Paddy Madden wants to hear Fleetwood's Cod Army roar again

Paddy Madden
Paddy Madden

Striker Paddy Madden wants to hear the unwavering support of the  Cod Army when Joey Barton’s first season as Fleetwood Town boss starts at home to AFC Wimbledon on  August 4.

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And Stuart Murdock, the last manager of the old Wimbledon and the first boss of MK Dons, was this week helping Barton to assess young players in his role as Town’s head of player pathways as pre-season training got under way.

Madden is looking forward to playing in front of the Cod Army again and he thanked them for sticking with the team during a difficult campaign.

The hitman, who arrived in January from Scunthorpe and saw Town slide into a relegation battle, said: “I’m just looking forward to their support, as always.

“The supporters were great last year, helping to get us safe.

“Since I came in they have always been behind us. Last year they could have made it difficult for us and got on our backs but, credit to them, they didn’t.

“It is onwards together, so we are going to need them as much as possible again.”

One of the fixtures Madden kept an eye out for was Scunthorpe away and the Irishman won’t have to wait long for his August 21 return to Glanford Park, where he became a fan favourite in a four-year spell.

Madden last played there under Graham Alexander in a Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Leicester U21s last December.

He said: “Obviously it will be different going to play at Scunthorpe as a visiting player. I played for so many years at Scunny.”

Before then, Fleetwood have a jam-packed pre-season schedule, though the friendlies will all be away as work on the pitch was delayed until after Alfie Boe’s homecoming concert at the ground three weeks ago.

They first visit Alexander and ex-Town skipper Nathan Pond’s new club Salford City on Friday, July 6.

Alexander had been Fleetwood’s boss before moving on to Scunthorpe and Madden says all the connections add interest to Barton’s first match in charge.

He added: “Obviously a couple of our boys have gone there in Pondy and (goalkeeper) Chris Neal. It should be a tasty fixture to start us off and it’s a game we are looking forward too.”

Town then head to Hungary for a week-long tour, including two matches against opponents as yet unnamed, before returning to face Micky Mellon’s Tranmere (July 21), Morecambe (28) and Chorley (30).