ECFC Museum | Historic Timeline

Located in the Stagecoach Adam Stanfield Stand, the ECFC Historic Timeline takes fans and visitors to the club through many of the most significant moments in the history of ECFC and St James Park.

Created in 2018 as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ECFC Museum Project, this exhibition was curated in collaboration with staff and fans of the Club, who worked with the ECFC Museum to pinpoint the key moments in the history of the Grecians so far.

Beginning in 1894, the date recognised as the first known football match on the hallowed turf of SJP, the exhibition moves through the early years of the club, acknowledging our origins as St Sidwell’s United, and the subsequent changes to elements, such as our name and kit, that led to the football club that we know today.

As the display charts its way to the modern era, notable moments include the club’s promotions in 1963, 1977, 1990, 2008 & 2009, as well as the memorable and historic cup runs of 1931 and 1981 when City reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Another less known triumph featured in the timeline is the 1934 Division 3 South Cup victory against Torquay United. At the time of writing this is the Club’s only major cup win, and the winners’ medal from this occasion is also on display in our Museum Display Room in the Park building.

Other aspects of the Club’s history such as the formation of the Trust and the various redevelopments of the stadium are also covered, and through each panel we have been able to use items from our archive to illustrate the display.

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