Exeter City v Cardiff City, 12 August 2000

Score2-1 to Cardiff City
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueSt James Park, Exeter
Attendance3,929
On the brink of his takeover of the Welsh club, prospective new owner Sam Hammam saw Cardiff City clinch an opening day win in Devon. Back down in the Third Division after a single season sojourn in the Second, the Bluebirds territorial advantage was only just converted into three points. New look Exeter stuck gamely to their task but the visitors created enough opportunities to secure a more emphatic success. It was winger Josh Low who earned the Man of the Match plaudits, and he fired into an empty net from close range to record the winner.

Goals:

Graeme Tomlinson 48 G

Goals:

Paul Brayson 33 G
Josh Low 63 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Arjan Van Heusden
Defender/Right back Jon Ashton
Defender Jamie Campbell
Defender Chris Curran
Defender/Centre back Neil Whitworth
Midfielder Kwame Ampadu
Midfielder John Cornforth
Midfielder Alex Inglethorpe
Midfielder Andy Roscoe
Forward Darren Roberts

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Mark Walton
Defender Andy Thompson
Defender Scott Young
Defender/Centre back David Greene
Midfielder Willie Boland
Midfielder Matt Brazier
Midfielder Jason Fowler
Midfielder Josh Low
Midfielder/Forward Jason Bowen
Forward Paul Brayson
Forward Kevin Nugent

Substitutions:

Christian Roberts for Alex Inglethorpe 67
Steve Flack for Darren Roberts 69
Lee Zabek for John Cornforth 73

Substitutions:

Mark Bonner for Jason Fowler 87

Cards:

Christian Roberts 90 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Midfielder Lee Zabek
Forward Steve Flack

On the bench:

Midfielder Mark Bonner

Comments:

A hectic summer of transfer activity saw manager Noel Blake field almost an entirely new Grecian team. Only John Cornforth, Chris Curran and Steve Flack survived the mass clearout.

Comments:

With Bobby Gould waiting in the wings to take charge, manager Billy Ayre selected his summer recruits - Mark Walton, David Greene, Paul Brayson and Andy Thompson.