Date: 29th July 2015 at 4:56pm
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Devon rivals Exeter City have confirmed that they are waiving their entitlement to 50% of the gates receipts from the upcoming game on Friday at Plainmoor.

12 years ago, during financial troubles of their own, then chairman Mike Bateson made the same decision to give them that extra financial boost, and given the financial problems we have, their chairman Julian Tagg has confirmed that they will be repaying that particular favour.

A statement from Exeter read.

‘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. We have always maintained a fantastic relationship with Torquay and we sympathise with their current situation. We hope the new regime can bring stability to the club and return them to the Football League in the very near future, so we can commence our great rivalry in a more competitive environment.’

In response to this gesture, Torquay released their own statement the other day.

‘Our Devon rivals, Exeter City, have extended the hand of friendship by waiving the right to their 50% share of the gate receipts from Friday`s pre-season friendly here at The Launa Windows Stadium. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our friends at Exeter City for this fantastic gesture.’

A very nice touch by the club and one that no doubt is definitely being warmly received.

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