Date: 19th June 2015 at 6:15pm
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With the fixtures released the other day, manager Graham Alexander has said he feels Fleetwood can look forward to an exciting start to the 2015-16 campaign.

With three local derbies against Oldham, newly promoted Bury, and recently relegated Wigan all up within the first two months of the new campaign, the gaffer feels that it will be a good start to our second year of life at this level.

Especially as we start against also newly promoted Southend United at Highbury.

Speaking to the Official Site following the release, he explained.

‘It is good to be at home for the first game of the season. It is good for the supporters especially but it will be a very difficult game against Southend United. Southend are similar to ourselves because they won promotion through the League Two Play-Off final and we know how good of a feeling that is. We have had tough games against Southend in the past and we don`t expect the first game of the season to be any different.’

Moving on to the derbies, he went on to add.

‘Three of our first four away games are local with trips to Oldham, Bury and Wigan. They will all be good atmospheres because of the local rivalry. We are looking forward to pitting our wits against these local teams. Wigan won the FA Cup and were in the Premier League not so long ago and that will be a good one for our supporters to go to.’

Obviously thesedays, Tuesday night trips take a certain amount of the focus, and we have a couple of long distance trips in midweek to the likes of Gillingham and Millwall.

A certain trip to Sheffield United in October will whet the appetite given the victory last March.

‘We have had a look through our Tuesday night fixtures. The ones that stand out are obviously Milwall and Gillingham both away from home. We also have a Boxing Day trip to Shrewsbury Town. We know the Football League can`t fit around everyone. We have dealt with long trips before in awkward moments over the last three years so we will just get along with those when they come around.’

Blackpool, following their relegation, also figured highly in the thoughts of the manager with a Bloomfield Road trip on November 28, before a Highbury hosting on April 23.

‘The first game is on November 28th at Bloomfield Road but there are a lot of games before that to focus on and take points from. It will keep the excitement going through the season with the home game being so late on and it will build up nicely as we go along. There are a lot of fixtures to deal with first and foremost before that. We have two big local games over the Christmas and New Year period with Wigan and Bury both visiting Highbury Stadium. There are some really exciting games to look forward to, both home and away. Now the fixtures are out we can start half planning the season.’


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