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28th May 2003 18:43


Coventry City have agreed to visit Field Mill for a pre-season friendly on Wednesday, 30th July. And Stags player-manager Keith Curle is also hoping to take on local arch-rivals Chesterfield, possibly at Field Mill on 23rd July, if policing and other arrangements could be sorted out.

First Division giants Coventry are the second prestigious friendly to be confirmed with Premiership Manchester City already due on Saturday, 19th July. "Coventry will provide a good test for our lads and we are looking forward to it," said Curle. "They are a good side who began last season very well. Unfortunately they dropped away at the end of the season, probably more so when they realised the play-offs were out of their reach, "But they play football the right way with the same enthusiasm their manager, Gary McAllister, always has. "Other pre-season fixtures are still being agreed for soon after the players return back for training on 26th June. But they will definitely have a behind-closed-doors warm-up at Rotherham's training ground on Monday, 16th July. The following day Curle will send a side to Sheffield FC and there are also games at Worksop on Monday, 4th August, and at Arnold on Wednesday, 6th August. The squad will then take off on a pre-season tour of Cornwall at the end of July which will culminate in two games against Carlsberg South Western League sides St Blazey and Bodmin Town. They will head south on Sunday, 27th July for two days training before playing St Blazey, champions, on Monday, 28th July, and bottom side Bodmin on Tuesday, 29th July, before returning home to face Coventry the next day. Fixtures for the new Nationwide season, which starts on Saturday, 9th August, will be released on Thursday, 19th June.


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