No midweek game over the last seven days, but still plenty going on at the Proact and beyond, with the first month of the season already in the books.
New Season, New Rules
On Tuesday Nick and I, along with the press teams from all the other 71 EFL clubs, were asked to head along to Villa Park for the annual 'Communications Teams Meeting'. This is where we're told all about the media changes we need to know, what the EFL are up to, as well as other issues for the coming season to make sure we all know what's what.
The morning would be best called administrative as we talked about the changes to the competitions for this season and were told about new broadcasting rules we need to be aware of.
In the afternoon we had an interesting chat from former referee Chris Foy, as he explained some of the 84 new rules brought in for this season, from the odd-looking new kick-off routines to the end of the 'triple-punishment law' when the last man fouls an attacker. A flavour of the changes can be read here.
With the aims and experiences found across the media teams in the EFL, from Newcastle United to Accrington Stanley, the conferences are a rare and useful way to get together, share our experiences and learn a bit from each other.
The Bridge to Oldham Athletic
This weekend for the trip to Boundary Park we're going to try something a little different. Very kindly, Paul and Kimberly from the Bridge Inn Blues Away Travel have invited us to travel with them on Saturday. so we'll be chronicling a matchday with them.
It also gives us an extra chance to use the new and wonderful Canon camera that the Bridge Inn donated to us just ahead of the new season - which we are incredibly grateful for!
The old Sony camera has been a loyal and dependable servant in recent years but when you consider that it was bought with the proceeds of the DVD sales for the 5-5 draw with Crewe back in 2010, it has had a long deployment out in the field.
Sometimes a bit too literally, as when a mighty gust of wind blew it and the tripod over on the training ground last season. Commendably, despite a small crack on the shutter and to this day mud remaining caked in certain areas, the Sony's always done its job.
The Canon however gives a better picture, is easier to use (as well as being harder to mis-use) and weighs about a quarter as much. We've leaped and bounded into 2016 and are looking forward to the shoot with the Bridge Inn to showcase some of the amazing work they do. Keep your eyes on YouTube next week to see how we all got on. Would be even better if we could come back with some points.
More next week!
Iain Pearce - Spireites Media Team