CHESTER City manager Bobby Williamson will be doing his homework on Chesterfield after the fixture computer yesterday-handed the Blues an opening-day clash against Lee Richardson's men.

The Spireites were relegated from League One last season and, as of yesterday, were an unknown quantity to Williamson, who has only limited experience of managing in England.

But the meticulous Scotsman will be an expert on Chesterfield by the time the League Two campaign kicks-off at the Saunders Honda Stadium on Saturday, August 11.

Williamson said: 'I don't know much about them but by August 11 I will know everything I need to.

'I'll be doing lots of homework and we'll have them looked at pre-season. We'll try to double-guess what their team is going to be.

'It'll be a difficult game but I'll be fully briefed by the time it comes round.'

The Blues played Chesterfield twice last season, losing 2-0 in a pre-season friendly in July before drawing an epic Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie 4-4 at Saltergate in November. The hosts held their nerve to win 3-1 on penalties, but Williamson joked: 'I don't know if I could handle a 4-4 draw!'

In the list of fixtures published by the Football League yesterday, Chester were handed an interesting opening few weeks to the new season that sees them take on promoted Conference sides Dagenham and Morecambe, as well as Terry Butcher's Brentford, who were relegated from League One last season.

As always, the derby matches against Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Hereford are subject to change as the police may ask for new dates or kick-off times. n Williamson and assistant Malcolm Thompson were special guests at a race night held by Chester City Supporters' Trust at The Oaklands pub in Hoole on Wednesday.

Williamson was happy to chat with fans but resisted the temptation to have a bet!

He said: 'I'm not a gambler and not a big fan of horses, but it was good to meet a few supporters and get to know their feelings for the club because it does rub off on you.'

* Chester have finalised their pre-season programme by arranging two fixtures against non-league opposition.

They will travel to AFC Telford on Tuesday, July 17 and Connah's Quay Nomads on Thursday, July 26.