Football Cities: Exeter

When football writers talk about provincial footballing sides and cities a few familiar names crop up, such as Nottingham and Derby. These definitely fall into the category of “not London” and smaller than the UK’s other major conurbations, but are still relatively large in size and success. When you start heading out to the geographical margins, however, life as a football club is a little less illustrious and more …

Hot Seat Narratives: Paul Tisdale and Exeter City: A Complicated Relationship

In the summer of 2006, a group of Exeter City fans bumped into a well-known Football League manager and conversation turned towards the managerial vacancy at St James’ Park. The advice was unequivocal. “Get in Jimmy Quinn. He’ll get you promoted, no worries.”

It seemed like sound advice. Quinn had recently got Shrewsbury promoted from the Conference at the first time of asking and was available after leaving Gay …

Calm Determination at Exeter City

A fortnight ago, I wrote effusively of Oxford United’s strong start to the season; Chris Wilder’s charges having reached the summit of the League 2 table with a win over Plymouth.

But with Wilder installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for the vacant Coventry City job, York City having ended the Us’ unbeaten run last Saturday and Exeter City plundering a terrifically impressive 4-2 win at the Kassam at the …

The Thursday Preview: Yeovil Vs Exeter

This weekend’s fixtures look like a pretty sedate set on the face of it. Leeds’ terrestrially televised trip across the shires to meet Burnley and what may be the most pathetic grudge in history, Saints versus Seagulls, are worth keeping on the radar perhaps, but otherwise I can’t help but be drawn down the leagues to the two derbies west of Bristol.

Plymouth’s trip to Torquay, which the Gulls …

The Thursday Preview: Exeter Vs Plymouth

The Championship promotion race looks set to run beyond this weekend and with that same league’s relegation places all but sewn up, it seems like an idea to return to League One. That’s not to say that Accrington Vs Barnet a further division down doesn’t have its appeal, but the likes of Swindon, Bristol Rovers, Notts County and Tranmere have all featured in this column over recent weeks, and for …

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