I confess that, what with a busy summer, a trip to the US and the focus on Dumbarton, I haven't really been following developments for my locals, Exeter City, that closely. Today I will have the opportunity to check out their signings and prospects at home against Championship hopefuls Derby County. The friendly will elicit mixed feelings from the faithful at St James' Park. On the one hand, there are aspirations to make the next step up to where the Rams currently reside. We will soon see what the gap between League Two and League One looks like - and the rung above that will be on show this afternoon.
Derby manager Nigel Clough is no stranger to Exeter fans, having managed for a number of seasons with Burton Albion in the Conference before stepping up to the table that was once the domain of his late, great father. Likewise, local Heavitree hero Dean Moxey (who, along with equally sadly departed Matty Gill, was a top performer in the 2008-9 promotion season) will have a chance to meet old friends as he returns straight away with his new employers. It will be an interesting try-out for him, I imagine. [Pic: Deano]