We take a look at the Grecians...
Exeter City had a season of frustration last time around, but survived thanks to two wins at the end of the campaign, that meant they ended up five points clear of the relegation zone. Paul Tisdale’s young side were beaten by QPR in the Capital One Cup, Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Peterborough United in the FA Cup, all at the first-round stage.
Paul Tisdale has spent eight seasons at Exeter City, making him the longest serving manager in the Football League. Tisdale guided Exeter to the Conference title in 2008 and the League 2 title in 2009. He has spoken in the summer about his excitement at the youngsters currently at Exeter City. Tisdale has taken charge of 411 matches, with a win ratio of 36.98 per cent.
THE ONES TO WATCH
Liam Sercombe has been with Exeter his whole career, having broken onto the scene during the 2007-08 season. He scored a stunning goal at Roots Hall last season, and made 47 appearances throughout the campaign, scoring five in total.
20-year-old Tom Nichols is another graduate of Exeter City’s academy and made his first real breakthrough last season, making 29 appearances in total scoring six times. He has had previous loan spells Hereford and Dorchester.
Goalkeeper Christy Pym will be expected to play a much bigger role following Artur Krysiak’s release this summer. The young goalkeeper broke into the first team last season and made his debut against Blues.
WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER
Christy Pym has signed a new deal, but fellow goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was released. John O’Flynn, Sam Parkin, Alan Gow and Elliott Chamberlain have also been released, along with Jacob Jagger-Cane and Jacob Wannell.
Jordan Moore-Taylor has agreed a new deal but Jake Gosling has left the club.
Assistant Manager Rob Edwards left the club, and has since taken on the role as Tranmere Rovers manager.
Exeter will not be able to make any signings until August, having taken out a loan from the PFA.
Blues just edge the overall record against Exeter City, with 44 wins from the 121 meetings so far. There have been 37 draws and 40 wins for the Grecians.
Last season, Blues won at St James’ Park and Exeter won at Roots Hall.