CHIPPENHAM Town have announced the club's preliminary pre-season schedule.

The Bluebirds will kick off their campaign on Wednesday, July 6 with a trip to Southern League Division One South side Highworth Town, followed by additional trips to Hartley Wintney, Cirencester Town, and Melksham Town.

The Melksham fixture will see both clubs play for a new annual Ian Monnery Trophy.

Monnery was a consistent centre-back who holds Chippenham's appearance record having played well over 500 games in his two spells from 1976 to 1984 and 1991 to 1996.

In between, he also played nearly 300 games for Melksham Town. He was also reserve team manager at both clubs.

Chippenham say kick-off times and the opposition for both July 19 and 27 - both planned home games - will be confirmed in due course.

Bluebirds pre-season schedule

Wednesday, July 6 – Highworth Town (A) – 19:45pm

Tuesday, July 12 – Bristol Rovers (H) – 19.30pm (tbc)

Saturday, July 16 – Hartley Wintney (A) – 15:00pm (tbc)

Tuesday, July 19 – To be announced

Saturday, July 23 – Cirencester Town (A) – 15:00pm (tbc)

Wednesday, July 27 – To be announced

Saturday, July 30 – Melksham Town (A) – 14:00pm