A more detailed look ahead to the Blues' 2015-16 season in League 1.
We delve into the next ten months of football for the Blues as we embark on our journey in League 1, starting at Fleetwood Town...
Blues begin their League 1 tour with a long trip to Fleetwood Town on Saturday 8th August before we take on Walsall – ironically our first competitive home game last season - at Roots Hall a week later. A Tuesday night voyage to Doncaster Rovers is on the cards on Tuesday 18th August (7.45pm kick off) before we return to Essex to play Swindon Town on the 22nd, ending the month in Coventry (below) on the 29th to take on the Sky Blues.
Early into the month (5th) we play host to Peterborough United and then have a second consecutive home game when Shrewsbury Town visit Roots Hall a week later. We then have a short trip on the 19th as we head to the Den to face recently relegated Millwall before a home game against Scunthorpe United on the 26th of the month. Three days later and we're at Crewe Alexandra's Gresty Road for a 7.45pm kick off.
We're back on the road on the 3rd when we visit Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium before returning to Roots Hall a week later to do battle with Port Vale and then Lee Johnson's Barnsley (below) seven days later. A Tuesday night fixture at Chesterfield is on the agenda three days later before we face a local trip to Gillingham on the 24th, ending the month – on the final day of October – at home to Rochdale.
The 14th of the month takes us to giants Sheffield United's Bramall Lane before we play Blackpool at home a week later. We're back on the road three days later when we visit Boundary Park, the home of Oldham Athletic on a Tuesday evening. We end the month at home to Wigan Athletic.
The final month of the year takes us to Bradford City first, with us heading to Valley Parade on the 12th of the month before returning to Essex a week later to take on Bury at Roots Hall. The first Essex derby takes plce on Boxing Day with a tasty trip to Colchester United (below), and two days later we host relegated Millwall.
With no New Years Day game, the first match of 2016 takes place on the 2nd at Roots Hall as we take on Doncaster Rovers. Seven days later and we visit Michael Timlin's former club in Swindon Town before heading to Peterborough United on the 16th. The final two games of January see us take on Coventry City at Roots Hall before heading to Shropshire to play Shrewsbury Town.
Early February sees another Essex derby take place when Colchester make the short journey to Southend in what promises to be a packed out Roots Hall. The 13th of the month takes us to Scunthorpe United and then we face Burton Albion at home before travelling to Port Vale on the 27th.
The first of the month – St. David's Day sees us take on Crewe Alexandra under the Roots Hall floodlights and then four days later we're back at home when Chesterfield visit. A trip to Barnsley follows and then Gillingham – with former Blues player Justin Edinburgh in charge – visit us before we head back to the north-west as we take on Rochdale before hosting Sheffield United two days later.
The penultimate month of the campaign takes us from one seaside to another when we head to Blackpool (below), and it should be sunny! The Tangerines' local rivals Fleetwood Town make the return leg to Roots Hall a week later and then we visit Walsall on the 16th. We take on Oldham Athletic for an evening game at the Hall and then make the trek to Wigan Athletic before playing Bradford City at home on the final day of the month.
We end the season with a final away match, making the journey to Bury's Gigg Lane, then after that, who knows? Promotion?!...