Ticketless fans asked to stay away from Devon derby showdown between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle

Fans without tickets to tomorrow’s Devon derby football showdown between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle have been asked to stay away from St James Park. 

Police have been planning for the totally sold-out match – which kicks off at 1pm – and say officers will be in the area throughout the day.

The game is all-ticket and fans are warned they will not be able to purchase them on the day.

Chief Inspector Tom Holmes, the officer in charge of the operation, said: “Police are preparing to welcome several thousand football fans to Exeter for this game and are planning with our partners, including Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle football clubs, to deliver a safe and friendly community event.

“We are making a strong suggestion that fans without tickets do not attend the ground, as there will be no ticket sales on matchday and we hope that everyone attending the match has an enjoyable day – whatever the result!”

There will be a temporary traffic regulation order in place closing St James Road  from noon to 4pm.

Plymouth Argyle have been given an allocation of 1,150 tickets in the 8,720 capacity stadium.

An Exeter City spokesman said: “Exeter City Football Club prides itself on providing a family-friendly atmosphere for all supporters in our local community.

“We expect Saturday’s match to be no different and look forward to a Devon derby played in the right spirits off and on the pitch.”

An Argyle spokesman added: “We are looking forward to renewing our long-standing, intense, but essentially sporting, rivalry with Exeter City this week.

“We know that, as a result of selling out our allocation of tickets within minutes of going on sale, we are guaranteed fantastic support, and we endorse the police appeal that anyone without a ticket should not travel to St James Park.

“We would also remind those supporters who are attending the game to be mindful of the help that they will receive from the police and the Exeter City stewards, and to respect the law and ground regulations.”

The latest information on matchday will be tweeted via the force Football Unit’s dedicated Twitter account – @DCP_Football.

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