Exeter are FGR’s hosts on September 4th. The Grecians started their season slowly. A goalless draw at home to Bradford was followed by a 3-0 loss away to Leyton Orient. They then travelled to Barrow in a weather-affected game where the sides battled out a 0-0 draw in which Barrow manager, Mark Cooper, was dismissed towards the end for dissent towards a match official.
Exeter’s lack of goals in their opening 3 matches was turned around in their 4th game when they beat Bristol Rovers at home comprehensively, 4-1, having led 4-0 at the break. Last seasons top scorer, Matt Jay, scored the opening 2 goals.
Exeter’s most recent outing saw them come back from a goal down at Harrogate to draw 1-1, in spite of being a man down for over half the game (Kite dismissed for a 2nd yellow card on 43 minutes). Exeter are currently in 11th place with 6 points from 5 games.
Exeter have bolstered their attack with the signing on a season-long loan of veteran striker Padraig Amond from Newport. Rovers fans will remember Amond’s last minute winner for Newport in last seasons play-off semi-final at The New Lawn. Amond is a replacement for Ryan Bowman who scored 32 goals for Exeter in his 97 appearances before being sold to Shrewsbury Town in the summer. Last time out Exeter played a 3-4-1-2 formation with Jay sitting behind strikers Amond and Brown.
Matt Jay (number 17) leads Exeter’s scoring this season and was top scorer last season.
The 2 clubs have a number of odd connections. Mark Cooper’s dad, Terry, managed the club for 2 spells between 1988 and 1995. Alan Ball managed the club for 3 years in the 1990’s. FGR fans may remember Exeter keeper, Jonny Maxted, who had a spell with Rovers. Elliott Frear is a former Exeter City Academy graduate.
Some random facts about Exeter-
Their home ground is St James’ Park (confusing for Newcastle United fans!) and they have played there since 1904.
Paul Tisdale is Exeter’s longest serving manager (between 2006 and 2018). Tisdale is currently an adviser at Colchester after Bristol Rovers sacked him in February.
Michael Jackson was made an honorary director of the club in 2002 and came to the club at the invitation of his friend and fellow club director, Uri Geller.
Famous fans include Joss Stone, Adrian Edmondson, Noel Edmonds and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
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 also have fan ownership.
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.
Nobody is really sure how they got their nickname, The Grecians.
The current organization retains the legal name of Forest Green Rovers Supporters Society Ltd, with the popular name of Forest Green Rovers Supporters Club, and is constituted as Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Society. We continue to invest in FGR and remain an important focal point for supporters to demonstrate their support for Forest Green Rovers Football Club.