By Bob Trafford
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It only seems like two minutes ago that the 2008/9 season finally ended, however the Football League have already announced their framework for the 2009/10 campaign.
It has been confirmed that the season will commence on Saturday 8th August, with Macc hoping to be given a home start for the first time in six years.
The following week, the Carling Cup kicks in to action and everyone will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s successes which culminated with that memorable evening at West Ham.
Over the last few years The Silkmen have pitted their wits against the likes of Leicester City, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Blackpool at the first round stage and the draw for this year’s ties will take place on 16th June.
Other dates to look out for are Boxing Day (which falls on a Saturday this year) and a second helping of festive football on 28th December.
However, the League have scrapped the traditional New Years Day fixtures, deciding to postpone them until the following day (2nd Jan).
Within the fixture lists, it has been agreed that all League Two sides will have six midweek matches scheduled in addition to two bank holiday games. However with recent seasons in mind, these midweek games are not likely to be local, they are more likely to be Dagenham and Grimsby!
Personally there is only one fixture which I will be looking out for come June 17th and that will be the trip to Torquay. I have missed not staying in Fawlty Towers over the last couple of years and hope that the League do us a favour with the timing of this!!!
The fixtures are released on June 17th at 10am
Here is the full Football League list –
KEY DATES - SEASON 2009-10
6th Kazakhstan v England
10th England v Andorra
16th Carling Cup Draw (10am)
17th Fixtures released (10am)
8th Football League Season starts
10th (w/c) Carling Cup Round 1
12th Holland v England Friendly
15th Premier League starts
15th FA Cup Extra Prelininary Round
24th (w/c) Carling Cup Round 2
29th FA Cup Preliminary Round
31st (w/c) Johnstone's Paint Trophy Round 1
5th England v Slovenia Friendly
9th England v Croatia WCQ
12th FA Cup 1st Qual Round
21st (w/c) Carling Cup Round 3
26th FA Cup 2nd Round Qual
5th (w/c) Johnstone's Paint Trophy Round 2
10th Ukraine v England WCQ
10th FA Cup 3rd Qual Round
14th England v Belarus WCQ
24th FA Cup 4th Qual Round
26th (w/c) Carling Cup Round 4
7th FA Cup 1st Round
9th (w/c) Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area-Quarter Finals
30th (w/c) Carling Cup Round 5
28th FA Cup 2nd Round
14th (w/c) Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final
26th Full Fixture programme
1st No fixtures
2nd FA Cup 3rd Round
4th (w/c) Carling Cup Semi-Final (Leg 1)
18th (w/c) Carling Cup Semi-Final (Leg 2)
18th (w/c) Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final (Leg 1)
15th (w/c) Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final (Leg 2)
28th Carling Cup Final (Wembley)
28th Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final (Wembley)
2nd Season Finish - Coca-Cola Championship
8th Season Finish Coca-Cola League 1 & League 2
15th FA Cup Final
16th BSP Play-off final
22nd Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final (Wembley)
22nd European Cup Final
29th Coca-Cola League 1 Play-Off Final (Wembley)
30th Coca-Cola League 2 Play-Off Final (Wembley)
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