ECFC 2021/22

Retained list and signings

"Eleven players will be leaving St James Park this summer after Exeter City have unveiled their retained list for the 2021/22 season." (Devon Live July 2021)

Five senior players were released, as well as four young professionals, while two loanees in Jokull Andresson and Robbie Willmott  returned to their parent club. Contracts were offered to four out of contract senior players, with Jake Taylor (Signed for Stevenage) and Randell Williams (Signed by Hull City)  while discussions with Pierce Sweeney (Moved to Swindon but resigned for City a few weeks later) and Lewis Page (signed for Harrogate Town) Lewis Ward, Jonny Maxted, Tom Parkes, Alex Fisher, Nicky Ajose, Noah Smerdon, Lewis Wilson, Louis Morison and Will Dean left St James Park having not been offered new contracts.

Season Preview 2021/22
A new season is upon us, but there's something very different about this one. It's been a long time since most fans will have been to St James Park but, for the vast majority, the 523-day wait will end today. As a result, the sense of anticipation for this campaign is like none of its predecessors.


There's been a lot of change since SJP was last full. Numerous academy graduates have gone from young pros to established first-teamers, to highly sought-afters. Some have even become former Grecians. What is certain is that, despite a number of injuries, there will be plenty of homegrown talent in Matt Taylor's squad later this afternoon. Whilst missing out on the play offs last season was disappointing, so many of our academy graduates are now seasoned professionals looking to build on positive 2020/21 seasons. The likes of Alex Hartridge, Archie Collins, Matt Jay, Josh Key and Ben Seymour all make for a strong core to the squad, with the likes of Jordan Dyer and Harry Kite looking to add more game time following a handful of appearances last season. The highly sought-after Harry Lee and Sonny Cox will also be looking to make their first team debuts after signing their first professional contracts in July. Away from the first team, this year should also provide some of our youngsters with the opportunity to gain first team experience whilst out on loan, touch wood. Currently, Jack Arthur and Cheick Diabate have had loan spells until January 2022 confirmed at Bideford and Truro City respectively. James Dodd, having recovered from back-to-back ACL injuries to earn himself a new contract, is expected to go out on loan, whilst the likes of Nelson Iseguan, Ellis Johnson, Alfie Pond and Jack Veale could all easily spend time away from SJP this season. Despite the emphasis on youth, Matt Taylor has not hesitated to bring in experience over the summer. Jevani Brown, Timothée Dieng, Jonathan Grounds and George Ray all bring with them a wealth of Football League experience. This has been supplemented with further young players with potential in the shape of Josh Coley, Sam Nombe and Callum Rowe. The temporary addition of the highly-regarded Cameron Dawson also adds real quality between the sticks without blocking the pathways of Harry Lee or Jack Arthur whilst they gain experience. The volume of change within the squad, which has proven rarely high compared to recent seasons, doesn't seem to have affected people's opinions on how the Grecians will fare in League Two this season. City are currently tipped to be in the play off mix, with certain journalists even having the Grecians down as favourites for the title!


First Team Results

Date Versus Comp Venue Result Score Posn Att Goalscorers
07/08/2021 Bradford City League Home D 0-0 12th 5609 :      
14/08/2021 Leyton Orient League Away L 0-3 20th 4806 :      
17/08/2021 Barrow League Away D 0-0 20th 2667 :      
21/08/2021 Bristol Rovers League Home W 4-1 12th 5284 Jay 2 Dieng Kite  
28/08/2021 Harrogate Town League Away D 1-1 11th 1883 Key      
04/09/2021 Forest Green Rovers League Home D 0-0 13th 4008 :      
11/09/2021 Scunthorpe United League Away W 4-0 8th 2443 Jay 2 Key Dieng  
18/09/2021 Sutton United League Home W 2-0 5th 4511 Nombe  Og    
25/09/2021 Hartlepool  League Away D 1-1 6th 5194 Nombe       
02/10/2021 Walsall League Home D 2-2 6th 4839 Dieng Nombe    
09/10/2021 Stevenage League Away D 2-2 10th 3186 Nombe Jay    
16/10/2021 Newport County League Home D 2-2 9th  5078 Jay 2 Nombe    
19/10/2021 Crawley Town League Away W 3-1 7th 1960 Jay 2 Attangana Nombe  
23/10/2021 Mansfield League Home W 2-1 4th 4329 Dieng Jay    
30/10/2021 Salford League Away W 2-1 4th 1892 Jay  Og Equalled the record of games without defeat
13/11/2021 Oldham League Home W 2-1 3rd 5103 Jay Brown (J) 14 league games without defeat A NEW RECORD
20/11/2021 Carlisle League Home W 2-1 2nd 4796 Nombe Caprice Jake Caprice's 1st ever goal
23/11/2021 Colchester League Away L 1-3 2nd 2028 Amond   A new record of 15 League games without defeat
27/11/2021 Rochdale League Away D 1-1 3rd 2102 Ray      
07/12/2021 Northampton League Home L 1-2 4th 3823 Amond      
11/12/2021 Tranmere Rovers League Home L 0-1 5th 4850 :      
01/01/2020 Sutton United League Away L 1-2 8th 3278 Dieng      
04/01/2022 Forest Green Rovers League Away D 0-0 8th 2631 :      
15/01/2022 Scunthorpe United League Home W 2-0 8th 4676 Brown Zanzala   Debut goal for Zanzala.
22/01/2022 Walsall League Away W 2-0 8th 4750 Dieng Diabate   1st league goal for Diabate
29/01/2022 Hartlepool  League Home D 0-0 8th 5121 :      
05/02/2022 Swindon Town League Away W 2-1 7th 10642 Brown Dieng    
08/02/2022 Leyton Orient League Home W 1-0 6th 4111 Diabate      
12/02/2022 Bradford City League Away W 1-0 4th 15058 Phillips      
15/02/2022 Harrogate Town League Home W 4-3 3rd 3852 Brown (pen) Grounds Dieng Sparkes
22/02/2022 Barrow League Home P-P P-P 4th Ground Safety Issues Storm Eunice    
26/02/2022 Bristol Rovers League Away D 1-1 4th 9689 Brown      
04/03/2022 Mansfield League Away L 1-2 5th 6702 Jay      
08/03/2022 Swindon Town League Home W 3-1 3rd 5958 Brown Grounds Jay  
12/03/2022 Salford League Home D 0-0 5th 5775 :      
15/03/2022 Crawley Town League Home W 2-1 5th 4042 Dieng 2      
19/03/2022 Oldham League Away W 2-0 2nd 5111 Taylor (Kyle) Brown (J)    
22/03/2020 Port Vale League Away D 0-0 2nd 5301 :      
26/03/2022 Stevenage League Home W 2-1 2nd 5923 Stubbs 2      
02/04/2022 Newport County League Away W 1-0 2nd 5697 Dieng      
09/04/2022 Carlisle League Away W 1-0 2nd 5132 Amond      
15/04/2022 Colchester League Home W 2-0 2nd 7549 Sparkes Zanzala    
18/04/2022 Tranmere Rovers League Away L 0-2 2nd 6666 :      
23/04/2022 Rochdale League Home W 2-0 2nd 6935 Dieng Jay    
26/04/2022 Barrow League Home W 2-1 2nd 7860 Phillips Jay Exeter were promoted!
30/04/2022 Northampton League Away D 1-1 1st 7764 Nombe      
07/05/2022 Port Vale League Home L 0-1 2nd  8147 :   Finished 2nd on goal difference



Final Table

EFL League Division 2
1 Forest Green Rovers 46 23 15 8 75 44 31 84
2 Exeter City 46 23 15 8 65 41 24 84
3 Bristol Rovers 46 23 11 12 71 49 22 80
4 Northampton 46 23 11 12 60 38 22 80
5 Port Vale 46 22 12 12 67 46 21 78
6 Swindon 46 22 11 13 77 54 23 77
7 Mansfield 46 22 11 13 67 52 15 77
8 Sutton United 46 22 10 14 69 53 16 76
9 Tranmere 46 21 12 13 53 40 13 75
10 Salford 46 19 13 14 60 46 14 70
11 Newport 46 19 12 15 67 58 9 69
12 Crawley 46 17 10 19 56 66 -10 61
13 Leyton Orient 46 14 16 16 62 47 15 58
14 Bradford City 46 14 16 16 53 55 -2 58
15 Colchester 46 14 13 19 48 60 -12 55
16 Walsall 46 14 12 20 47 60 -13 54
17 Hartlepool 46 14 12 20 44 64 -20 54
18 Rochdale 46 12 17 17 51 59 -8 53
19 Harrogate 46 14 11 21 64 75 -11 53
20 Carlisle 46 14 11 21 39 62 -23 53
21 Stevenage 46 11 14 21 45 68 -23 47
22 Barrow 46 10 14 22 44 57 -13 44
23 Oldham 46 9 11 26 46 75 -29 38
24 Scunthorpe  46 4 14 28 29 90 -61 26



Exeter were promoted after the 2-1 home win against Barrow on the 26th April 2022. And in the following game at Northampton drew with 3rd placed Northampton to go to the Top of the league, 

A Scott Palfrey poster!


NEW CLUB RECORDS SET IN 2021/22

Fewest defeats in a Football League season - 8
League Two 2021/22. Equals previous record set in 1932/33, 1963/64 and 2019/20
Fewest away defeats in a Football League season -5
League Two 2021/22
Fewest away goals conceded in a Football League season 
22 League Two 2021/22
Eighth consecutive season of winning more League games than losing.
Sixth consecutive season with a positive goal difference. (Only ever achieved before in non-League football).
Fourth consecutive season conceding 50 goals or less.

First time in the club’s history having consecutive seasons with a goal difference better than plus 20.

First time in the club’s Football League history having consecutive seasons with a positive goal difference in away games.

Longest sequence of undefeated League games- 15 1
7/08/2021 to 20/11/2021

Longest sequence of undefeated games - 19

17/08/2021 to 20/11/2021 (15 League, 3 FLT, 1 FAC)
Longest sequence of undefeated away games * - 9

17/08/2021 to 06/11/2021 (7 League, 1 FLT, 1 FAC)
* League Record remains 8


League Cup

League Cup  
10/08/2021 Wycombe Wanderers L Cup 1 Home D 0-0 : 2555 : Lost on pens


FA Cup

FA CUP
06/11/2021 Bradford City R1 Away D 1-1 : 2326 Nombe            
16/11/2021 Bradford City R1 Replay Home W 3-0 : 3500 Jay 2 Attangana   Result Expunged Exeter played 6 subs
30/11/2021 Bradford City R1 Replay Home W 2-1 : 3228 Dieng Ray          
04/12/2021 Cambridge United R2 Away L 1-2 : 2834 Nombe (p)            

Although the result for the FA Cup R1 replay was expunged the goals scored and apperances stand. Exeter and Bradford had to replay their FA Cup first-round replay tie on Tuesday, 30 November after the Exeter fielded a sixth substitute in the initial tie. The Grecians thought they had reached the second round when they scored three goals in extra time after a goalless 90 minutes. But FA Cup rules state teams may not make more than five changes in a tie, including any period of extra time. 

Football League Trophy

Date Versus Venue   Result Score Att Goalscorers
24/08/2021 Chelsea U-21 Home Group D 1-1 1669 Jay (pen)     Lost 4-3 on pens
05/10/2021 Cheltenham Away Group D 2-2 987 Daniel Collins   Won 3-2 on pens
10/11/2021 Bristol Rovers Home Group W 5-3 1479 Coley 2 Dieng Amond 2 Won the Group
07/01/2022 Portsmouth Home 2R L 2-3 2146 Jay Collins      


Friendlies

Date Versus Venue Result Score Att Goalscorers
06/07/2021 Weston Super Mare Away L 1-2   Collins      
09/07/2021 Tiverton Town Away W 1-0   Seymour      
13/07/2021 Taunton Town Away W 5-0   Seymour 2 Brown Nombe 2  
16/07/2021 Bath City Away W 4-3   Dodd Nombe 2 Jay  
20/07/2021 Weymouth Away W 3-2   Jay Brown Nombe   
24/07/2021 Cardiff City Away D 2-2   Jay Sweeney    
27/07/2021 Bristol City Home L 0-4   :      
31/07/2021 Shrewsbury Town Home L 0-2   :      
03/08/2021 Truro City Away L 0-1   :      




Premier League Cup
Results

Premier League Cup
Date Versus   Venue Result Score Att Goalscorers
03/09/2021 Plymouth Argyle Qualifier Away W 2-1 345 Seymour 2      
07/09/2021 Swansea City Group Stage Home D 1-1 417 Rowe        
15/09/2021 Wolves  Group Stage Home L 2-3 571 Cox Pond      
13/10/2021 West Ham Group Stage Away L 2-3 0 Iseguan Coley   No fans allowed?
14/01/2022 Swansea City Group Stage Away D 2-2 0 Rowe Seymour   No fans allowed?
18/01/2022 West Ham Group Stage Home L 0-3 509 :        
22/02/2022 Wolves  Group Stage Away W 2-0   Hanson Johnson      

Table

West Ham,Wolves and Swansea were their under 23's

West Ham  6 4 1 1 11-5 13
Wolves  6 3 2 1 8-6 11
Exeter City 6 1 2 3 9-12 5
Swansea C 6 0 3 3 7-12 3

Exeter did not qualify for the knockout stages

Devon Bowl

The Devon Bowl was re-introduced after a two year break (Due to pandemic)

Devon  Bowl 2021-22
Date Versus Comp Venue Result Score Att Goalscorers
28/09/2021 Plymouth Marjon 1st Round Away W 2-0 46 Eli Collins Sonny Cox    
10/11/2021 Honiton Town 2nd Round At Ottery W 2-1 300 Joe Wragg Eli Collins    
26/01/2022 Axminster Town Quarter Final Away W 2-0 502 Hanson Spencer    
23/03/2022 Tavistock Semi Final Away W 4-2 154 Josh Oak og Hanson Dean Cunningham
05/05/2022 Bideford Final Neutral L 0-0 450 :   Lost 2-0 on pens

Goalscorer's

  League Total Cups Total  Total
Jay  2,4,5,6.7,8,9,10,11,12,13, 14 14 1,3,4 4 18
Dieng 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12 12 1,2 2 14
Kite 1, 1     1
Key 1,2 2     2
Seymour     2,3 3 3
Rowe     1,2 2 2
Cox     1,3,4 2 2
Wragg     1 1 1
Pond     1 1 1
Iseguan     1 1 1
Nombe 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 7 1,2 2 9
Collins (E)     1,2,3 3 3
Daniel     1 1 1
Collins (A)     1,2 2 2
Attangana 1, 1 1, 1 2
Amond 1,2,3, 2 2, 2 4
Coley     1,3, 3 3
Brown 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 8 8     8
Caprice 1, 1     1
Ray 1 1 1 1 2
Zanzala 1, 2 2     2
Diabate 1,2 2     2
James     1, 1 1
Johnson     1 1 1
Hanson     1,2,3,4 4 4
Spencer     1,3 3 3
Phillips 1,2 2     2
Grounds 1,2, 2     2
Sparkes 1,2 2     2
Taylor K 1 1     1
Stubbs 2 2     2
Billington     1 1 1
Dean   1     1
Cunningham     1, 1 1
own goals 1,2, 2 1, 1 3
          108


Youth 

Football League Youth Alliance
Exeter City’s Under-18s coach, Chad Gribble, admitted his players were looking forward to returning to league action following their break from competitive matches due to the squad's recent COVID-19 setbacks. This past fortnight has seen a number of the youth team link up with Dan Green and his Under-23s side for their latest round of cup ties with Plymouth Argyle and Swansea City, ahead of this coming Saturday, which will see the U18s play their first fixture in the Youth Alliance South West division since 13th August. But Gribble explained that it isn’t just those players that featured in the Premier League Cup that have been preparing themselves for this coming weekend with match minutes, with other members of the Under-18s squad getting involved in a behind closed doors friendly game during the week. “Firstly, the Swansea match was the priority, and so it meant the Under-18s and the Under-23s all trained together. They had a good preparation session together, and good work was put in during that time, and it provided a good experience for the boys to be in amongst Dan Green and the older players,” said Gribble. “The boys who started on Tuesday evening against Swansea, and the boys who were brought on all got a good amount of exposure, and I was quite pleased to see the Under-18s contribute to the cup tie. “It is important we look to continue doing that. Harry Lee, Alfie Pond and Sonny Cox all started, but they, like the rest of the players had to earn their opportunity. I think for them, and for the younger pros like Jack Veale and Nelson Iseguan, what helped them was the run we had in the Youth Alliance Cup last season, and that put them in good stead and helped them handle the occasion. The Swansea match was another successful day for the Academy, but what is important is that we will continue to push these players because our aim is for them to start for the first team in the future.” “We took the remainder of the U18s group that weren’t involved on Tuesday, as well as some players from the Under-16s, to Millfield School near Street, and played a friendly against an Under-19s side. It meant that everyone has played some sort of football ahead of this weekend. A match always feels different, and you can’t replicate that game feeling in training. There were some sloppy moments in the game, but that was to be expected, and hopefully, that will mean that there will be a reduction in untidy moments on Saturday, and we will cut the sloppy bits out of our game. “The friendly game was perfect preparation for us, but we know that Saturday's match against Cheltenham will be a different ball game. Obviously, they will be a stronger opponent, and they will have played three more league matches than us, but we’ll know exactly where we are during the opening 20 minutes of Saturday's contest.

Results

Football League Youth Alliance 2020/21
  Friendly                
13/08/2021 League AFC Bournemouth Home 1-5 George Spencer      
11/09/2021 League Cheltenham Town Home 1-3 Mitch Beardmore        
17/09/2021 League Portsmouth Home 0-1 :        
25/09/2021 YA Cup 1 Plymouth Argyle Home 2-2 Eli Collins Mitch Beardmore   Won 9-8 on pens
02/10/2021 League Swindon  Away 2-1 Nevile Mitch Beardmore      
09/10/2021 YA Cup 2 Newport County Away 2-1 Nevile Nicholson      
16/10/2021 League Oxford United Away 1-0 King        
23/10/2021 League Forest Green Rovers Home 5-0 Sonny Cox 2 Nevile 2 Mitch Beardmore    
30/10/2021 League Newport County Away 1-0 Eli Collins        
06/11/2021 League Plymouth Argyle Home 0-1 :        
13/11/2021 League Bristol Rovers Home 2-1 George Spencer Eli Collins      
20/11/2021 YA Cup 3 AFC Wimbledon Away 0-2 :        
27/11/2021 League Cheltenham Town Away 2-1 Charlie Hanson Eli Collins (Pen)      
04/12/2021 League Portsmouth Away 4-0 George Spencer Mitch Beardmore 2 Sonny Cox    
11/12/2021 League Bristol Rovers Away 4-1 Sonny Cox 2 Nevile  James    
18/12/2021 League Oxford United Home 4-4 George Spencer 4        
08/01/2021 League AFC Bournemouth Away 0-2 :        
15/01/2021 League Swindon  Home P-P          
29/01/2021 League Forest Green Rovers Away 2-1 Mitch Beardmore O'Connor      
05/02/2021 League Plymouth Argyle Away 0-4 :        
12/02/2021 League Newport County Home 2-2 Eli Collins 2 (1pen)        
19/02/2021 League Swindon  Home 6-1 James 3 Charlie Hanson 2 George Spencer    

Exeter qualified for Merit 1 by finishing in 3rd place.



Final Table

South West Division Final Table 2021/22
1 AFC Bournemouth 17 10 4 3 37 21 +16 34
2 Plymouth Argyle 17 10 4 3 38 25 +13 34
3 Exeter City U18 18 10 2 6 37 28 +9 32
4 Oxford United U18 18 8 6 4 34 21 +13 30
5 Portsmouth U18 18 9 2 7 36 31 +5 29
6 Swindon Town U18 18 7 4 7 29 29 0 25
7 Newport County U18 18 5 4 9 21 27 -6 19
8 Cheltenham Town 18 5 4 9 23 32 -9 19
9 Forest Green Rovers 18 4 2 12 22 42 -20 14
10 Bristol Rovers U18 18 3 4 11 16 37 -21 13


Merit 1
Results

Merit  1
26/02/2022 League Cambridge United Home 1-2 Pedro Borges        
04/03/2022 League Southend United Away 1-5 Tom Dean        
12/03/2022 League Gillingham  Away 1-1 Alfie Cunningham        
19/03/2022 League Plymouth Argyle Home 0-2 :        
25/03/2022 League AFC Wimbledon Away 1-0 Pedro Borges        
02/04/2022 League Stevenage Home 3-3 Billington  Alfie Cunningham Og     
09/04/2022 League Portsmouth Away 2-2 Harrison King George Spencer      
23/04/2022 League Oxford United Home 0-1 :     At Tiverton 
30/04/2022 League AFC Bournemouth Away 1-3          



Final Table

Merit 1 Final Table 2021/22
1 Plymouth Argyle 9 7 1 1 16 3 13 22
2 Gillingham U18 9 6 3 0 15 6 9 21
3 Southend United 9 6 0 3 24 15 9 18
4 Portsmouth U18 8 4 1 3 12 11 1 13
5 Oxford United U18 9 4 1 4 8 14 -6 13
6 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 1 5 16 17 -1 10
7
Cambridge United
9 3 1 5 9 13 -4 10
8 AFC Wimbledon U18 8 3 0 5 13 14 -1 9
9 Exeter City U18 9 1 3 5 9 19 -10 6
10 Stevenage U18 9 1 1 7 10 20 -10 4




FA Youth Cup

FA Youth Cup 2021-22
26/10/2021 Bristol Rovers R1 Away W 4-0 ? Billington Hanson Cox 2
15/11/2021 Chelmsford R2 Away W 4-0 249 Spencer 2 Ed James Collins (p)
02/12/2021 AFC Bournemouth R3 Home L 0-2 315 :    




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