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Vanarama National League Fixtures….

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The speculation is over!

Friday saw the release of the fixtures for the inaugural 2015/16 Vanarama National League season.

A new name for the league – and some new names to get used to in the competition too – Tranmere Rovers being welcomed as `first-timers` after losing their 94-year spell in the Football League, while Cheltenham Town are back in non-League`s top flight after a 15-year gap.

Tranmere begin life in the National League on August 8th with a home game against one of the division`s longest-serving members, Woking.

The Robins, meanwhile, travel across country to take on Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Three of the four promoted teams in the National League start off with home matches – Dover Athletic getting the long trek north to Barrow AFC out of the way early, Boreham Wood host much-changed FC Halifax Town and Bromley take on Gary Mills` Wrexham at Hayes Lane.

Guiseley AFC, meanwhile, make a trip to Kent to play a Welling United side who only just managed to cling on to their place in the top flight on the final day of the 2014/15 season.

Another interesting encounter on the opening day takes place at the Electrical Services Stadium where respective new bosses Barry Smith and Malcolm Crosby come face to face as Aldershot Town host Gateshead.

The opening day in the National League North sees relegated Alfreton Town`s new-look squad make the journey to the Horsfall Stadium to take on an equally much-changed Bradford Park Avenue outfit, and AFC Telford United, who came down with the Reds, will enjoy a day at the seaside as they travel to Crown Meadow to play Lowestoft Town.

Nuneaton Town, meanwhile, travel north to take on a Chorley side now under Matt Jansen`s management following Garry Flitcroft`s recent resignation.

Newly-promoted Southern League champions Corby Town and Curzon Ashton, who won the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League play-offs, meet at the Tameside Stadium, while FC United of Manchester, who came up as champions of the Northern Premier League, take their army of away fans to Whaddon Road as they take on Gloucester City.

Only one side relegated from the top division, Dartford, are in the south section and they start off with a trip to Hemel Hempstead Town.

Oxford City, switched from the north, host Chelmsford City on the opening day, while fans will have to wait until Tuesday, August 11th to witness a first National League South game on their 3G when Ryman League champions Maidstone United host Ebbsfleet United as the opening day sees the Stones make the relatively short trip to Sutton United, who therefore have the honour of becoming the first to play a National League game on an artificial surface.

Margate, who came up with Maidstone via the play-offs, host the team who also won their respective play-off final, Truro City.

Opening Day National League Games:

Aldershot Town v Gateshead

Altrincham v Forest Green Rovers

Barrow AFC v Dover Athletic

Boreham Wood v FC Halifax Town

Bromley v Wrexham

Chester FC v Braintree Town

Kidderminster Harriers v Grimsby Town

Lincoln City v Cheltenham Town

Southport v Eastleigh

Torquay United v Macclesfield Town

Tranmere Rovers v Woking


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