I struggle to understand the furore over fixture release day myself. I like to see who we’re playing and when, but you know pretty much what to expect.
You’ll either get a decent Christmas or a rubbish one. If you’re at home Boxing Day, you’ll be on the road New Year’s Day. If you start away, you’ll finish at home.
You’ll play everyone twice and whilst that is a cliche, it’s true. The early fixtures are important, especially for the likes of us. We’re hoping to be in the middle of the pack and that means getting off to a good start. That said, we didn’t start well in 2017/18 and still ended up in the top seven.
Much of the excitement is around away days. Do you play Blackpool at a time when a weekend away is worth it? There is a personal element too, everyone wants a decent fixture on or around their birthday. Still, the general excitement with which the announcement is greeted baffles me.
It’s the same for people who complain they haven’t seen a new kit for example; what’s the rush? We know come the start of August we’ll be playing one of 23 teams, home or away and we’ll be wearing the new kit. Why get all worked up in June about it?
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) June 20, 2019
Still, it’s a noteworthy day and from a personal point of view, it’s nice to see a huge Christmas double-header for us. Ipswich and Posh at home in the space of four days; that’s only a little bit tasty.
We were always going to start at home too, given that we’ve been away the last three years and, dare I say, in Accrington, we have a winnable game. That’s not to say it’s easy, far from it, but it’s a low key start to our time in the third tier. Danny will want points on the board early so that we’re not playing catch up from the off. Having Southend and MK Dons in there early is good too, but in the end, we’d have to play everyone at some point.
Rochdale, at home, on the final day. It gives me ‘the fear’ of missing out on play-offs when we needed a 2-0 win and didn’t get it. I think it was 1997, but I might be mistaken. Still, it’s nice to see Rochdale back on the fixture list, they were a staple of my childhood at the Bank.
Because my own reaction is a little *meh* to the fixtures, I thought I’d throw it out to the SW readers on Twitter to give us their thoughts.
December/January looks brilliant but x5 very expensive?
— chris kennealey (@chriskennealey) June 20, 2019
Come on the ? leave the family at home ?
— Andy Pearson (@AndyPearson68) June 20, 2019
Great fixtures just gutted about the pompey dates
— Lee Brooks (@LeeBrooks10) June 20, 2019
Shame MK, Pompey & more than likely Sunderland will be Tuesday away night games. First 2 away games…let the ticket scramble begin!! Oh well, beats Guiesley away on Boxing Day I guess.
— Rob Stainton (@Rob23go) June 20, 2019
Opening game at home, two away local games, can’t complain about that, unfortunately looks like pompey and Sunderland will be Tuesday nights
— Richard Scrafton (@RichScrafton) June 20, 2019
Doesn’t really matter. Play each team twice
— Tilly (@Tilly55795400) June 20, 2019
Home game starter and 2 local(ish) away games in August. Xmas/NY looks cracking home and away. Pompey home and away on a Tuesday night is a little dampener but overall looks a decent fixture list.
— Si N Neat Tomlinson (@vinceandpen) June 20, 2019
Looks like I'll miss a few home games and couple of aways due to prior commitments. O well still be good especially Ipswich at home at xmas!!
— David Robson (@DavidImp1972) June 20, 2019
Could opening month for us, would expect us to have at least 10 points on the board by the end of the month, possibly more.
— Jon Booth (@JAGBooth) June 20, 2019