THE eagerly-anticipated Vanarama National League fixtures have left Altrincham fans with plenty to look forward to as the club returns to the top table of non-league football after a four-year absence.

The campaign starts with a clash between two newly promoted sides as Weymouth travel to The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday. October 3, an encounter that will evoke memories of Altrincham’s halcyon days.

The Robins' first ever game in the newly formed National League in 1979 was a 0-0 draw in Dorset and Tony Sanders’ side went on to become the first champions of the National League, with Weymouth finishing runners-up.

Many Alty players picked out the trip to Notts County as the one that they would be looking out for and they will not have long to wait as the first away game is at the historic Meadow Lane stadium on Tuesday, October 6.

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There is a festive double header against Stockport County and two Saturday games against arch-rivals, Macclesfield Town, to look forward to in 2021, with the Silkmen travelling across Cheshire for the penultimate game of the season on May 22.

Altrincham will travel to 23 destinations covering 7,500 miles this season, including two challenging journeys within four days to Aldershot Town and Woking in March.

Promotion to the National League means that the Robins will start their FA Cup campaign at the fourth round qualifying stage on October 24.

Season tickets are available to purchase online via the club’s website.

The club have been boosted by a £20,000 grant from the Premier League, to help cope with the effects of Covid-19 and ensure a safe return to The J.Davidson Stadium for supporters when the new season kicks off.

Alty were quick to state their case when applications were invited and, as a result, they have become one of the first recipients of a grant that will ease the financial burden of meeting all the requirements for maintaining a safe environment at the stadium.