That’s right the fat lady is singing for Exeter City after relegation was confirmed last weekend after a 4-1 defeat at Carlisle United, the longest trip in UK football. All credit to Carlisle, who all City fans wish were in the Scottish leagues, a team that any astute League One watcher will know can beat anyone on their day at Brunton Park.
So what are the positives? Well firstly we own our football club and that is not about to change. We will still be the biggest fans owned club in England (sorry AFC Wimbledon) and that gives us Exonians a sense of enormous pride. At the time of writing there is some unrest on the club’s independent fans forum Exeweb calling for an EGM of the Trust to address some issues. Far be it for me to comment on this but all is not 100% rosy in Devon’s capital.
Alan Gow has come in and despite being ex-Plymouth Argyle has wowed Exeter City fans and has even been labelled the new Ryan Harley, whisper that around here because those are big ugg boots to fill. Ryan Harley found so much time he should have been a watchmaker and he set up countless goals for Jamie Cureton who on his return scored precious few for the club. I only hope we can tie him down to a contract and another League One or Two team don’t offer him something better.
Danny Coles is out of his back brace after a horrific freak injury in training where he came off worse in a clash with the big Polish custodian Artur Krysiak. the response of the fans was amazing, they sent cards, made videos and posted online to support the new defender who has established himself after being deemed surplus to requireemnts by League Two Bristol Rovers. Us Grecian fans hope to see more of him alongside the ever developing Troy Archibald-Henville next year.
The other obvious positive is we leave League One North and go in to League Two South. Trips to Carlisle, Preston, Scunthorpe and Bury are replaced by Aldershot, Hereford, Bristol Rovers and the big one, Plymouth Argyle in the Vera Lynn sponsored Devon Derby. I will evenly boldly predict that gates will go up and not down despite the big teams not coming down. Who knows if Torquay bottle it again we could have all the Devon teams in the same league for the first time in over ten years and that is exciting to us down here.
So what are our prospects next year? It depends on the retained list. if we can keep Gow and Noble in midfield, have a clean sweep of strikers while keeping club legend Richard Logan and show faith in the youngsters the playoffs are within Paul Tisdale’s well-dressed grasp. only this week the Under 18 side lost in the national cup final, the future is bright and with the kind of support we had in that game we can all march on together back to League One where we feel we now belong.
Farewell League One we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.
Written by Ian Bond, We Are Going Up’s Exeter City blogger & Editor of The Fans Paper