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Edwards: Home start important

Rookie manager Rob Edwards is excited that the first game of his managerial career will come at home when Tranmere host York.

Rovers discovered on Wednesday morning that they would begin their League Two campaign against the Minstermen, who reached the play-offs last season, on August 9.

Edwards is pleased that Tranmere's first game is at Prenton Park, and he told the club's official website: "I'm usually on holiday when the fixtures are out and see them in the paper so to be at the club today was different.

"There's some tough games in there but a home game to start with and obviously a good draw with (Nottingham) Forest in the (Capital One) Cup so there's plenty of exciting games to look forward to.

"The most important thing is the first home game of the season. We've got some good pre-season games to look forward to and here against York is a game we'll all look forward to and hopefully we'll have plenty of people at the Park to enjoy the game."

The 41-year-old left Exeter, where he was assistant manager, to take up the post at Tranmere, and revealed the fixtures against his former club - the first at Prenton Park on September 20 before the return game on January 31 - had caught his eye.

"I've got some good friends there, a lot of the players I've worked with for a long time," he added.

"But I suppose it makes it even sweeter if you beat your old team. You only get three points but that will be one game I'll be very happy if we can win."