The Annual Varsity Match – “Town vs Gown” is on Wednesday

Wednesday (25th September) will see the annual match between an Exeter City youth team take on an Exeter University football team at St James Park. Kick off is at 7.45pm and a crowd of over 4,000 is anticipated.

The match will raise funds for 2 connected charities and so the Football Varsity is held in memory of

  • University of Exeter footballer Mike Poulden who tragically died of cardiomyopathy in 2001 and the Universities charity is the Cardiomyopathy Association which offers support and advice to sufferers of heart muscle disease; and
  • Adam Stansfield who was lost to bowel cancer in 2010. Exeter City’s chosen charity is the Adam Stansfield Foundation, which provides sporting opportunities for young people in Devon, Herefordshire and Somerset

On the match the Universities Athletic Union President Alex Powell commented:-SJP_tunnel_view

We are really looking forward to this year’s Football Varsity. Not only is this a brilliant student event, but it raises valuable funds to provide support to these two incredible charities. Last year we raised £2500.00 which was split equally between the two charities so that they can continue to provide essential care to those who need it most.

We are incredibly grateful to Exeter City Football Club for inviting us to their ground for the match. The Football Varsity has become an essential event on the student calendar and is a brilliant way for the whole student body to come together and enjoy an evening of friendly sport and great entertainment. There is always a fantastic atmosphere with fancy dress often adding to the festivities.

University students can get tickets for £5.00 in advance from the Athletic Union, Sports Park reception and members of the University Football Club. It will be £6 on the night. Both the Big Bank and the Flybe Stand will be open. Entrance is via Stadium Way entrances.

Live commentary will be available XpressionFM at

You’ll be able to follow events on Twitter by using the #TownVsGown hashtag.

Don’t worry if you see the students disappearing at half time. They’re off to queue up for their free entry in to Timepiece!view_from_the_big_bank

One piece of advice from Exeter City Football Club. Please enjoy yourselves, but keep off the football pitch. Previous games have been marred by pitch incursions.

All guests that are coming to St James Park for the Varsity match are reminded that pitch incursions are an offence in the eyes of the law (Football (Offences) Act 1991, section 4) and will not be tolerated.

We ask that all attendees should show respect for the groundstaff who have worked tirelessly to prepare the pitch, the players involved in the game, fellow spectators, and the charities which are benefiting from the match by staying off the playing area.

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