From the thetwounfortunates.com
When football writers talk about provincial footballing sides and cities a few familiar names crop up, such as Nottingham and Derby. These definitely fall into the category of “not London” and smaller than the UK’s other major conurbations, but are still relatively large in size and success. When you start heading out to the geographical margins, however, life as a football club is a little less illustrious and more of a battle for interest and survival.
As a modestly-sized city with a team that has only occasionally threatened the third tier of English football, Exeter is firmly in the latter camp.Where a football club takes root and grows can be due a number of factors. Luck and quirks of history play a part. Money, obviously, plays a big part. Sometimes, like Carlisle, you’re literally the only game in town. Sometimes it’s a case of build it and they will come, such as Fleetwood – a town with a population roughly on a par with the North Devon town of Barnstaple.
In Exeter City’s case, there has rarely, if ever, been cash to flash, while the population have only sporadically shown interest beyond the hardcore. For the most part the club exists largely as a source of comfort to the city, often as a source of embarrassment due to recurring financial crises and, occasionally, just occasionally, as a source of pride.
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