Two matches Keith just can’t wait for

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Football League fixtures for 2012-13 will be revealed today and Blackpool’s Keith Southern is particularly looking forward to a reunion with one rival manager.

The Seasiders midfielder will look out for the meetings with newly promoted Huddersfield Town, managed by former Pool boss Simon Grayson.

Grayson, whose Yorkshire side won the League One Play-off Final last month, is an expert at winning promotion from the English game’s third tier, having previously done so with Pool (2007) and Leeds (2010).

And Southern can’t wait to meet up with Grayson again in the Championship, saying: “That should be a good occasion because it will be lovely to see Simon again. I loved Larry.

“He was a great man and a great player. He helped me along because I was a young boy when I came into the side and he was an experienced pro. He was someone I kind of looked up to.”

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Now the club’s longest-serving player, 31-year-old Southern is looking forward to a pre-season testimonial game against former club Everton on August 5.

He added: “Simon and I always had a decent relationship off the pitch and he has gone on to do great things, winning promotion three times. I thought it was harsh that he got sacked by Leeds last season.

“When I won a special recognition award at the player of the season night, they played a long film about me which featured messages from Simon, as well as (Everton’s) Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman – people from the past who you don’t speak to that often but who you know you still mean a lot to.

“It was a great moment and I just wish Simon all the best in the Championship next year ... apart from when he plays us, obviously.”

The last League meeting between the clubs was in April 2007, when goals by Claus Jorgensen and Robbie Williams secured Pool’s 2-0 win at the Galpharm.

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