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Neal: it's hard to predict

19 June 2013

Dons manager on next season and the fixture list

Neal Ardley believes next season will be unpredictable in League 2 and it is hard to assess the teams AFC Wimbledon are scheduled to face at the start of 2013/14.


The Dons start with a trip to Torquay on Saturday, 3 August, and that will bring back memories of AFC Wimbledon’s exciting 3-2 win at Plainmoor on New Year’s Day, a result that started a revival for Neal Ardley’s men.


However, it is likely to be a far different Torquay that Wimbledon will meet this time around and Neal said: “It could be tough as Alan Knill will have had time to get in there and shape his team. It is a nice time of year to be going there rather than in the middle of winter, but teams that were near the bottom last season could be challenging for the play-offs next season.


“It was a good result for us at Torquay last season, but I think the January transfer window as a whole last season was the turning point. It is hard to know whether we have a tough start or not next season. Apart from one or two clubs with high budgets, it is going to be hard to predict the teams that will be strong next season. We just have to worry about getting ourselves right and try and hit the ground running.”


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Though the full fixture list was revealed on the official website at 9.00 am this morning and on the AFC Wimbledon Twitter page, our League 2 fixture list is republished below (home fixtures are in bold), along with scheduled cup dates:


Sat Aug 3 Torquay United

Wed Aug 7 Capital One Cup 1

Wycombe WanderersSat Aug 10

Sat Aug 17 Exeter City

Scunthorpe UnitedSat Aug 24

Wed Aug 28 Capital One Cup 2

Fleetwood TownSat Aug 31

Sat Sep 7 York City

Sat Sep 14 Chesterfield

Burton AlbionSat Sep 21

Wed Sep 25 Capital One Cup 3

Sat Sep 28 Cheltenham Town

Northampton TownSat Oct 5

Accrington StanleySat Oct 12

Sat Oct 19 Morecambe

Tue Oct 22 Hartlepool United

Oxford UnitedSat Oct 26

Wed Oct 30 Capital One Cup 4

Sat Nov 2 Rochdale

Sat Nov 9 FA Cup 1

PortsmouthSat Nov 16

Sat Nov 23 Bury

Dagenham & RedbridgeTue Nov 26

Sat Nov 30 Bristol Rovers

Sat Dec 7 FA Cup 2

Mansfield TownSat Dec 14

Wed Dec 18 Capital One Cup 5

Sat Dec 21 Newport County

Southend UnitedThu Dec 26

Plymouth ArgyleSun Dec 29

Wed Jan 1 Dagenham & Redbridge

Sat Jan 4 Wycombe Wanderers (FA Cup 3)

Wed Jan 8 Capital One Cup Semi-Final (1)

Torquay UnitedSat Jan 11

Sat Jan 18 Scunthorpe United

Wed Jan 22 Capital One Cup Semi-Final (2)

Exeter City (Sat Jan 25 FA. Cup 4)

Hartlepool UnitedTue Jan 28

Sat Feb 1 Oxford United

RochdaleSat Feb 8

Sat Feb 15 Portsmouth (FA Cup 5)

BurySat Feb 22

Sat Mar 1 Fleetwood Town

Sun Mar 2 Capital One Cup Final

York City (Sat Mar 8 FA Cup 6)

ChesterfieldTue Mar 11

Sat Mar 15 Burton Albion

Cheltenham TownSat Mar 22

Tue Mar 25 Northampton Town

Sat Mar 29 Mansfield Town

Bristol RoversSat Apr 5

Sat Apr 12 Southend United (FA Cup Semi-Final)

Newport CountySat Apr 19

Mon Apr 21 Plymouth Argyle

MorecambeSat Apr 26

Sat May 3 Accrington Stanley

Sat May 17 FA Cup Final

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