Today is the day that Chester FC fans have been waiting for a long time - and there is not long to go now before the National League North fixtures are officially revealed.

Fans of clubs in the Premier League and English Football League have known for a few weeks now the schedule their teams face from next month.

And Blues supporters will join them when the National League North fixture dates are announced from 1pm.

It will be the first time Chester have played in the division since the 2012/13 campaign, the last of three successive promotions under Neil Young since the club's reformation.

And with several new signings at the club, as well as appointing the men who won the National League North last season with Salford City in the form of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, it promises to be an exciting campaign for the Blues in English football's sixth tier.

Keep up to speed with the fixture dates when they come out with our live blog.

Key Events

Signing off

So there we have it - the National League North fixtures are out there for next season and the Blues will begin life in English football’s sixth tier at home against Spennymoor Town under new joint managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson.

For a full breakdown of the fixtures Chester have in store, you can click HERE for Dave Powell’s story.

Plans in the pipeline

One of the benefit of away days near a big city like Newcastle.

Lack of midweek games - so far

Most of the games scheduled in the National League North fall on a Saturday at the moment.

But with cup games and postponements from adverse weather conditions or unplayable pitches which will almost inevitably come to pass, it’s a fairly safe bet that there could be some games which need to be rescheduled at a later date.

Happy with the start

The first three games of the season has been given the seal of approval by this Blues supporter.

Fan reaction

There’s an emoji for every emotion - and plenty are being rolled out looking at the Blues fixture list.

The Aggborough pie

The early February trip to Aggborough and Kidderminster Harriers has one benefit - the legendary Aggborough pie.

Nice fixture calendar

The club has also done a nice list of the games by each month. August looks very busy.

Full story and fixture breakdown

So the cat is now out of the bag and we know how Chester FC will begin life in the National League North.

It begins with a home game against Spennymoor Town before back-to-back away trips to Curzon Ashton and Blyth Spartans.

Fixtures at the Swansway Chester Stadium then follow against Kidderminster Harriers and FC United of Manchester with games against AFC Telford United and Hereford in a busy August.

The Chronicle’s Blues reporter Dave Powell has done a story looking at the fixtures, which you can read by clicking HERE.

Fixtures confirmed!

Here they all are Blues fans - COYB!

Full 2018/19 fixture list for Chester FC

Sat Aug 4 - Spennymoor Town (H)

Mon Aug 6 - Curzon Ashton (A)

Sat Aug 11 - Blyth Spartans (A)

Tue Aug 14 - Kidderminster Harriers (H)

Sat Aug 18 - FC United Of Manchester (H)

Sat Aug 25 - AFC Telford United (A)

Mon Aug 27 - Hereford (H)

Sat Sep 1 - Guiseley (A)

Sat Sep 8 - Bradford Park Avenue (H)

Sat Sep 15 - Boston United (A)

Sat Sep 22 - Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Sat Sep 29 Chorley (A)

Sat Oct 6 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q

Sat Oct 13 - Nuneaton Borough (H)

Sat Oct 20 - York City (A) Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Sat Oct 27 - Alfreton Town (H)

Tue Oct 30 - Ashton United (H)

Sat Nov 3 - Brackley Town (A)

Sat Nov 10 - Altrincham (H) Emirates FA Cup 1

Sat Nov 17 - Leamington (A)

Sat Nov 24 - Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Dec 1 - Darlington (H) Emirates FA Cup 2

Sat Dec 8 - Stockport County (A)

Sat Dec 15 - Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 22 - AFC Telford United (H)

Wed Dec 26 - Southport (A)

Sat Dec 29 - Hereford (A)

Tue Jan 1 - Southport (H)

Sat Jan 5 - FC United Of Manchester (A) Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 12 - Guiseley (H) Buildbase FA Trophy 2

Sat Jan 19 - Curzon Ashton (H)

Sat Jan 26 - Spennymoor Town (A) Emirates FA Cup 4

Sat Feb 2 - Blyth Spartans (H) Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 9 - Kidderminster Harriers (A)

Sat Feb 16 - Boston United (H) Emirates FA Cup 5

Sat Feb 23 - Bradford Park Avenue (A) Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Sat Mar 2 - Altrincham (A)

Sat Mar 9 - Leamington (H)

Sat Mar 16 - Darlington (A) Emirates FA Cup 6/Buildbase FA Trophy Semi(1)

Sat Mar 23 - Stockport County (H) Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final(2)

Sat Mar 30 - Chorley (H)

Sat Apr 6 - Nuneaton Borough (A) Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Sat Apr 13 - York City (H)

Sat Apr 20 - Ashton United (A)

Mon Apr 22 - Brackley Town (H)

Sat Apr 27 - Alfreton Town (A)

Sat May 18 - Emirates FA Cup Final

Sun May 19 - Buildbase FA Trophy Final

Announcement imminent

Are you all ready, Blues fans? The 1pm release date is moments away...

Eager to hear your thoughts

Fewer than 10 minutes to go until the fixtures are released, and when they are, we’d love to get your thoughts on them.

Don’t forget to tweet @ChesterFC_Chron and we’ll include them on this blog.

James and Hannah off the books

Two players who will not be taking on the National League North with the Blues are Ross Hannah and Kingsley James after the players came to a mutual agreement to cancel their existing contracts.

Ross Hannah and Kingsley James during pre-season training for Chester last week
Ross Hannah and Kingsley James during pre-season training for Chester last week (Image: Terry Marland)

The duo were under contract for the upcoming season and had taken part in pre-season training with Chester, but have now been moved on by the club, which will enable Blues joint bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley to have a more competitive budget this campaign.

You can see what Johnson had to say about the duo’s departure by clicking HERE.

Will kick-off on Saturday be moved?

After England’s dramatic penalty shootout win over Colombia sealed a place in the World Cup quarter-final last night, it was confirmed the Three Lions will take on Sweden this Saturday at 3pm UK time.

But that means the England game will clash with Chester’s much anticipated friendly against Premier League giants Liverpool.

Chester FC chairman David Harrington-Wright has told the Chronicle that it is ‘highly unlikely’ that the kick-off time will be moved for Saturday’s eagerly anticipated friendly clash at home to Liverpool, although it is understood dialogue is still be had between the two clubs over the matter.

You can read the latest on the matter from the Chronicle’s Blues reporter Dave Powell HERE.

New kit out soon

We already know who the Blues will be warming up for the National League North against, with a high profile game against Liverpool FC on Saturday.

And before that game, Chester fans will be able to buy the new kit, which was unveiled at a City Fans United meeting earlier this year.

Chester FC's home shirt for the 2018-19 season, as shown at a City Fans United meeting earlier this year.
Chester FC's home shirt for the 2018-19 season, as shown at a City Fans United meeting earlier this year.

You can read the details of the new kit HERE.

Brush up on your grounds

There will be some grounds we’ve graced recently, like Guiseley and York City in the National League, while there might be those which we’ve not been to in a while.

It’s always worth brushing up on stadiums across the division, and we’ve come up with a quiz where you can test your knowledge of National League North grounds.

You can give it a go by clicking HERE.

A lot of information to take in

Chester FC media and communications officer Albert Davies has been a busy man this morning!

What away days have we got?

There’s a bit of time to go until the schedule is released, but no doubt fans will have plans of which away days they fancy heading to in a few months time.

And if there is anything which can be described as a silver lining to relegation, then the increased number of trips closer to Chester within a hour or so’s drive from the city is surely it.

You can see who the Blues will face and how far each team is from Chester in our story HERE.

Not long to go now

Less than an hour until we find out the schedule facing Chester FC in the National League North in the upcoming season.

Here’s hoping we see images like this come the end of next April!

Chester FC joint managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson celebrate on the pitch after winning the National League North championship with previous club Salford City last season.
Chester FC joint managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson celebrate on the pitch after winning the National League North championship with previous club Salford City last season. (Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)