Exeter City was founded in 1904 and began playing on an old field used for fattening pigs, St James Park (not to be confused with the homes of Newcastle Unitedor Brackley Town). Exeter remain at St James Park to this day. The club is nicknamed "The Grecians".
The club is known as the first side to play a national team from Brazil, after a tour of South America in 1914 to generate awareness of football in the continent. As a result, City and Brazilian side Fluminense are now also partner clubs.