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Steve Perryman thinks Exeter City's fair play helped land pre-season friendly with Swansea

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

Exeter City's director of football Steve Perryman

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Exeter City will face Swansea City in a pre-season match on Tuesday, July 29.

The match is likely to attract a lot of interest from Grecians supporters as the Swans, who finished 12th in the Premier League last season, have a host of top name players in their side including Michu, Wilfred Bony and Jonathan de Guzmán.

They visited the Park last summer for pre-season, when Nathan Dyer and Rory Donnelly scored in a 2-0 victory for the Welsh side.

In the past 12 months they have changed their manager, with former Barcelona player Michael Laudrup being replaced by Garry Monk.

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However, City’s director of football Steve Perryman feels that Swansea have chosen to play at St James’s Park again this July as they were pleased with how they were treated last time. He also added that it would have helped that City topped the FA’s fair play table for all four professional divisions of the English game.

“I think it is one of the positives, and there are not many positives, of being the fairest team in the leagues,” said Perryman. “Clubs from the top league are going to assume that they can come to Exeter City and they are not going to get kicked all over the place in a pre-season game.

“I think they (Swansea) know that they are going to come and get a football match, which is how it should be pre-season, isn’t it?

“I just think when you are sat there in an office and you are considering somewhere to play, I think geography is part of it of course. You don’t want to be travelling five hours for a game when you can travel an hour-and-a-half.

“However, our pitch was nice when we played them last year, and it should be good again because it is pre-season, and the game was played in the right spirit and they enjoyed their experience.

“I think Swansea is one of many clubs where we have got good credibility.

“I think their chairman (Huw Jenkins) likes us and that is a good thing. When you do things right, you get rewarded. Thankfully that has happened and they are going to come back and visit us.”

Perryman revealed that it was the Swans who approached City about the possibility of playing at St James’s Park again. They had originally requested to play the game on Sunday, July 27, but that would have been the same day when City are due to get back from their pre-season tour to Brazil.

“They have agreed to play it two days after we are due to get back, which is Tuesday, July 29,” added Perryman.

“That will still be a bit of a test, but it is one worth taking because of the quality of opposition we are playing. It is a very positive game and one we are looking forward to.”

At the last pre-season game with Swansea, a total of 2,265 fans came through the gates at St James’s Park to watch the match. Perryman said he was dissatisfied with that support though and is expecting better this time around.

“At the time I was disappointed with that gate, because Swansea have got a very good reputation for playing football and they are a Premier League team,” he said. “They have got players like Michu and many others who are worth watching. I also don’t think anything has changed in the last season for that to be any different this time around.

“They have got a new manager now in Garry Monk instead of Michael Laudrup, but it is set to a positive day.

“I’m sure the weather will be nice and we can have a good game of football against them and perhaps people who turned up last year will bring someone else along with them this time around.”

The game kicks-off at 7.15pm. Ticket details have yet to be announced.

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