As we look ahead to Wednesday's Sky Bet Championship fixture release, Latics legend Neill Rimmer tells us who he would like to play on the opening day.
Latics legend Neill Rimmer is hoping for a home clash with former club Ipswich Town on the opening day of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Rimmer, who spent three years with the Tractor Boys between 1985 and 1988, says he always enjoys the clash with the Suffolk-based outfit, though he’d rather the home tie than the long trip for the first game of the season.
"I’d like a home game to start with," Rimmer said. “From a personal point of view I’d like to play Ipswich, they were a team that weren’t far away from the play-offs last year and obviously I’ve got good memories with them.
"Norwich as well would be a good one, they’d be a good test for us so one of those teams would be good for me, though I’m obviously routing for the Ipswich one!"
The former Latics Player of the Year and Latics Player commentator says that a tough test would be beneficial for Uwe Rosler’s side as an early marker as to where the players are in terms of fitness, quality and depth.
"Last season we played Barnsley and won convincingly, though it was a tough game, and we thought it’s going to go really well and then it petered out after that so a real good test first up would be good, even someone like Wolves who’ve come up," he added.
"Having said that, there aren’t any favourable or easier games in this division as it continues to prove so we’ll have to respect everyone put in front of us, something I’ll sure the manager will do.”
Looking back at last year, Rimmer spoke of his admiration and pride at Latics’ away support whilst journeys to Bournemouth, Ipswich and Derby stuck out as the best for him personally.
"We had some really good trips as a media team last year, obviously Bournemouth was a good laugh on a long journey, though the result didn’t go for us," Rimmer continued.
"Ipswich, again, was a big one with the long trip and obviously a fantastic result as well.
"I think my favourite, though, was Derby; we went into it not knowing what to expect and we played really well and won as well so it was a superb day out, a great goal from Jean as well!
"The away support was great everywhere and that was massive when we won some big games on the road."
At the DW Stadium, wins against Nottingham Forest and NK Maribor were Rimmer’s favourites in a season that saw many fine home successes.
"My favourite home game was Forest,” he explained. “That was a good one because they came here as one of the teams expecting to be at the top of the table and we dominated them for long periods of the game.
"There were some great home games and I enjoyed the first European game that we won as well, that was something special.”