THE ROCKS’ first game back in the National League and under the management of Sami El-Abd will be at home to Bath City a month tomorrow, it has been announced.
Bognor’s return to the non-league big time after eight years away will be testing opening affair at Nyewood Lane against a team who finished in the top ten of the Vanarama League One South last season.
In what is sure to be a frenetic and challenging start to the season with five games in 14 days, the Rocks can also be expected to face a severe test of their credentials at the higher level when they travel to Poole Town for their first away game just three days after their opener.
Old Sussex rivalries will also be renewed early in the season when Bognor host Whitehawk, one of the manager’s former clubs, in their second home game of the season on Tuesday, August 15.
County hostilities will be renewed just after the new year when the Rocks travel to the Enclosed Ground in Brighton on January 6.
Fellow Sussex rivals Eastbourne Borough, and that reunion with former boss Jamie Howell, will also come calling in the first month of the season which will be so crucial to setting the tone for the Rocks’ season.
The Rocks will travel to their fellow resort town for the return fixture in the final month of the season in April.
Should Bognor fans dare to dream they may wish to book the first two weeks of May off work with the play-off qualifying round, semi-final and final held between May 2 and May 12.
So far there has been little transfer news coming from the club since the well-received announcement of resolute defender El-Abd at the end of last month after a seven-week recruitment process.
The Post understands that work is going on behind the scenes and the club hope to make some announcements in the next week or so as pre-season really begins to kick in.
In a great gesture to young fans wanting to soak up some National League action this upcoming season, the supporters’ club has announced that free season tickets are available to all under-16s from the supporters’ club shop at any game.
Adult terrace admission prices for the forthcoming season have been increased to £12 to take account of the club’s higher operating costs and the fact there are two less home fixtures than in the Ryman League.
The club say the new price is still below the average charged by their new rivals. But a reduced entry charge of £10 for senior citizens has been re-introduced.
Under-18s and students with ID can gain entry for £5. Prices for seats are £13 for adults and £11 for senior citizens.