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The fixtures for the new 2023/24 English Football League campaign have been released detailing the season-long schedule for all of the clubs competing in the Championship, League One and League Two.
In the Championship, there has been a particular buzz around the three sides joining the second tier from the Premier League and Leeds, Leicester and Southampton have all been handed tricky tests on the opening weekend.
Further down the pyramid, Wrexham are set to resume their EFL journey after a 15-year hiatus at home, though there are mouth-watering clashes to look forward to right across all three divisions in the EFL’s first round of fixtures in August.
Leeds, Leicester and Southampton learn Championship opponents
Leeds will start life back in the Championship against old rivals Cardiff at Elland Road on Sunday, August 6th and the currently managerless Yorkshiremen will hope to have a new head coach in the hotseat before they tackle the Bluebirds.
Southampton will feature in the first Friday night fixture of the new Championship campaign on August 4th when they head to Hillsborough to take on newly-promoted Sheffield Wednesday in what should be a fascinating skirmish in the Steel City.
Both sides will have new managers at the helm following the arrival of Russell Martin at the Saints and the recent departure of Darren Moore from the Owls.
Leicester City meanwhile, also have to wait until Sunday afternoon to kick off their Championship adventure. The Foxes, now under the direction of Enzo Maresca, have been paired at home with Midlands rivals and last season’s beaten playoff finalists Coventry City.
Elsewhere, Sunderland – who will be keen to mount another promotion charge – welcome promoted Ipswich to the Stadium of Light in the Saturday evening kick-off at 5pm.
Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough, who came within a whisker of earning promotion last term, start afresh on Saturday the 5th of August when they take on Millwall at the Riverside Stadium.
2023/24 Championship opening weekend fixtures in full
- 04/08/2023 Sheffield Wednesday v Southampton 8pm
- 05/08/2023 Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Bristol City v Preston North End 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Middlesbrough v Millwall 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Norwich City v Hull City 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Plymouth Argyle v Huddersfield Town 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Queens Park Rangers v Watford 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Stoke City v Rotherham United 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Swansea City v Birmingham City 3pm
- 06/08/2023 Leicester City v Coventry City 12pm
- 06/08/2023 Leeds United v Cardiff City 2.30 pm
- 06/08/2023 Sunderland v Ipswich Town 5pm
Wrexham mark their EFL return with a home game
Down in League Two, Wrexham continue their fairy tale resurgence on Saturday 5th August with a home tie against MK Dons at The Racecourse Ground.
The Red Dragons, who were purchased by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney back in 2021, won the National League with a record points haul in 2022/23 and Phil Parkinson’s outfit will play Walsall, Swindon, Wimbledon and Barrow in their first five fixtures back in the EFL.
Notts County, who were promoted alongside Wrexham through the playoffs, start their campaign at Sutton, while last season’s League Two beaten playoff finalists Stockport host Gillingham. Relegated Forest Green lock horns with Salford in what should be an intriguing face off at The Bolt New Lawn.
In League One, relegated Reading – who are looking down the barrel of a points deduction – kick things off at home to Peterborough, while Wigan head to Pride Park to take on Derby. Northampton and Stevenage, who were promoted together last term, meet on the opening day, while last season’s League Two playoff winners Carlisle play Fleetwood at home.
2023/24 League One opening weekend fixtures in full
- 05/08/2023 Barnsley v Port Vale 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Blackpool v Burton Albion 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Bolton Wanderers v Lincoln City 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Cambridge United v Oxford United 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Carlisle United v Fleetwood Town 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Charlton Athletic v Leyton Orient 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Derby County v Wigan Athletic 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Northampton Town v Stevenage 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Reading v Peterborough United 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Shrewsbury Town v Cheltenham Town 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Wycombe Wanderers v Exeter City 3pm
2023/24 League Two opening weekend fixtures in full
- 05/08/2023 Accrington Stanley v Newport County 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Colchester United v Swindon Town 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Crawley Town v Bradford City 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Doncaster Rovers v Harrogate Town 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Forest Green Rovers v Salford City 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Grimsby Town v AFC Wimbledon 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Morecambe v Walsall 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Stockport County v Gillingham 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Sutton United v Notts County 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Tranmere Rovers v Barrow 3pm
- 05/08/2023 Wrexham v Milton Keynes Dons 3pm
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