Fixture release day!

The fixtures have been released! Here’s a look at the key games ahead of the start of the league campaign, next Sunday.

In Division One, last season’s runaway Division Two winners Archway Athletic start their campaign against new boys Totteridge Tigers, who are playing their very first league game. Athletic will be looking to continue their superb form and sprint away from the opposition whilst the Tigers will be looking to maul their opponents (thank you, thank you).

It will be spreadsheets at dawn as Arsene’s Special Schemers face the task of stopping Tulse Hill Superior in their first game, whilst Chris and Andy go head to head with Dulwich playing Wilko’s ’92.

Finally, dark horses and this year’s Milanese Division One representative Victorious Secrets will be playing 433’s Opulent Knack.

Of the pre-season title favourites; Tulse Hill Superior look to have the easiest run-in. Which is annoying. Dulwich Isolator’s Crew finish their season by game eight and will need to have built up a lead before the final round.

In Division Two, all eyes will be on Clapton Crusaders who have undergone a huge transformation in the close season and will emerge from their chrysalis to play Ferly’s Burleys.

Aguerissimo will be stylishly sitting in a Milano square, effortlessly well dressed and drinking a tiny coffee shortly before taking to the field against Finidi FC for their first game of the season, while Clapped Out FC will take on this season’s other new team Hackbridge Harriers who are now under new management.

Finally, feathers will be flying as Kay FC take on Merstham Magic in their first game of the season. Will the Magic pull a rabbit from their hat, or will it be chicken? I appreciate that this doesn’t make sense.

There’s a mouth-watering tie (why are ‘mouth-watering fixtures’ a thing? When do football fixtures make people hungry?) on the final day of the Division Two season, with the two pre-season favourites Clapton Crusaders and Kay FC playing each other on the last day.

This season each team plays each other once this season so there’s no home advantage. As there’s nine teams in each league, one team sits out a round of games. Galacticos and CSKA Tulse Hill don’t have a game in round one. Rested teams don’t benefit from recovering fitness or reducing injuries/suspensions for the weeks they don’t play.

Before all of this, we have the Charity Shield and optional friendlies this Wednesday.

Mike

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