Talking Fixtures with the TT team

“It’s going to be one mighty rollercoaster ride, one that I hope the discerning football fans of the bay will jump aboard” – Rachel Malloch

Hurrah! The fixtures are finally out and we can all start to plan our away trips for 2019-20. We asked a select gathering of TT contributors for their comments:

Jonny Jones – @jonny_jones

Home game you are most looking forward to and why?

I’ll go for Woking at home on 28th December. Always a good crowd over the festive period and we’ve built up somewhat of a rivalry over the past couple of seasons, Ben Gerring and all that!

Away game you are most looking forward to and why?

Away, obviously Yeovil on Boxing Day will be a corker. But I’ll go a bit left-field and say Maidenhead away. Went there last time out and really like their ground (one of the oldest in the world). It’s just down the road from me, and I’ve got good memories of a last minute winner there (Elliot Romain – one of the better Owers signings!).

Thoughts overall?

Overall on the fixtures I agree with GJ. It doesn’t really matter when we play each team. Obviously it’s vital we make a good start, there’s a lot of points to play for in August. Excited for the Yeovil double header, if I was being picky I’d have asked for the away game on NYD, but you can’t have everything.

Andy Charles – @capitalgull

Home game you are most looking forward to and why?

Don’t know which games I’ll be able to make apart from October 5 against AFC Fylde! So I guess it is that one by default at the moment, although it could be one of the better games anyway given how well they have done over the last couple of seasons. But it will mark the unofficial 40th anniversary of my first TUFC home game, so that will make it a little bit more special.

Away game you are most looking forward to and why?

Plenty on this list but I am going to make a big effort in January to travel the length and breadth of the country to see us play AFC Fylde and Barrow. Love the long trips you can make a proper weekend out of and suspect it might give me the chance to have a couple of nights in “lovely” Blackpool for one or both of them! Other than that any grounds I’ve not been to (Solihull Moors being the first to tick off in August) and a trip to Nottingham is always good fun.

Thoughts overall?

I don’t get too concerned about fixtures day – everyone has 23 teams to play, home and away. On the face of it, the start doesn’t look too bad but we’ll need some more squad depth to cope with eight August games. Compared to last season every month looks quite daunting but a good August would be handy as September looks the toughest to me.

Sam Jones – @samuellejones

Home game you are most looking forward to and why?

The home game I’m most looking forward to has got to be Fylde at home. They’re a good team and the timing of that game (5th October) will be a good indicator of where we are this season as a force.

Away game you are most looking forward to and why?

Bank Holiday Monday is always a good one, so I’m definitely looking forward to Barnet away. Always a good following for that game, the weather should still be nice and I always like going to a ground of a former League club.

Thoughts overall?

I like the fact we are starting at home this season as we need a good start. However, finishing the season at Hartlepool is a bit of a nightmare, especially if we are fighting for promotion.

Rachel Malloch – @RachelVillavox

Home game you are most looking forward to and why?

Solihull Moors (H) – I’m looking forward to every home game with so many great games in prospect, but for me and my Brummie roots I can’t help but relish the games against Solihull Moors and while we don’t welcome them to Plainmoor until March – if I had to choose one that will fill me with anticipation, this is it.

Away game you are most looking forward to and why?

Yeovil (A) – There’s always that extra sparkle attached to Christmas fixtures and none come more local or intriguing this season than the Westcountry dual with Yeovil on Boxing Day. They may be a club smarting from their league abdication, but this promises to be a cracking game in front of a bumper crowd with hopefully plenty of Christmas cheer for the yellow army.

Thoughts overall?

So here we are, back in the Conference League, that gateway to the promised land, that opportunity to reclaim former league status, the Conference league that boasts other former league clubs in Halifax Town, Wrexham, Notts County, Yeovil and ol’ sparring partners Barnet. It’s a mouth watering season in prospect and under the tutelage and guidance of our beloved Gary Johnson, the nucleus of last season’s champions squad, the addition of quality signings Armani Little, Manny Duku, Jake Andrews and Lucas Cavagnari with more to come in, not to mention some additional loan deals in the pipeline. The optimism and new found belief has already been reflected in record season ticket sales, a sell out commemorative champions shirt and supporters clamouring for the new 2019/20 designs.

So what of this new season, already the talk has been of ‘dare we dream’ to have another promotion season to mid-table stability, to the more hard bitten fan just grateful to stave off a relegation battle – so much has ‘the great escape’ been ingrained in our psyche.

I have every faith in Gary Johnson, his experience and knowledge, his clear objectives to succeed and do so playing front foot attacking style football, his ability to coach and bring out the quality in players and a team spirit that has enveloped everyone involved with the club. It feels like the good times are here and that they will continue. Complacency isn’t part of Gary’s remit and he knows what is needed and expected of this club after the success him and his players brought to the town.

There are going to be some very tough games, the level and standards are higher and as such we are no longer the professionals amongst the semi-pros and part-timers (that is said with every respect for the NLS). We are no longer that team to beat, that scalp to hold up, now we are that team to compete even harder than before. It’s going to be one mighty rollercoaster ride, one that I hope the discerning football fans of the bay will jump aboard. Come on you yellows!


Dominic Roman – @DomRoman

Home game you are most looking forward to and why?

Considering the NLS season finished in April and our last purposeful fixture was the Eastbourne title-clinching win, it has to be Boreham Wood on 3rd August! It should be an excellent early test for us and it’s just a shame that Kabongo Tshimanga will using the away dressing room rather than the home. Pre-match beers in the Gulls Nest, discussion and predictions on what will happen in 19-20, followed by the return of the men in yellow into competitive action – I can’t wait.

Away game you are most looking forward to and why?

I’ve pencilled in Solihull as my first away day of the season, but the fixture that stands out for me is Notts County on 12th October at Meadow Lane. Playing the ‘oldest professional football club in the world’ seems like an occasion for us and I hear from Andy Charles that Nottingham is a cracking place to visit (I assume he’s mainly talking about the pubs!). One to circle in the calendar for sure…and hope that the Mrs doesn’t rub it out!

Thoughts overall?

The games certainly come thick and fast. Eight games in August will be a stiff challenge for the lads and by then I’m hopeful that our squad will be bulked up a fair bit. It’s not imperative we start with a gallop, but setting the stall out with some early victories and keeping the Yellow Army happy would be nice. And let’s face it, no disrespect to the NLS teams but it’ll be nice to play ex-league clubs such as Hartlepool, Yeovil, Barnet and Chesterfield – who knows maybe we’ll be able to shed our own ‘ex-league’ tag come April. With that maestro GJ in charge, the Gulls have a chance (what’s the latin for “we don’t do mid-table”)…

The Fixtures 19-20

Sat Aug 3 Boreham Wood H
Tue Aug 6 Solihull Moors A
Sat Aug 10 Bromley A
Tue Aug 13 Maidenhead United H
Sat Aug 17 Dover Athletic A
Sat Aug 24 Aldershot Town H
Mon Aug 26 Barnet A
Sat Aug 31 Hartlepool United H
Tue Sep 3 Woking A
Sat Sep 7 Harrogate Town H
Sat Sep 14 Chesterfield A
Sat Sep 21 Dagenham & Redbridge H Emirates FA Cup 2Q
Tue Sep 24 Eastleigh H
Sat Sep 28 Stockport County A
Sat Oct 5 AFC Fylde H Emirates FA Cup 3Q
Tue Oct 8 Ebbsfleet United A
Sat Oct 12 Notts County A
Sat Oct 19 Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat Oct 26 Barrow H
Tue Oct 29 Wrexham H
Sat Nov 2 FC Halifax Town A
Sat Nov 9 Emirates FA Cup 1
Sat Nov 16 Sutton United H
Sat Nov 23 Chorley A Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q
Tue Nov 26 Eastleigh A
Sat Nov 30 Stockport County H Emirates FA Cup 2
Sat Dec 7 Harrogate Town A
Sat Dec 14 Buildbase FA Trophy 1
Sat Dec 21 Chesterfield H
Thu Dec 26 Yeovil Town A
Sat Dec 28 Woking H
Wed Jan 1 Yeovil Town H
Sat Jan 4 Dagenham & Redbridge A Emirates FA Cup 3
Sat Jan 11 Buildbase FA Trophy 2
Sat Jan 18 AFC Fylde A
Sat Jan 25 Ebbsfleet United H Emirates FA Cup 4
Sat Feb 1 Barrow A
Sat Feb 8 Notts County H Buildbase FA Trophy 3
Sat Feb 15 Wrexham A
Sat Feb 22 FC Halifax Town H
Sat Feb 29 Chorley H Buildbase FA Trophy 4
Wed Mar 4 Emirates FA Cup 5
Sat Mar 7 Sutton United A
Sat Mar 14 Boreham Wood A
Sat Mar 21 Solihull Moors H Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final / FA Trophy SF(1)
Sat Mar 28 Maidenhead United A Buildbase FA Trophy SF(2)
Sat Apr 4 Bromley H
Fri Apr 10 Barnet H
Mon Apr 13 Aldershot Town A
Sat Apr 18 Dover Athletic H Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 25 Hartlepool United A
Sun May 17 Buildbase FA Trophy Final
Sat May 23 Emirates FA Cup Final

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