin (not in his cave, thankfully) and Bay FM’s Mark Briggs. They discuss City superb win at Bradford, (including Paul Sussex’s reaction from Valley Parade) Richard Logan’s departure from Wycombe and the usual League Two chat featuring cringe-worthy Darren Purse puns. There’s also a preview of City’s trip to Gillingham on Tuesday with exile Neil Le Milliere.
With Ollie unfortunately absent from the show this week, the task is left to the two Paul’s (Martin and Sussex) and Mark Briggs to discuss an upturn in Exeter’s fortunes, with a win over Wimbledon and a hard-fought draw with Fleetwood on the agenda. We also have an exclusive interview with Plymouth’s FA Cup conqueror, City youngster and Dorchester loanee Jake Gosling, and announce the winner of Mike Blackstone’s new Exeter City book, and there’s even time to look ahead to Saturday’s tough assignment away at Bradford! As always, an honest and independent fan’s insight into goings on at St James Park.
Ollie returns to the chair this week and is joined by Paul Martin, Paul Sussex and Mark Briggs as they look back on City’s inevitable FA Cup exit at Bury on Saturday. They also discuss other goings on at the Park, look at Saturday’s FA Cup and Premier League action, plus your chance to win Mike Blackstone’s new book! As well as, of course, previews of the week’s home games against Wimbledon & Fleetwood. **Apologies for the technical problems regarding Paul Martin’s sound quality**
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Paul hosts again as Ollie joins Hants and Mark on the panel. This week there’s an interview with City youngster Jamie Reid on his loan spell at Dorchester Town and their big FA Cup 1st Round tie against Plymouth Argyle next Sunday, we discuss Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Dagenham and yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at Cheltenham. Ray Kelvin, Danny Coles and Paul Tisdale are also discussed before we talk League Two and preview next week’s FA Cup tie at Bury!
Ollie is away this week so Paul Martin sits in, where he’s joined by Paul (Hants) Sussex and Mark Briggs. Top of the agenda on this edition is another home defeat, this time at the hands of Chesterfield. The team also discuss yesterday’s League Two action, look at City’s tough looking FA Cup tie at Bury (yes, again) and they preview the Grecian’s week on the road, starting at Dagenham on Tuesday and finishing up at Whaddon Road on Saturday as City take on Cheltenham.
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.
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On this week’s show a new member of the team is introduced! Plus Ollie, Hants and Paul discuss yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at Northampton including City’s struggle against physical opposition and whether a change of formation might improve things defensively.
Ollie also speaks to Chesterfield fan Andy Fowkes about the Spireites’ signing of Luis Boa Morte, the managerial situation at the Proact Stadium and, of course, next week’s game between the two sides at St James’ Park.
The team discuss League Two as usual, including a round-up of the latest news and a look back at yesterday’s action including another fine win for Gillingham and a shaky start to the season for Rotherham.