Just one week to go...

Last updated : 12 June 2003 By
With just seven days to go before the Nationwide Second Division fixtures are released at 10am on Thursday 19th June 2003, thoughts are already beginning to turn to the many interesting match ups next term.

Brentford manager Wally Downes will no doubt be hoping for a home start to the campaign, as incredibly the Bees have hosted the season's opener just twice in the last ten years, a 3-0 success against Mansfield Town, at the beginning of the 1998/99 season being the most recent.

Since then, the Bees have drawn at Bristol Rovers (0-0), Northampton Town (1-1) and Wigan Athletic (1-1), before a 2-0 triumph at Huddersfield Town's McAlpine Stadium last season got Downes' managerial reign off to a winning start.

Nene Park: A new ground for Bees fans to visit next season
Apart from the eagerly awaited derby fixtures against near neighbours, Queens Park Rangers, spiced up by the anticipated return to Brentford of former favourite Martin Rowlands, other matches to look out for include Brentford's first ever competitive fixtures against Nationwide Third Division champions, Rushden & Diamonds and a visit to their impressive Nene Park ground.

Additionally, the two fixtures against ex-Premiership club, Sheffield Wednesday, playing at this level for the first time since the 1979/80 season, are bound to whet the appetite, as is the expected return to Griffin Park of ex-Bees' manager, Steve Coppell with his relegated Brighton & Hove Albion outfit.

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