SO, when’s that happening?

It’s a question asked often by football followers as they eagerly anticipate a new season when the memory of one just ended starts to fade away.

Witton Albion will return to the Northern Premier League’s top-flight next term following their promotion via the play-offs from Division One South in April.

Here’s a list of days to remember in the weeks ahead:


Saturday, June 17

The Northern Premier League holds its annual meeting in Blackpool, where members will confirm the competition’s constitution for the 2017-2018 campaign.

The FA’s Leagues Committee announced last month a provisional line-up of 24 teams for the Premier Division.

Witton, along with Shaw Lane who finished first in Division One South, were included on the list.

REVEALED: Opponents for promoted Witton next season


Friday, July 7

The draws for the opening rounds of next season’s FA Cup and FA Trophy are made.

Carl Macauley’s men enjoyed success in both competitions last term, reaching the second qualifying round of the former before bowing out of the latter in controversial circumstances following a replay with Chester.

A total of six wins across the two competitions – three of those against higher-ranked opponents – earned for the club a total of £17,375 in prize money alone.


Thursday, July 13

The Northern Premier League has confirmed that it will publish a full fixture list for the 2017-2018 season next month.



Saturday, July 15

Supporters get a glimpse of their side for a new campaign when Witton make a short trip to Runcorn Linnets, their former tenants, for a first pre-season friendly.

The North West Counties League Premier Division side is home to former Albion midfielder Matt Cross, who is assistant to manager Michael Ellison.

Linnets have confirmed that admission to the game, which starts at 3pm, is £4 for adults. Concessions pay £2.

Witton to host National League duo in friendlies


Saturday, August 12

Witton mark their return to the Northern Premier League’s top-flight following two years away when they play a first Premier Division fixture since April 2015.