THE BIG MATCH
The Notts County revolution gets underway with a home match against Bradford City, when all the hype stops and the football does the talking in Coca-Cola League 2.
The arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson has seen County become the bookmakers favourites for promotion and the signings of Lee Hughes and Karl Hawley have signalled their intent.
Midfielder Matt Hamshaw knows that getting off to a good start will be key to whatever the Magpies can achieve, speaking to www.nottscountyfc.co.uk he said:
"We've learnt you can't draw too many games early on because for all the hard work of going eleven games unbeaten last year we simply didn't win enough and that came back to haunt us.
"Teams who started the season well stayed up there like Dagenham, Shrewsbury, Rochdale etc and winning clearly breeds confidence.
"Can we get the confidence going early on? That is the big question. If we can do that, we can kick on."
Bradford themselves though have aspirations of success, after only narrowly missing out on the Coca-Cola League 2 Play-Offs last season. Although not blessed by County's finances, with Stuart McCall forced to slash his budget, the City boss is well aware that money brings with it its own problems:
"I watched them last week and five of the front six were new players. And they've still got the finances to go out and strengthen if and when.
"But it also brings a level of expectation and pressure that they wouldn't have had before."
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
History will be made at the Prostar Stadium when Burton Albion play Shrewsbury in their first ever Football League match and new Manager Paul Peschisolido will be relishing the occasion.
Speaking to www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk he said:"This game is a fantastic occasion for everyone associated with the football club" he said proudly, "It has taken a long time for Burton Albion to get to this position and it should be a very exciting day for everyone involved."
The former Derby and Birmingham striker will be in charge of his first competitive match, as he embarks on his managerial career and he wants the day to be one to remember for all the right reasons:
"I want everybody to enjoy the day and for the fans to really get behind us and hopefully with them providing us with added inspiration we can go and get a positive result and get the season off to a great start. There is no better feeling than putting in all the effort, giving 100% and getting your rewards at the end of it all."
THE NEW BOYS
Crewe Alexandra face a tricky home game with Dagenham & Redbridge, in first game in Coca-Cola League 2, while Cheltenham host Grimsby, Northampton play Macclesfield at home and Hereford travel north to take on Morecambe. Torquay United also return to Football League action with a home match against Chesterfield.
ON THE BOX
It's 74 days since the last televised game in the Football League but you can certainly make up for it over the next few days with no less than six games in the next five days! You can read our full in depth look at the televised games by clicking here
Kicking off tonight it's the match from the Riverside before Southampton's League 1 clash with Millwall gets underway at lunchtime on Saturday. West Brom's home tie with Newcastle signals the return of the Football League to the BBC at 5.30pm on Saturday. Ipswich Town's trip to Coventry City's is Sunday's offering before the Carling Cup first round matches between Darlington and Leeds on Monday and Bury and West Brom on Tuesday - Please click here for the full list of televised games.
For all this weekend's Football League fixtures click here