Thursday 7th November
Author Aidan Hamilton will talk about his new book ‘The Story of Exeter’s St James’ Park – Land of Grecian Glory’ and this will be followed by a tour of the stadium including its new Museum. The book has been produced to mark the 125th anniversary of the first known football match on the site in 1894.
Once a humble field used for fattening pigs, the ground has seen extraordinary things from murder and menageries to circuses and celebrities. As well as football the Park has hosted cricket, rugby, athletics, cycling, boxing, baseball and American football plus a whole range of community events.
Aidan has traced the land’s ownership from its scandalous aristocratic origins in the seventeenth century through to its home to Supporter Trust owned Exeter City.
Along the way there were plenty of setbacks including two world wars, a devastating fire that destroyed the original grandstand and the death of former Manager Arthur Chadwick in the newly rebuilt stand.
There were good times too: hard earned promotions; historic FA Cup giant killings and visiting international superstars as well as continued improvements over the years.
The talk will be followed by a tour of the ground.