2015–16 Exeter City F.C. season

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Exeter City
2015–16 season
Chairman Julian Tagg
Owner Exeter City Supporters' Trust
Manager Paul Tisdale
Stadium St James Park
League Two 14th
FA Cup Third round
(Eliminated by Liverpool)
League Cup Second round
(Eliminated by Sunderland)
League Trophy Second round
(Eliminated by Plymouth)
Top goalscorer League: Jayden Stockley (10)
All: Jayden Stockley (10)
Highest home attendance 7,177 (2–1 vs Yeovil, 2 Apr 16)
Lowest home attendance 2,323 (2–0 vs Portsmouth, 1 Sep 15)
Average home league attendance 4,008

The 2015–16 season was Exeter City's 114th year in existence and their fourth consecutive season in League Two.[1] Along with competing in League Two, the club also participated in the FA Cup, League Cup and League Trophy. The season covered the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Transfers

Transfers in

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2015 CM England Alex Byrne Academy Trainee [2]
1 July 2015 RW England Joe Charles Academy Trainee [2]
1 July 2015 CF England Cameron Gill Academy Trainee [2]
1 July 2015 LW England Lee Holmes Preston North End Free transfer [3]
1 July 2015 GK Austria Bobby Olejnik Peterborough United Free transfer [4]
1 July 2015 RM England Emmanuel Oyeleke Brentford Free transfer [5]
1 July 2015 DF England Josh Read Academy Trainee [2]
3 July 2015 CB Wales Troy Brown Cheltenham Town Free transfer [6]
30 July 2015 CF England Will Hoskins Oxford United Free transfer [7]
8 August 2015 CF Republic of Ireland Clinton Morrison Free agent Free transfer [8]
21 August 2015 RW Jamaica Joel Grant Yeovil Town Free transfer [9]
25 January 2016 CM Wales Jake Taylor Reading Free transfer [10]

Transfers out

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2015 CB England Pat Baldwin Weymouth [lower-alpha 1] Free transfer [12]
1 July 2015 CB England Scot Bennett Notts County [lower-alpha 2] Free transfer [12]
1 July 2015 RM Republic of Ireland Graham Cummins St Johnstone [lower-alpha 3] Free transfer [12]
1 July 2015 CM England Liam Sercombe Oxford United [lower-alpha 4] Free transfer [16]
1 September 2015 CM Republic of Ireland Jimmy Keohane Woking Free transfer [17]
1 February 2016 FW England Tom Nichols Peterborough United Undisclosed [18]
  1. Following Baldwin's release he joined Weymouth.[11]
  2. Following Bennett's release he joined Notts County.[13]
  3. Following Cummins' release he joined St. Johnstone.[14]
  4. Following Sercombe's release he joined Oxford United.[15]

Loans in

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
11 January 2016 CF England Jayden Stockley Bournemouth 30 June 2016 [19]

Loans out

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date until Ref.
17 July 2015 CM England Alex Byrne Weston-super-Mare End of season [20][21]
17 July 2015 CM England Jason Pope Weston-super-Mare 31 January 2016 [20][21]
21 July 2015 LB England Connor Riley-Lowe Truro City End of season [22][23]
29 September 2015 CF Northern Ireland Jamie Reid Truro City 23 November 2015 [24][25]
22 November 2015 CF England Matt Jay Hayes & Yeading United End of season [26][27]
22 January 2016 CF England Cameron Gill Weston-super-Mare End of season [27]
25 February 2016 GK Guernsey James Hamon Hayes & Yeading United 25 March 2016 [28]

Competitions

Pre-season friendlies

On 18 May 2015, Exeter City announced that Brazilian side Fluminense will bring an under-19 squad to face in a pre-season friendly on 20 July 2015.[29] A day later Exeter City announced a second friendly against Weston-super-Mare.[30] On 20 May 2015, Torquay United was added to the schedule.[31] A pre-season trip to Scotland was confirmed on 21 May 2015.[32] On 8 June 2015, a visit from AFC Bournemouth was confirmed.[33] A friendly against Sheffield United was announced a day later.[34] On 16 June it was announced that an Exeter City XI would play Bodmin Town.[35]

League Two

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
12 Mansfield Town 46 17 13 16 61 53 +8 64
13 Wycombe Wanderers 46 17 13 16 45 44 +1 64
14 Exeter City 46 17 13 16 63 65 −2 64
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 67 68 −1 62
16 Hartlepool United 46 15 6 25 49 72 −23 51
Updated to match(es) played on 7 May 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results summary

Exeter City gained 29 points at home and picked up 35 points away, adding up to 64 in total.

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 17 13 16 63 65  −2 64 6 11 6 32 33  −1 11 2 10 31 32  −1

Last updated: 7 May 2016.
Source: BBC Sport

Results by round

Exeter were a mid-table club for the entire season, spending two matchdays in the play-offs zone and falling to as low as 17th after a four-game losing streak in December and early January. For the first half of the season, the club's form was very inconsistent. From December onwards, Exeter suffered a four-game losing streak which was closely followed by a three-game winning streak. Then followed four matches without a win and a ten-match unbeaten run.

Despite this unbeaten streak, Exeter remained in fourteenth place from 20 February to 25 March. After a 2–0 win away at Crawley, Exeter rose to 11th in the table, 5 points off the play-offs zone. On 2 April 2016 and 9 April 2016, Exeter achieved a double against local rivals Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town, resulting in their continued rise up the table. After the latter match, Exeter were 9th, 2 places and on equal points with AFC Wimbledon and Wycombe Wanderers, although with an inferior goal difference.

This unbeaten streak, along with Exeter's realistic play-off hopes was broken by a 3–2 home loss to Mansfield Town. Exeter were mathematically confirmed to be remaining in League Two after another loss to Bristol Rovers. Exeter finished the season back in 14th position after suffering a 4–1 routing away to Luton.

      Win       Draw       Loss

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H A H H A H A A H A H H A H A A H H A H H A A H A A A H H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A
Result W L W D L W W L L W D D L W D L D W W D L L L L D W W W L L D L W D W D W D W W W D L L D L
Position 8 13 9 8 13 7 6 9 14 9 11 11 13 11 11 14 14 13 10 11 12 14 16 17 15 14 13 12 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 11 10 9 9 10 12 11 14

Last updated: 7 May 2016.
Source: [36]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

On 17 June 2015, the fixtures for the 2015–16 season were announced.[37]

Score overview

      Win       Draw       Loss

Opposition Home Away Dou. Agg.
Accrington Stanley 2–1 2–4 No 4–5
AFC Wimbledon 0–2 1–2 No 1–4
Barnet 1–1 0–2 No 1–3
Bristol Rovers 1–1 1–3 No 2–4
Cambridge United 1–0 1–0 Yes 2–0
Carlisle United 2–2 0–1 No 2–3
Crawley Town 2–2 2–0 No 4–2
Dagenham & Redbridge 1–2 2–1 No 3–3
Hartlepool United 1–0 2–0 Yes 3–0
Leyton Orient 4–0 3–1 Yes 7–1
Luton Town 2–3 1–4 No 3–7
Mansfield Town 2–3 2–0 No 4–3
Morecambe 1–1 1–1 No 2–2
Newport County 1–1 1–1 No 2–2
Northampton Town 0–0 0–3 No 0–3
Notts County 1–1 4–1 No 5–2
Oxford United 1–4 0–3 No 1–7
Plymouth Argyle 2–1 2–1 Yes 4–2
Portsmouth 1–1 2–1 No 3–2
Stevenage 3–3 2–0 No 5–3
Wycombe Wanderers 0–2 0–1 No 0–3
Yeovil Town 3–2 2–0 Yes 5–2
York City 0–0 0–2 No 0–2

Note: Exeter City goals are listed first.

FA Cup

During the First Round Proper draw on 26 October 2015, Exeter were drawn against 8th-tier side Didcot Town.[38] For the second round, Exeter faced League One team Port Vale, winning the fixture 2–0. During the draw for the third round, Exeter were drawn against Premier League side Liverpool. The match ended with a draw as Liverpool fielded a largely inexperienced side and was televised on BBC One.[39] A rematch was played at Anfield on 20 January.[40] It was reported that the two matches against Liverpool could eventually result in a £1,000,000 windfall for Exeter City. This amount was eventually revealed to be £700,000[41] Exeter were thoroughly overpowered in the replay, losing 3–0. Liverpool had 26 shots, compared to Exeter's 4.[42]

League Cup

On 16 June 2015, the first round draw was made, Exeter City were drawn away against Swindon Town.[43] On 11 August 2015, Exeter won against Swindon Town 2−1 with goals from David Wheeler and Alex Nicholls at the County Ground.[44] On 13 August 2015, the second round draw was made and Exeter City were drawn away against Premier League team Sunderland.[45] Sunderland scored two early goals before Exeter equalised through Emmanuel Oyeleke and David Wheeler. The score was 3–3 at half-time, which became 6–3 to Sunderland at full-time as Exeter's defence failed, including an incident where goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik was caught off his line.[46] This is the most goals Exeter have conceded all season so far, and was the second of five games in the season in which Exeter lost by three goals.

Football League Trophy

On 8 August 2015, live on Soccer AM the draw for the first round of the Football League Trophy was drawn by Toni Duggan and Alex Scott. Grecians hosted Portsmouth[47] and won the match 2−0, advancing to the next round. The draw for the second round was held on 5 September 2015, again live on Soccer AM.[48] Exeter were drawn against rivals Plymouth Argyle.

Goalscorers

Source: BBC Sport (does not include League Trophy goals)

Neither of the top two scorers were at the club for the whole season. Tom Nichols left at the end of the January transfer window while Jayden Stockley joined the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth during the same window.

Rank Player Total LG2 FAC FLC FLT
Tom Nichols[note 1] 12 10 2 0 0
1 Jayden Stockley 10 10 0 0 0
2 Ollie Watkins 9 8 1 0 0
3 David Wheeler 8 6 0 2 0
Alex Nicholls 8 5 1 1 1
5 Ryan Harley 5 4 0 0 1
6 Joel Grant 4 4 0 0 0
Christian Ribeiro 4 4 0 0 0
Jake Taylor 4 4 0 0 0
9 Lee Holmes 3 2 1 0 0
10 Clinton Morrison 2 1 1 0 0
Jordan Tillson 2 1 1 0 0
12 Troy Brown 1 1 0 0 0
Arron Davies 1 1 0 0 0
Will Hoskins 1 1 0 0 0
Jamie Reid 1 1 0 0 0
Tom McCready 1 0 0 1 0
Manny Oyeleke 1 0 0 1 0
  1. Nichols moved to Peterborough United F.C. in Football League One on 1 February 2016

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