ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman was furious with the fixture planners after the Reds were given an opening day away trip for the second year running in League Two.
Stanley will make the long journey to Wycombe Wanderers on August 11 as they open their 2007/8 campaign - last year they travelled to Chester City.
And the boss was also angry that the Reds will be at Grimsby on Boxing Day and face MK Dons at home on Easter Monday when it would have been a prime time for local derbies.
"I am annoyed. We have so many clubs just up the road from us and we have a trip to Grimsby on Boxing Day and have MK Dons on Easter Monday. Surely a local derby would have been better - I just don't understand it," said the Reds chief.
"And we have been drawn away for our first game for the second year running. I thought we would be certs to have a home game. It seems odd that we would get two opening day away games on the spin.
"And especially a trip to Wycombe. In the first game of the season, I think it is a bigger advantage to be at home as everyone is keyed up for it - the fans, the players, the club - and we will have to make the long trip there."
Chairman Eric Whalley also slammed the planners.
"To be away in the first game is a blow - it was bad enough last year being at Chester and this is a long trip for us straight away and it makes it more difficult," said the chairman.
"I think the fixture list it poor for us. It is meant to be an exciting time when the fixtures come out and I just feel disappointed.
"There must be ten clubs within a 60 mile radius of us and for us to get Grimsby away on Boxing Day is, really, diabolical.
The chairman continued: "There are all those local clubs and it will be interesting to see what their fixtures are like over holiday times.
"It just doesn't seem right. The fixture planners will say that is just the way it has worked out and that's the way they do it but it is disappointing."
On the positive side, the Reds will not clash with Championship side Burnley as the Clarets are at home when Stanley are away,
And the Reds fans will be anticipating a number of local derbies - including locking horns with local rivals Morecambe again, as they face their first ever season in the Football League.
The Reds will travel to Christie Park on Tuesday November 6 and the return fixture is on Tuesday March 11.
"That's a special one for the fans and they will all be looking forward to that and it is obviously special to me because I used to play for them," said Coleman.
Stanley will face Conference champions Dagenham for the first time since their non league days on October 13 although Coleman was slightly disappointed: "It means I will be away for my birthday!"
Stanley's first midweek game in the league does not come until October 2 when the Reds travel to Bradford City, relegated from League One last season.
New signing John Miles will face his old colleagues at Macclesfield in October and March.
- STANLEY have only one home friendly organised so far - against neighbours Burnley on 14 July (ko 3pm) They are hoping to organise more although they do also need their pitch to settle after it was relaid in May.
Other friendlies (all away): Wed 11 July Clitheroe; Tue 17 July New Mills; Thur 19 July Barnoldswick Town; Tue 24 July Brechin City; Thur 26 July Arbroath; Sat 28 July East Fife FC; Tue 31 July Witton Albion; Wed 1 August Squiresgate; Sat 4 August Rossendale United; Tue 7 August Burscough FC.