Fleetwood confirm more pre-season games

New head groundsman Nick Hyndman and Dale Frith
New head groundsman Nick Hyndman and Dale Frith

Fleetwood Town have unveiled more details of their 2017/18 pre-season schedule.

Town have just added a further two fixtures to their build-up for the new League One season.

Having announced last week that they will host Championship club Preston North End on Friday, July 28, the club has now revealed they will host another second tier side as they prepare for the new League One campaign.

Uwe Rosler’s side were pipped to automatic promotion on the final day of the 2016/17 season by Bolton Wanderers – and Phil Parkinson’s side will make the return trip to Highbury on Saturday, July 22.

Town’s first pre-season fixture sees them come up against first team coach Barry Nicholson’s hometown club, Queen of the South.

Fleetwood will host the Dumfries-based side on Friday, July 7 at their Poolfoot Farm training complex (3pm kick-off).

Ticketing information for both fixtures will be announced in due course.

in more reshuffles off the pitch Fleetwood have promoted Nick Hyndman to the role of head groundsman after the departure of long-serving groundsman Dale Frith.

The club announced Frith’s departure to PSD Agronomy as a senior consultant earlier this month with his deputy Hyndman gaining a promotion and officially taking over the reins on June 1.

Hyndman has been with the club for more than six years and has progressed from a position as part-time groundsman through to his new role under the tutorship of Frith.

Hyndman said: “I feel like learning under Dale has put me in a great position to keep up the standards and continue the great work he and the team have done.

“I’ve watched the club grow around me in the last six and a half years.

“Previously the pitches were looked after by contractors but now we have a superb ground at Highbury and unbelievable facility at Poolfoot Farm.”

And Frith says Hyndman deserves the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “I’m really pleased for Nick.

“I’m sure he will continue on the work that we have been doing.

“He deserves the opportunity and the chance to do it. I’m confident he will flourish in the role.”

In further changes to the department Liam Scott-Rattray will fill Hyndman’s position as deputy head groundsman.

Oliver Vincent moves to an assistant groundsman’s role alongside Ashley Roche, with Cameron Chisholm named as one of two apprentice groundsmen.

Another apprentice will be appointed in the coming days.