JETS coach Ernie Merrick says the 2019-20 A-League draw is a vast improvement on the version his criticised repeatedly last season.
Merrick was far from happy with the fixture list his team encountered 12 months ago, which kicked off with away games in Wellington and Adelaide and twice compelled his team to play four games in 14 days.
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"There's only two things I ask for, which brings us in line with the rest of the world," Merrick said.
"One game a week, on the weekend, and a home-and-away, home-and-away scenario.
"And fundamentally that's what everyone has got ... we're back to a very sensible structure, with no midweek games crammed in, and it will be better for the players and the fans."
Newcastle have the bye in round one and then open their 26-game campaign with an F3 derby against the Mariners at Gosford on Saturday, October 19. Their first home game is against Adelaide on Saturday, October 26.
NEWCASTLE JETS' DRAW 2019-20
- Rd 1: Oct 11-13 v Bye
- Rd 2: Sat, Oct 19, 7.30pm, v Mariners (a)
- Rd 3: Sat, Oct 26, 5.15pm, v Adelaide (h)
- Rd 4: Fri, Nov 1, 7.30pm v Sydney (a)
- Rd 5: Sat, Nov 9, 5.15pm v Perth (h)
- Rd 6: Sat, Nov 16, 7.30pm v Western Utd (a)
- Rd 7: Nov 15-17 v Bye
- Rd 8: Sat, Nov 30, 7.30pm v Wanderers (h)
- Rd 9: Sun, Dec 8, 6pm v Adelaide (a)
- Rd 10: Sun, Dec 15, 4pm v Melb City (h)
- Rd 11: Sat, Dec 21, 9.45pm v Perth (a)
- Rd 12: Sat, Dec 28, 7.30pm v Brisbane (h)
- Rd 13: Sunday, Jan 5, 4pm v Melb Victory (a)
- Rd 14: Fri, Jan 10, 7.30pm v Sydney (h)
- Rd 15: Sat, Jan 18, 7.30pm v Melb City (a)
- Rd 16: Fri, Jan 24, 5.15pm v Phoenix (a)
- Rd 17: Sat, Feb 1, 5.15pm v Western Utd (h)
- Rd 18: Sun, Feb 9, 4pm v Mariners (h)
- Rd 19: Sat, Feb 15, 7.30pm v Wanderers (a)
- Rd 20: Sat, Feb 22, 5.15pm v Melb Victory (h)
- Rd 21: Sat, Feb 29, 5.15pm v Perth (h)
- Rd 22: March 7-9 v Bye
- Rd 23: Sun, Mar 15, 6pm v Adelaide (a)
- Rd 24: Sun, Mar 22, 4pm v Phoenix (h)
- Rd 25: Sat, Mar 28, 5.15pm v Mariners (a)
- Rd 26: Sun, Apr 5, 6pm v Melb City (h)
- Rd 27: Sun, Apr 12, 4pm v Brisbane (a)
- Rd 28: Sat, Apr 18, 5.15pm v Sydney (a)
- Rd 29: Fri, Apr 24, 7.30pm v Western Utd (h)
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