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Three key dates for Wigan Athletic next season

The fixtures are out. Away days are being planned. Now can we sign some players, please?

It’s been a quiet summer so far at Wigan, which was needed after the stress of threat of relegation. Thankfully Leeds’ yearly bottling job happened against Wigan. Here’s to you, Gavin Massey.

We started really well last year with wins over Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Stoke.

It’s important for teams like ourselves to start well, build confidence at home and look to pick up the odd point away. In our experience, it’s usually two or three away wins a season.

So, I have a look at three potentially key dates in our season…

Saturday 3rd August – Cardiff (H)

Our home form last season was brilliant throughout, had it not been, we would’ve been relegated without a doubt. It’s often said the best time to play recently relegated sides is at the start, kick them while they’re down. However, Warnock knows the league, they’ll be up for it from day one. A manager that always has sides well equipped for the league, tough, hard-working with quality up front that can hurt you. It’ll be a tough game, also a good opportunity to continue our solid home form and start the season well.

Saturday 10th August – Preston (A)

Derby day. First away game of the season. 4,000 ‘tics fans. Please don’t lose 4-0 again.

This is a massive game, in my opinion. It will just set the tone for the season. Last season, our away form was dreadful – it felt like we just needed one big away result to kickstart us, it never came, we got no luck whatsoever. Whether it was a refereeing decision, a last minute goal against us, nothing went for us. It’s a huge chance to really get the fans behind the lads for the season. Everyone loves the first away day anyway, it could be a real day to remember if we could beat Preston at Deepdale.

Monday 13th April – Barnsley (A)

I expect us to have the league wrapped up by then, maybe a tad optimistic, we’ll see. Barnsley will have a good season, they play an attractive style of football with a young squad. It’s my favourite away day, and it’s on a bank holiday Monday – the countdown is on. It’s impossible to predict where both sides will be positioned at this point, I just hope Wigan are well away from the relegation zone so I can just have an enjoyable day in Yorkshire watching the ‘tics win 0-4.

‘Not a trip to one of the promoted clubs please, Bounce factor’ Rochdale fans are not overly happy about the fixtures

The long-awaited EFL League One fixtures are in, and Rochdale’s first game is away against the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers.

With Rochdale having an unimpressive few seasons and finishing only sixteenth in the EFL League One table last season. It is important to note the oppositions view on facing The Dale.

It seems as though the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers are excited about their first game of the EFL League One, and some fans believe it will be a comfortable start to the season.

Rochdale fans don’t seem too excited about the new season ahead of them, being disappointed by a lack of signings. Many fear the future of the club after the release of the fixture list.

One Twitter user may have cursed Rochdale by pleading for a non-recently promoted club to face them on their first day. However, it turns out that they will indeed be facing Tranmere Rovers, who will come into their new league on a high.

Unfortunately for The Dale, it appears as though many opposition fans are looking forward to games against Rochdale, whereas Rochdale fans themselves aren’t entirely confident in their side.

Rochdale’s first game will be away at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019.

Bury fans have other worries than the fixtures released today ‘Just need a team, manager, asst manager, ground staff etc now any more news about this’

Many Bury fans will be pleased to see their on-the-verge club being a part of the EFL League One fixture release.

Under Bury’s recent circumstances, it is a pleasure to see that the club’s fixtures have been announced. Allowing us to presume that they will be able to partake in the EFL League One season, despite owing over £1million and are currently in the process of seeking new ownership before the new season begins.

Due to the state of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Bury fans have been vocal on Twitter after the release of next season’s fixtures…

With Bury having issues with paying players, they may not even have a team to bring out in August. Luckily for them, one lad is willing to step up!

Amongst the understandable worry, fear and pain being expressed by Bury’s loyal fan base, one fan is ready and waiting for the away games which he can attend.

This particular fan has summed up Bury’s beginning to the new season before a ball has even been touched.

For Bury, it will be an interesting season indeed. All fans of Greater Manchester clubs, or even, all fans of English clubs, should have a degree of respect for the history, successes and longevity of Bury Football Club and hope that they can continue for many years to come.

Oldham Athletic fans not feeling very optimistic ahead of the new season ‘Macclesfield and Salford as key fixtures, I feel sick’ ‘That’s a tough start’

Laurent Banide’s side have revealed their fixtures to fans this morning and how has it gone down?

The Latics finished 14th last season in League Two. They start their 2019/20 campaign facing Forest Green away on the 3rd of August, Crewe at home on the 10th and Bradford away on the 17th.

Oldham’s Twitter account posted their fixtures in a unique way, they put out their opening five fixtures in one post. Their ‘festive fixtures’ in another and then what they predict to be their, ‘Key Fixtures’ to be before posting a full rundown of the season to come.

According to them, Macclesfield, Salford and Bradford are dates for the fans diaries but some have disagreed…

‘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?

Bolton Wanderers fans optimistic ahead of the new season ‘I’m gonna say we’ll have the league won by Doncaster away’

Bolton will travel to Adams Park to face Wycombe on the opening day of the season, the highs of League One hey.

Their first home game will be against Coventry City before they make the glamorous short trip to Prenton Park to play Tranmere.

The Trotters will travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day, imagine predicting this as a League One fixture in 2011.

There are some top away days for Bolton fans to look forward too, now the ownership issue looks to of been resolved. Let us hope they can build a side their fans will enjoy watching.

Let’s see what the Bolton supporters make of their fixture list…

‘Not a bad run into the end of the season if we’re battling relegation’ Wigan Athletic fans plan ahead following fixture release

Wigan will start their season against recently relegated Cardiff at the DW Stadium, on August 3rd. The Latics will then travel to Lancashire rivals Preston, before returning home to face Leeds.

It’s a tough start for Paul Cook’s men, who will be hoping for the same flying start they got last season. Wigan have a derby to look forward to over the Christmas period when they visit Blackburn at Ewood Park, then will return home to play Frank Lampard’s Derby on Boxing Day.

Their final game of the season will be at home to Fulham, a must-win game to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs? I’d certainly take the latter.

Lets see if the Latics fans are happy with their fixtures…

‘Should win them all! A tricky game away at Burnley 3rd Dec, apart from that…’ Man City fans feeling confident following fixtures announcement

With the depth and quality of Manchester City’s squad, the order in which they face the rest of the Premier League will most likely not affect their title challenge.

Manchester City fans have been vocal on Twitter regarding the release of the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures. Man City has not yet announced any transfers this summer, despite them having much to prove in European football.

Some fans may be getting complacent, whilst hoping that their team doesn’t.

One City fan doesn’t want to hear about fixtures, he wants transfer news.

Manchester City’s original fixture poster said ‘October 2018’ and ‘May 2019’ rather than ‘October 2019’ and ‘May 2020’, they made light of the amendment by captioning it ‘spot the difference’. Unfortunately for Manchester United, no time travelling to the past will partake in the upcoming season.

‘Yes, I love this straight away to business 3-0’ Man United fans feeling optimistic ahead of their opening Fixture

A hot topic for next season’s Premier League is how will Man United will perform after a disappointing end to the 2018/19 season.

The Red Devil’s only managed a 6th place finish with 66 points. The reds need to aim for around the 80-90 points to even be in with a chance of getting back into the title race as their rivals, City, won the league and finished on 98 points. Liverpool managed 97 points and Chelsea finished on 72 points.

Hopefully with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to build his team, United will be able to return to their old ways and fans will be celebrating again. With that being said, Premier League fixtures were released today and it’s been revealed that United will open their campaign by playing Chelsea at home on Sunday the 11th of August.

The following week they will travel to Wolves but it’s the opening game that has fans talking on Twitter this morning…

4 Fixture Focus: Crunch Time For FC United

In FC United’s history of almost 14 years, they have had 4 promotions to get them into the National League North.

Although, this could all change this season after only winning 6 matches throughout the length of the season. With only one of those wins coming at home against local rivals Curzon Ashton, which saw the Reds come away with 3 points in a comfortable 2-0 win.

Five wins of United’s this season have come away from home after going against the odds by beating potential playoff contenders Bradford Park Avenue, Altrincham, Kidderminster Harriers and Blyth Spartans. However, with time running out Reynolds will be hoping to scrape out as many points as possible over the coming months in order to secure their position.

After a season that has seen United have 3 managers at the club, they have failed to stay out of the relegation places on a regular basis and the last few weeks results have conspired to find them set adrift from the safety of 19th place with teams above them also having games in hand.

This could potentially see the Reds set an unwanted milestone as they have never suffered relegation in their short history. The next four matches will prove crucial to FC United’s season-long battle. The men in red will be going into every one of their remaining matches as if it is a cup final, in order to secure themselves a place in the National League North next season and, with the reds 6 points from safety with 13 matches left of the 2018/19 season, it is all to play for!

Altrincham

This Saturday sees the red rebels play against local rivals Altrincham at Broadhurst Park. FC United’s first win of the season came at Moss Lane on August 14th, in a 2-1 win that saw United secure all three points after Kurt Willoughby scored the winner in the 80th minute with a wonderful curling effort.

The Robins currently sit in 7th place however with only 2 wins out of 5 in the calendar year, this weekend’s match is set up to be an absolute cracker with both teams fighting for the points at either end of the table.

Guiseley

The Reds face back to back home matches over the next couple of weeks as Guiseley AFC are the next team to visit Broadhurst Park after Altrincham. The reverse fixture saw The Lions take all three points at Nethermoor Park after a comfortable 3-0 win against FC United.

Guiseley sits just 6 points above United and have only one win in 2019 which came against fellow Yorkshiremen Bradford Park Avenue. With both teams being around the relegation places and both having a bad form, this match sets up to be a real six-pointer as the two teams will have to go out fighting for all three points in order to avoid the dreaded drop.

Southport

The first away match FC United face in this run of four fixtures will take place at Haig Avenue, as the reds take a trip to the seaside to play former league club Southport FC. The sandgrounders currently sit 13th in the league and will be looking to take all three points from the red rebels, after the points were shared in the reverse fixture at Broadhurst park in the less than enthralling 1-1 draw.

Liam Watson former Stalybridge Celtic manager will be hoping that former red rebel Jason Gilchrist will be able to remind his old club of his goal-scoring prowess, while the Moston Outfit will be aiming to keep him and his striking partners at bay.

Hereford

The final match the team from Broadhurst Park will play over these next four fixtures will be current Southern Premier League Champions Hereford FC. November saw the Red Rebels travel the 284-mile round trip twice in both the league and the FA Trophy. In the league fixture, it was the men in red who came out on top after a 3-1 win against The Bulls in their 4th away win of the season.

Two weeks later saw the same scoreline however for the other team as Hereford knocked United out of the FA Trophy in the Third Qualifying Round. Hereford are currently sat in 16th place, 7 points ahead of the drop zone. The Whites will be hoping to secure more points in the upcoming months in hope, of securing themselves a place for a second season in the National League North.