Crewe Alex: Fans delighted by change of scene that promotion offers
CREWE fans are full of confidence as they dust off road maps ready for their 5,600-mile tour of League One.
The fixture computer has thrown up home games to start and end the 2012/13 season for the Alex, who won promotion to the division via the play-offs just 23 days ago.
Notts County, who only narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs themselves last term, are first up at Gresty Road on Saturday, August 18.
It is Scunthorpe away three days later, then Clayton Donaldson's Brentford at Griffin Park the following Saturday.
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"We've got a good chance to get off to a good start," said Crewe author Jules Hornbrook.
"We play Hartlepool at home in the League Cup before County, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going from where we left off."
Crewe make the 38-mile journey to Tranmere Rovers on Boxing Day, host Carlisle on New Year's Day and then entertain Walsall in their final match.
The chance to lock horns with relegated Portsmouth for the first time in a decade will come on Saturday, October 13 at Fratton Park, with the return match on Saturday, March 2.
Coventry City arrive in South Cheshire on Saturday, September 1, with Sheffield United paying their visit on Tuesday, March 12.
Crewe, who are without a win in their eight league matches over the past 11 years against the Blades, are at Bramall Lane on Tuesday, November 20.
On the flip side, they have the chance to make it eight league wins in a row against Colchester United, a run extending back 19 years, at Gresty Road on November 10.
Hornbrook added: "We can't look too much into our past records against these clubs.
"Most have completely changed their squads since we last met, and we certainly have anyway.
"Everything about Crewe has changed since Steve Davis took control. It's a different mentality. Something has taken hold of the whole place and we're all very excited."
The 324-mile round trip to Hartlepool on Tuesday, February 26 is a tough trek, but centre-back Adam Dugdale still cannot wait for the new campaign.
He Tweeted: "Raring to go now. Some exciting games to look forward to."