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James Beattie will begin life as Accrington manager with a trip to Football League newcomers Newport on August 3.

Former England striker Beattie, who was a prolific goalscorer for Southampton during his playing days, will take charge of his first home game against the Saints' big rivals and 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth on August 10.

Stanley then visit Bury in their first derby while their festive fixture list includes York at home on Boxing Day and Fleetwood away on New Year's Day.

Their last game of the season sees AFC Wimbledon visit the Crown Ground on May 3.