FC UNITED of Manchester will make a 280-round mile trip to Gloucester City for their first ever Conference match on the opening day of the 2015/16 league season.

Curzon Ashton, who have also been promoted to the newly-named Vanarama National League North for the first time, host a Corby Town side that won the Evo-Stik Southern League last term.

Elsewhere, Stalybridge Celtic travel to Hednesford Town on Saturday August 8 as manager Liam Watson begins his first full campaign in charge.

There is also a managerial debut for Neil Young at Edgeley Park with Stockport County, who entertain Boston United as they start their third successive campaign at this level.

Evo-Stik Premier Division champions FC United, who gained promotion with a game to spare following four successive seasons of play-off heartbreak, will then host the Hatters in their first ever competitive fixture at Broadhurst Park.

With County also one of the most followed clubs in non-league football, the midweek game on Tuesday August 11 at the 4,400-capacity stadium promises to be jam-packed and a memorable occasion.

The return tie between the sides, who have never met previously and are expected to challenge for a place in non-league’s top-tier, will take place on December 5.

Last season, the Rebels shared grounds with local rivals Curzon Ashton at the Tameside Stadium and the two teams will lock horns again on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31.

Curzon, who have clinched back-to-back promotions under John Flanagan to reach this level for the first time in their 52-year history, will travel to Moston to take on FC United at Broadhurst Park on Easter Monday, March 28.

Last season, FC United won 4-0 in their Boxing Day meeting against 10-man Curzon but the Nash earned a 1-1 draw in their recent encounter in April.

Karl Marginson’s FC face another local team in the second month of the campaign with a scheduled trip to Bower Fold, one of the grounds they used as a temporary home whilst their own stadium was being built, to take on Stalybridge on September 19.

Celtic avoided relegation only on goal difference on the final day last term after a run of one defeat in eight games since Watson replaced Keith Briggs, who resigned in March and has since been installed as new boss at New Mills.

The Tameside outfit will hope they have ensured their sixth tier status by the time they face FC United in their penultimate away game on April 16.

Celtic also visit Lancashire side Chorley, who lost 3-2 to Guiseley in last season’s play-off final, on Easter Monday and conclude the 42-game term at home to Lincolnshire team Boston, who finished third last term.

The first SK13 derby between Stockport and Stalybridge is planned for the fourth week of the season on August 29 at Edgeley Park while the return at Bower Fold will take place over Christmas on Monday, December 28.

Both home teams won thrilling contests between the sides last term with Stalybridge 3-2 winners at Bower Fold in August before Nathan Woolfe struck an injury-time winner for County in a 4-3 victory at Edgeley Park in February.

Also over the festive period, Celtic will lock horns with Tameside neighbours Curzon twice in the space of a week with the first clash at Bower Fold on Boxing Day prior to the return on Saturday, January 2.

FC United have a double header against Bradford Park Avenue with the away match on December 26 followed by a home clash the day after New Year’s Day.

County, who finished 13 points behind the play-offs in 11th place in the 2014/15 table, entertain Yorkshire outfit Harrogate Town the day after Christmas before returning the compliment at Wetherby Road seven days later.

Young, the former Chester boss who was appointed in the summer after Alan Lord became the club’s director of football, will be desperate to make a positive start to his reign and establish County at the top of the table.

After starting against Boston and FC United, the Hatters travel to two newly-relegated teams in AFC Telford United and Nuneaton Town respectively in between a home game against last season’s FA Trophy winners North Ferriby United.

Curzon host County on Saturday, October 17, before the two teams end their campaign at Edgeley Park on April 30.

Curzon, who finished fourth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier last term before overcoming Ashton and Ilkeston in the play-offs, are away to Telford United in the first round of midweek fixtures in August.

They then welcome Harrogate Town to the Tameside Stadium on Monday, August 17, before visiting Alfreton Town and hosting AFC Fylde, who finished runners-up to champions Barrow last season, on August 29.

From the start of next season, the Vanarama Conference North will be known as the Vanarama National League North – one of a number of high-profile changes sanctioned by incoming chairman Brian Barwick to strengthen the competition’s identity.

The 2015/16 fixtures were officially announced by the Vanarama National League at 13:00 BST on Friday, July 3.

Selected Vanarama National League North fixtures:

Saturday, August 8, 2015 (opening day):
Hednesford Town v STALYBRIDGE CELTIC
Gloucester City v FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER
STOCKPORT COUNTY v Boston United
CURZON ASHTON v Corby Town

Tuesday, August 11:
FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER v STOCKPORT COUNTY
Telford United v CURZON ASHTON
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC v Bradford Park Avenue

Saturday, December 26:
Bradford Park Avenue v FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER
CURZON ASHTON v STALYBRIDGE CELTIC
STOCKPORT COUNTY v Harrogate Town

Monday, December 28:
AFC Fylde v CURZON ASHTON
FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER v Hednesford Town
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC v STOCKPORT COUNTY

Saturday, January 2, 2016:
FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER v Bradford Park Avenue
Harrogate Town v STOCKPORT COUNTY
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC v CURZON ASHTON

Easter Monday, March 28:
Chorley v STALYBRIDGE CELTIC
CURZON ASHTON v FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER
STOCKPORT COUNTY v AFC Fylde

Saturday, April 23:
Alfreton Town v STOCKPORT COUNTY
Corby Town v STALYBRIDGE CELTIC
CURZON ASHTON v Brackley Town
Gainsborough Trinity v FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER

Saturday, April 30 (final day):
FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER v Solihull Moors
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC v Boston United
STOCKPORT COUNTY v CURZON ASHTON

Click here for FC United’s full fixture list
Click here for Curzon Ashton’s full fixture list
Click here for Stockport County’s full fixture list
Click here for Stalybridge Celtic’s full fixture list

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