STANLEY will kick off next season’s League Two campaign with a tricky-looking trip to Rotherham United on 8 August.
The full fixture list is now out and manager John Coleman (pictured) is champing at the bit ahead of a fourth season of league football.
The players and fans will be pleased with two home games and a Boxing Day derby trip to Morecambe over the Christmas period, while the Reds will get an early chance to measure themselves against last season’s League One teams Hereford and Crewe on successive weekends in September.
Coleman, left, said: "I’m just looking forward to playing every game and after last season we’re keen to make a fresh start. You start getting itchy feet and cannot wait to start again.
"But we have got to play everyone home and away so we have to focus on not getting too hung up about when we play teams."
The home match with Morecambe is on 6 February, while another intriguing fixture will see Coleman’s men travel to league new boys Burton Albion on Tuesday, 1 December.
Stanley will be relieved to have avoided customary last day opponents Bury, as they will face another of the relegated sides, Cheltenham Town on 8 May.
Coleman also declared himself content with the Carling Cup draw, despite Stanley landing probably the least glamorous of the possible ties in League One outfit Walsall on 11 August at the Crown Ground.
The Reds could have faced a plum tie against the likes of Leeds, Preston, Derby or West Brom in the Northern section but will at least now feel they have a great shot at progressing to round two.
And Coleman insisted: "Every game you play in that competition is going to be difficult, but we have got to be happy to be at home."
The last time Stanley met the Saddlers was in the 2006/7 season.