|Full name||Exeter City Football Club|
|Founded||1904 (as St. Sidwell's United)|
|Ground||St James Park|
|Owner||Exeter City Supporters' Trust|
|2020–21||League Two, 9th of 24|
Exeter City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Exeter, Devon, England. The team play in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Known as the "Grecians", the origin of their nickname is subject to speculation and debate. The club is owned by the club's supporters through the Exeter City Supporters' Trust. The club contests West Country derby matches with a number of sides, with Plymouth Argyle being their fiercest rivals.
Exeter City was founded in 1901 and began playing their games at St James Park, where they remain to this day. They joined Division One of the Southern League in 1904. After a tour of South America in 1914 to generate awareness of football in the continent, the club became the first side to play a national team from Brazil.As a result, City and Brazilian side Fluminense are now also partner clubs. Exeter were invited to help create the Football League Third Division in 1920. They were assigned to the Third Division South the next year and won the Third Division South Cup in 1934. They remained in the division until becoming founder members of the Fourth Division in 1958. They were promoted in 1963–64, only to be relegated after two seasons. They were promoted out of the Fourth Division again at the end of the 1976–77 season and managed to stay in the Third Division for seven seasons before being relegated in 1984.
Exeter won their first league title in the 1989–90 season, gaining promotion as Fourth Division champions under the stewardship of Terry Cooper. Relegated in 1994, they lost their Football League status at the end of the 2002–03 season. They spent five seasons in the Conference, and recovered from defeat in the 2007 play-off final to win promotion out of the play-offs the next year. Manager Paul Tisdale built on this success by winning promotion out of League Two in 2008–09 and Exeter survived for three seasons in League One. Returning to League Two in 2012, they have lost in the play-off finals in 2017, 2018 and most recently in 2020, under Matt Taylor.
Exeter City F.C. was formed from two predecessor clubs, Exeter United F.C. and St Sidwell's United. Exeter United was a football club from Exeter, Devon, that played between 1890 and 1904. In 1904, Exeter United lost 3–1 to local rivals St Sidwell's United and after the match it was agreed that the two clubs should become one. The new team took the name 'Exeter City' and continued to play at Exeter United's ground, St James Park, where Exeter City still play today. Exeter United was formed from the cricket team of the same name and were one of the first football teams with the moniker 'United'. St Sidwell's United (which had also been known as St Sidwell's Wesleyans and St Sidwell's Old Boys) was a club that had formed from the regulars who frequented the Foresters Inn in Sidwell Street, Exeter, although the public house was always known as the Drum and Monkey. The team played in St Sidwell's old colours of green and white.
On 10 September 1904, Exeter City played its first ever competitive match, a 2–1 victory at St James over 110th Battery of the Royal Artillery, in the East Devon League. The attendance was 600, and the winning goal scored by Sid Thomas, who was to serve the club in various capacities for 70 years. City topped the East Devon League with 11 wins, two draws, one defeat in its first season, and transferred to the Plymouth & District League for next three seasons.
In 1908, Exeter City A.F.C. became a limited company. City became a full-time professional team, and applied successfully for membership of the Southern League, replacing Tottenham Hotspur. A wooden grandstand was erected, and the club entered into a leasing arrangement over the ground.
On 3 October 1908, City got its record highest FA Cup win: Exeter City 14–0 against Weymouth. The match was in the First Qualifying Round. James 'Daisy' Bell scored six goals, and 10 of Exeter's 14 goals came in the first half.
City changed to its current colours of red and white in 1910. This was after having had a poor start to the season (only two wins out of 11). City abandoned its supposedly unlucky green and white kit, and turned out for the first time in red and white striped shirts at home to West Ham United on 12 November. The result of the game was a 0–0 draw, but five consecutive league wins came for the club in December, and the change of colours stuck.
City made an historic tour of South America in 1914, during which time it played eight matches against teams of Argentina and Brazil.The last match on this tour on 21 July 1914 was an encounter with the first Brazil national football team playing under the authority of a national football association, in this case the Federação Brasileira de Sports, precursor of today's Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, founded just the month before. Brazil, featuring its first great star, Arthur Friedenreich, won this match at the Laranjeiras stadium, Rio de Janeiro, home of Fluminense Football Club with 2-0. The tour yielded five wins, one draw and two defeats. The only other loss was in a match that kicked off 12 hours after the players got off the boat.
Exeter City were invited by the Football League to become founder members of the Third Division in 1920.
City's historic first match in the Football League took place on Saturday 28 August 1920, when Brentford was the visiting team to St James Park. Exeter won 3–0.
In 1931, City reached the sixth round of the FA Cup, losing a replay 4–2 to Sunderland in front of its largest ever home gate.50 years later, City reached the sixth round again, but lost 2–0 to eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur. Earlier Exeter had beaten Newcastle United 4–0 having beaten Leicester City in the previous round.
In the 1963–64 season, City achieved their first ever promotion, going up to Division Three. However, City were relegated just two seasons later. It wasn't until 1977 that they would return to Division Three, under the guidance of Bobby Saxton.
The end of the 1970s and the very early 1980s were regarded as City's most successful spell in the Third Division, including a finish of 8th in 1979–80 and an FA Cup run the following season. Star players included Tony Kellow, John Delve and David Pullar.
City's only major trophy so far has been the Fourth Division Championship which it won in 1990. In that season, City won 20 league games at St James Park, and remained undefeated in 31 home matches, including dramatic draws against Norwich City in the FA Cup third round and Sunderland in the League Cup 4th round, both of which featured late equalisers for the visitors.
Following that promotion, City rarely shone at the higher level. The departure of manager Terry Cooper and key players such as Shaun Taylor, Richard Dryden, Clive Whitehead, Brian McDermott and Steve Neville left new boss Alan Ball to pick up the pieces. There were some successes under the former World Cup winner—including winning both games against local rivals Plymouth in the clubs' first derbies for a decade in the 1992/93 season—but Ball left for Southampton in January 1994 and the returning Cooper was unable to save Exeter from relegation.
Back in the bottom division, City struggled for nearly a decade, with chairman Ivor Doble taking the club into administration and starting a chain of events that resulted in the sale of the club's ground.In November 1994, the club almost went out of business and sold its stadium to Beazer Homes for a sum of £650,000, but were able to stay there after the local council took it over. After nearly two years on the brink of closure, the club came out of administration on 1 August 1996, although the problems on the field were far from over.
In 2003, City finished 23rd in Division Three and was relegated to the Conference National; Exeter were the first club to suffer automatic relegation without finishing bottom of the league.City won their last game against Southend United 1–0, but were still relegated as Swansea City's victory over Hull City left the Grecians one point short of safety.
Following relegation to the Conference, the club was taken over by the Exeter City Supporters' Trust, purchasing a majority shareholding on 5 September 2003.In May 2007 two of the Directors who had been in charge during season 2002–2003 were convicted of fraudulent trading at the club, John Russell receiving a prison sentence and Mike Lewis a community service sentence.
Several million pounds in debt and with no big investor in sight, the Trust kept the club going through fund-raising activities amongst rank-and-file supporters. Complex legal arguments with both Inland Revenue and football authorities meant that City's first season of non-league football was plagued by off-the-field uncertainty.The claim was finally dropped in June 2004.
In 2004, a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) was put in place to reduce the club's debts. Through the club's "Red or Dead" scheme, hundreds of fans pledged at least £500 each to fund the CVA repayments, but the FA Cup proved to be the income boost the Grecians had needed, as City was drawn Manchester United away in the third round of the FA Cup. City drew 0–0 at Old Trafford in January 2005,gaining £653,511 as City's share of receipts from the 67511 attendance. Further income from a televised replay—won 2–0 by United —coupled with ongoing fund-raising and unpaid work from the club's supporters helped the club to repay its debts, and the CVA was cleared in December 2005.
2004 also saw the club's centenary. In May 2004 a friendly fixture was arranged against a Brazilian masters team at St James Park, a celebration of City's South American tour of 1914. The Brazilian team, containing such notable players as Careca and Dunga, won 1–0.
City's first team finished the 2006–07 season in fifth place, qualifying for the play-offs. After beating Oxford United on penalties in the semi-final, City met Morecambe at Wembley in the final,where they lost 2–1 despite taking an early lead.
Exeter reached the play-off final in the following season; this time Exeter looked to be heading out of the play-offs after losing the first leg of the semi-final at home to local rivals Torquay United 2–1, but came back to win the second leg 4–1 with 3 goals in the last 20 minutes.In the final Exeter met Cambridge United in front of a Conference play-off record crowd of 42,511, winning 1–0 with a goal from Rob Edwards, earning promotion to League Two.
The club followed its success in the Conference by finishing as runners up to Brentford in League Two. A goal from Richard Logan helped Exeter to win promotion to League One with a 1–0 win away to Rotherham United on the last day of the season.
2009–2010 was Exeter's 45th season in the third tier of English football. They have played more seasons in the third tier than any club who have never reached the top two tiers. They survived their first season at this level for 16 years by one point; an 82nd-minute Ryan Harley goal against Huddersfield Town on the final day of the season saw Exeter overcome the promotion chasers 2–1 and relegated Gillingham in the process.
The club suffered a tragedy on 10 August 2010, days after the start of the 2010–11 season, when striker Adam Stansfield died of cancer aged 31.As a result, their next fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge on 14 August was postponed as a mark of respect. Exeter recovered well, however, and finished 8th in the league that season, one point off a playoff spot.
Following such a strong season, hopes were high for the 2011–12 season, but poor away form (with just two wins away from home all season) saw Exeter relegated to League Two. Relegation was confirmed on 28 April 2012, following a 4–1 defeat away to Carlisle United.
The club remains owned by its fans, through the Exeter City Supporters Trust. During the 2012–2013 season saw Exeter have a marginally successful season, spending the season travelling up and down the top half of the season from 1st place to 10th. Exeter set new club record for away wins in a single season, winning 11 of their 23 fixtures away from home.City had one of the highest away win percentage of the season however disappointing home form lead them to fall into the playoff positions only to see a poor end-of-season run leaving them to fall into 10th position; despite their earlier automatic promotion and then reestimated playoff ambitions. Tisdale claimed that injuries were to blame for City missing out on the play-offs.
At the end of the 2012–13 campaign, poor funds and lack of income lead to an unfortunate squad trim with boss Paul Tisdale having to let go: Jamie Cureton, lead goal scorer of the last campaign netting over 21 goals and the 2010 campaign (with similar statistics); Guillem Bauzà, Kevin Amankwaah, unable to renew his contract despite of his fan- favourite status and great playing abilities heralding fan chants and songs; Mark Molesley, despite being there only half a season; Rhys Evans and later Tully's new contract was withdrawn due to financial constraints.Despite this Tisdale managed to sign Sam Parkin and Doug Bergqvist.
In 2013–2014, Exeter participated in Football League Two and the Football League Cup, but they were eliminated in the First Round of the competition by Queens Park Rangers.In the FA Cup Exeter City were knocked out by Peterborough United in the First Round. In the League 2 season, Exeter finished in 16th.
In pre-season, after a 0–1 friendly loss to Reading, the club went on a short tour in Brazil to commemorate 100 years since they played the Brazil National Football Team.Exeter drew 0–0 against Fluminense under 23's and then beat sides Tupi and a Rio Cricket Club 2–1 and 3–1 respectively. Exeter finished pre-season with 2–0 home losses to Swansea City and Torquay United.
Exeter City's opening matches of 2014–15 were a 1–1 draw against Portsmouth in League Two and then a 0–2 loss against Bournemouth in the Football League Cup. Both matches were played at St James Park. In the 2014–15 FA Cup in the first round, they were beaten 1–0 away to Warrington Town, a club 100 places lower than them at that current point in the season.The game was also broadcast live on BBC Two. The Grecians finished tenth in League Two in 2014–15, their play-off push just falling short in the final few weeks.
City finished in 14th position in 2015–16, a season that included a memorable 2–2 draw against Premier League Liverpool in the FA Cup.
In the 2016–17 season, City started badly, and were bottom of the league by November.However, a turnaround in form saw Exeter finish 5th in the league, and earn a playoff spot. Following a thrilling 3–3 draw in the first leg of the semi-final at Carlisle, the second leg, tied at 2–2, looked destined to go to extra time. But, in the 95th minute, Jack Stacey's long range shot with his weak foot fired Exeter into the final, earning them a spot at Wembley. The final took place on 28 May, and Exeter faced Blackpool. Their hopes for promotion were shattered when they conceded a goal within 3 minutes, and although they equalised, City eventually lost the game 2–1.
On the back of the play-off final defeat Exeter began the 2017–18 season unbeaten after 5 games, notably beating Cheltenham in a 7 goal thriller.
On 1 June 2018, Exeter announced that, after 12 years as manager, Paul Tisdale had decided not to sign a new contract with the club, which announced that Matt Taylor, a former captain and Under 23 team coach, had been appointed manager.
The club is nicknamed The Grecians, a name whose origin remains the subject of much speculation.
One suggestion is that in 1908 the club voted for the name because of its association with St Sidwells parish. Historically people living in the parish of St Sidwells were said to have been known as "Greeks" or "Grecians".This is possibly due to the parish's location beyond the city walls. For instance, in Homer's epic poem the Iliad the Greek forces laid siege to the walls of Troy.
However, perhaps more plausibly, the association arose because of rivalries between city boys and those of St Sidwells during the annual beating the bounds.
It has also been suggested the name derived from a group of children in St Sidwells who were referred to as the 'Greasy Un's'. A further possibility was that it derived from a jeweller's shop in Sidwell Street, close to the ground, which had a clock hanging outside displaying the name 'Grecians' on its face.
Yet another theory suggests that it is a corruption of Caerwysg, the Welsh name for Exeter (Caer = fort, Wysg = Exe – fort on the river Exe, similar to the Cornish Karesk). Thus, citizens could have been known as Caer Iscuns and so possibly mutating to Grecians.
Famous fans include Coldplay frontman Chris Martin,Adrian Edmondson, Mark Nicol, Noel Edmonds, swimmer Liam Tancock, and Hoosiers drummer Alan Sharland. Singer Joss Stone signed up as a member of the supporters trust, being introduced to fans on the pitch as a new member during a League Cup match against Liverpool.
In 2002 pop singer Michael Jackson was made honorary director of Exeter City. Defender (D36) also adopted Exeter City as their home team and use their strip when playing games.He visited St James Park with celebrity friend Uri Geller, who was also a director. The crew of HMS
A survey conducted by Football Fans Census in 2003 revealed that Exeter City supporters consider their main rival to be Plymouth Argyle.The two clubs first met in a competitive fixture in 1908 when both sides were in the Southern League, and have contested matches intermittently during their histories due to Plymouth Argyle usually being in a higher division. Supporters also share a friendlier rivalry with Torquay United, a club whose supporters view Exeter as their main rival. The two clubs are closer geographically and have met more often during their respective histories, having first played a competitive match in 1927 after Torquay were elected to the Football League. Matches between the three clubs are known as Devon derbies. Despite their on-field rivalry, Torquay helped Exeter during their financial difficulties of 2003 by waiving their gate receipts in a pre-season friendly. This gesture was returned in 2015 when Exeter gave the Gulls their gate receipts as a result of Torquay's financial difficulties, having had to close down their academy and terminate the contract of manager Chris Hargreaves.
Note: players marked with (*) will depart the club on 30 June 2021 when their contracts expire.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|No.||Player||Nationality||Position||Exeter debut||Last match||Notes||Ref|
|9||Adam Stansfield||England||Striker||12 August 2006||20 March 2010||Following Stansfield's death from colorectal cancer during the 2010–11 season, the club retired his number 9 shirt for the following nine seasons. From the 2020–21 season onwards, the shirt will be worn by a 'home-grown player'.|
Notable former players include Harry Gee who during the 1927–28 season made 29 appearances for the club scoring 2 goals. He retired from professional after just one season at the club suffering a career ending broken leg, Harry had formerly played for the championship winning Burnley F.C. side of 1921/22. Cliff Bastin, who went on to play for Arsenal and England, Maurice Setters, who won an F.A. Cup winner's medal with Manchester United in 1963, and goalkeeper Dick Pym, who later played for Bolton Wanderers and England. Pym's sale to Bolton in 1921, for a fee of £5,000, allowed City to purchase St. James Park.
Other well-known players include the prolific 1930s striker Fred Whitlow, Arnold Mitchell, who played 495 games for City,Tony Kellow, City's record goalscorer, Ian Main, the gifted goalkeeper from the club's most successful years who died very young, Fred Binney and Darran Rowbotham in the 1980s and early 90s. Former England winger Lee Sharpe played four games for Exeter at the beginning of their 2002–03 Division Three campaign, scoring two goals.
Former City player George Reader went on to referee the 1950 World Cup final, becoming the first Englishman to do so.
David Pleat scored 14 goals for Exeter whilst playing for them between 1968 and 1970. He went on to manage several successful clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur,before becoming a football media pundit for ITV and Radio 5 Live.
In recent times, Exeter City Academy graduates Dean Moxey, George Friend, Matt Grimes and Ethan Ampadu have gone on to play in the Premier League, while Danny Seaborne and Elliott Frear established themselves as regulars in the Scottish Premier League. Ampadu (son of former Arsenal and Exeter City player Kwame Ampadu), has also been capped twice for Wales. Jamie Mackie, who played for the Grecians between 2005 and 2008, went on to play 60 Premier League games for QPR, and has picked up 9 caps for Scotland. Ollie Watkins, who while at the club was named 2017 EFL Young Player of the Season,joined Brentford in July 2017 for a club record fee.
In a survey published by the Professional Footballers' Association in December 2007, Alan Banks was listed as the all-time favourite player amongst Exeter City fans.
In 2014 Exeter City – in partnership with the Exeter College, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South West Heritage Trust and the ECFCST History Group – launched the Hall of Fame.The Hall of Fame aims to recognise the achievements and contributions made by 'genuine legends' to the club.
The following players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame:
|2014||Alan Banks||FW||1963–66, 1967–73||258||101|
|Dermot Curtis||FW||1963–66, 1967–69||157||33|
|Jimmy Giles||DF||1971–75, 1977–81||313||13|
|Tony Kellow||FW||1976–78, 1980–84, 1985–88||332||129|
|Club president and director of external affairs||Julian Tagg|
|Club board chairman||Richard Pym|
|Commercial Manager||David Clough|
|Exeter City Supporters Trust chairman||Nick Hawker|
|Finance Director||Keith Mason|
|Associate Director||McQueenie Mulholland|
|Associate Director||Paul Morrish|
|Assistant manager||Wayne Carlisle|
|First-team coach||Kevin Nicholson|
|Goalkeeping coach||Scott Brown|
|Strength and conditioning coach||Connor Derbidge|
|Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine||Jacob Staines|
|Under-23 coach||Dan Green|
|Under-18 coach||Chad Gribble|
|Club secretary||Matthew Higgins|
|Club doctor||Dr. Peter Riou|
|First-team physio||Gareth Law|
|Sports therapist||Dan Feasey|
|Kit manager||Lou Pring|
|Chief Scout||Marcus Flitcroft|
|Name||From||Until||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %||Honours / Notes|
|Arthur Chadwick||1 April 1908||31 December 1922||113||31||32||50||27.43%|
|Fred Mavin||1 January 1923||1 November 1927||209||76||41||92||36.36%|
|Dave Wilson||1 March 1928||1 February 1929||42||11||10||21||26.19%|
|Billy McDevitt||1 February 1929||30 September 1935||295||117||66||112||39.66%|
|Jack English||1 October 1935||31 May 1939||168||48||48||72||28.57%|
|George Roughton||1 August 1945||1 March 1952||270||99||55||116||36.67%|
|Norman Kirkman||1 March 1952||31 March 1953||52||14||16||22||26.92%|
|Norman Dodgin||1 April 1953||30 April 1957||199||62||50||87||31.16%|
|Bill Thompson||1 May 1957||1 January 1958||28||7||5||16||25%|
|Frank Broome||1 January 1958||31 May 1960||116||48||26||42||41.38%|
|Glen Wilson||1 June 1960||30 April 1962||97||27||24||46||27.84%|
|Cyril Spiers||1 May 1962||1 February 1963||28||7||4||17||25%|
|Jack Edwards||1 February 1963||31 January 1965||102||41||33||28||40.19%|
|Ellis Stuttard||1 February 1965||1 June 1966||66||16||19||31||24.24%|
|Jack Basford||1 June 1966||30 April 1967||50||15||16||19||30%|
|Frank Broome||1 May 1967||1 February 1969||91||23||31||37||25.27%||Second tenure|
|Johnny Newman||1 April 1969||21 December 1976||377||138||98||141||36.6%|
|Bobby Saxton||1 January 1977||5 January 1979||109||45||33||31||41.28%|
|Brian Godfrey||1 January 1979||1 June 1983||240||88||57||95||36.67%|
|Gerry Francis||20 July 1983||14 May 1984||50||6||16||28||12%|
|Jim Iley||7 June 1984||30 April 1985||47||13||14||20||27.66%|
|Colin Appleton||1 May 1985||11 December 1987||128||35||46||47||27.34%|
|John Delve||11 December 1987||8 May 1988||27||4||9||14||14.81%|
|Terry Cooper||9 May 1988||1 August 1991||157||67||26||64||42.68%||Fourth Division Champions: 1989–90|
|Alan Ball||6 August 1991||20 January 1994||135||36||43||56||26.67%|
|Terry Cooper||24 January 1994||31 July 1995||69||14||16||39||20.29%||Second tenure|
|Peter Fox||1 August 1995||9 January 2000||235||69||70||96||29.36%|
|Noel Blake||10 January 2000||24 September 2001||86||20||24||42||23.26%|
|John Cornforth||24 September 2001||6 October 2002||54||17||14||23||31.48%|
|Eamonn Dolan||6 October 2002||17 October 2002||1||0||1||0||0%||Caretaker Manager|
|Neil McNab||17 October 2002||25 February 2003||26||6||8||12||23.08%|
|Gary Peters||25 February 2003||24 May 2003||13||5||5||3||38.46%|
|Eamonn Dolan||9 June 2003||7 October 2004||62||26||19||17||41.94%|
|Steve Perryman||7 October 2004||18 October 2004||2||0||2||0||0%||Joint Caretaker Managers|
|Alex Inglethorpe||18 October 2004||25 June 2006||89||44||16||29||49.44%||FA Trophy Semi-finalists: 2005–06|
|Paul Tisdale||26 June 2006||1 June 2018||626||241||159||226||38.50%|| Conference National Finalists: 2006–07 |
Conference National Play-off Winners: 2007–08
League Two Runners-up: 2008–09
League Two Manager of the Year: 2009
Football League Trophy Finalists: 2010–11
League Two Finalists: 2016–17, 2017–18
|Matt Taylor||1 June 2018||Present||102||45||29||28||44.1%|
The following have been chairman of the club:
|1905–06||Edgar Vincent, 1st Viscount D'Abernon|
|1907||F H Gardner|
|1908–10||Captain F J Harvey|
|1910–36||Michael J. McGahey|
|1936–42||Colonel Frederick Joseph Collymore Hunter|
|1945–1957||Sidney H Thomas|
|1957–1959||Albert Stanley Line|
|2002–03||John Lewis †|
|2002–03||Uri Geller †|
|2003–06||Dr David Treharne|
|2010-14||Edward Chorlton OBE|
† Indicates spell as co-chairman
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Exeter City F.C. is an English football club based in Exeter, Devon. The club was formed in 1901 as St. Sidwell's United and played in the Southern League from 1908 until 1920, when that league's top division was absorbed into The Football League as its new Division Three. The club was the first ever team to play the Brazilian national team in 1914, a match which was commemorated in a 2014 friendly game against Fluminense.
The 2016–17 season was Exeter City's 115th year in existence and their fifth consecutive season in League Two. Along with competing in League Two, the club also participated in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy. Exeter finished the season in 5th place, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. In September, Exeter City broke their all-time record for consecutive home league losses by losing their first five home matches of the season. Exeter City did not record their first league win at their home ground St James Park until mid-December, after 10 attempts. A dramatic upturn in form saw the team rise from the bottom of the league table to a high of 4th. From 31 December 2016 to 4 February 2017, Exeter won all seven of their fixtures, with David Wheeler scoring in each match. With this feat, he equalled and then broke records set by Henry Poulter, Roderick Williams and Alan Beer. Two other records were broken this season because no Exeter City team had ever won seven league games in a row. Exeter City also broke their record for most away wins in the league within one season, after their twelfth away triumph at Mansfield Town on 1 April. This season was first in which City qualified for the promotion play-offs in League Two since their relegation from League One in 2012. Exeter overcame Carlisle United to qualify for the play-off final against Blackpool at Wembley. Blackpool beat Exeter 2–1 in the play-off final to earn promotion to the 2017–18 EFL League One.
The 2019–20 Exeter City season was the club's 118th year in existence and their eighth consecutive season in League Two. The club reached the semi-finals of the EFL Trophy. City were eliminated in the second round of the FA Cup, and in the first round of the EFL Cup.
The 2020–21 Exeter City season was the club's 119th year in existence and their ninth consecutive season in League Two. They finished 9th in the league, failing to qualify for the play-offs on the final day. The club reached the third round of the FA Cup, losing to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. City were eliminated in the first round of the EFL Cup by Bristol City, and were knocked out of the EFL Trophy in the second round by Northampton Town.
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