A closer look at Exeter City FC

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Authored by David Banks
Posted Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 6:14am

The English Football League Two is the 4th highest overall division in the English football system. It is home to a lot of talented young players and underdog clubs. There are a total of 24 clubs in League Two. At the end of each season, the top three teams, as well as the winner from the play-offs are promoted to EFL League One.

League Two is very famous among the local fans mostly because of the interesting games and all the betting included. There were statistics which showed that the lower tiers of England are more attractive for betting. And people never miss a chance to wage their luck, especially after the expansion of online bookies.

There are a lot of popular sites like Free Bets UK, who offer excellent odds to the people using their services. And they never shy away from trying their luck. It is interesting for them because the outcome of the games is really hard to predict. As far as the odds for next season go, Bradford have the best odds, 9/4. Salford and Mansfield are second and third with 12/5 and 11/4. Plymouth has nice odds – 9/2. Exeter City F.C. has a 15/2 chance to win League Two.

Teams that are most likely to win the play-offs are Swindon, Colchester, Forest Green, and Carlisle. All of them have a 16/1 chance to win the play-offs. Oldham, Port Vale and Exeter are right behind them. These 3 teams have a 20/1 chance to come out on top during the play-offs.

This article will focus on Exeter City FC. It will provide a short history of the club and its current situation. Currently, Exeter City F.C. is a part of League Two, and they finished the 2018/2019 season on the 9thplace.

The Beginnings 

Exeter City FC started as a small team in 1901 as St Sidwell's United. After a meeting in May 1904, it was decided that the club's name will be the one as of today. In 1920, they were invited by the Football League to become founder members of the Third Division. Exeter won their first league title in the 1989/1990 season under Terry Cooper, and gaining promotion as the Fourth Division champions.

Conference Period (2003-2008)

After the club’s relegation to the Conference, Exeter City Supporters’ Trust purchased a majority shareholding, but two of the directors were convicted for fraud and sentenced in prison. After going in debt, the club had a rough period owing millions of pounds. But even with the difficulties, they managed to beat Cambridge United 1-0 in the final of the play-offs in 2008, thus securing a spot for the return to League Two.

The Return to League Two

Exeter finally returned to League Two after battling with all the issues and coming out victorious. They had tremendous success in 2008/2009 season, even beating Rotherham United to win a promotion to League One.  The club was part of the League One for three years, but after the death of Adam Stansfield, it was hard for everybody. They returned to League Two in 2012 and stayed there throughout the years.

Fun Facts About the Club

The club's nickname is The Grecians. There are many theories as to why and how this became their nickname since its origin is unclear. Exeter has some famous fans like Chris Martin, Noel Edmonds, and Joss Stone. The most interesting story connected to this club is probably when Michael Jackson was made honorary director in 2002.

Their main rival is Plymouth Argyle, and that rivalry has been alive since 1908. In 2014, the club launched its Hall of Fame. The goal was to recognize the achievements of individuals and glorifying them as "genuine legends".  

At the moment, Exeter City FC is getting prepared for the next season. They are using the summer transfer period wisely. They just signed the 18-year-old Noah Smerdon with the help of 1931 Fund. Their goal is to keep improving, become the best at their game with no signs of stopping. Signs are good that they will have bigger success than the previous season, with an aim to finish in the top 5.