Devon double for Town

Micky Mellon
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IT’S a Devon double for Fleetwood Town.

Seven days after making a round-trip of almost 600 miles to face Exeter last Saturday, the Grecians’ derby rivals Plymouth make the journey in the opposite direction.

It’s tough for players but even tougher for fans having to fund epic journeys to support their side.

It’s the sort of situation which may prompt some fans to long for the days when the lower levels of the Football League were regionalised – the old Division Three was divided into North and South until 1958.

Bringing back such a system is not without its attraction, particularly in these times of sky-high fuel prices, but Town manager Micky Mellon is not a supporter.

Playing in a national league is still quite novel to Town, who had only ever competed in regionalised leagues until they won promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier in 2010.

And manager Mellon has no hankering to turn back the clock. He told The Gazette: “I can see the case for regionalising it – you would get more derbies and less travelling, but I like it the way it is.

“Part of the appeal of winning promotion through non-league is that you get to join an elite national 
competition and I wouldn’t want to change that.”