Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Grecians are going to Wembley

Almost 40 years ago, as a wee mite with a broad Devonian accent, I caught the train from Honiton one Saturday morning, got off at Exeter St James (does that stop even exist any more?) and walked up the steep path to St James Park, home of my heroes, for the biggest match Exeter City had ever played. It was the FA Cup 3rd round and the opponents were no less than Manchester United, featuring George Best, the Charlton Boys, Denis Law, Sadler, Crerand et al. What a team. We lost 3-1 or 3-2, but what a day. I think 17,000 people crammed into the ground. Now, the Grecians are off to Wembley. Exeter City at Wembley? It's a dream, surely. But No, last night, hundreds of fans who may never have heard of the "cowshed", Exeter's equivalent of Chelsea's famous Shed, cheered as Exeter beat Oxford to move a step closer to returning to their rightful place in the Football League. And I just hope I can be there for the match against Morecambe.

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