LEE CLARK makes his third visit and Huddersfield Town their 12th to the ‘other’ St James’ Park tomorrow.
And Town’s boss, so familiar with Newcastle’s version, would be more than happy with a repeat of last season’s scoreline at Exeter, when Danny Cadamarteri, Gary Roberts, Anthony Pilkington and Kevin Kilbane clinched a 4-1 win.
That was Town’s sixth success at City’s home since their formation in 1904, and the third occasion on which they’ve hit four goals (there was a 4-1 win in 1980-81 and a 4-3 triumph in 1982-83, both in what is now League I).
The first visit was for a Fourth Division (League II) clash in 1975-76, when Exeter won 4-1.
In the 22 previous meetings between the pair, all in the league, Town have won nine and Exeter eight.
St James’ was close to its 8,830 capacity when Liverpool visited for a Carling Cup second-round tie in August, when the Premier League side won 3-1.
Having redeveloped two sides of their ground creating both seated and terraced sections, City have plans to replace their oldest stand, built in 1926, and narrow away end with seating to take the capacity to 10,500.
Tomorrow’s clash isn’t the sole sporting attraction in the city – Premiership rugby club Exeter Chiefs host Welsh powerhouse Ospreys in the LV= Cup in the evening.