Dave Treharne told last night's Exeter Fans Forum that the reported unexpected costs incurred were "under £20,000". The biggest cost was removal of asbestos from the Ground at a cost of approximately £7,000. A list of 30 unexpected cost items was presented to fans, with only two other items coming over the £1,000 mark.
The nature of Mr. Terharne's comments, as quoted in the Express & Echo, suggested there was problems meeting the monthly bills at St James Park, but with gates up 21% so far this season and the budget slashed by over £2,000 a week the comments appear to be little more than scaremongering to keep the Exeter fans donating money into the Club. The increase in gates alone, amounting to over 700 people per match, can be equated to the cost of the "unexpected losses". While some of the losses would be considered to be included in the general ground maintenance budgets of some clubs, Exeter appear to either have not accounted for some expenditure that is expected over a season, or under calculated the amounts necessary meaning some work is needed on the budget to stop a repeat of this sort of knee-jerk announcement.