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How Will 2016/17 Shape Up For Pools?

20 June 2016

The fixtures for the new League Two campaign will be released on Wednesday morning so we’ve taken a look at what history suggests that Pools can expect.

We’ll have all the news here on the Official Website from 9am on Wednesday so make sure you’re logged on bright and early to see the schedule and get all the best reaction.

First Day
Pools began last term on home soil for only the second time in seven seasons when they hosted Morecambe at Victoria Park.

The only other occasion during that time when Pools have played on home soil on the first day was in 2012/13 when we drew 0-0 with Swindon Town – though technically it was the second game of the season as we’d lost to Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup seven days earlier!

The Premier League begins a week later than the EFL and with Middlesbrough at home on their opening day could that hint that Pools will be at home when they open up seven days before?

Last Day
Pools’ record for bagging a home game on the final day of a campaign has to be seen to be believed – perhaps the EFL enjoy seeing our fans in fancy dress to round-off the season?

We’ve somehow managed to play at The Vic on the last day just ONCE in the last NINE seasons - and, remarkably, just FOUR times in the last 21 campaigns!

However, Boro are due to host Chelsea on Saturday 6th May which is the final day of the League Two season so could that be a clue that Pools will close in front of their own fans in 2016/17?

Festive Fixtures
Over Christmas, Pools will be in action on Saturday 17th December, Monday 26th December, Saturday 31st December and Monday 2nd January.

It’s unlikely that the Club will be away on both New Year’s Eve and on 2nd January, but it would be hoped that Pools will be spared a long trip on either date – especially after going to Newport County last New Year only for the game to be called-off for a waterlogged pitch!

Key Dates
First Day: Saturday 6th August
Last Day: Saturday 6th May
FA Cup First Round: Saturday 5th November
League Cup First Round: Tuesday 9th August
League Two Play-Off Final: Sunday 28th May

All we can do now is wait – but the waiting will be over early on Wednesday so make sure you’re with us then to find out how the 2016/17 campaign shapes up.

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