2008/09 Reserves fixtures announced
Posted by nickogs20 on July 10, 2008
Hot on the heels of the academy fixtures being released, the reserve team’s schedule for the forthcoming season has been announced on manutd.com.
The campaign gets underway with a home fixture against Blackburn Rovers on September 18th at the Marstons Arena, home to Blue Square Premier side Northwich Victoria and, for a second season, United’s reserves. The first mini-derby comes on October 21st at the Regional Athletics Arena, with City making the return trip to Northwich on February 26th (new reserve boss Ole Solskjaer’s birthday, for those fond of fairly pointless trivia). Clashes with reigning champions Liverpool (don’t hear that said often) fall on November 6th (home) and March 10th (away).
The most interesting aspect of the fixtures announcement is the slight increase in the number of games, up from 18 last season to 20 this year. This is due to a slightly bizarre rejigging of the two Premier Reserve League divisions. All three teams relegated from the Premier League last season (Reading, Derby and Birmingham City) played in the PRL South, but while promoted West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City take the place of two of those sides, Hull City have been placed in the PRL North, boosting that division to 11 teams and leaving the Southern section with just nine.
There’s been no official reasoning given by this, but it seems likely that it’s purely geographical – placing Hull in the southern half wouldn’t have worked logistically, and that pretty much applies to all 11 teams in the northern section, with probably the two Merseyside clubs being the southernmost. Whatever the reasoning, a couple of extra games can only be good news for United and all the northern clubs.
You can view the full reserves fixture list here. The second string get their pre-season programme underway this Saturday with a game against Blue Square North outfit Burscough – we’ll have a short preview up soon and full coverage of the match up on Saturday evening.