Swans first, er then everyone else
Ah the fixtures
, a sure way to shake the cobwebs away of the previous season. That and when the BBC finally move the teams up and down into their rightful sections on the website. The fixture list means different things to me these days. I'm actually not looking out for Blackpool away to be in the spring or a trip to Doncaster to be on a Saturday, apologies to those that are.
A home Boxing Day game is good news for me as I hope to be back in the UK this year for Christmas. The opening game, like last year, my son and I plan to attend, so Swansea at home works better than a trip to Preston for example. My visits back from now on will be around the school holidays as opposed to whenever a client wanted to go, which is what happened previously, and that should allow for a bit more premeditation.
I certainly want to take in some awaydays, you can't beat a good road trip and in this division they appear more fun* and midweek doesn't affect me because I won't (hopefully) have to get up in the morning to go to work. Palace away I have my eye and one of those away games in the final 6 weeks of the season has my name on, as long as we are not all depressed by then.
I'm a believer that we have to play everyone twice so it doesn't matter how they come out of the computer but it does look a tricky start, but there are no easy fixtures, everyone can beat each other and we are a Premier League side blah, blah....
The worst kept secret since Amdy Faye actually being a painter and decorator and not a footballer was officially announced today and that was the signing of Forest Green Rovers striker Stuart Fleetwood
. One can assume that one of either Bent, McLeod, Iwelumo, Varney, Gray or Dickson will be sold, either that or Pards is going for the all out attack plan that worked so well last season!
Bent has to go somewhere to raise some capital, if nothing else. A forward roll call of Varney, Gray, Todorov, Dickson and Fleetwood I would be content with. Someone told me, or perhaps I made it up, but anyhow both Fleetwood and Dickson have the same celebration when they score. Lets hope we see it plenty next season. Can you see me now?
*Fun, I use the word loosely!