Scunthorpe United will find out who they’ll open their 2018/19 campaign against on Thursday as the new season edges closer.
The Iron will be waiting to plan their journeys as they look to embark on another promotion push.
They will want to get off to a good start and get their first three points of the season early on.
Of course whatever the result on the opening day it won’t define the Iron’s season.
2016/17: Scunthorpe United 3 -1 Bristol Rovers
After coming so close to the play-offs the previous season, hopes were high that Scunthorpe could reach the top six the next season.
In their opening match they came up against newly-promoted Bristol Rovers, which would not be easy with the Gas riding high after coming up from League Two.
At half time it looked like the Iron had it all to do trailing to a Matty Taylor strike.
But they turned it around in the second half with three superb strikes.
Kevin van Veen, Josh Morris and Kyle Wootton all got themselves on the scoresheet with three very good finishes.
It gave Scunthorpe the platform to go on to the top of the league, losing only one game between August and mid-October.
Kyle Wootton celebrates his goal against Bristol Rovers
2015/16: Burton Albion 2-1 Scunthorpe United
In contrast, this is one opening day fixture that Scunthorpe fans would much rather forget.
As is the usual at the start of most seasons optimism is high and the start of this season was no different.
A game against newly-promoted Burton Albion, who were not fancied at the start of the season seemed like a perfect opening day fixture.
The Iron bought into it as more than 1,200 fans made the trip to the Midlands to hopefully see the Iron take the win.
What they saw was very different.
Luke Williams and Niall Canavan were both taken off in the first half with serious injuries and then in the second half Stuart Beavon gave the Brewers the lead.
But worse was to follow when goalkeeper LukeRead More