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On The Road: Exeter City

17 February 2022

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Barrow's Tom Beadling turns to celebrate after scoring against Exeter City in May 2021

Phil Yelland takes a look at how The Bluebirds have fared on previous trips to Exeter City ahead of Saturday's League Two meeting at St James' Park.

Saturday sees us make the long trip to Devon to St James’ Park on Saturday to play Exeter City.

Last season we finished the season at City when Tom Beadling’s second half equaliser earned us a point in a 1-1 draw during Rob Kelly’s last game in charge.

Our second and most recent victory there came back in February 1967 – almost exactly 55 years ago as we were looking to push for promotion from Division Four. We ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Roy McCarthy and George Smith, which saw us complete the double having beaten The Grecians 5-0 on home soil at the start of the previous October.

Our first ever trip to the ground coincided with our first ever away game in the newly formed Division Four in 1958. We lost 4-0 and it was not until our fifth visit to City in October 1963 that we recorded out first victory, thanks to goals from Jimmy Armstrong and Stan Howard – that followed two draws and another defeat.

Our heaviest defeat at St James’ Park came at the end of April 1972 in what turned out to be our final game in our first spell in the Football League when we collapsed to a 7-1 defeat.

Back in Division Four, in March 1971, we also struggled as City won 4-2.

So, to date its two wins four draws and four defeats at Exeter - hopefully we can make it three victories on Saturday.

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