Nickname: The Grecians
Manager: Matt Taylor
Stadium: St James Park
Current league position: 7th
Last season’s finish: 5th (League Two Play-Off Finalists)
Current top scorer: Matt Jay (12 goals in all competitions)
FFV’s one for the future: Joel Randall
Exeter City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Exeter, Devon, England. The team play in EFL League 2, 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 and run by the club’s supporters through the Exeter City Supporters club. The club contests West Country derby matches with a number of sides, with Plymouth Argyle FC 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 (national League), 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.