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Exeter City v Albion match preview

5 January 2018

ALBION will be looking to progress through to the FA Cup Fourth Round when they travel to face Exeter City at St James Park on Saturday (3pm ko).

The opposition

SkyBet League Two side Exeter currently occupy the final play-off place (7th) in their division after a decent first half of the season that has seen them win 13, draw three and lose nine of their 25 games.

They beat eighth-tier Heybridge Swifts 3-1 in the first round of the competition and, despite drawing the initial second round game with Forest Green Rovers 2-2, beat the fellow League Two side 2-1 after extra time in the replay to set up this tie.

The Grecians are managed by long-serving boss Paul Tisdale, who has been with them for just under 12 years having taken charge in June 2006.

Last time out 

The most recent competitive fixture between the two sides was back in January 1993 when the Baggies won 3-2 at Exeter in a Football League Division Two clash. The Club went on to seal promotion to the second tier via the play offs later that season.

Albion did face the Devon side in a friendly back in 2002, when they also won 3-2.

Darren Moore playing in the 2002 friendly at St James Park.



  • This will be the first time that the two teams have faced each other in an FA Cup tie.
  • From the previous five competitive fixtures between the sides, Albion have scored a total of 13 goals.
  • The Baggies' most recent game against a League Two side was in August when they beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.


  • It’s just the second time in a decade that Exeter have managed to make it into the third round of the FA Cup.
  • The Grecians drew 2-2 with Liverpool the last time they hosted a Premier League team in this competition back in January 2016, though did lose the replay 3-0.
  • Tisdale’s side haven’t kept a clean sheet in any competition since the end of November - a run stretching back eight matches.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our most recent game against Exeter.

Head to head 

Albion have played Exeter four times in the league and once in the EFL Cup, winning on three occasions, drawing once and losing the other.

Man in the middle

Lee Mason will be the referee for Saturday’s game, and he’ll be assisted by Derek Eaton and Mark Russell - with Brett Huxtable as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Tickets for the trip to Devon are SOLD OUT.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Exeter is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Exeter City 0 Albion 2

6 January 2018

ALBION secured safe passage into the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 victory over Exeter City at St James Park.

First-half goals from Salomon Rondon, inside 90 seconds, and Jay Rodriguez put the Baggies on their way to a first win under Head Coach Alan Pardew. 

Hal Robson-Kanu saw his penalty saved just before the break for a dominant Albion, who also saw two efforts ruled out on their way to winning the third-round cup tie and claiming a place in the hat for Monday evening's draw.

The triumph will provide a boost of confidence heading into next weekend's home encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion when Premier League action resumes.

A strong Baggies side got off to a dream start with just two minutes on the clock as Rondon slotted into the top corner from the edge of the area, Grecians goalkeeper Christy Pym only able to get a hand to his shot.

Pym saved well at his near post from Chris Brunt, Albion captain for the day in the absence of the injured Jonny Evans - one of just four changes from the late defeat at West Ham United.

Yet Pardew was forced into another in the early stages of the cup tie after Kieran Gibbs hobbled off to be replaced by Robson-Kanu.

And it was he who provided the right-wing cross for Albion's second after 25 minutes, City's defence failing to clear the danger and Rodriguez taking advantage to smash home from 10 yards.

The Baggies were in control against the League Two promotion hopefuls in what was the first meeting between the two sides for 25 years.

Rondon saw an effort ruled out for offside before Pym pulled off a superb point-blank save to deny James McClean what looked a certain third.

And the visitors had an even better chance just before the break when McClean was brought down in the penalty area, but Robson-Kanu saw his spot-kick saved low down to Pym's right.

Exeter spurned a great chance themselves to reduce the arrears on the stroke of half-time as Jayden Stockley could only fire against the near post with an open goal at his mercy.

Ahmed Hegazi saw a close-range effort ruled out for offside at the start of the second period.

Exeter had their moments at the other end as they looked to stage a fightback and find a route back into the encounter, Foster proving equal to the home side's half-chances.

Robson-Kanu broke through but fired wide with 68 minutes on the clock.

Albion probed in search of further reward but to no avail as the visitors' sold-out allocation of 363 supporters, in fine voice in Devon, travelled home up the M5 in jubilant mood.

ALBION: Foster, Nyom, McAuley, Hegazi, Gibbs (Robson-Kanu 12), Brunt, Krychowiak (Livermore 84), Barry, McClean, Rodriguez (Field 69), Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Yacob, Leko, Burke.

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Ticket News

Exeter FA Cup tickets on sale

19 December 2017

ALBION have been handed a ticket allocation of less than 300 for our supporters to back the Baggies in next month’s FA Cup third-round tie at Exeter City.

This highly-restricted allocation has been brought about by extensive redevelopment of the St James Park stadium.

Because of the building work, the regulation of visiting FA Cup teams receiving 15 per cent of stadium capacity does not apply and Albion’s travelling contingent will be confined to a section in one of only two stands open.

As a result of being allocated such a small number of tickets, the Club have focused on rewarding its most loyal and devoted followers of recent seasons.

Tickets will firstly be made available to our 201 away season-ticket holders who can purchase a ticket from 9am on Wednesday, December 20.

The remaining number will go to supporters who our data shows have attended every home and away game, including Cup ties, last season and this season AND also renewed their season tickets for the last two campaigns.

These supporters are eligible to purchase a ticket which will be available from Thursday, December 21 at 9am.

Supporters have until Friday, December 22 at 5pm to purchase their tickets. In the unlikely event of any remaining unsold, the Club will make a further announcement.

Tickets are priced adults £27, seniors (over 64) and full-time students £24 and under-18s £14.

“We have been left in an impossible position in terms of trying to satisfy the demand from our fans to see the game,” said CEO Martin Goodman.

“The allocation is so small that we felt the best method of distribution was to reward the supporters who have shown the highest level of devotion and support for the club.

“It is unfortunate that many of our equally loyal fans, who might have missed a game for the most understandable of reasons, will fall outside the category.

“We have argued the case for more tickets but safety concerns at Exeter mean we are restricted to this small pocket in one stand. We trust our fans will understand these are difficulties not of our making."

Tickets will only be available by phone bookings (0121 227 2227) or collection from the Hawthorns ticket office. Please note, tickets will not be available online.

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