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New Season Eve.

August 7, 2015

I’m still going straight to the ‘League 2’ section of the BBC Sport website. League 2 fixtures were what I searched for on Fixture Release day.

Just like when you kept writing the previous year’s date in your School text-books in January, I can’t quite get used to the fact the Brewers are now in League 1.

Sheffield United, Wigan, Millwall await. Old League 2 comrades Grimsby, Cheltenham, Torquay, and Macc, are as close to us in the Football League pyramid as Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool.

It is mental, but it is happening.

So what to expect from our debut season at this level?

After such stunning form after Jimmy took over, confidence is obviously high both within the club and on the terraces.

Gary Rowett’s recruitment policy last summer of signing League 1 ready players proved invaluable, and Jimmy’s signings have added further youth, flair, and good character to this strong looking Brewers squad.

There is League 1 experience ingrained in the heart of this team, and an abundance of fearlessness and confidence.

Casting my mind back to when we won promotion to the Conference, Cloughie kept faith with a high number of the squad that won the Unibond. Clough said something along the lines of after getting used to winning often, we as fans may have to accept that we might take some hammerings along the way in the Conference.

We certainly did take some hammerings in that maiden Conference season, but I don’t think it’ll be quite the same this season. Telford aren’t around to do us 7-4, for a start.

I don’t think this squad has maybe the naivety that our promoted sides have in the past.

That’s not to say it’s going to be plain-sailing, I mean yes I’m biased but I can’t be deluded!

I just look at the effect Jimmy has had as manager. I see the squad, a squad full of honesty, toughness, and ambition, and think yeah, in my opinion this squad is capable of finishing top half of League 1.

Something that backs my opinion is how well last season’s promoted clubs did. Chesterfield made the play-offs, finishing 6th, Rochdale 8th, Fleetwood 10th, whilst Scunthorpe had the poorest season of the 4 but recovered well from a disastrous start to finish 16th.

There is a momentum within the club at the minute and it may well be that the tough job may be trying to have a strong 2nd season in League 1, but best not get to ahead of myself here!

So, to conclude. My prediction for the season is a steady top half finish, between 10th-12th.

There’s going to hopefully be some highs, and there will surely be a lot more lows than we encountered last season.

Let’s all do our bit again on the terraces, the support and noise we generated last season was absolutely fantastic, and as John Mousinho and Stuart Beavon stressed in the recent Fans Workshop, it really does make all the difference to the lads on the pitch.

Here’s to a memorable League 1 season, let’s make some more memories!










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