Exciting schedule for Wexford Youths
Wexford Youths will sit up and take notice that they are really up there with the big boys following the announcement of the Airtricity Premier Division fixture list for the 2016 season.
While they still may be feeling festive they will now be taking stock of the league campaign ahead of them which opens on March 4 with a home game against Longford Town.
This will be a historic occasion not just for Wexford Youths, but also the county of Wexford, for it will be the first time that Premier Division football will be played in the county, which should ensure a huge attendance for this special occasion.
The mood in the Youths camp will be that they will have to do well in their home games, with the old managers saying of 'win your home games and then you could be in for a fine season'.
So the Youths will have to play scrooge at home especially against those sides that finished in the bottom half of the Premier last season.
They will need no grim reminders of the importance of home games so one can be assured of some big moments at the Ferrycarrig Park venue through the 2016 season, which will see the top league players in the county visit the Wexford venue.
There will be some other big moments through the opening month of March for the Youths will also entertain league and cup holders Dundalk, a game that is sure to attract a huge attendance, while they finish off March with a home fixture against Derry City, having played away to both Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.
Having been promoted as Division 1 champions, it was still a case of the Youths Manager Shane Keegan strengthening his side, which he has managed to achieve, while he is still hoping to attract in more players as the pre-season gets under way.
Wexford Youths Fixtures
March 4 - Longford Town (H); 11 - Shamrock Rovers (A); 14 - Dundalk (H); 18 - Bohemians (A); 21/22 - EA Sports Cup first round; 26 - Derry City (H).
April 1 - Bray Wanderers (H); 8 - Cork City (A); 15 - St. Patrick's Athletic (A); 18/19 - EA Sports Cup second round; 22 - Galway Utd (H); 29 - Finn Harps (H).
May 2 - EA Sports Cup quarter-finals; 7 - Sligo Rovers (A); 13 - Shamrock Rovers (H); 20-22 - FAI Cup second round; 29 - Dundalk (A).
June 3 - Bohemians (H); 24 - Derry City (A).
July 2 - Bray Wanderers (A); 8 - Cork City (H); 15 - St. Patrick's Athletic (H); 22 - Galway Utd (A); 29 - Finn Harps (A).
August 1 - EA Sports Cup semi-finals; 5 - Sligo Rovers (H); 12 - Longford Town (H); 15 - Shamrock Rovers (A); 19-21 - FAI Cup third round; 26 - Dundalk (H).
September 2 - Bohemians (A); 9-11 - FAI Cup quarter-finals; 16 - Derry City (H); 17 - EA Sports Cup final; 23 - Bray Wanderers (H); 24 - FAI Cup semi-finals. To be confirmed; 30 - Cork City (A).
October 1-2 - FAI Cup semi-finals; 7 - St. Patrick's Athletic (A); 14 - Galway Utd (H); 21 - Finn Harps (H); 28 - Sligo Rovers (A).
November 4 - FAI Cup final.