Date: 22nd June 2016 at 5:17pm
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Manager Mick mcCarthy says that he is delighted with the way the new football season will begin and so he should be!

“It`s great to be at home first and it`s funny how things work out with us playing my hometown club in Barnsley,” McCarthy told the club site today, after hearing the news of the blues very first encounter of the new season in the Championship.

Actually Ipswich do not have to wait too long for another mouth-watering head to head, which was sadly missed last season when Norwich come to town on August 20th and it is scheduled at the moment at least, to be played on a Saturday afternoon.

The likelihood however is that the local police will pressure the football league into changing the time of this fixture and obviously, if it is featured as a live game on Sky Sports, then it could in fact move to a Sunday morning kick-off.

Other spicey encounters to be played in the first month of the season include a trip to Brentford, which of course was the venue for last season`s opening game of the season and this will take place on Saturday the 13th August, followed by a visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers three days later on Tuesday 16th August.

If the blues can make a winning start at home to the newly promoted Tykes, then there is every chance the Town can get off to a flyer and playing Norwich so early in the season at home I consider to be a real advantage.

Every side that comes down from the Premier League seems to suffer from symptoms synonymous with jet-lag and for many months after their last exit from the top flight, the Canaries were found wanting so timing is everything in my view.

The season’s end is a lot more challenging though but I guess we will have to just hope that we have wrapped up our promotion to the Prem by then?

On the 22nd April we Rotherham United away and then one week later Sheffield Wednesday at home. Our last fixture is away to Nottingham Forest so we don’t want to go there needing another win now do we?

The Tractor Boys will play their first round EFL Cup tie in midweek against familiar foes when the blues take on Stevenage once again and the sides met at the same stage of the competition last year at Portman Road as well, where the blues won 2-1 with Josh Yorwerth and Jay Tabb on the scoresheet for Town and Boro replying thanks to a Christophe Berra own goal.

So now we have the fixture list we can finally start looking forward once more to the season ahead and our fifteenth attempt to get out of the purgatory of English football which is the SKy Bet Championship – or whatever other name it is given for the purposes of sponsorship.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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