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Weston are back at the Optima Stadium as they welcome Exeter City for the opening pre-season friendly ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. The match kicks off at 7pm this Friday, 12th July. 

Both sets of fans will be looking forward to this fixture, in what has already been dubbed the ‘Ollie Watkins classic!’ Weston and Exeter fans will be immensely proud of the incredible achievements of their former striker Watkins on Wednesday night, as his wonderful late goal against the Netherlands sent England through to the final of the European Championships. Watkins joined The Seagulls on loan from Exeter as an 18 year-old in the 2014/15 season and had an excellent spell in front of goal, scoring 10 goals in 25 games.

As for the here and now, this is Weston’s first outing of pre-season, while this is The Grecians’ second friendly fixture after Tuesday night’s visit to Tiverton Town.

City came away from Ladysmead with a 2-1 victory after a goal in each half from Caleb Watts and ex-Weston loanee Sonny Cox. Harry Lee and Ed James also spent time here on loan at The Seagulls last season and featured for Exeter against the Southern League Premier South side.

There will be plenty of players lining up for Weston against their old side with Reuben Reid Jacob Jagger Cane, Jason Pope and James Dodd all set to get minutes under their belts, and midfielder Dodd scored for The Seagulls in last summer’s friendly with The Grecians in a 3-2 victory for the League One side.

After a busy and rewarding week or so on the training pitches in Weston and in Portugal, Friday night’s fixture is the first of seven pre-season friendlies for Scott Bartlett’s side ahead of the all-important opening Vanarama National League South fixture against Worthing on August 10th.



Ticket Pricing:

£11.00 £12.00 Adult
£8.00 £9.00 Concession
(60+ Student ID, Armed Forces ID, NHS ID)
£4.00 £5.00 14–17-Year-old
£3.00 £3.50 9–13-Year-old
(must be accompanied by an adult)
Free Free Under 8
(must be accompanied by an adult)
£23.00 £25.00 Family
(2x Adults and 2x Under 13)



We will be operating four turnstiles.

Turnstiles 1 & 2 Pre-Sale Online Tickets and Card located at our main turnstile block next to the club shop.
Turnstile 3 Card Only located on the opposite side of the ground by our 3G surface
Turnstile 4 Cash & Card located on the opposite side of the ground by our 3G surface

Turnstile 4 includes Season Ticket Holders needing to purchase on the day tickets, Academy players/parents and Walking Football members.

It helps with congestion and access to the ground if you queue at the correct turnstile.

Car Park:

Our Supporters’ Car Park charges £2.00 to park on a match day – payment is by card only.

For pre-season games the Season Ticket Holders’ Car Park will be unavailable – on showing your 2024/2025 Season Ticket Holder Car Park Pass you will be given free parking in the Supporters’ Car Park.

We have a fair sized car park at the stadium, with a limited amount of match day parking for Blue Badge holders – if a Blue Badge space is required we recommend as early an arrival as possible.

Once the car park is full, we ask all supporters to park responsibly in two nearby industrial estates, which are a 5-10 minute walk from the Optima Stadium. Supporters are asked not to park on the housing estate opposite the club.

We are only able to accommodate the official away team players/officials coach within the Optima Stadium car park.

Any supporters’ minibus or coach needs to make prior arrangement for parking details.

Facilities within Ground:

Please note our main bar (Players’ Lounge) will close two hours prior to kick-off, at which time the turnstiles will be open and access can be made into the ground.

Our Somerset Suite Bar, Sports Lounge Bar, Joe’s Bar and food outlet will all be open.

  • All food and drink outlets are cashless.
  • Club shop is cashless.
  • 50/50 draw will still accept card and cash.

Ground Regulations:

Please note our full Ground Regulations are detailed on our website all spectators are expected to adhere to these regulations during any game held at the Optima Stadium.

Failure to do so can result in expulsion from the Optima Stadium and its facilities with no refund issued.

Supporters’ Guide:

Please click here for a full supporters guide to the Optima Stadium.

Club Shop:

The Club Shop within the Optima Stadium will be open for this fixture.

We look forward to welcoming all supporters to the Optima Stadium, and we hope that you enjoy the match.

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