THE format of the AUL fixtures program this season will be different from other years as the Mossie Linnane League Cup competition will not act as the curtain-raiser.
Instead, it will be right into the business end with the league fixtures program launching from the very off.
With that in mind, it will be essential for everyone to have a good start as the early points makes a huge difference as well as having the effect of gelling teams together much quicker – especially when things are going according to plan.
So, it was time for me once again to do my usual social calls around some of the clubs across the various sections of the league to see how their preparation for the new season has been progressing as they prepare for what looks like a very busy season ahead – beginning on Friday, 27 August.
But, before going on our journey, let us remind ourselves that the last series of AUL fixtures played was March 7 and 8 so, needless to say, everyone is really itching to get back playing again.
I contacted some of the Premier clubs to begin with and I could not help but notice the enormous amount of enthusiasm and exuberance that was clear to see as I did my rounds and when I caught up with City Wanderers’ manager Noel Kennedy, he had this to say.
“We will be playing out of the CIT on Friday nights once again and are very grateful to the CIT for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities throughout the season."
Derek Peyton has spent his football years with City Wanderers since its foundation, 20 years ago.
Once again he will captain the side for the coming season with founder members Mervyn O’Mahony and Noel Kennedy still involved with the club.
“Our main goal of the season is to give the Premier League a real go where we will be hoping to be involved in the top six of the section as it’s our first time in the club’s history being part of the Premiership.
“We would also like to have a shot at the AOH Cup – having been beaten finalists two seasons ago on penalties.
“We are hoping to add a few decent players to our current squad which will strengthen our group and are really looking forward to the start of the season after all that’s going on with Covid-19 so, hopefully, we can start in earnest this time ‘round.
“I will be manager once again for the coming season and assisting me will be Pat Hennessy along with Mark McCarthy."