Salford City manager Graham Alexander is looking forward to getting started as preparations continue for the Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 season.
The fixtures were announced this morning, with a televised game against Stevenage up first at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday 3rd August.
That is followed by a trip to Crawley Town before Round One of the Carabao Cup in the week commencing 12th August. At the other end of the season we host Morecambe before travelling to Cheltenham Town.
“I’m delighted that the first game is at home,” said the manager.
“That’s great for the supporters and ourselves to see our first game in the Football League is at Moor Lane, so I think that’s a bonus for us.
“I haven’t really had an in-depth look at the fixtures yet, I’ve been working this morning, but we’ll start planning the logistics and travelling and so forth.
“I have noticed that we’re away at Plymouth on a Tuesday night so I thank everyone for that!”
2018-19 National League Champions Leyton Orient return to The Peninsula Stadium at the end of August, with Alexander’s former club Scunthorpe United visiting in late October.
“I think you look at the first one [game] initially, then you look at certain dates, then you look at certain opposition.
“Everyone’s got their own personal interests, teams you’ve played for, managed, or birthdays, stuff like that, honestly it comes into it! I know what it’s like as a player, you’re looking at commitments you’ve got throughout the yea, where you’ll be…
“For us the first few games are where you plan to, certainly the first one then the first couple of away games. But we go into it with our eyes wide open, I don’t think you ever really know who’s going to be the teams at the top or the bottom.
“I think the first 10-15 games is the period for everyone to find their feet but of course we want to be one of the ones competing at the top end so we have to win as many games as we possibly can in that first batch.”
The fixture list will also throw Salford into two new cup competitions in the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy. The Carabao Cup begins in August and involves teams from League Two up to the Premier League, with the final begin held in February at Wembley. The EFL Trophy consists of teams from Leagues One and Two, and 16 invited Category 1 academies from Premier League and Championship clubs.
“Obviously the FA Cup is the one where if you win three you compete against the top clubs but the Carabao gives us that opportunity as well so you’ve got two competitions there that you can look to win through rounds and play teams from higher levels which is always good.
“And I think the EFL Trophy is a fantastic competition for teams in League One and Two because it’s a realistic opportunity to get to a Wembley final.
“It will be exciting for the club, it’s new for us going into these competitions, not for myself obviously because I’ve managed in the Football League, but for everyone connected with the club it’s quite exciting times!”