Iceland, Northern Ireland, Hungary and the rest – Euro 2016 can make a grab for the football headlines as much as it wants. But, this close to home, we know what counts as huge news. Yep, the 2016-7 League Two fixtures have been spat out by that old ZX Spectrum at Football League HQ. And, in a rare turn of events, Stevenage Football Club have been given a home start. For the eighth successive season. Ach, we’ll take it…
League Two Fixtures: The Highlights
Of course, the last time we started a league campaign on the road is an occasion to forget – being hammered 5-0 at Wrexham back in 2008. The longer the League Two fixtures have us getting the ball rolling at the Lamex, the better. And if kicking this new season off indoors isn’t enough, we’ve been tasked with entertaining Crewe Alexandra. Why is that exciting? Well, we’ve not lost to the Railwaymen in six previous battles.
A new season mean new opportunities. New opportunities mean new sites UK hityah. But what can Boro’ realistically expect from their third straight season in League Two? It’s the longest we’ve spent in a single division, well, since we had that three-year stay in League One. And the last three seasons have delivered downs and ups and downs. We’re on track for a second up this term, but will it pan out that way?
The first six League Two fixtures will be the barometer for success. But there are some toughies in there. Notts County away? Leyton Orient away? Luton Town at home? Not the simple, straightforward affairs you’d want early on in the campaign. The chances of us avoiding defeat in the first few weeks is slim, but stranger things have happened. And there’s still some transfer business to be done (you’d think) as Darren Sarll shapes his squad.
What are your expectations for the first six games? The first six months? The season full stop? Progression is the main aim – no? A season that isn’t defined by conceding late goals, loitering around the relegation zone and struggling to score down the other end. David Brent once said: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – last season, we fell. This season, Stevenage Football Club rises again. We hope.