Exeter is owned by its fans, the Exeter City Supporters Trust having bought a majority shareholding in the club in 2003. Only Newport and AFC Wimbledon in the EFL are also fan owned. Their home ground is St James’ Park (confusing for Newcastle United fans!) and they have played there since 1904.
A turbulent financial time for the club ended when they drew Manchester United in the FA Cup 3rd round in 2005. They drew 0-0 at St James’ Park before losing 2-0 in the Old Trafford replay (Rooney and Ronaldo scoring the goals). Income from these 2 games was nearly £1 million and allowed the club to virtually clear its debts.
Exeter’s longest serving manager was Paul Tisdale (between 2006 and 2018). Terry Cooper (Mark Cooper’s dad) managed Exeter for a couple of spells between 1988 and 1995.
The club’s nickname is ‘The Grecians’. There are plenty of theories but nobody is sure how this nickname came about. The club’s mascot is The Grecian Lion.
Michael Jackson became an honorary director of the club in 2002. He came to the club at the invitation of his friend and fellow club director, Uri Geller.
Famous Exeter fans include Joss Stone, Adrian Edmondson, Noel Edmonds and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Exeter’s mascot, the Grecian Lion. Nobody is sure where the nickname ‘The Grecians’ came from