The Iron face another long trip in the final away match of the league campaign, as Exeter host us for the penultimate game of the season.Exeter find themselves near the League Two drop zone and are still not mathematically safe from relegation, lying four points ahead of 23rd placed Northampton Town.
The Grecians are managed by Paul Tisdale, who is currently in his eighth season with the club and is the second longest serving manager in England, behind only Arsene Wenger.
Exeter are currently in their second season back in League Two, following their relegation from League One.
Despite their lowly position, the Grecians won the reverse fixture by four goals to nil. They will be looking to end the Iron’s unbeaten streak by doing the double and boosting their survival hopes.
The last trip to Exeter came in the 2011/12 season in League One and resulted in a 0-0 draw between the two sides.
St James Park...
St James Park is one of the easiest grounds to get to by train, as it has a station right outside the ground.
The ground is a mix of new and old, with the Grandstand having stood since 1926. This is contrasted with the newer Flybe Stand which opened in 2001 and the Big Bank Terrace which opened in 2,000. The Big Bank Terrace is the largest in the Football League, holding just under 4,000 spectators.
The final stand is the St James Terrace, which is where away fans are usually housed. The stand holds 1,000, with the club offering 150 seats in the main stand for away fans. The stand is uncovered so it is worth preparing for all eventualities.
It is also worth noting that the view from the away terrace is not great as it is quite low and close to the pitch. The Grandstand is covered, but it does have some pillars that could obstruct supporters’ views.
St James Park holds 8,541 supporters in total and the club released designs a couple of years ago to extend the capacity to over 10,000.
The plans have not come into place yet and the ground remains unchanged from the last visit back in 2011.
The official matchday programme The Grecian is priced at £3.
The trip is 280 miles and will take approximately four and a half hours to complete, so it is well worth scheduling a stop or two on the way. Make sure to fill up with fuel, which will take around £55 each way.
When leaving Glanford Park take the first exit at roundabout, then at the next roundabout follow the M181 heading for Humber Bridge/Doncaster/M180.
Keep right at the fork, following signs for Doncaster/M180 before merging onto the M180.
Follow the road for around 12 miles and then take the exit onto the M18 towards M1/Doncaster, continuing for around 20 miles until reaching the M1.
Stay on the M1 for around 40 miles, before exiting onto the A42 at Junction 23A.
Stay on the A42 for 15 miles continuing onto the M42, following signs for Birmingham and Tamworth. Staying on the M42 for 15 miles, keep left at the fork, follow signs for M42/London/M40/Coventry and merge onto M42.
After 25 miles, merge onto the M5 and follow the road for 141 miles, leaving for the A30 at Junction 29.
Follow the A30 for a mile and then turn left onto Sidmouth Rd/B3183 and after a hundred feet turn right, still following the B3183 for around 2 miles, before taking the fourth exit onto Western Way/B3212.
At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Old Tiverton Rd and the next left will see you arrive at St James Park.
Where to park...
There is no parking available at the ground, however there is some available in the residential areas around the stadium. Alternatively, there is a number of car parks within 15 minutes of the ground and reasonably priced. Stock Hill is a free car park situated 21 minutes from the ground, so could be worth looking out for on match day.
Exeter City Football Club
St James Park