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‘Yes!! Come on The Ammies!!! Live on Sky Sports!’ ‘On Sky straight away… what a surprise’ Salford City already causing a stir before the seasons started

Fixture day has arrived and Salford’s first games in League Two are here. 

After The Ammies managed promotion last season, the fans have been waiting on their fixture list to weigh up how they think their team will progress.

As Salford’s official Twitter page revealed their opening games this morning, I expected fans to be giving opinions and talking more in general about their upcoming season, however, it’s been more a case of ‘who’s on TV.’

Salford will face:

Stevenage FC at home to kick off their league two campaign on the 3rd of August.

Crawley away on the 10th of August.

Port Vale at home on the 17th of August.

Sky has revealed how the Stevenage game will be aired on the opening week but that seems to be the talking point for all fans today. With Salford being the newly promoted team, you do expect them to be a hot topic. Although a lot of fans are suggesting that because of the Class Of 92’s money, input and influence on the what happens with the team, this is why they are getting televised matches when other teams should get a look in.

There are some who have given more of an opinion on the fixtures themselves, and some even having a dig at Paul Scholes’ recent betting scandal. Television aside, what’s your opinions on the opening fixtures?

Examining Oldham Athletic’s 19/20 League 2 Opponents: Cheltenham Town, Colchester City & Crawley Town

Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham has something the rest of the league don’t have, a cool sounding ground, The Jonny Rocks Stadium. Unfortunately, it is named after a luxury chauffeuring service and not anybody involved in rock and roll and is, therefore, a bit of a letdown.

Club Name: Cheltenham Town

Nickname: The Robins

Sponsor: Chuck Berry Drainage Services

Star Supporters: Michael Burston/Würzel Motorhead Guitarist

Club Mascot: Würzel Gummidge

Half Time Entertainment: Air Guitar

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Miles away so probably not

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Andy Wilcox. Actually plays football for England seniors so respect is due. Gets a poor mad Chairman score consequently 1/10

One to Watch: Pie stall staff dressed as Elvis

Style Of Play: Mass confusion

Speciality Pie Flavour: ‘Cheval’ Something to do with the race course I understand.

Away End Capacity and Condition: 1100 with decent legroom in case you want to try on an Elvis suit. Acceptable.

Likely Pre Match Songs:  God Gave Rock and Roll to you – Argent

End of Season Prediction: 19th 

Colchester United

A historic town in Essex which is proclaimed to be one of the safest in the country and is the most boring as a consequence. Beat League leaders Lincoln on the last day of last season until Newport pipped them to 7th spot with a late goal which was hilarious.

Club Name: Colchester United

Nickname: The U’s (which indicates a similar lack of inspiration as Cambridge United. See last week)

Sponsor: Non-Ferrous Metals Monthly Magazine

Star Supporter: Dermot O’Leary (That took a lot of barrel scraping)

Club Mascot: Sid the Sloth

Half Time Entertainment: Watching Paint Dry

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Not a Chance

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Robbie Cowling who is also the owner of Jobserve. Yes, that interesting. 2/10

One to Watch: Sammie Szmodics who sounds like a superhero from Albania

Style Of Play: Running around in ever decreasing circles

Speciality Pie Flavour: Fresh Air

Away End Capacity and Condition: Roughly 1000.  The Ground is set away from the town on an industrial estate surrounded by wasteland. Enjoy.

Likely Pre Match Songs: Boredom – Buzzcocks

End of Season Prediction: 14th

Crawley Town

Beaten twice by Latics last season which gives you some idea of how poor they are. Described as the Armpit of the South among other unprintable descriptions.

Club Name: Crawley Town FC

Nickname: The Red Devils (Somebody should explain copyright to them)

Sponsor: Boots Underarm Deodorant

Star Supporter: The Cure

Club Mascot: Albert the Aerosol

Half Time Entertainment: Chain Smoking

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Again, doubtful given the distance involved.

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Ziya Eren who has given the club an interest-free loan but has attracted some criticism. 6/10

One to Watch: Mason Bloomfield. Spent most of last season not getting picked for Hamilton Academicals which makes Crawley’s excitement about signing him a little puzzling.

Style Of Play: 89 minutes of build-up followed by disappointment.

Speciality Pie Flavour: Chips

Away End Capacity and Condition: 1600 standing. Worst Named Stadium in the League (The People’s Pension Stadium!)

Likely Pre Match Songs: Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

End of Season Prediction: 20th

Next Week: Crewe, Forest Green and Exeter

Managerless Oldham Will Look To Get Back To Winning Ways With Win Over Crawley

With Oldham involved in the FA Cup two weeks ago then having no game last Saturday because of a frozen pitch, the need to get back into the groove of league football is vital this weekend. Happily, the game is away from the frozen North and although there are warnings of high winds, Latics will be hoping to breeze their way to their first league away win since the end of December.

They will be attempting to beat Crawley in only the ninth meeting between the clubs and will be encouraged to know that manager Peter Wild has a fully fit squad to choose from including the two young strikers signed on deadline day, Zak Dearnley and Oladapo Afolayan. For Wild, the uncertainty of whether he will be in charge for the next game rumbles on but there are indications that the managerial appointment farce may be close to an end.

Both teams sit in mid-table and although Latics have a two-point advantage and two games in hand over Gabrielle Cioffi’s side recent poor results by Latics, especially the defeat at Macclesfield need to be put behind them if they are serious about mounting a late surge for the playoffs. It would be wise for several players to put themselves in the frame for future inclusion in the first team given that this may well be Wild’s last game in charge.

The effect a new manager can have on a squad is often a positive one and if it is going to be Paul Scholes we have some young players who will certainly be aware, that one of the countries most successful midfielders with 700+ games at the top level, can only be beneficial to their career should they grasp the chance.

There have had to be some changes in team selection in recent games due to injury, suspensions and on-loan players departing, but we need to regain the form which brought us 6 league points and a win over Premier League Fulham in the FA Cup.

The spotlight will no doubt fall on the club if Scholes steps in to take up the manager’s post and, I doubt whether he will be content to sit out the rest of the season in safe mid-table and plan for a realistic assault on promotion next season. Players like Scholes do not reach the pinnacle of the game by being less than 100% determined in every game they play and given the chance to display that resolve as a manager, there is no reason why Latics can’t put past nightmares behind them and look to a brighter future.