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When We Play The Newcomers

20 June 2019

All the information you will need about the newcomers and the fixture date….

Ipswich Town

After a 16 year stay in the Championship, Ipswich suffered relegation to League One after a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham City.

In the few years prior to their relegation the Tractor Boys had two mid-table finishes, one seventh-placed finish, only missing out on a play-off spot to Sheffield Wednesday who finished five points better off, as well as finishing in the play-offs in 2015 but losing in the semi-finals to rivals Norwich City.

Throughout the 2018/19 season Ipswich had three different managers, the first of the three being Paul Hurst who was manager up until 25th October. He was sacked and replaced by Bryan Klug as caretaker manager and was only at the helm for one game. Paul Lambert became the eventual successor to Hurst, taking the hotseat on 27th October.

Ipswich have looked to strengthen in their bid to bounce straight back to the Championship. The most significant arrival has come in the form of League Two’s top goalscorer last season, James Norwood, who joins from Tranmere on a free transfer, while another incoming is 6ft 9in goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Saturday 26th October 2019

Fixture @ Portman Road: Saturday 4th April 2020

Distance from Roots Hall: 57 miles


Bolton Wanderers

Bolton’s second season back in the second tier of English football didn’t go as planned.

Having just survived the year before that, they succumbed to the drop last season amid lots of off-field financial problems.

Bolton still had three games to play in the Championship after they were relegated following a 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa on the 19th April.

Going into the new 2019/20 League One season, Bolton will now start on -12 points following action taken from the Football League after breaching regulations and going into administration.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Saturday 21st March 2020

Fixture @ University of Bolton Stadium: Saturday 21st December 2019

Distance from Roots Hall: 260 miles



Rotherham United

Rotherham were relegated back to League One after finishing five points behind 21st-placed Millwall. Their fate was sealed on the penultimate day of the season when they travelled to West Brom and suffered a 2-1 defeat.

This was the Millers’ first season back in the Championship after gaining promotion from League One via the Play-Off Final against Shrewsbury Town.

Rotherham’s manager, Paul Warne, has been at the helm since November 2016 when he took over as caretaker but shortly after was awarded the job on a permanent basis.

Rotherham have made a couple of signings so far, signing Shaun MacDonald on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic and striker Carlton Morris on loan from Norwich City. Meanwhile, the influential Joe Newell has left and joined Hibernian in the SPL on a free transfer.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Saturday 14th December 2019

Fixture @ New York Stadium: Saturday 14th March 2020

Distance from Roots Hall: 296 miles


Lincoln City

A management duo headed up by Danny Cowley alongside his brother Nicky, both whom are well-known to the Southend area as former PE teachers at nearby FitzWimarc School, The Imps were promoted to League One for the first time in 20 years after winning the League Two title.

Lincoln were crowned division champions following a 0-0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers on 22nd April with two games still to play in the league.

While still in the Vanarama National League a few seasons back, they achieved an incredible feat to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup, the first time that’s been done by a Non-League side in 103 years.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Saturday 1st February 2020

Fixture @ Sincil Bank: Saturday 17th August 2019

Distance from Roots Hall: 162 miles


Bury FC

Bury were able to gain promotion back to League One at the first time of asking with a second-placed finish in League Two.

They clinched it with one game to play after drawing 1-1 away to Tranmere Rovers on the 30th April.

Bury are also now currently without a manager after previous boss Ryan Lowe decided to part ways with the club and head down south to Plymouth Argyle, who were relegated from League One last term.

They are also yet to make any summer signings going into the new season.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Saturday 25th January 2020

Fixture @ Gigg Lane: Sunday 29th December 2019

Distance from Roots Hall: 251 miles


MK Dons

MK Dons were also able to achieve promotion back to League One the following year after suffering relegation.

They sealed this by finishing in the last automatic promotion place, their promotion confirmed on the last day of the season when they beat Mansfield 1-0.

This was made dramatic as Mansfield were the team battling it out with them for that last automatic position.

MK Dons have also made several summer signings already with the most notable ones being Manchester United youth product Regan Poole and ex-Wolves player Joe Mason while also being able to re-sign striker Kieran Agard to a new contract.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Thursday 26th December 2019

Fixture @ Stadium MK: Saturday 21st September 2019

Distance from Roots Hall: 84 miles


Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers gained promotion to League One via the play-off route, beating Forest Green Rovers 2-1 on aggregate to book their place in the final and a trip to Wembley.

There they met Newport County, but both teams couldn’t be separated all the way up until the 119th minute when the Whites were able to break the deadlock and win a place in League One after a long spell out of the third tier.

This meant that Tranmere achieved back-to-back promotions after being promoted from the National League the season before, also at Wembley in the Play-Off Final.

During the summer window so far Micky Mellon is yet to make any signings, but he’ll be on the lookout for a striker having lost top goalscorer James Norwood to Ipswich on a free transfer.

Fixture @ Roots Hall: Saturday 11th January 2020

Fixture @ Prenton Park: Saturday 19th October 2019

Distance from Roots Hall: 250 miles



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