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Fixture release 22/23

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I'm sure most are sad enough (like me) to have this date on their mind for a while, but fixtures are released at 9am tomorrow morning - here's hoping for a good opening day fixture
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One thing for sure, the opening sequence of games can't be as hard as last year.
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AUGUST
Sat 06-Aug-22 A Boston United Lge
Sat 13-Aug-22 H Peterborough Sports Lge
Tue 16-Aug-22 H Darlington Lge
Sat 20-Aug-22 A Alfreton Town Lge
Sat 27-Aug-22 H AFC Telford United Lge
Mon 29-Aug-22 A AFC Fylde Lge

SEPTEMBER
Sat 03-Sep-22 A Banbury United Lge
Sat 10-Sep-22 H Chorley Lge
Tue 13-Sep-22 A Chester Lge
Sat 17-Sep-22 FAC2Q
Sat 24-Sep-22 H Leamington Lge
Tue 27-Sep-22 H Bradford(Park Avenue) Lge

OCTOBER
Sat 01-Oct-22 FAC3Q
Sat 08-Oct-22 A Gloucester City Lge
Sat 15-Oct-22 H Kings Lynn Town Lge
Sat 22-Oct-22 A Kidderminster Harriers Lge
Tue 25-Oct-22 A Spennymoor Town Lge
Sat 29-Oct-22 H Buxton Lge

NOVEMBER
Sat 05-Nov-22 A Hereford Lge
Tue 08-Nov-22 H Brackley Town Lge
Sat 12-Nov-22 H Farsley Celtic Lge
Sat 19-Nov-22 FAT2
Sat 26-Nov-22 A Kettering Town Lge

DECEMBER
Sat 03-Dec-22 H Scarborough Athletic Lge
Tue 06-Dec-22 A Blyth Spartans Lge
Sat 10-Dec-22 H Boston United Lge
Tue 13-Dec-22 A Darlington Lge
Sat 17-Dec-22 FAT3
Mon 26-Dec-22 A Curzon Ashton Lge

JANUARY
Sun 01-Jan-23 H Curzon Ashton Lge
Sat 07-Jan-23 A Peterborough Sports Lge
Sat 14-Jan-23 H AFC Fylde Lge
Sat 21-Jan-23 H Alfreton Town Lge
Sat 28-Jan-23 A AFC Telford United Lge

FEBRUARY
Sat 04-Feb-23 A Chorley Lge
Sat 11-Feb-23 H Banbury United Lge
Sat 18-Feb-23 A Buxton Lge
Tue 21-Feb-23 H Spennymoor Town Lge
Sat 25-Feb-23 H Hereford Lge

MARCH
Sat 04-Mar-23 A Brackley Town Lge
Tue 07-Mar-23 H Blyth Spartans Lge
Sat 11-Mar-23 A Farsley Celtic Lge
Sat 18-Mar-23 H Kettering Town Lge
Sat 25-Mar-23 A Scarborough Athletic Lge

APRIL
Sat 01-Apr-23 H Gloucester City Lge
Fri 07-Apr-23 A Bradford(Park Avenue) Lge
Mon 10-Apr-23 H Chester Lge
Sat 15-Apr-23 A Kings Lynn Town Lge
Sat 22-Apr-23 H Kidderminster Harriers Lge
Sat 29-Apr-23 A Leamington Lge
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How on Earth can it be sensible to be playing the North East teams, (home and away) on Tuesday nights, but the likes of Chorley and Fylde on Saturday’s. Makes no sense whatsoever, particularly travelling to Darlington and Blyth in December.
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tonyhey wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:37 am How on Earth can it be sensible to be playing the North East teams, (home and away) on Tuesday nights, but the likes of Chorley and Fylde on Saturday’s. Makes no sense whatsoever, particularly travelling to Darlington and Blyth in December.
My guess is that it would not make a huge difference in away attendance if it is Tuesday or Saturday, but it would make a much bigger difference if we played Fylde or Chorley on a Tuesday (as I believe actually happened for our rearranged home fixture v Chorley). I agree that travelling that far on a Tuesday night rules some out who might otherwise have gone, but for clubs financially it is probably a better deal.
At least the Tuesdays are all reverse fixtures as well (at least in our case).
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Mr Ah Yes wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:53 am
tonyhey wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:37 am How on Earth can it be sensible to be playing the North East teams, (home and away) on Tuesday nights, but the likes of Chorley and Fylde on Saturday’s. Makes no sense whatsoever, particularly travelling to Darlington and Blyth in December.
My guess is that it would not make a huge difference in away attendance if it is Tuesday or Saturday, but it would make a much bigger difference if we played Fylde or Chorley on a Tuesday (as I believe actually happened for our rearranged home fixture v Chorley). I agree that travelling that far on a Tuesday night rules some out who might otherwise have gone, but for clubs financially it is probably a better deal.
At least the Tuesdays are all reverse fixtures as well (at least in our case).
And what about the part time players who have to take time off work in order to travel considerably long distances on a Tuesday, not to mention getting home in the early hours of the following day?
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Away opening day
Away last day
Away boxing day
Stupid away's on a Tuesday night in December
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tonyhey wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 1:07 pm
Mr Ah Yes wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:53 am
tonyhey wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:37 am How on Earth can it be sensible to be playing the North East teams, (home and away) on Tuesday nights, but the likes of Chorley and Fylde on Saturday’s. Makes no sense whatsoever, particularly travelling to Darlington and Blyth in December.
My guess is that it would not make a huge difference in away attendance if it is Tuesday or Saturday, but it would make a much bigger difference if we played Fylde or Chorley on a Tuesday (as I believe actually happened for our rearranged home fixture v Chorley). I agree that travelling that far on a Tuesday night rules some out who might otherwise have gone, but for clubs financially it is probably a better deal.
At least the Tuesdays are all reverse fixtures as well (at least in our case).
And what about the part time players who have to take time off work in order to travel considerably long distances on a Tuesday, not to mention getting home in the early hours of the following day?
They haven’t suddenly just become part time footballers. They’ll be in jobs that allow them to take the necessary time off.

Even a typical 5pm finish would be too late a finish for most away games.
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It will be worse for us next season in the National league :-) ..... Torquay, Yeovil, Eastleigh etc... I can hardly wait.
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These fixtures don't look great on first sight for the reasons PR9 states, but actually from an attendance + income perspective they have worked out favourably.

Last season we had so many home Tuesday night matches, it felt like we played midweek at Haig Ave as often as a weekend. I know there is the possibility of more with rearrangements, but this season should see far fewer crap 700 midweek crowds.

Take those two away trips to the North-East in December. If they'd have been at home, the crowds would have been woeful. As they are away it doesn't matter.

In the cold season between October - March we only have two home Tuesdays scheduled.

The first six matches should also tell us more than last season. Too early for predictions, but you can divide them six into matches against lower teams (Peterborough and Telford) average teams (Alfreton and Darlington) and good teams (Boston and Fylde). A better mix than last time for sure.
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Never heard of Peterborough 'Sports' before!
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Port on the Kent wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 1:51 pm These fixtures don't look great on first sight for the reasons PR9 states, but actually from an attendance + income perspective they have worked out favourably.

Last season we had so many home Tuesday night matches, it felt like we played midweek at Haig Ave as often as a weekend. I know there is the possibility of more with rearrangements, but this season should see far fewer crap 700 midweek crowds.

Take those two away trips to the North-East in December. If they'd have been at home, the crowds would have been woeful. As they are away it doesn't matter.

In the cold season between October - March we only have two home Tuesdays scheduled.

The first six matches should also tell us more than last season. Too early for predictions, but you can divide them six into matches against lower teams (Peterborough and Telford) average teams (Alfreton and Darlington) and good teams (Boston and Fylde). A better mix than last time for sure.
When last season’s fixtures came out we only had two scheduled Tuesday night games, but you’re right, we finished up playing many more.
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The fixtures are very complex to put together I imagine, so just unfortunate we have drawn the short straw of some fairly hefty away games on Tuesday nights - in particular the Blyth and Darlo on consecutive Tuesdays in December and Spenny straight after Kiddy. Away the first and last game and Boxing Day is something I like, but can see that's not popular too.

We're playing everyone twice over the season anyway - hopefully it'll be a good one.
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tonyhey wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 1:07 pm
Mr Ah Yes wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:53 am
tonyhey wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:37 am How on Earth can it be sensible to be playing the North East teams, (home and away) on Tuesday nights, but the likes of Chorley and Fylde on Saturday’s. Makes no sense whatsoever, particularly travelling to Darlington and Blyth in December.
My guess is that it would not make a huge difference in away attendance if it is Tuesday or Saturday, but it would make a much bigger difference if we played Fylde or Chorley on a Tuesday (as I believe actually happened for our rearranged home fixture v Chorley). I agree that travelling that far on a Tuesday night rules some out who might otherwise have gone, but for clubs financially it is probably a better deal.
At least the Tuesdays are all reverse fixtures as well (at least in our case).
And what about the part time players who have to take time off work in order to travel considerably long distances on a Tuesday, not to mention getting home in the early hours of the following day?
Football is not for fans or players....it is for procedural administrators.....
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..….....And sometimes kids who just want to stir up trouble. :-)
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It's a daunting fixture list-simply because of the amount of football to be played.5/6 games per month from August until April without any FA Cup replays,Lancs Junior Cup fixtures.

What the authorities who are organising this are thinking I'm not sure-but two things are certain,they are not thinking about part time clubs anymore or fans pockets (nothing changed there then) The physical and mental demands on lads who are probably working/studying during the day is quite frankly so wrong and needs addressing.
It's obvious that it's all about full time football now-and everybody else can hang.
With a squad of 19 players probably I'm not sure how anyone can seriously think that SFC can challenge for promotion but I know the club will do their damnest.

If ever some reality was needed by SFC supporters-dear me it's definetely now.

PS Sorry to disagree with POTK but think that Telford will no longer be one of the lowly clubs this season and in fact could be a "dark horse" under Paul Carden for challenging for a play off slot.They've signed some very experienced players who will have an impact at this level.Harry Flowers (signed from Curzon Ashton last season but didn't play against the Port late on) Matt Brown (former loanee at the Port) Prince Ekpolo,Nathan Blissett plus getting Devarn Green permantely-to name a few.
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I've been worried about this expansion for a while and seeing the fixture list just brings it home. It may only be four extra games, but that's four extra games on top of attempting to put together runs in the Trophy and the FA Cup.As yellowflower says, 5/6 games per month from August to April - that's really daunting. We're not going to be the only club that finds it tough, but we're a club that generally hopes to be involved in the play-offs and that could be a big ask. Our current manager likes a small squad but the squad will almost certainly have to be bigger than he has traditionally prefered. We will need options off the bench and some rotation options for a gruelling season.

Since we returned to NLN, we've ultimately been so-so. No real promotion push, no real threat of relegation. Let's just say things aren't getting any easier.
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Scotch Egg wrote: Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:23 pm I've been worried about this expansion for a while and seeing the fixture list just brings it home. It may only be four extra games, but that's four extra games on top of attempting to put together runs in the Trophy and the FA Cup.As yellowflower says, 5/6 games per month from August to April - that's really daunting. We're not going to be the only club that finds it tough, but we're a club that generally hopes to be involved in the play-offs and that could be a big ask. Our current manager likes a small squad but the squad will almost certainly have to be bigger than he has traditionally prefered. We will need options off the bench and some rotation options for a gruelling season.

Since we returned to NLN, we've ultimately been so-so. No real promotion push, no real threat of relegation. Let's just say things aren't getting any easier.

Well said, I think most rational supporters have realised that more than ever before this is now a very tough league to get out of with several full time sides and a few well financed part time sides e.g. Brackley and AFC Telford, Peterborough Sports. The prize of success is of course a practically full time conference with huge travelling costs in the main , overnight stays, full time contracts , loss of talented part timers etc and loss of bar revenues! Try not to think about it too hard , I take one game at a time , hope for fa cup run and just enjoy the impressive or unexpected victories, take the disappointments on the chin and take it as it comes . Keep the faith and who knows where it takes us, I’d love to go Notts County but the chips, pie and curry sauce are good at Bamber Bridge 🤣. I’d really love not to like football ….. thems the breaks
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Hopefully no need to "take it on the chin" this season. Our chances look much better than the have for years and even last season, if we could have turned a few of our many dtaws into wins, we would have made the playoffs.

You never know there may be a discovery of massive shale gas supplies under Haig Ave and Southport could become the non eco friendly version of Forest Green Rovers !.

So chin up. I predict celebrating with Port Salut & Taylors in Leamington, at the season's end.
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Hopefully we'll get another 3 or 4 recruits in who are either a) talented unknown quantities who have been released and are trying to build their way back up the ladder or just build from the bottom in the first place (see Bainbridge, Oliver, J. Doyle, Woods, Mason etc..) Or b) some players who know the level, and have 'been there and done that' for some even more much needed experience since Benjamin left. Ideally 2 experienced midfielders, 1 youngish full back who can play both sides, and one winger who can also play in the midfield or up front. I think that, added to the current crop (though we will woe about releasing IBR in my opinion) could yield at least a top 7 finish and then the playoffs are always a lottery.
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