MANAGER Brett Marshall (pictured) says he is proud to be leading Hucknall Town into the new season after their full fixture-list for the 2012/13 campaign was revealed this week.
The Yellows will kick off the season in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with a trip to Newcastle Town in Staffordshire on Saturday August 18.
Attentions then quickly switch to the first league game of the season at Watnall Road, where Town will face one of six new faces in the division, King’s Lynn Town, of Norfolk, on Tuesday August 21.
Lynn have come up to the Evo-Stik set-up from the United Counties League.
It is then on the team coach for a visit to local-derby rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare on Monday August 27.
Then in September, The Yellows throw their hat into the ring with the first stages of the FA Cup — a competition in which they have never made the First Round Proper — and the FA Trophy — a competition in which they made the final at Villa Park in 2005.
But for Marshall, it is all about making sure his players are prepared to give everything for the cause, no matter which team they find themselves up against.
He told the Dispatch this week: “I am just delighted to be playing sides of the stature of some of those we will face next season.
“I am a proud man to be putting a side of mine up against some of the teams who we will compete against in this division.
“We are going to win games and we are going to lose games, but as long as the players give everything and put in a shift, that’s all I can ask for.
“I can promise that we will never be outworked, no matter if we are beaten by a better side on the day.”
As is seemingly the case in football, Marshall could even end up facing his former club — Retford United — in the opening weeks of the season.
For they would be Town’s opponents in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Watnall Road on Saturday September 8 if they can manage to get past Bardon Hills Sports, of Leicestershire.
Marshall says he will “treat it like any other game” if he comes up against his ex-employers.
Other eyecatching matches from the fixture-list include the return match against Rainworth Miners Welfare at Watnall Road on Boxing Day.
On New Year’s Day, Town will make the trip to Loughborough Dynamo.
Among the other fresh faces Marshall’s troops will come up against in the league are Chasetown, Mickleover Sports, Gresley, Northwich Victoria and Halesowen Town.
Chasetown and Mickleover have been relegated from the Premier Division, while Gresley earned their spot in the Evo-Stik by winning the Midland Alliance.
Northwich actually finished as runners-up in the Premier Division last term but have been controversially demoted for flouting financial rules.
Halesowen have switched from the Southern League’s South and West Division.
Among the favourites are sure to be Carlton Town, Sheffield and Leek Town, who all made the play-offs last year.
HUCKNALL TOWN FIXTURES 2012/13
Sat 18 Newcastle Town (A)
Tue 21 KINGS LYNN TOWN (H)
Mon 27 Rainworth Miners Welfare (A)
Sat 1 NORTHWICH VICTORIA (H)
Tue 4 Lincoln United (A)
Sat 8 FA Cup (1st Qualifying Round, H))
Sat 15 FA Trophy (Preliminary Round, H)
Sat 22 ROMULUS (H) or
FA Cup (2nd Qualifying Round)
Tue 25 Brigg Town (A)
Sat 29 FA Trophy (1st Qualifying Round)
Sat 6 CHASETOWN (H) or FA Cup (3rd Qualifying Round)
Tue 9 STAMFORD (H)
Sat 13 Sheffield FC (A)
Wed 17 Carlton Town (A)
Sat 20 COALVILLE TOWN (H) or FA Cup (Final Qualifying Round)
Tue 23 SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN (H)
Sat 27 Leek Town (A) or FA Trophy (2nd Qualifying Round)
Tue 30 Belper Town (A)
Sat 3 MICKLEOVER SPORTS (H) or FA Cup (1st Round Proper)
Sat 10 Halesowen Town (A) or FA Trophy (3rd Qualifying Round)
Sat 17 KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC (H)
Sat 24 GRESLEY FC (H)
Sat 1 Market Drayton Town (A)
Sat 8 Kings Lynn Town (A)
Sat 15 NEWCASTLE TOWN (H)
Sat 22 Northwich Victoria (A)
Wed 26 RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE (H)
Sat 29 LINCOLN UNITED (H)
Tue 1 Loughborough Dynamo (A)
Sat 5 BRIGG TOWN (H)
Sat 12 Chasetown (A)
Sat 19 SHEFFIELD FC (H)
Sat 26 Stamford (A)
Sat 2 Coalville Town (A)
Sat 9 CARLTON TOWN (H)
Sat 16 Sutton Coldfield Town (A)
Sat 2 LEEK TOWN (H)
Sat 9 Gresley FC (A)
Sat 16 MARKET DRAYTON TOWN (H)
Sat 30 Romulus (A)
Mon 1 LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO (H)
Sat 6 BELPER TOWN (H)
Sat 13 Mickleover Sports (A)
Sat 20 HALESOWEN TOWN (H)
Sat 27 Kidsgrove Athletic (A)
FIXTURES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BECAUSE OF CUP COMPETITIONS AND BAD WEATHER.