VISITS by newly-promoted Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and League One’s Notts County are the stand-out fixtures in Buxton Football Club’s pre-season programme, which was finalised this week.
he seven-game programme, which starts and finishes with away fixtures, also includes five home fixtures at the Silverlands.
On Saturday July 14, Buxton’s carnival day, the club visits one of the NCEL Premier Division’s promoted teams, Worksop Parramore, who play on the pristine surface at Sandy Lane, the home of Worksop Town.
Then on Saturday August 11, the Bucks are away at Blue Square North outfit Stalybridge Celtic, whose full-timers made such a successful start to the last season, only to fall away after Christmas.
In between these two fixtures, Buxton will stage five home friendlies, with an interesting mix of opponents to test Martin McIntosh’s squad.
On Saturday July 21, Notts County will make their first trip to the Silverlands for 20 years, and have promised to send a strong line-up.
The following Tuesday evening will see a visit by Macclesfield Town to contest the Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy, currently held by the Silkmen. Fresh from League Two relegation, Macclesfield’s playing staff is being reconstructed by new manager Steve King.
On Saturday July 28, boxer turned manager Curtis Woodhouse, likewise newly in office at Sheffield FC, will bring his side to the Silverlands. Sheffield reached the Evo-Stik League Division One (South) playoffs last April.
A visit by newly-promoted Sheffield Wednesday is scheduled for Wednesday August 1, and while this is not likely to include Hillsborough first-teamers, the Championship club will still be sending players with names well-known to football followers.
The final home friendly is another match with plenty of local interest as Leek Town, Evo-Stik League Division One South play-off finalists in April, are scheduled for a visit on Saturday August 4.
All of the Saturday fixtures will kick-off at 3pm, with the evening matches starting at 7.45pm.
The fixture against Stockport County, planned for Tuesday July 17, will now not be played.