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Stat Attack: Exeter City vs. Notts County, Tuesday 27 September 2016

Joe Jones

Notts County and Exeter City have met a total of 42 times over their history, the first meeting coming at St James’ Park in Division Three (South) which finished as a 3-3 draw.

The Magpies have an excellent record against the Grecians; out of those 42 games, Notts claimed a result in 33, with 16 wins and 18 draws.

The last game, however, saw Exeter come out on top, condemning Notts to a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Meadow Lane in March 2016.

Exeter was formed in 1901 as St. Sidwell's United and played in the Southern League from 1908 until 1920, when that league's top division was absorbed into The Football League as its new Division Three.

The club was the first ever team to play the Brazilian national team in 1914, a match which was commemorated in a 2014 friendly game against Fluminense.

City took 60 years to achieve their first ever promotion, finishing fourth in Division Four in the 1963–64 season.

Since then, the club have mostly oscillated between the third and fourth divisions, spending five years in the Conference between 2003 and 2008; having been promoted a further four times (in 1976–77, 1989–90, 2007–08 and 2008–09) and relegated five times (in 1965–66,1983–84, 1993–94, 2002–03 and 2011–12).

Famous fans include Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, Adrian Edmondson, Mark Nicol and Noel Edmonds.

Singer Joss Stone signed up as a member of the Supporters' Trust, being introduced to fans on the pitch as a new member during a League Cup match against Liverpool.

In 2002 pop singer Michael Jackson was made honorary director of Exeter City. He visited St James Park with celebrity friend Uri Geller, who was also a director.

The crew of the HMS Defender also adopted Exeter City as their home team and use their strip if playing games whilst on tour.

Provisional team news

Exeter midfielder Lee Holmes could make his first start since the opening day of the season - he has been on the bench for the last two games since recovering from a foot injury, but played a key role on Saturday by scoring the opening goal in the 10-man Grecians' 2-0 win at Stevenage.

Jordan Moore-Taylor, sent off in the first half at Stevenage for a professional foul, serves his one-match ban and Jack Stacey could slot into defence with Troy Brown and Troy Archibald-Henville still out.

Notts, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of top scorer Jon Stead, who is nursing a hamstring problem following the win over Leyton Orient.

Magpies manager John Sheridan will give the in-form striker as long as possible to prove his fitness, but he does have Adam Campbell and Vadaine Oliver available should Stead miss out.

Alan Smith is still suffewring suffering from a hip injury but appears to be making progress.

Curtis Thompson is still out of action with a long-standing ankle problem and is not expected to be ready for another two or three weeks.

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