From the Alps to Accy

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FLEETWOOD Town resume pre-season training on the Fylde coast today after their week in Austria ... but they aren’t exactly back home.

After enjoying the training facilities in Salzburg and Obertraun, Micky Mellon’s squad will this week make themselves at home at Lytham YMCA because their Fylde RFC base is being used as a police headquarters throughout Open Championship week at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Town’s work this week will be building towards their first pre-season friendly on Saturday – a high noon showdown with a Blackburn Rovers XI.

The match will be staged at the home of Town’s League Two derby rivals Accrington Stanley, and forms the first half of a friendly double-bill which also sees a different Rovers XI play the host club.

For Town striker Andy Mangan, the match marks a return to the ground where he previously won promotion from the Conference to the Football League in 2006.

The 26-year-old said: “It will be great to go back to Stanley. It was a big part of my life at the time but it’s a few years ago now.

“I know Paul Cook from my time there (a midfielder in Mangan’s day, now Stanley’s manager) but none of the current players. My best memory of Accrington was promotion from the Conference. It was massive for the club at the time.

“We had a lot of young lads in the team who have stayed in touch. Anthony Barry is here at Fleetwood now, and Peter Cavanagh and Ian Crainey have been here too.”

Mangan moved on from the Crown Ground a year after promotion, returning for a loan spell from Bury in 2008.

And much as he is looking forward to Saturday’s return, last season’s 20-goal striker won’t be too concerned about the result. He added: “I won’t read anything into it, but hopefully we’ll have a good workout and not get anyone injured.

“Pre-season is all about getting fit and sharp for the big battle of the season ahead. I’ve been in teams that have done really well in pre-season but then haven’t done much in the season itself.”

What matters most for Mangan is that Town, buoyed by seven summer signings, take their title-winning momentum forward from last season.

“Momentum is massive in life,” he said. “If you have it, you can take it on. This club is all about going forward and it stops for no-one. You have to produce when you come here.

“It’s a fantastic club and the players already here know what it’s all about. We have got to go out and win this league.”

*ADMISSION prices have been announced for Town’s first two away games in League Two.

Travelling supporters can pay at the turnstile at Bradford City (Tuesday, August 21) and Burton Albion (Saturday August 25). Town will not be selling tickets for either game.Admission to Bradford is £20 (concessions £12-14) and to Burton £16 and £14 for standing (concessions £4-14).

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