Exeter waive gate receipt to aid cash stricken rivals Torquay

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Exeter City have turned down their right to half of the gate receipt for the trip to Plainmoor on Friday where they will face local rivals Torquay United.

City claim they are simply returning the gesture made by Torquay when they found themselves in a similar position financially back in 2003.

The fan-owned Conference Premier club were taken over shortly before this happened and similarly Torquay have recently undergone a change in ownership.


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Due to these current financial troubles, the Gulls were forced to close their academy for the second time in 11 years after previously doing so to cut costs in 2004, returning in 2009.

Torquay were also forced into placing manager Chris Hargreaves on 'gardening leave' after Hargreaves and two of his coaching staff all turned down 'significant cuts' to their salary last month.

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Repaying the favour 

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Exeter Chairman Julian Tagg stated: "We remember only too well the situation we were in back in 2003 and we have not forgotten the terrific gesture by Mike Bateson and Torquay United when they agreed to waive their right to a share of the gate receipts in what was our hour of need."

Torquay Chief Executive Steve Breed said: "It is important for the people of Devon to support all our local sides because we are very much a football outpost here in the West Country and it is important to build bridges with local teams within our community."

United are expecting an impressive crowd of over 1,000 on Friday in what will be their final pre-season friendly.

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