THERE was never much doubt which two games Fleetwood Town keeper Scott Davies would look for when the club’s first ever list of Football League fixtures was revealed this week.
Davies came through the youth system at Morecambe, spending the best part of five years with the Shrimps before moving down the Lancashire coast three seasons ago.
And so the 25-year-old is thrilled that the clubs’ first League Two meeting comes just three weeks into the season, at the Globe Arena on September 8, with the Highbury rematch a Boxing Day blockbuster.
Davies said: “Obviously it’s exciting going back to my former club and I still have a lot of friends up there. The fixtures coming out makes the idea of us being a Football League club a bit more real for everyone .
“Their manager Jim Bentley was the captain when I was there and they are very similar to Fleetwood. It’s a family club and I’m looking forward to getting back up there.”
Before the League campaign begins with a home clash against Torquay on August 18, Davies and co will welcome Nottingham Forest to Highbury for a mouthwatering first-round tie in the Capital One Cup.
He added: “Forest are probably the biggest name in the draw at that stage and it’s an exciting way to start the season.
“The League is about getting points on the board early doors, and hopefully with a home game first we can start with a win and kick on from there.”
Town’s No.1 knows his place will come under threat from Chris Maxwell, the Wales Under-21stopper who is one of six summer signings made by Town.
The new recruits, including strikers Steven Gillespie and Jon Parkin, and experienced midfielder Damien Johnson, have impressed Davies.
“The chairman always backs the gaffer, who goes out and gets good players,” he said.
“You need the knowhow of League football because it’s a lot different, and hopefully the signings will help us on our way.”
As if it isn’t an exciting enough period in Thornton-born Davies’ life, he was due to become a father this week.
“Hopefully there won’t be too many sleepless nights leading up to the season,” he said,” but I’m looking forward to getting back into it and hopefully I’ll start the season flying.”
Interview by DAVID MITCHELL