Pre-Season Dates Announced

Last updated : 20 May 2003 By Andy Beill
As well as the home games against Grimsby, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Newcastle, City will also go to non-league Harrogate Town, Bradford Park Avenue and Canvey Island.

The friendlies will be played on Friday 11th, Monday 14th and Friday 18th July respectively, all preceeding the first home game against Grimsby, which is Neil Mann's testimonial.

The game at Canvey Island will mark Peter Taylor's return to the club. The City manager began his playing career with the non-league side before going into the professional game with Southend.

Canvey boss Jeff King said: "It's great that Peter is coming down for a match with his club.
"And it's nice to see someone who has earned such a big reputation in the pro game remembering their roots.
"He'll certainly see some big changes at the place since he played here but we'll definitely be out to make it a memorable return for him."

Dates for further fixtures, including the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy match at North Ferriby United, are still to be announced.

Click here to see the pre-season fixture list so far.