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Exeter City board not ruling out another Friday night project

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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EXETER City chief executive Julian Tagg has said he would not rule out further Friday night fixtures at St James's Park following a boost in attendance figures for the Accrington Stanley match.

A total of 3,942 supporters came through the gates for last Friday night's fixture, which was almost 200 more than for the last home match against Aldershot on February 2.

It also eclipsed the numbers who came through the turnstiles for Saturday home games against Port Vale, Fleetwood, Chesterfield, Burton Albion and Morecambe.

And also beat the Tuesday night fixtures against Wimbledon and Wycombe.

"I know playing on a Friday night is not universally popular. However, the turnout demonstrated that for a lot of people it works," said Tagg.

"I am keeping an open mind and should the opportunity arise for a Friday night game next season, it will be considered as part of the mix."

Exeter supporter, Darren Andrews, from St Thomas, added: "Although I enjoy the ritual of Saturday afternoon at the Park, this made a nice change. If there was a clash with a big international or cup game on a Saturday, I think it makes sense to have Friday as an option."

City manager Paul Tisdale also agreed admitting that hosting the game on the Friday night may have played some part in them picking up a much-needed three points with two goals from Jimmy Keogane.

"I was very pleased. It was a good night for it, the weather was mild and suited football," he said. "The ground had hardened up a bit and it was a better football pitch than it was two weeks ago, which helped.

"It was a nice difference, with it being a Friday night people are focused on coming to the game and as a point of difference, I think it worked."

Tisdale also praised the supporters for getting behind the team following central defender Pat Baldwin's plea in last week's Echo for fans to show their support at the Park.

"They were with the team and that is all you can ask," he said.

"You can't expect them to cheer all the way through the match, there are going to be interludes in the game where it changes but they were behind the side there is no doubt about it."

The crowd also gave a warm welcome at half-time to three of Team GB's Paralympic blind football squad, Dan James, Keryn Seal and Robin Williams, who had been invited by Kitson's Solicitors, as part of the One Game, One Community initiative. Backed by the Football League, it is aimed at making football inclusive for all, regardless of race, creed, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability.

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