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Fleetwood ready for life in the Football League

Fleetwood Town prepare for life in the Football League Photo: PA Image

Fleetwood Town are preparing for there first game as a Football League club.

The Cod Army take on Nottingham Forest in a League Cup match on Monday, before opening their League Two account against Torquay on Saturday 18th August.

Today the club host an Open Day when fans can take part in various activities including:

10.00 - 11.00

Trophy visits the Saturday Morning Club (youth team football project in Fleetwood)

11.00 - 12.00

Trophy community visit i.e. Fleetwood Community Fire Station / Central Library

10.30 - 12noon

First team training at Highbury open to the public

12.00 - 12.30

Trophy returns to Fleetwood Town FC and is photographed with manager Micky Mellon and some of the club's players and new signings

12.30 - 14.00

Manager and players conduct pre-match Nottingham Forest press conference and national media interviews

13.30 - 15.00

Fans invited to the club to have their photo taken with the Trophy.

Fleetwood have invested heavily over the summer with some big name signings including striker Jon Parkin, and Barry Nicholson and Connor McLaughlin from Preston North End. This will be the first chance for many fans to see those players in a Cod Army shirt.

QPR's Joey Barton is currently training with Fleetwood Credit: PA Images

And another high-profile name at the club is QPR's Joey Barton.

Barton is suspended for the first 12 matches of the Premier League season after being set off at Manchester City on the final day of last season.

The midfielder has been training with the Fylde coast club, and has been repeatedly linked with a loan deal. The benefit to his parent club would be Barton would serve the 12 match ban more quickly as Town play more games earlier in the season.

Whatever the line up that takes the pitch on Monday night, it will be an historic day for Cod Army.

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