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Chairman on Fixtures

26 June 2013

Chairman Andy Pilley is hoping the new League 2 season arrives swiftly after the 2013/14 fixtures were revealed this week.

Town will host Dagenham and Redbridge at Highbury on the opening day of the season, with the action kicking off in less than eight weeks on August 3.

And after a summer which has already seen seven additions to the first team squad, plus plans to increase the Cod Army fan base, Pilley is excited to get going once again.

“I can’t wait for it (the new season) to start. The sooner the better,” he said.

“I always look for who we play in the opening game of the season so I’m delighted we’re at home. There’s no place like home.

“We’ll look forward to engaging in battle with Dagenham & Redbridge. We had some very competitive games with them last season.”

Manager Graham Alexander will want no less than three points from Fleetwood’s first game as he prepares his side throughout pre-season.

But Pilley says he also looks ahead to the other key dates in the football calendar.

“After the opening game, I look to Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, which are always key dates for the diary.

“Morecambe away (on Boxing Day) is very good. I’m sure all of our supporters will be delighted with that, and New Year’s day we’re at home to Accrington Stanley.

“It’s surreal to think we’re playing Portsmouth as well, because it seems only a year or two ago they were winning the FA Cup, and having such glorious seasons in the Premier League.”

A dramatic defeat at AFC Wimbledon on the final day of last season left Fleetwood feeling a little deflated, while the Dons fans went into raptures after avoiding relegation.

But with Town’s sights set on a much higher finish in the new campaign, Pilley believes it can be the Cod Army celebrating in the final fixture at Chesterfield.

“Chesterfield away in the last game of the season is superb. Hopefully we can be celebrating at their ground, and I expect them to be up there as well so it may be a dual celebration, who knows.”

Pilley also pointed out the importance of the international breaks, where Fleetwood have home games against Torquay and Chesterfield, which can help attract more fans to Highbury.

“England are playing in both September and October so there will be no Premier League and Championship matches for a week in those months.

“We’re fortunate enough to be at home on both of those occasions, so the people who want their extra dose of football will be gratefully received here at Highbury.”

The travelling Cod Army, who celebrated eight wins with Fleetwood on the road last season, will benefit from 50 per cent reduced travel for season ticket holders next season.

And with Town looking to increase the number of away followers as well as home, the chairman hopes cheaper travel will provide even greater support for the team on their journeys.

“We know times are tough, and we value the fans support hugely, so it was important to provide them with cheaper travel,” Pilley concluded.

“This really gives them the opportunity to travel in numbers if they get themselves a season ticket, and I think it can be the difference in games.

“I know the players speak highly of getting that extra support away from home. The numbers (of season ticket holders) are increasing very pleasingly.

“Hopefully the gates will continue to grow and it will be another successful and enjoyable season for us.”

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