In July 1726 there was a summer fair held at Souhernhay, near Exeter, Devon in which the Siege of Troy was re-enacted.
During the afternoon’s event, for some unknown reason, residents of St Sidwell’s (outside the city walls) dressed up as Greeks, or Grecians.
By 1737 there was a tradition of football matches between the city people, who called themselves the Blues and their counterparts from St Sidwells’s known as the Greeks. A century later the name Greeks had been replaced by Grecians and the folk of St Sidwell’s clearly identified themselves as Grecians in letters to the local paper.
Thereafter, to people who resided in or around Exeter, a Grecian was identified as a St Sidwell’s resident.
Exeter City FC (The Grecians) turned professional in 1908 and eventually gained entry to the Football League in 1930 (Third Division South)
Courtesy of Tony Matthews
Football Historian and Author
Have a great day Grecians.
Please feel free to comment on how your day at St James’ goes today.
Welcome to the new season fellow NDG’s and ECFC fans alike.
Last season’s posts fell off towards the end of the season, much like the faltering performance on the pitch. Is this new season going to bring anything new and inspiring? Well, not such an inspiring start with just 2 wins from 8 already.
It would be interesting to know your thoughts on this alarming start and what you think might be at the root of this.
Moving on to a hopefully less down-beat topic, the NDG’s away travel plans are often a very last minute affair which is more or less down to the busy lives we lead and a reluctance from fans to commit time and hard earned cash to what is often a disappointing effort on the pitch. We however would appreciate it if fans thinking of or wishing to travel with us to away fixtures would get in touch with us as soon as possible so that plans can be laid as early as possible and all can be accommodated.
To get in touch you can contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Nick on 07786 055348 or Phil on 07807613355