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Town enjoy opening Football League days

12 June 2015

Cod Army have drawn once and won twice in past years

With the Football League fixtures for the 2015/16 season set to be announced on Wednesday morning, we take a look back at Town’s opening day games.

The Cod Army are yet to taste defeat on the opening day of the Football League season, having drawn with Torquay United, and beaten Dagenham and Redbridge and Crewe respectively.

This year, Graham Alexander’s men will meet seven new teams, with three relegated from last year’s Championship and four promoted from League Two.

Dropping into the third tier are Blackpool, Wigan Athletic and Millwall, while Burton Albion, Shrewsbury Town, Bury and Southend United have all come up.

Fleetwood Town 0-0 Torquay United - 18th August 2012

Despite dominating their first game in the Football League for large spells, Town had to be content with a point against their Devon counterparts three years ago.

Damien Johnson had Town’s best chance early on but his strike was blocked, while Shaun Beeley and Jon Parkin were denied by keeper Michael Poke late on.

The Gulls pressured towards the end of the contest, with Ian Morris firing wide with quarter of an hour to play, and Rene Howe seeing his goal ruled out for offside.

Despite losing their next game 1-0 away at Bradford City, the point provided a platform for the Cod Army to build on, and they picked up four straight wins after the Bantams setback.

Fleetwood Town 3-1 Dagenham & Redbridge - 3rd August 2013

Town began their second season in League Two in style as goals from Mark Roberts, Jeff Hughes and Ryan Cresswell helped them on their way to three points.

Roberts scored the league’s first goal of the season after only five minutes, before Hughes added a second on 10 minutes.

Rhys Murphy replied for the Londoners later in the first period as he slid Medy Elito’s cross into the back of the net.

Creswell added the Cod Army’s third in the second half when he nodded Junior Brown’s cross powerfully beyond the keeper.

Fleetwood Town 2-1 Crewe Alexandra - 9th August 2014

The Cod Army got off to the perfect possible start to life in England’s third tier as they saw off the challenge of the Railwaymen at Highbury.

David Ball netted Town’s first goal in League One when he struck past Scott Shearer, before new signing Jamie Proctor added a second with a fine long range finish.

The Alex’s Matt Tootle missed from the penalty spot in the second half when Liam Hogan had felled Brad Inman in the box.

However, the Cheshire outfit did pull one back late on when Inman scored from the spot after Hogan had conceded a second penalty.

So, Fleetwood fans, here’s hoping that our unbeaten opening day record in the Football League will stay intact again this season!



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