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Life in League One - The Games I'm Most Looking Forward To

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I'm not bothered that Bolton Wanderers has finally been relegated.

It's been coming since Christmas, let's make no bones about it.

I embrace change. I don't evolve. I revolve.

We're going to meet some new and old faces in League One - here are the five games that I'm most looking forward to in 2016/17:

1) Bury away

If we thought that Wigan Athletic fans, players, journalists and triangle-headed chairman weren't obsessed enough, we have to face the reality of an away trip to Gigg Lane. As someone who was born in Bury, I'm well aware of their natural envy and jealousy of the Super Whites, and a trip to Bury's 11,000-odd seater stadium should see Bolton bring at least 5,000 fans to the town.

Hint - go to the Trackside. Best pub around.

2) Sheffield United away

I have some fantastic memories of away days at Bramall Lane in the Nathan Blake/Dean Holdsworth eras, and so to go back to the famous old ground and do battle with the Blades is a particular delight.

They think they're a huge club too, so I'll be looking to disavow them of that notion fairly sharpish.

3) Port Vale away

One of my first ever away days was the first game of the season in 1996 - a 1-1 draw at Vale Park. I think Alan Thompson scored. It'll be a trip down memory lane to revisit the old ground and I would be confident that the new-look Wanderers would be able to come away with the goods. So we'll likely lose.

4) Coventry City at home

I seem to recall the last time we played Cov was a 1-5 home thrashing at the hands of a then-Gordon Strachan led Sky Blue side that contained the likes of Darren Huckerby and Dion Dublin, a man who now spends his time pissing around on Homes Under the Hammer. Good programme that.

It may have taken 20 years, but it'd be nice to gain a modicum of revenge.

5) Bury at home

An obvious one, but a goodun. So many happy memories (and a couple of rough'uns) of facing the Shakers at the Reebok and at Burnden Park. It'll be fantastic to renew rivalries with our neighbours.


Christ, I've just read back some of the names above. This is going to be grim.