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We've Met Before - Exeter City

11 July 2014

Exeter City have always played at St James Park since Exeter United F.C. and St Sidwell’s United decided to merge into one after facing each other in 1904.

In 1908 Exeter City AFC became a limited company and the club turned professional. They were invited to become founder members of the Football League in 1920.

The club remained in the Football League until 2003 when the Grecians were relegated to the Conference. This coincided with the club being taken over by the Exeter City Supporters Trust. The Trust did a sterling job to merely keep the club alive as volunteers pitched in and fundraising activities reduced a sizeable mountain of debt.

In 2004 a Creditors Voluntary Agreement was put in place to reduce the club’s debt and City were immeasurably aided by a money-spinning cup draw with Manchester United. Exeter drew 0-0 at Old Trafford before a televised replay was won 2-0 by the Red Devils. The CVA was cleared by the end of 2005 courtesy of the cup tie and more unpaid work by fundraising volunteers.

Long-serving manager Paul Tisdale, who is still in charge today, guided the club to the Conference play-off finals in 2006-07 but the Grecians lost 2-1 to Morecambe. Glory followed however the next year as a single Rob Edwards goal was enough to defeat Cambridge United in front of a Conference record crowd of 42,511.

City were promoted to League One in 2008/09 and survived in the third tier for three years before being relegated alongside Wycombe in 2011/12. The club remains owned by the fans now but is under a transfer embargo after taking out a loan from the Professional Footballers Association in the summer.

Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, strikers John O'Flynn, Sam Parkin and Alan Gow, and youngsters Elliott Chamberlain, Jacob Jagger-Cane and Jacob Wannell were all released in the summer. The embargo means City are the only side not to make any signings so far this pre-season.

Wanderers travel to St James Park in a long mid-week journey to Devon on Tuesday 21st October 2014.

The reverse fixture takes place at Adams Park, again for an evening match on Tuesday 14th April 2015.

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