Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs is looking forward to being part of 'something special' after discovering his club will provide the opposition for AFC Wimbledon's first ever Football League game.

Nine years after their formation, AFC Wimbledon have climbed the league ladder to take their place in League Two and they will begin a new era in their short history with a home clash against the Pirates.

"Drawing them in the first game of the season allows us to be part of something special as it will be their first ever league game," Higgs told the club's official website.

With a home tie against Watford in the Carling Cup, and Torquay and Northampton due at the Memorial Stadium in the next two league fixtures, Higgs hopes three homes matches will help Rovers to make a good start to the season.


"Hopefully that will help us," he added.

"If we can get the campaign off with a bang then I think it is going to be a very exciting season.

"I am hoping that our stay in League Two will be short and sweet and going back up at the first attempt has to be our aim."

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