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Friendlies 2008 - Dates Announced

With such a busy end to this season it seems odd to be thinking of next season already, but supporters might like to know that provisional dates have been set for some of our pre-season friendly games.

The league has now confirmed that the 2008/09 season will start on Saturday 16th August. With this in mind we aim to play friendlies on the following Saturdays:

Friday 6 June - Marburg, Germany

Saturday 19 July - TBC
Tuesday 22 July - Altrincham FC
Saturday 26 July - Tamworth
Saturday 2 August - TBC
Wednesday 6 August - Curzon Ashton
Saturday 9 August - TBC

We will post further information as soon as we have any details about games being planned on these or any other dates

Last year we published some background to how our programme of pre-season friendlies is planned and we’d like to remind supporters that the following factors are considered when agreeing to games:

- Football considerations, i.e. will the match provide a good opportunity for the management team to assess our players?
- Charity requests for fundraising.
- Honouring obligations to teams that have given us specific help or have similar fan-based ownership.
- Attractiveness of the match for our fans.
- The willingness of the opponents to cover our expenses and share gate receipts
- Getting a mixture of local games alongside more distant travel, which may give an opportunity for teambuilding.
- Being invited! We have to play friendlies at away grounds; therefore we’re dependent on finding opponents who are prepared to host a game.

Sometimes pre-season seems a little crowded. We may often play two friendly games a week to ensure all squad members benefit from a complete programme of pre-season games. Although we may sometimes schedule extra practice games
to be played behind closed doors, we know people like to watch the team, so wherever possible friendly games will be open to supporters.


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First Posted ~ 11:44 Fri 23 May 2008
News ID ~ 1641
Last Updated ~ 17:14 Fri 11 Oct 2013