Once again, as a
Northender exiled in Kent, I had the
luxury of a pleasant drive down the A303
towards Devon. It does make a
welcome change from never ending
motorways, and there are plenty of
sights to see along the way.
Having done my home-work with an atlas
the night before, I had pretty much
worked out that once I had passed under
the M5 I needed to keep straight ahead
across several junctions before trying
to home in on the ground some where to
my right once near the city centre.
This seemed to work, and just as well as
I found sign-posting to be almost
non-existent, so beware!
Just at the point where I was beginning
to think "oh dear", I suddenly chanced
upon a fair number of pedestrians in red
and white shirts walking in one
direction, so breathed a sigh of relief
and spied the ground to my left as I
drove along the Old Tiverton Road.
I turned right at the roundabout at the
end of the road, where St. James Parish
church sits, and found some suitable
parking and then walked back to the
The ground itself, named after the
Parish church, makes away fans welcome
on a tiny terrace behind one goal, open
to the elements. At the opposite
end is the modern rebuilt terrace which
has a peculiar profile to one side due
to the proximity of a railway line and
alongside the railway line is an old
Grandstand, part of which is allocated
to away fans should they wish to sit. To
the right of the 'away' end, or St.
James Road terrace, is another new stand
that looks very tidy.
I liked the appearance of this ground
very much, nestling amongst its rather
cramped and confined environment quite
cosily. Although not required on this
mid-March afternoon, the lighting
consists of a set of old poles along
side the old Grandstand with a few
lights attached to each pole, and more
modern lights on the new stand opposite,
so I suspect that the ground never did
have the traditional floodlight pylons.
Indeed there would have been no room in
at least one corner due to the
aforementioned railway line.
I mentioned before in an earlier report
how I liked the noise made by Swindon's
home support, and Exeter's fans deserve
just as much credit if not more.
For a team trying to stave off
relegation, and losing for the majority
of the match, they rarely let up a noisy
barrage of support.
Its always great to see your team win
away from home, yet I felt a tinge of
sympathy with the home fans as they sang
their hearts out, and complete with
drums a plenty on the home terrace they
made a great atmosphere, so I hope they
stay up come the end of season
I returned to my car, and for ease I
drove a different route out of town
relying on instinct and sense of
direction which soon brought me to the
A30 from where I could trundle
under the M5 and onto the A303 and home
reflecting on a pleasant afternoon's
I think most fans will enjoy Exeter
City; but do your map homework
beforehand unless you rely on satnav,
and have clothing to hand that you may
need for an open terrace!.