Date: 17th June 2007 at 10:22am
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ACCRINGTON Stanley gaffer John Coleman has spoke of his anger with the fixture planners following a second away day start to the season.

The Reds start the 2007/08 season on the road against Wycombe Wanderers, and that is something which has sturred up Coleman. His side had to start the season on the road aswel last season, as they travelled to Chester City.

‘We have been drawn away for our first game for the second year running. I thought we would be certs to have a home game. It seems odd that we would get two opening day away games on the spin.

‘And especially a trip to Wycombe. In the first game of the season, I think it is a bigger advantage to be at home as everyone is keyed up for it – the fans, the players, the club – and we will have to make the long trip there.’

It wasn’t only the opening day fixture that has left John Coleman not a happy chappy, oh no! The gaffer was fuming at the Boxing Day and Easter Monday fixtures, in which they have to play Grimsby away and MK Dons at the Fraser Eagle Stadium respectively.

It would have been the ideal time for local derbies, and Coleman had no problem in airing his anger with the selectors.

‘I am annoyed. We have so many clubs just up the road from us and we have a trip to Grimsby on Boxing Day and have MK Dons on Easter Monday. Surely a local derby would have been better – I just don`t understand it,’ said the Reds chief.

Stanley chairman Eric Whalley joined Coleman in slamming the fixtures selectors.

‘To be away in the first game is a blow – it was bad enough last year being at Chester and this is a long trip for us straight away and it makes it more difficult,’ said the chairman.

‘I think the fixture list is poor for us. It is meant to be an exciting time when the fixtures come out and I just feel disappointed.

‘There must be ten clubs within a 60 mile radius of us and for us to get Grimsby away on Boxing Day is, really diabolical.

‘There are all those local clubs and it will be interesting to see what their fixtures are like over holiday times.

‘It just doesn`t seem right. The fixture planners will say that it’s just the way it has worked out and that`s the way they do it but it is disappointing.’

There was one positive out of it though, Championship neighbours Burnley will play their away games whilst Accrington are at the Fraser Eagle Stadium.

You may be wondering why is that good news? But it is good news because there are a lot of Burnley fans come to watch Stanley if they can’t make the Clarets’ game, so it means boosted revenue for the Reds.