Youth Alliance League kicks off this weekend
By Tony Scholes
Updated Wednesday, 8th August 2012
The Football League season will still be a week away but the Youth Alliance League starts this Saturday with last season's winners Preston getting things underway with a home game against Blackpool.
The league shows a slight change from last season with one new club and two clubs gone. The new entry into the Youth Alliance this season are Football League newcomers Fleetwood Town but gone are both Wigan Athletic and Stockport County.
In Wigan's case, their departure looks to be due to them having applied for EPPP Category 2 which will take them above our level, and for Stockport it seems they now only have a first team playing any competitive football.
Preston just pipped us to the title last year and with their derby against Blackpool kicking off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, half an hour before the other games, they will starting the new season.
One of those other fixtures sees Burnley host Bury at Gawthorpe with the traditional 11:00 a.m. kick off.
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