ONLY once in the last seven years have Spireites had a home game to open the league season. In 2010 Barnet came to town for the B2net’s opening competitive fixture, a game that was won 2-1 and started off a memorable League Two Championship season.
With the forthcoming seasons’ fixtures due out today, John Sheridan’s men already know they’ll open the campaign at home. With the Capital One League Cup fixture against Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere Rovers preceding the league start, so a home beginning in the league will mean two home games in a week at a time when a high proportion of supporters are away on holiday.
A crowd of 6,431 watched that Barnet game two years ago whilst last season’s first home game, against Stevenage following on from a league loss at Tranmere and a cup defeat at Rochdale, attracted 5,836 to the B2net.
Last Friday was the final day for discounted season ticket sales and the club reports buoyant sales despite relegation, so they’ll be hoping for an attractive home opener to start what everyone hopes, and most people expect, will be another promotion season for the Spireites.