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Exeter City : Club Background
Given Exeter City are one of our near neighbours it may seem remarkable how few times we have played them in our history. Evidence of the great divide between League and Non-League football. Even though the early rounds Proper of the F.A. Cup were regionalised for most of that competition's history we have only drawn Exeter out of the hat once - in 1934-35 - though we did play at St James Park as a neutral venue in a Fourth Qualifying Round second replay against Minehead in 1969. Until Reserve sides were excluded from the Southern League at the end of the Fifties our first team did meet their stiffs on a regular basis, but the only other genuine meeting on an equal footing we have found to date was in the Western Counties Floodlight League in the mid-Sixties. And even there, although the regulations stated clubs should put out full strength sides one suspects the League teams involved rarely if ever did.

The main Grandstand at St James Park
The main Grandstand at St James Park - now the oldest part of the ground
Photo 2009 Ciderspace

The Grecians, along with Shrewsbury Town, were of course the clubs we and Doncaster Rovers replaced in the Football League in 2003, so we missed them again. Exeter were something of a joke around that period, in financial chaos, embarrassing associations with Uri Geller and Michael Jackson, and falling into the hands of John Russell and Mike Lewis. Both had previous of ruining other clubs, and eventually Russell received a prison term and Lewis a community service sentence for their fraudulent activities at St James Park.

However, back to the beginning. Exeter City were formed in 1904 out of two earlier clubs in the area, St Sidwell's United and Exeter United, and set up home at St James Park at the same time. They joined the East Devon League, and their first ever match was a 2-1 win against 110th Battery of the Royal Artillery (you don't get clubs like that today). Winning the East Devon League at something of a canter, the next season they moved up to the Plymouth & District League where they spent three years. In 1908 the club turned professional, and was elected into the Southern League to replace Tottenham Hotspur who had in turn moved into the Football League despite finishing seventh. Exeter's first season in the Southern League was a pretty impressive sixth, and they also racked up what still remains their record victory, a 14-0 demolition of our Weymouth friends (so worth mentioning) in an F.A. Cup First Qualifying Round. However that was as good as it got in the SL, and from then until football was suspended for the Great War the Grecians were generally a mediocre outfit treading water in the middle of the pack. It was during this period that they abandoned their green and white kit, deciding it was 'unlucky', and adopted the red and white striped shirts they wear today. In 1914 they made their famous tour of South America and are reputed to be the first ever opponents played by the newly formed Brazil national side.

Once football resumed in 1919-1920 they were back in the Southern League and back finishing mid-table. At the end of that season they were one of the twenty-two clubs invited to form Football League Division Three, finishing 19th. When Division Three South and Division Three North were set up for the following campaign it goes without saying Exeter found themselves in the former. The Grecians were to remain in Division Three South throughout its existence, a runners-up spot in 1932-33 being the only bright spot in four decades of mid-table finishes interspersed by six re-elections. Ahead of the Football League restructuring of 1958 they finished bottom and thus ended up in the new Fourth Division.

In 1963-64 Exeter, rather out of the blue since their previous three seasons had been fairly dire and required yet another re-election, finished 4th and so got promoted to the Third Division. They lasted two seasons before retreating into the basement for another eleven campaigns. The mid Seventies and into the early Eighties was the club's best spell to date. A runners-up spot in 1976-77 saw them then sustain Division Three status for seven seasons.

They were relegated to the Fourth Division again in 1984 and had the dubious honour of being one of the final clubs to be re-elected in 1986, after which that system was scrapped. Again somewhat out of the blue, after several seasons of stuggle, Exeter suddenly won the Fourth Division, the first title since that East Devon League one back in their founding season. Relegated in 1993-94 the next season saw them about to go out of the Football League when they finished 92nd, only to be saved at the eleventh hour when Conference Champions Macclesfield Town were deemed not to have a suitable ground. Year after year of lower mid-table followed until fate finally caught up with them in the season the Football League and the Conference agreed two up / two down for the first time and they inconveniently finished 23rd. This time there were no supposed ground issues to save them and the Grecians were back in Non-League.

It took the club five seasons to get back out, and it was ex-Glover Paul Tisdale who did the trick, managing them to a losing Play-off Final against Morecambe in 2006-07 but returning to Wembley the following year to defeat Cambridge United. This then became back-to-back promotions when Exeter finished runners-up to Brentford to head from the Conference to League One in two years.

That almost looked like a step too far during the 2009-10 season when they hovered just above the relegation zone and almost went down on the final day - during the 'live' League One tables across that Saturday, they occupied the relegation zone with just eight minutes remaining. They survived, with midfielder Ryan Harley their hero, and the 2010-11 season saw them improve substantially upon that finishing a highly creditable 8th and for a while with an outside chance of the play-offs. That made their 2011-12 relegation something of a surprise - they had been more tipped to go in the other direction. Since then they've been stuck in League Two, and playing for the long-haul - they've gone big on youth development policies in the hope that they can gain success through the 'Crewe Alexandra model'.

Yeovil Town and Exeter City have the theoretical chance to develop some serious local rivalry, despite only first meeting in a 'proper' League (we'll ignore the Western Counties Floodlit League meetings here) environment during the 2009-10 season. Both clubs are of a relatively similar size and it's probably only the historical underachievement of the Glovers that has stopped the two clubs from meeting more often in the past. Sometimes though, rivalry doesn't develop, and at present if anything the two clubs are tightly bonded by the untimely death of Grecians striker Adam Stansfield during 2010 that shocked and united both sets of supporters. With the likes of Paul Tisdale and Terry Skiverton having lined up in the same Yeovil Town side back in their playing days, we're unlikely to see games against the Grecians ignite with a bout of Bristol Rovers Atkins-style tea throwing either. Hence at present, this one is likely to be a rivalry of competitive but friendly respect and sometimes that is no bad thing.

The Big Bank Terrace - situated opposite the away end
The Big Bank Terrace - situated opposite the away end
Photo 2009 Ciderspace

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Exeter City : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Exeter City

08/12/1934HomeFAC2W4-1Crewe(2), Smith, Page
15/12/1965HomeWCFLW6-2Harding, Taylor(3), Read, Foley
07/05/1966AwayWCFLL1-3Ashe
17/04/1974HomeFrndW1-0675Plumb
07/08/1976HomeFrndW1-0
06/08/1988HomeFrndL0-1
19/07/2001AwayFrndW2-11243Alford 4, Belgrave 85
03/08/2002AwayFrndW1-01472Lockwood
18/07/2006HomeFrndW2-01932Cohen 50, McCallum 90
18/08/2009AwayCCL1D1-16650Mason 72
23/01/2010HomeCCL1W2-16282Stam 6, Mason 41
31/08/2010HomeLDV1L1-32954Welsh 76
25/09/2010HomeNPL1L1-35886S Williams 57
19/03/2011AwayNPL1W3-25841S Williams 43, Bowditch 58, 64
09/08/2011AwayCC1L0-23856
19/11/2011HomeNPL1D2-25635Upson 2, Blizzard 65
02/01/2012AwayNPL1D1-15912A Williams 40
11/08/2012HomeFrndD2-2817Upson 30, Reid 90
23/07/2013HomeFrndW2-11180Upson 2, Madden 81
08/08/2015AwayFL2L2-35659Cornick 46, Dolan 63
09/04/2016HomeFL2L0-25394
26/12/2016HomeEFL2D0-06086


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Exeter City

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
7342418323111310573531


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Exeter City Reserves : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Exeter City Reserves

17/03/1923HomeSLESD2-2Hayward, Day
24/03/1923AwaySLESW3-0Wright(2), Edwards
15/09/1923AwaySLWDW3-1Hayward, Gregory, Watts
27/10/1923HomeSLWDW1-0Warren
30/08/1924HomeSLWDW1-0Pidgeon
17/01/1925AwaySLWDD1-1Hayward
19/09/1925HomeWLD1D2-2Abbott, Gregory
07/11/1925AwaySLWDL0-6
02/01/1926HomeSLWDW4-2Scott, Pidgeon, Edwards, Gallon
30/01/1926AwayWLD1L3-5Scott(2), Edwards
11/09/1926HomeSLWDW5-1Hayward(3), Pidgeon, Gallon
28/12/1926AwayWLD1L3-5Lowes, Radford, Abbott
16/02/1927AwaySLWDL2-5Connor(2)
30/04/1927HomeWLD1W5-2Lowes(3), Scott(2)
24/09/1927AwaySLWDL0-4
17/12/1927HomeSLWDW3-1Lowes(2), Scott
10/03/1928HomeWLD1L2-3Scott, Radford
28/03/1928AwaySLWDL1-2Grist
19/01/1929HomeSLWDW2-1Goulden(2)
09/02/1929AwaySLWDL2-8White(2)
06/04/1929AwayWLD1L1-5Powell
27/04/1929HomeWLD1D3-3White(3)
05/09/1929HomeWLD1W3-1Bloxham, Whitehead(2)
25/09/1929AwayWLD1W2-1Masters(2)
18/04/1930AwaySLWDW4-0Bloxham(2), Western(2)
21/04/1930HomeSLWDW5-1Bloxham, McDade(2), Western, Parkin
04/09/1930HomeWLCSL2-4Whitehead(2)
24/01/1931HomeWLD1W12-0Edmunds(3), McNeil(3), Rankin(2), Connaboy, Jordan, Bloxham(2)
31/01/1931AwayWLD1L0-6
23/09/1931AwayWLCSW4-3Dash(3), Pemberton
25/12/1931AwayWLD1W2-1McNeil(2)
26/12/1931HomeWLD1W4-2Davin(2), Molloy, Millington
18/04/1932HomeSLWDD1-1Davin
04/05/1932AwaySLWDD1-1Murley
10/09/1932HomeSLWDW8-2McNeil(2), Parkin, Rankin(2), Miles, Anderson(2)
19/11/1932AwaySLWDD3-3Lewis, Anderson(2)
08/04/1933AwayWLD1L0-2
24/04/1933HomeWLD1L2-5Lewis, Hodder
31/08/1933HomeSLWDW2-0Lewis(2)
10/02/1934AwaySLWDL1-4Coward
03/03/1934HomeWLD1W2-1Coward, Slade
07/04/1934AwayWLD1D0-0
01/09/1934AwayWLD1W3-1Own Goal, Savage, McNeil
17/11/1934HomeWLD1W5-3McNeil(2), Savage(2), Parle
02/02/1935HomeSLWDW5-1Smith, Taylor(3), Own Goal
20/03/1935AwayWLD1W2-0Parkin(2)
25/12/1935AwaySLWDL3-5Halliday, Connor(2)
26/12/1935HomeSLWDW3-2Park, Halliday(2)
03/09/1936HomeSLC1W4-1Smith(2), Burgess, Halliday
26/03/1937AwaySLL3-4Halliday(3)
29/03/1937HomeSLD3-3Attley, McNeil, Halliday
15/04/1938AwaySLD1-1Wilkins
18/04/1938HomeSLW3-2Wilkins(2), Appleby
18/03/1939AwaySLW1-0Green
27/04/1939HomeSLD0-0
07/12/1946AwaySLW3-2Hartburn(2), Mitcheson
19/02/1947AwaySLCGW5-1Hartburn, Mitcheson, Doyle(2), Gore
08/03/1947HomeSLCGW8-3Marshall, Mitcheson(2), Doyle(2), Hartburn(2), Stock
07/04/1947HomeSLW7-1Doyle(2), Mitcheson, Gore, Marshall, Collins, K Hayward
03/09/1947AwaySLCGD0-0
11/09/1947HomeSLCGW5-1Swinfen(2), Horlock, Marshall(2)
20/09/1947HomeSLW4-0Horlock, Douglas(3)
07/02/1948AwaySLL0-5
16/04/1949AwaySLW2-0Coffey, Bryant
18/04/1949HomeSLW2-1Bryant(2)
08/04/1950HomeSLW2-0Philips, Wright
10/04/1950AwaySLW2-1Hamilton, Wright
23/03/1951AwaySLL1-5Philips
12/04/1951HomeSLW2-1Rae, Wright
26/12/1951AwaySLD1-1Short
20/03/1952HomeSLW2-1Lowthorpe, Own Goal
27/12/1952AwaySLW3-1Brown, Easton, Lunn
04/04/1953HomeSLL3-4Machin, Lunn(2)
22/08/1953AwaySLL1-3McKay
19/12/1953HomeSLW5-0Edwards, Hindle, Ryan, Clarke, Lunn
16/10/1954AwaySLW3-2Ryan, Reid(2)
20/10/1954AwaySLC1D1-1Ryan
02/12/1954HomeSLC1RW3-1Fraser(2), Reid
05/03/1955HomeSLW3-1Clarke, McKay, Reid
27/08/1955AwaySLD1-1Fidler
08/09/1955HomeSLCPR1W4-3Reid(2), Fidler(2)
12/09/1955AwaySLCPR2W1-0Fidler
24/12/1955HomeSLW1-0Reid
10/11/1956HomeSLW5-1Elder(2), Fidler, McKay(2)
23/03/1957AwaySLD1-1Long
26/09/1957HomeSLD2-2McKay, Travis
23/11/1957AwaySLD3-3Alexander(2), Gemmell
21/01/1958HomeSLC1W1-0Torrance
27/09/1958HomeSLW6-1Emmonds, Phillips, McConnon(2), McKay, Dennis
04/11/1958AwaySLIZL2-4O Donnell, McConnon
14/02/1959AwaySLD1-1McConnon
24/02/1959HomeSLIZW2-0McConnon(2)


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Exeter City Reserves

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
36741616716121780106521921241173


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Exeter City : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

28/01/2017PortsmouthAwayEFL2W1-017195Wheeler 57
31/01/2017Wycombe WanderersHomeEFL2W4-23656Wheeler 19, Brown 65, Grant 67, Watkins 90
04/02/2017Crewe AlexandraHomeEFL2W4-04534Moore-Taylor 8, Wheeler 58, 68, James 85
11/02/2017Plymouth ArgyleAwayEFL2L0-314671
14/02/2017Notts CountyAwayEFL2D2-24047Wheeler 33, Harley 88
18/02/2017Stevenage BoroughHomeEFL2D1-14125Reid 52


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
David Wheeler13000013
Ollie Watkins10000010
Reuben Reid610007
Lee Holmes500005
Joel Grant400004
Ryan Harley400004
Liam McAlinden300003
Jake Taylor200002
Lloyd James100001
Robbie Simpson100001
Troy Brown100001
Jordan Moore-Taylor100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 6612, vs Plymouth Argyle, 17/09/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 2660, vs Crawley Town, 16/08/2016
Average League Attendance: 3946

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 3 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 2 Games Without Defeat: 2
Games Without A Home Defeat: 7 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 10 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WWWWWD
Away Results Sequence: DWWWLD Overall Results Sequence: WWWLDD


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Exeter City : Club Information
St James Park
Stadium Way
Exeter
EX4 6PX

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01392 411243
Fax : 01392 413959
Email: reception@exetercityfc.co.uk
Chairman : Julian Tagg
Club Secretary : Roger Conway
Safety Officer : Jim Eastment
Press Officer : Andy Gillard (Press), Peter Evans (Website)
Manager : Paul Tisdale

Capacity : 9,036
Seated : 3,806
Covered Terrace : 4,030

Record Attendance : 20,984 v Sunderland, FAC 6th Round replay, 04/03/1931
Colours : shirt - red and white stripes; shorts - white; socks - white with red trim
Nickname : The Grecians

Ticket Prices :
The away end is uncovered terracing, the St James Road Terrace, which holds up to 1,053 spectators. You should note that this is an uncovered terrace behind the goal, and is very typical of the sort that we used to experience in the Conference - shallow steps and thus not the best of views if you are small and arrive just before kick-off. Visiting supporters also usually get a small number of seats - around 300.

For the 2015-16 League Two match, Exeter City are charging as follows:

Seated Tickets (Main Stand):
Adults: 24.00; Over-62s: 20.00; Under-18s/Students with NUS Card: 10.00.

Terrace Tickets (St James Road):
Adults: 16.00; Over-62s: 13.00; Under-18s/Students with NUS Card: 5.00.

If any tickets are available on the day of the match, then Adult and Seniors tickets for the Main Stand will increase by 1.00.

Note that seating is only intended to be available to families, seniors and ambulant disabled supporters but this will be done on a trust basis - expect seats to be extremely limited.

IMPORTANT: Given the high demand expected for this match, we would recommend that you do not travel without a ticket, or without being certain about what the on-the-day arrangements for this game will be. We will publicise arrangements for any unsold tickets nearer the time.

Disabled Info:
Ambulant disabled supporters are admitted for the same prices as above, but can take an assistant with them free of charge. Visiting wheelchair users are away from their own support in the Flybe Stand. Claiming it's for reasons of Health and Safety the club requires that users of both manual and powered wheelchairs be accompanied by a personal assistant. A decidedly ungenerous three spaces are allocated for away supporters. Wheelchair users must contact Exeter in advance on 01392 411243. The Disability Liaison Officer at St James Park is Nick Saunders.

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Exeter City : Directions To The Ground

The St James Road Terrace - as basic and open as it looks
The St James Road Terrace - as basic and open as it looks
Photo 2009 Ciderspace

General

Most Yeovil fans are going to know where Exeter is.

By Road

If approaching on the M5 exit at Junction 30, and then follow the signs for Middlemoor. Take the second exit at Middlemoor roundabout, signed Heavitree. Follow signs for City Centre, going through Heavitree for approximately two miles. Past the police station on your right, then at the bottom of the hill turn right at the roundabout into Western Way (signed Pinhoe and Broadclyst). At the next roundabout, take the second Exit into Old Tiverton Road and then second left into Stadium Way.

Approaching via the A303 / A30, go past Exeter Airport and under the M5 bridge (J29). Carry straight on at the next set of lights, past the Met Office on your right to the next roundabout. Straight across this roundabout to the next set of lights (T Junction). Turn right at these lights then follow directions for the City Centre and the subsequently the stadium as detailed above.

Parking

Parking at the stadium is limited and therefore reserved for staff, visiting directors and sponsors. Most of the streets around St James Park are reserved for residents and permit holders only. According to the Exeter end this is vigorously enforced. Penalty charges range from 50 to 70.

The nearest council car park is Belmont Road. It's open 24 hours, but is tiny so unless you arrive very early and are very very lucky....... More realistic is the multi-storey King William Street with 730 spaces. Although normally closed at 9.00 p.m don't panic if you've returned and it looks locked up: the entrance/exit off Leighton Terrace is kept open until 11.00 p.m. when City have evening matches. Other car parks within an easy walk are: Triangle (24 hours, 288 spaces) and Howell Road (24 hours, 322 spaces). All the council car parks become free of charge after 6.00 p.m. but charge on Saturdays.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2015-16 season League Two fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 11.30a.m. Cost of travel will be 11.00 for Adults, with no concessions available on this occasion. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com - Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

By Rail

The stadium is adjacent to St James Park Station. This station is two minutes (by rail) east of Exeter Central and served by a 'branch line' starting at Exeter St David's, going via Exeter Central and ending at Exmouth. Given the walk from St James Park Station to Exeter Central is only ten to fifteen minutes, you might decide it's not worth the hassle of dealing with changing trains. You can use Exeter St David's, but that station is a longer walk from the ground, 15 to 20 minutes, than Central.

South West Trains run roughly one train an hour for the majority of the day from Yeovil Junction to Exeter Central and Exeter St David's. Journey time is just under or just over the hour. The connection through to Exeter St James runs only once per hour so if you plan to make use of that then make sure you're aware of your connection times.

By Bus

The main Bus Station is only about five mintes walk away from the ground. St James Park Stadium is close enough to the city centre that buses probably won't be a concern, but should you want one the services running closest past the stadium are the B, E and F1/2. A bus route map can be found here.

By Taxi

A selection of Exeter taxi companies can be found here.

The Flybe Stand - a new stand situated side-on to the pitch
The Flybe Stand - a new stand situated side-on to the pitch
Photo 2009 Ciderspace

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Exeter City : Web Resources
Web Sites

Exeter City Official Site
PTV - so that's a loathsome format, adverts, pop-ups, and more adverts. Did I merely say 'loathsome'? There needs to be a new stronger word specially coined to describe PTV sites.


Exeter City Supporters Trust
Very formal, and does exactly what it says on the tin. Probably excellent if you are a member. If you're not, you're not going to find anything of interest here.


Exeter City Unofficial Grecians
Mad franchise site. With a few exceptions that are excellent, I've never understood how the Mad franchise has kept going so long. Does anyone use them? With, for example, a 'Club History' that has managed to stretch to four sentences since 2001 this is not one of the exceptions.


Vital Exeter City
Advertising for an editor when reviewed, so just contains centrally generated Vital franchise material. No need to waste your time here.


Web Message Boards

Exe Web
Busy forum structured into ten categories of discussion. If you wish to see what Exeter fans are talking about this is the place to go.


Vital Exeter City Forum
Everyone uses Exe Web.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Exeter Express & Echo
Provides daily coverage of the club.



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Exeter City : Food & Drink
General :

St James Park is fairly central, so there's plenty of places to eat and drink close by and within five to ten minutes walk in the city centre.

Club Bar :

Exeter City's Social Club at the ground is normally open to away fans. Inside the stadium food is the usual football ground fare.

Local Pubs :

When I first knew Exeter there was at least one pub that only served cider, and there weren't many that didn't have a barrel of the real stuff somewhere on the premises. Those days are long gone, but there are still a reasonable number of outlets around the city where a decent pint can be found, amongst them: Double Locks (Gray's Devon Farmhouse) - sadly, although one of the best pubs, at three and a half miles from the ground, too far to get a write up; First'n'Last (Thatchers Heritage and Taunton Traditional); Old Firehouse (Winkleigh Sam's Dry and Thatchers). If beer is your preference over cider, there are plenty of small local breweries in Devon, and one in Exeter itself: The Exeter Brewery.

NOTE: The Wells Tavern (not to be confused with the similarly named Well House Tavern), which was the closest pub to the ground, has been shut since Autumn 2014, due to a drugs bust that saw the licence being revoked. The owners Punch Taverns were, as of February 2015, trying to work out what to do with the pub, but in the meantime, in July 2015, squatters have moved in and so they're going to need to sort that out first.

Beer Cellar: Craft beer bar located very close to the Guildhall Shopping Centre, right in the centre of the city. If you want obscure beers from the likes of Brewdog, Delerium, Flying Dog, Meantime along with American and continental options, in bottled formats then this is the place to be. Opening hours: 11:00a.m. 10:30p.m. Sunday Thursday with an hour extension on that for other evenings until 11:30p.m.
Beer Cellar, 2 South Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1DZ. Tel: 01392-757570. Email: exeter@beer-cellar.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Bowling Green: Standard old style boozer with the advantage of being five or six minutes walk from the stadium (a bit further for the away end). Has some unidentified real ale, a beer garden, juke box, pool table. Live music on a Saturday night.
Bowling Green, 29-30, Blackboy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6ST. Tel: 01392 422527. Map: Click Here.

Great Western Hotel: As Brunel did nothing on a small scale this is not a little place. Has two bars on different levels and a restaurant. Only 150 yards from Exeter St David's Station it is most useful for those alighting there. It's then about 20 minutes walk to the stadium. Opening is 10.00 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. There are up to fourteen real ales on at a time, with Branscombe Vale Branoc, Dartmoor Jail Ale, O'Hanlon's Yellowhammer and Original Port Stout and Fuller's London Pride regulars. Food is served all day. Disabled, child and dog friendly. Has an outside smoking area.
Great Western Hotel, St David's Station Approach, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4NU. Tel: 01392 274039. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Imperial: Huge Wetherspoon - one of four in the city - close by Exeter St David's Railway Station, which makes it a 20 minute walk from St James Park, converted from the old Imperial Hotel in 1996. Has the usual strengths and weaknesses of that chain. Wide range of ales, with more effort than some in the stable make to source local beers. The majority of Wetherspoon pubs do a real cider these days, and this one's no exception. It will probably be Weston's, which is what the chain mostly dispenses though you do see other varieties occasionally. Large beer garden, and a number of distinct drinking areas inside. Standard Wetherspoon menu served all day. Opening is 9.00 a.m. - midnight Sunday to Thursday, 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Imperial, New North Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4AH. Tel: 01392 434050. Map: Click Here.

Old Firehouse: Close by Exeter Central Railway Station and the main Bus Station and about ten minutes walk from St James Park. Opening hours are from midday every day, closing at 1.00a.m. on Sunday nights, at 3.00a.m. on Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2.00a.m. on other nights (though reports from customers suggest opening times, especially for the earlier parts of the day, can be somewhat random). That said, when punters do manage to get inside reports are almost universally glowing. The pub spreads across three floors and food is served lunch times and in the evening. Very reasonably priced as it goes for the student market in term time. There are two house real ales, Sharp's Doom Bar and Wychwood Hobgoblin, and two changing guests, usually from local West Country breweries. Live music features on Saturday and Sunday nights. Beer garden for smokers and others.
Old Firehouse, 50, New North Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4EP. Tel: 01392 277279. Email: theoldfirehouse@btconnect.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Samuel Jones: Situated down on the Exeter Quayside, and therefore one of the further pubs to reach, but handy if you come in via Exeter St Thomas station, or are wanting to visit the Cathedral. They do a variety of local beers from St Austell, and craft beer bottles from Brewdog along with other options from Belgium and the USA. Food is also served - expect to pay 10-12 for a main course, but the menu is very much aimed at the 'gastro' end of the pub market. Opening hours are a standard 8.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. - they serve breakfasts and coffee during the first few hours.
Samuel Jones, 37 Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AE. Tel: 01392-345345. Email: samueljones@staustellbrewery.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Victoria Inn: Other side of St James Park from the city centre, across the railway line. Underwent a change of management around 2010 which seemed to up the standard. The landlord at that time, Ben, posted a number of messages on the Green Room welcoming Yeovil fans to sample his hospitality. Does real ale and good cheap food. A Tony Fort on Duncan Adams' generally very good Football Ground Guide also recommends this pub, but claims it's fifteen minutes from the stadium. Without wishing to cast aspersions, he either got lost or was staggeringly (pun intended) drunk. The landlord says two minutes but I'd give it five. Well used by home fans, but no issues. NOTE: This pub is very geared towards the University crowd, and thus is currently adopting a policy of closing entirely during the summer holiday period - in practice around six weeks for the second half of July and the whole of August. Thus for our trip in August 2015, this pub will not be open.
Victoria Inn, 36, Victoria Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6JQ. Tel: 01392 477740. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Well House Tavern: Fifteen minutes walk to the ground. The pub is attached to the Royal Clarence Hotel. Food is served lunchtimes from noon to 2.30 p.m. The pub and hotel are owned by renown chef Michael Caines, but as he owns at least half a dozen venues scattered all round the country it's not that likely he'll be on site frying your chips. Otter Bitter is the house ale, with three changing guests. There's Rich's Medium Farmhouse Scrumpy for those that like their real cider, and Becks Vier, Grolsch, Skinners Cornish Lager, Worthingtons, Guinness and Old English Cider for keg drinkers. Prices are at the more expensive end of the market but not outrageous. Currently O'Hanlon's Yellowhammer is on a special offer at 2.00 a pint between 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. Nowhere to smoke except the street. Opening times are: 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11.00 a.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday; noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.
Well House Tavern, 16-17, Cathedral Yard, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HD. Tel: 01392 223611. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Tis proper West Countree m' luvver.

Top-Tip :

Make a day of it. Exeter's not a bad city. Not exactly cosmopolitan on a World scale, but in West Country terms it's big and sophisticated enough to have abandoned witch trials and smocks while being small enough that most things are accessible with a stroll.

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Exeter City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Exeter is what I term a proper city. In other words it's a city because it has a cathedral, not just because of its size or through lobbying the government to give it 'city' status. It has also, at least partially, avoided being gutted by property developers so older parts of the city do remain and give it some character. In term time there are a lot of students, so bear it in mind that the closer you try to park to the University halls, the more clogged up the streets will be by cars.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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