New opponents for 2022-23

Following the release of the fixtures for the 2022-23 campaign, we can now provide details of new grounds and teams to visit next season.

As ever for League Two, six teams re-enter the division following promotion from the National League or relegation from League One to present new challenges to County different from last season. 

Joining us from the National League are Stockport County, who earned promotion back to the Football League via winning their division, while Grimsby Town won the play-off final against Solihull Moors at West Ham's London Stadium.

In a very northern League Two for 2022-23, we will make the 244-mile trip to Cleethorps to face Grimsby on January 28, 2023 hoping to match our previous result at Blundell Park that ended in a 2-0 County win on December 8, 2020.

Our game up at Stockport (179 miles away from Rodney Parade) doesn't come until April 10, 2023 and will be a long time coming as it'll be our first visit to Edgeley Park since 1988, with the Exiles aiming to avenge the 5-1 defeat on what will be 35 years ago by the time next season's game comes around.

AFC Wimbledon, Crewe, Doncaster and Gillingham are the four teams that tasted the bitter disappointment of relegation last season, but this also conjured up exciting away trips for the Amber Army.

None more so than a first-ever visit to AFC Wimbledon's new Plough Lane stadium which the Dons have only been using since 2020, with our historic away game coming on Boxing Day later this year for a real Christmas treat.

We will also have a first trip to Crewe since 2019 on December 3, Doncaster since 2016 on April 22 and Gillingham a week later on April 29 for our penultimate game of the season and final away match.

Our last game at Gillingham came fairly recently, 2019, however that one was a League Cup tie with our last domestic fixture at the Kent club coming in 1987.