Get those planners out…book those hotels…the fixtures are out! And it’s not worked out too bad for the Cobblers (on paper anyway) with home games to start AND finish the season. Town will host Mansfield Town for the big kick off on Saturday, August 9th and will finish with the visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, May 2nd.
If I were to publish all of the fixtures then I’d be banned from the Internet by someone in a higher power but what I think I’m allowed to do, as is the norm, is run through some key dates and give you the link to the full fixtures list which you’ve probably already dissected yourselves already:
The start to the season has us travelling to Wolves in the League Cup on the first Tuesday night and then making jaunts to York City (Sat 16th August) and Portsmouth (Tuesday 19th) before closing out the first month with home games against Shrewsbury Town (Saturday 23rd) and Exeter City (Saturday 30th).
Other stand out fixtures on first glance see Town remaking the acquaintance with Luton Town by visiting the lovely Kenilworth Road on Saturday, October 25th and Cambridge United who we play away three weeks later on Saturday, November 15th. We’ve been given a nice Boxing Day home game with Bury (who won’t be very happy with that journey I assume!) but away games at Carlisle and Tranmere in December will tighten everyone’s purse strings in the holiday season.
There’s a local feel to the end of the season with the home games with Luton (Saturday, March 28th) and Cambridge (Easter Monday, April 6th) and the trip to Oxford (Tuesday, April 14th) all coming within a couple of weeks of one another. The final away game is Burton Albion on Saturday, April 25th.
It’s always a fun day on the summer calendar is fixtures day…let’s get planning (and tie up those last few deals!)
In Other news…
The Cobblers, as mentioned above, were once again drawn against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup. It’s the third time in four seasons we’ve met Wolves but at least this time we can be knocked out away from home rather than at Sixfields. Saying that, Clive Platt scored in one of the last meetings between the sides, so anything can happen. It’s just that it probably won’t.
Connor Roberts made it four out of four contract offers to be accepted yesterday by agreeing terms on his first professional deal. I can’t remember a time when all contract offers to players we want to hold on to were accepted over the summer so this is good news for Chris Wilder’s school of persuasion.
David Cardoza has revealed in an interview that we have three transfer deals already tied up – he just can’t tell us about them yet. Evan Horwood, the marauding left back/winger who helped us to safety last season, is widely touted to be one of those – that’s been the worst kept secret since the season ended so expect that to be confirmed soon.