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As with every football club currently playing professional football in England’s top four divisions, Exeter City odds have become more popular in betting circles over recent years. Currently playing in League Two, Exeter City betting odds can be difficult to judge because of the division’s well deserved reputation for being an unpredictable league. Teams challenging to get promoted one season can be struggling against relegation the next and as such Exeter City relegation odds can be just as commonly bet on as odds on Exeter City to get promoted.

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History

Exeter City are a professional football club located in the city of Exeter in the county of Devon. Having joined the Football League system for the first time in 1920, the club have never played in the top two divisions of English football. Exeter City are currently members of the fourth tier of English football, League Two.

The history of Exeter City begins in 1901. The club were the product of a merger between Exeter United FC and St Sidwell’s United. Exeter City played at the ground Exeter United had played at, St. James’ Park, a ground the club still play at today.

Initially playing non competitive fixtures, Exeter City took part in their first competitive game in 1904, beating 110th Battery.

Exeter City joined the East Devon League, winning the title in its first season. From there, the club moved to the Plymouth & District League.

In 1908, Exeter City abandoned their amateur status and became a professional football club. Exeter City then applied to join the Southern League, and after their application was accepted, the club joined the Southern League First Division.

Exeter City enjoyed steady mid table finishes, before the onset of the First World War halted the competitive football schedule. After the war ended and the football calendar resumed, the club spent one more season in the Southern League First Division, before becoming a member of the Football League for the first time in Exeter City history.

The club joined the Football League Third Division, moving to the Third Division South when the league was reorganised. Up until the outbreak of the Second World War, where the Football League calendar was suspended once again, Exeter City were an inconsistent side, with finishes as high as second and as low as 22nd an example of the club’s lack of league stability.

When the Football League resumed after the end of the Second World War, Exeter City continued to struggle in finding some consistency. A Fourth Division was added to the Football League in 1958, with the highest placed teams from the Third Division North and the Third Division South entering the Third Division, with the rest becoming members of the Fourth Division. After four straight battles at the foot of the Third Division South table, Exeter City were placed in the Fourth Division.

The 1963/1964 season saw Exeter City earn promotion. However, after just two seasons in the Third Division, the club were relegated for the first time in Exeter City history, and they returned to the fourth tier.

Back in the Fourth Division, the club struggled. After four seasons of bottom half of the table finishes, Exeter City slowly began to improve. Climbing up the Fourth Division table as the seasons went by, the club won promotion once more in the 1976/1977 season after finishing in the runners up spot.

Despite a ninth place and an eighth place finish, the club struggled in this higher tier. In the 1983/1984 campaign, Exeter City finished bottom of the Third Division table and returned to the fourth tier.

Exeter City came close to losing their Football League status altogether when in 1986 and 1988 the club finished in 21st and 22nd places respectively. The 1989/1990 season, though, provided a shock as Exeter City stormed their way to the Fourth Division title.

Having reclaimed their place in the Third Division, the club couldn’t push on for further promotion, instead spending their time fighting against the drop. In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This replaced the Football League First Division, and led to the other Football League divisions being renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Exeter City spent the 1992/1993 campaign as a Division Two side.

During this campaign, the club suffered with another demotion. Severe financial problems had hit the club and this led to the club’s on the field performances faltering. In the 2002/2003 season, Exeter City lost their status as a Football League side and were relegated to the Conference National.

The club enjoyed three consecutive top seven finishes in their first three seasons as a Conference National side. During this time, the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust had taken over the club, saving it from disbanding.

In the 2006/2007 season, Exeter City reached the Conference National playoffs. However, the club missed out on promotion after being beaten by Morecambe in the playoff final.

The club did achieve playoff success the year after. Exeter City achieved two successive promotions when a runner up spot in the fourth tier, now called League Two, saw the club back in the third tier of English football.

Now a League One side, Exeter City struggled in their first season, narrowly avoiding relegation, but 2010/2011 saw a near miss of a different kind. Finishing in eighth place, the club just missed out on a playoff spot. A year later, the club suffered another relegation and Exeter City returned to League Two.

Since the 2012/2013 season, Exeter City have remained a member of League Two, suffering two Playoff Final defeats during that time.

Crest

The first Exeter City crest was based of the coat of arms of the city of Exeter. The Exeter City football crest then changed in the 1960’s to a shield split into quarters, and each letter of the club’s initials featuring in one of the sections.

The club initials ECFC were embroidered onto the Exeter City shirts in the 1980’s, before the current badge was introduced.

The current Exeter City football badge again features the city of Exeter coat of arms. This Exeter City badge features an image of a castle with three towers, with an image of a lion sat on top. A Pegasus sits either side of the castle, with the club name featuring in a banner underneath.

Colours

The Exeter City colours are traditionally red and white. The Exeter City players have worn red and white since the 1911/1912 season, though black has featured as a prominent Exeter City kit colour in recent years.

When the club were formed, the Exeter City kit consisted of green, white and black. The first Exeter City kit featured a half white half green shirt, worn with black shorts and green socks. This was then changed to a plain green shirt, worn with white shorts and green socks.

In 1911, the Exeter City colours of red and white were adopted. Between 1911 and 1946, the Exeter City kit featured red and white striped shirts. To begin with, this shirt was worn with white shorts and white socks, before changing to dark blue and then to black.

Between 1946 and 1950, the Exeter City players wore red and white hooped shirts with black shorts and red socks, before the club adopted a plain red shirt, white shorts and red socks kit design. This design lasted until 1966, when an all white kit with a red trim was worn, before the red and white striped shirt design was reintroduced.

Black became a prominent Exeter City kit colour in 1988, with the shorts colour since then being almost always black.

The 2018/2019 Exeter City kit consists of a red and white striped shirt, worn with black shorts and black and white hooped socks.

Exeter City Stadium

The Exeter City stadium is St. James’ Park. Exeter City have played at this ground for the club’s entire history.

The Exeter City stadium capacity currently stands at 8,541, making St James’ Park one of the largest in League Two.

The Exeter City stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Cliff Bastin Stand, also known as the Big Bank, which is a home supporters standing area; the IP Office, previously called the Flybe Stand and also known as the Cowshed or Doble, and is a seating area for both home and away fans; the Stagecoach Family Stand, or the Old Grandstand, which is a seated area for home fans; and the St. James Road Terrace, or the Away End, which is a standing area for away supporters.

Supporters

The majority of Exeter City supporters hail from the city of Exeter and other parts of Devon. There are a number of Exeter City supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust who have taken on the ownership of the club.

Exeter City supporters enjoy rivalries with a number of teams. The fiercest rivalry Exeter City supporters have is with Plymouth Argyle. Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town are also considered to be Exeter City rivals.

Ownership

The Exeter City owners are the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust. The ECFCST bought the club in 2003, saving Exeter City from almost certain bankruptcy. The club’s previous owners, John Russell and Mike Lewis, were found guilty of many criminal offences whilst owners of Exeter City Football Club, which had led to the club’s serious financial worries.

The Exeter City Supporters’ Trust currently owns 53.6% of Exeter City shares. The Trust have set up or helped to set up a variety of fundraising events, including Red or Dead?, which raised funds to pay off debts after agreeing a Company Voluntary Arrangement; the 1931 Fund, which aims to pay for a new member of the first teams squad each season; Pitch In For City, which raised money to help improve the St. James’ Park pitch; and Light Up The Park, which raised money to install new floodlights at the Exeter City stadium.

Much of the work done by the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust is completed on a volunteer basis.

Stats

The list of Exeter City stats begin with the club’s all time record league victory. This record scoreline is 8-1, with Exeter City beating two teams by this score in their history. The first 8-1 win came against Coventry City in 1926. In 1935, the club beat Aldershot by the same scoreline, even though the match was 0-0 at half time.

The club’s record victory in all competitions is 14-0. Exeter City beat Weymouth by this scoreline in the FA Cup in 1908.

The club’s record defeat is 9-0, and this scoreline has been inflicted on Exeter City on two occasions. The club’s first 9-0 defeat came at the hands of Notts County in 1948, and ten years later Northampton Town inflicted the same scoreline on Exeter City.

The club’s all time record attendance is 20,984. This attendance figure was reached in 1931, when Exeter City played Sunderland in the FA Cup.

Exeter City Players

The current Exeter City players list consists of 32 members of the first team squad, including those who have come through the youth ranks at the club.

Notable ex Exeter City players include Harry Gee, Cliff Bastin, who went on to play for England; and Dick Pym, who also played for England and the fee the club received from his sale to Bolton Wanderers enabled Exeter City to buy their stadium.

Other ex Exeter City players include Tony Kellow, who is the club’s all time record goalscorer; Arnold Mitchell, Fred Whitlow, Ian Main and Alan Banks.

Exeter City Manager

The current Exeter City manager is Matt Taylor. Taylor took over from Paul Tisdale in 2018.

Tisdale had been the Exeter City manager since 2006. Tisdale also played for Exeter, and took the job initially on a player/manager contract. He can also be classed as one of the most successful managers in Exeter City history, overseeing the club’s return to the Football League.

Paul Tisdale is also the club’s longest serving manager, which 626 games managed to date.

Honours 

The Exeter City honours list consists of one fourth tier title (1989); one Conference National playoff win (2008); and one Football League Third Division South Cup (1934).

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