The season begins & ends in Northampton
A trip to the wilds of Northamptonshire is our first port of call for the new season when the Harriers travel to their old 'friends' Rushden & Diamonds on August 7th.
This pairing of the 'Auld Firm' is one that all Harriers fans have been looking forward to all summer but we didn't expect it to come so soon. With Rushden in a perilous situation following the loss of Max Griggs as their sugar daddy this could be the first step on their journey back to the Conference but after last seasons close call for us it may turn out to be us that face the drop.
So far we only have enough players to field a five a side team with a handful of subs and, unless we get some new faces in soon, we might have a situation at Rushden with many of our players never having met each other. Not the best way to start a new season.
Next up after them on the following Tuesday is a home game against new boys, Notts County. This is another eagerly anticipated game and could see a big crowd at Aggborough on, what should be, a warm summers evening.
Following another game against an old friend, Wycombe, on the Saturday it'll be off to Manchester for a Bank Holiday Monday game at Bury.
Chester City (away) is sadly pencilled in for a Tuesday evening in October with a home game against yet another old face, Shrewsbury, two weeks later.
The Christmas period starts on December 18th with a trip to Cheltenham followed by a Boxing Day game at home to Swansea City and then Oxford away just two days later. Our New Years Day game is also away, this time to Leyton Orient. They should have their two new stands opened by then.
Easter Monday and we welcome Mansfield Town as our guests and by then our team should have started to gel, after having just met, and we might know if we're coming or going for the following season.
May 7th 2005 sees an away game at Northampton Town, giving an ironic twist to the season with both opening and closing games in the same county. Spooky!!