Exeter City v Barnet
npower league 2
Saturday 29th December 2012
Stadium: St James’ Park, St James Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 6PX
Telephone: 01392 411243
Club Colours: Red and White stripes with Black trim.
Nickname: The Grecians
Official Club Website: www.exetercityfc.co.uk
Brief Directions By Road: The M4 and onto the M5 and junction 29 is a very straight forward way to get to Exeter but the much more pleasant – and it covers a lot less miles – is the M3 westbound until junction 8 and onto the A303. Remain on the A303 passing Stonehenge (is it not the most magnificent sight?) until it becomes the A30 around Honiton. Stay on the A30 into Exeter. As you pass under the M5 bridge, look out for the signs to the City Centre Now it gets tough! Follow signs for City Centre on the Honiton Road. This road becomes Wonford Hill and then Fore Street and passes through Heavitree. Turn right at the roundabout into Western Way (B3212) which is signposted Pinhoe and Broadclyst. At the next roundabout, take the second exit into Old Tiverton Road where the ground becomes signposted. At the top of the hill take the first left into St. James’ Road. I hereby announce that these directions are taken from information provided by Exeter City FC.
Car Parking: Some street parking is available plus very limited parking at the ground if you get there early enough. The club suggests the pay and display in the city centre and a ‘short’ walk (20 minutes) to the ground.
Directions By Train: An early morning London Paddington to St James’ Park train will take around 3 hours with a probable change at Exeter St David’s. St James’ Park station is right beside the ground. Alighting at St David’s will allow you to visit the city centre but it is a fair walk to the ground.
Supporters Coaches: The official coach will leave the Pavilion at 9am and the ticket price is just £25. The Pavilion will be open from 7.45am for pre-journey refreshments. Discounts on travel are available for season ticket holders and club members. Bookings for coach travel for all 2012-13 season away games can be made online or by calling 020 8449 6325.
Eating And Drinking Locally: Pub wise, the Victoria Inn can be found in Victoria Street a short walk from the ground while the Grand Old Duke Of York is very close to the ground and popular with Grecians fans – both are safe according to the club. Another option: The Brook Green Tavern on Well Street – this pub is a regular in the annual CAMRA Good Beer Guide and is located only 50 metres away from the ground and is away fan friendly. Tweed jackets, goatie beards and jugs at the ready! The Grecians clubhouse The Centre Spot welcomes away fans before and after the game – I spent some serious drinking time in there once and very reasonable prices and a well kept pint were on offer I must add. The walls were covered in City memorabilia and historical artefacts plus it is well worth checking out a ‘Devon Pastie’ which are on sale in the club before the game – there were superb!
Admission Prices: St James Road Terrace: Adults£17, Concessions £12, U12s £5.00.
Overnight Stay Factor: 7/10 purely for the time of year otherwise this part of the country always attracts even though Exeter itself is not the most exciting City in the land. However, Torquay, which is only 20 odd miles away, has all the delights of the English Riviera for a weekend away.