League One Fixtures Released

Last updated : 21 June 2017 By Jim Bonner

Portsmouth will begin life in League One with a home match against Rochdale on August 5th.

Their final fixture of the season is also at Fratton Park as they will host Peterborough United on May 5th, though the EFL could always rearrange that date. The last away game of the season is at Bury on April 28th.

Pompey's first away game of the season is at currently managerless Oxford United as Michael Appleton deserted them to become Leicester's assistant manager.

A home match with Walsall follows that before the showdown all Blues fans have been talking about as Kenny Jackett's men travel to Wigan to play Paul Cook's new team on August 26th.

This clashes with Victorious Festival so some Pompey fans will have to ponder the prospect of missing out on the likes of Stereophonics and Feeder for a chance to give their former hero a piece of their mind. The return fixture is on Easter Monday, although Cook may not last that long if the Latics are having a poor season.

The festive period will see Pompey take on AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park on Boxing Day whilst fans have the opportunity to see in the new year in Bristol if they can brave the freezing terraces of Rovers' Memorial Ground on January 1st.

Of course, no fixture list would be complete without a long midweek jaunt and once again Doncaster are the opposition with a trip to the Keepmoat scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th.

At least other midweek trips to Northampton (September 12th) and Peterborough (November 21st) aren't quite so far, although spare a thought for Blackburn fans who have to journey from Lancashire to see their side take on Pompey on Tuesday, February 13th. Bristol Rovers also make the journey south during midweek on September 26th.

If Wigan weren't the team that all Pompey fans want to beat the most this upcoming season, it would be Plymouth instead. The matches against Argyle are due to take place on November 25th at Fratton Park and April 14th at Home Park.

Something to look out for are the fixtures that are played during the international break as Sky may select them to be televised. Therefore the dates for Rotherham (H), Gillingham (A) and Blackpool (A) are subject to change so don't go booking those hotels and train tickets just yet!

It's also worth considering that the January matches against Fleetwood (A) and Shrewsbury (H) on the 8th and 27th respectively clash with the third and fourth rounds of the F.A. Cup so these matches will be moved if Pompey (or the Cod Army or the Shrews) have a good cup run.

The season begins in just over six weeks' time. I wonder what's in store for us this time round?