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Can't wait to get going

18 June 2015

Manager Gary Bowyer admits he can’t wait to get going following yesterday’s fixture release.

Rovers host Wolves on the opening day and Bowyer is delighted that his side will kick-off the new Championship season at Ewood Park. 
 
“It feels like this has been a long time coming,” said the Rovers boss. “It’s great because it means we are getting closer to the new season. 
 
“The players are back in for pre-season on June 30th and the excitement starts now. I can’t wait to get going again.
 
“We have a very difficult game against Wolves on the opening day, but we are pleased to be at home. 
 
“They had a fabulous season last time out under Kenny Jackett, who was brilliant for them. I’m sure with the resources they have available they will be strengthening further over the summer. 
 
“So we know they will be strong, but it is up to us to prepare ourselves and be ready for it."

Rovers fans face just one long midweek trip during - to QPR on Tuesday September 15th - and Bowyer believes it should help to replicate the tremendous travelling support Rovers received last season. 
 
“I think the away trips have fallen kindly this season, which helps supporters massively," he added. 

"They were magnificent last season and we hope they can repeat that this campaign."

This season sees Rovers renew rivalries with Burnley and Preston. The first East Lancashire derby takes place at Ewood Park on Saturday October 24th, with the reverse fixture at Turf Moor scheduled for Saturday March 5th.

Rovers make the short journey to Preston on Saturday November 21st - the first competitive clash between the two teams at Deepdale since Rovers secured promotion to the Premier League there in May 2001.   
 
“As far as local matches are concerned, we have lost Blackpool and Wigan, but we gained two more in Burnley and Preston. 

"The fans love these kind of games and I’m sure they were the first fixtures they looked out for.”

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