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Captain Coles urges more to follow suit and join Exeter City Supporters' Trust

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

Exeter captain Danny Coles (second from right) visited the Bramble ward of Royal Devon & Exeter hospital this week along with team-mates Tommy Doherty (left), Jamie Cureton (front), Tom Nichols and Elliott Frear (far right). They are pictured here with Olivia Jones, five, from Clyst St George

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Danny Coles says he had no hesitation in signing up to the Exeter City Supporters' Trust and has urged fans and team-mates to follow suit.

The Grecians' skipper was one of five players – along with Liam Sercombe, Matt Oakley, Jimmy Keohane and Alan Gow – to sign up to the Trust this week, which is a welcome boost to the Trust as they embark on a recruitment drive.

Coles has urged anyone connected to the club that is not yet a member to follow suit and do their bit to help the club financially.

"It came about after Taggy [chief executive and vice-chairman Julian Tagg] came and had a word with us," Coles explained. "He told us about the role the Supporters' Trust played in saving the club and to be honest, I never really knew much about it.

"But when he told us, it was a no brainer for me. I was only too happy to sign up and if it means more fans are going to sign up, then great because at the end of the day, it all helps the football club.

"A few of the other boys have signed up and I think it brings the fans and the players closer together. I wouldn't force anyone to sign up, but I would certainly encourage the players and any fans that aren't members to join because we are all in this together and as I say, it all benefits the club."

A number of former players are still members of the Trust, which now has a membership of over 4,000. This week an unnamed supporter donated £600 to the Trust and to the Football Club itself.

Meanwhile, Coles and his team-mates make a return to action tomorrow after a two-week break when they travel to play-off rivals Rochdale in npower League Two and he is looking forward to getting his boots on once again.

"It was a bit strange not having a game last weekend, but it was nice at the same time," he said. "It gave a few of the boys the chance to get over some knocks and niggles and ready for Rochdale on Saturday.

"We have been working hard on the training ground. There are certain things in our game that we are not entirely happy with, so it's given us some time to work on that, but after two weeks away, it is nice to have a game to look forward to again.

"Rochdale are similar to us really. Their home form hasn't been great, but they are on the fringes of the play-offs like ourselves and I'm sure it will be a tough game.

"But we are confident, we have had two great wins on the road at Bradford and Gillingham last time out, so we will go there looking to win the game."

The Dale game starts a hectic run of seven games in a month for Exeter with the trip to Greater Manchester followed by the eagerly-anticipated Devon Derby with Plymouth Argyle next Saturday (noon kick-off).

"I have played in a few derbies in my time for both Bristol clubs and I played for Hull against Leeds, which was also a good game to play in," Coles said.

"I know that it means a lot to the fans and I can't wait to play in it. But I'm not thinking about that right now because we have Rochdale on Saturday. That's the most important game for us right now."

With so many games coming up, the one downside for footballers is that they don't spend much time with their families over Christmas. Ever the professional though, Coles isn't too bothered about missing out on the traditional roast turkey and Christmas pudding.

"I actually like playing at this time of the year and as one of the boys was saying in the changing room earlier, it gives us a really good chance to pick up points," he said.

"I think we have seven games in the next month, so that is a lot of points to play for and we can really make our mark with some good wins under our belts.

"It won't be easy though because there are a lot of tough games in there including the two derby games."

The next generation of Exeter City footballers and coaches has been given a premier boost thanks to a three-year sponsorship deal with Ashfords solicitors.

The South West-based law firm is sponsoring the Grecians' Football in the Community (FITC) bus for the next three years.

As well as providing much-needed transport help for youngsters, the bus will also be used across the whole range of the FITC's remit, including the club's disabled, academy and women's teams.

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